he had no children SO there are no descendants left to mourn.
but he IS worth remembering.
1885 - 1934
A small memorial to a memorable a Table Rock boy.
There have reportedly been at least three Charles Blechas in the Table Rock of yore. The Charles Blecha of this story was one of the many children of Vaclav and Katerina Blecha. He was born in 1885, and he married Anna Lomicka in 1914. He and Anna had no children. Here he is with some of his family (more siblings were born after the picture was taken). He is the little boy in the white shirt, standing between his mother and father.
in the early 1900s, wrestling and boxing matches were popular
Here's a picture said to be of a wrestling match in the Table Rock Opera House. Sadly, there is no date and no one is identified. But it looks to have been the real deal.
charles had an interesting
career at one time.
he was a wrestler.
he was "the big wrestler from table rock."
april 23, 1909 - parsons (kansas) daily sun
march 14, 1910 - Mcpherson (kansas) daily republican
may 12, 1921 Lincoln evening journal
This match took place in the Ideal Theater in Table Rock. The Ideal was the name of the movie theater in those days. The first movie was shown there in December 1916, at which time it was the Pasttime theater. It then became the Ideal, the Roxie, and then simply the Table Rock Theater. More than movies took place there -- plays, band concerts....and wrestling bouts.
In this article, A. C. Jones was the referee, and there were several bouts before Charles took the floor. "Local lads" Cecil Horton and Hollis Burow "made things live for a time," then Harland and Edwin Freeman went at it "fast and furious." They were followed by bouts with brothers Orville and Glenn Jones and Joe Branek versus Glenn Kent. Then came the main attraction: Charles Blecha versus Jess Marlin.
Charles had by then"made for himself a wide reputation as a wrestler." He was by then about 36. Read how his match came out:
March 18, 1934
Athlete and Wrestler
a table rock boy
Thank you to Historical Society member Fran Blecha for this picture. She says it was taken circa 1905 and he would have been about 20 years old.
Read a little more about charles in his memorial on findagrave.com:
Wrestling match in the Opera House, participants unidentified.