photo collection of
bob & frances blecha
part 1 - Vintage photos
"Table Rock" Bob (as opposed to "Pawnee" Bob) and his wife Fran have a huge collection of photographs of family and friends. They have shared many, treasures that we post here as time permits.
On January 3, 1912 in Falls City, Nebraska: the wedding of Charlie Hana and Bessie Hrdlieka. In the back are Edd Hanna (the driver, a position of honor, was considered part of the wedding party back then), bridesmaid Gussie Hrdlieka, and best man Joe Karas. Photo 846, retouched by Fran, the original is in the Historical Society's collection. Fran adds some information about the spelling of Bessie’s name: “That is one of the names that were changed after the family came to America. Hrdlicka is the spelling in the old country; however, Bessie's father Wenzel, changed the spelling to an Americanized version, Herdlitchka (which reflects the correct pronunciation), as is evidenced on his headstone. I have been unable to locate the marriage certificate, (they were not married in Pawnee County) to see how Bessie spelled it.”