from the old country
Many of Table Rock's early settlers were immigrants straight from the old country. Some of the newcomers retained their cultural identity, especially in dress and language. A few of the old photographs of those original settlers.
a letter from home, with a picture
This poignant letter to Joe & Antonie Stepan was sent from their home village in Moravia in 1910 but not received until 1912.
babicka (Grandmiother) pavlas in the picture
In this picture of the Kalina family, the lady to the far right is identified as "Babicka" Pavlas. She would have been the mother of Karolina Kalina, who is standing next to her. When Karolina and Josef married in Pawnee County in 1894, her parents were listed as Michael and Anna Pavlosova. Anna Pavlas (1832-1914) is buried in the Bohemian Cemetery east of Table Rock; on her stone is inscribed her name and the dates, and the word "Babicka.' Grandmother. So at the end is an elderly lady who came to this country as Anna Pavlosova and who died in this country and was buried as Babicka Anna Pavlas.
According to the information on this picture, this is the Josef & Karolina Kalina family. There is Anna, Antonia, father Josef, Ed, mother Karolina, and “Babicka Pavlas”. The farm was southeast of Table Rock. The left side of this house was an original log house.