photo collection of bob & fran blecha
school pictures in Town & country
Bob & Fran Blecha, where does one start! Their collection is huge and meticulously labeled and cared for. They have many many photographs of the Czech families in the area. Bob went to country school at Allison School, District 51, then to Table Rock, where he graduated in 1953, and he has great school photos. If you go through this website and also to the FindaGrave memorials for the Bohemian cemeteries in Table Rock and Humboldt you will see many of their pictures shared. On his page are their school pictures.
district 51 country school, also known as the allison school
DISTRICT 51, when?
This is Julia Wopata's copy of a class picture. The Historical Society has one, but there are no names on it. There are names on this copy. Photo 4092.
L-R, Back row-Teacher-Edna Tackley, Louis Blecha, Fannie Kozak, Pauline Kubicek, Leon Johnson, Irene Vaughn, Fred Tomek, Oldrich Shubert, Ernest Johnson; 2nd row-Jay Johnson, Viola Vaughn, Frank Tomek, Charles Kozak, Lela Bennington, Minnie Kubick, Josephine Karas, Helen Martin, William Vondrasek; Front-Lonnie Johnson, Velma Martin, Ruth Vaughn, Stella Bennington, Lester Taylor, Ed Tomek, Ben Blecha, and Emery Purcell.
DISTRICT 51, when?
Photo 4093. Undated, District 51m Fran:. Josie Hunzeker is standing, on the right, with the songbook. Bob believes that the girl playing the organ is Minnie Kubicek. Curiously, Minnie was his neighbor when he was growing up but he never knew she played either organ or piano. (Is she here, or is she posing?)
DISTRICT 51, 1927-1928
Dist. 51, Allison School, 1927-1928, Arvid Blecha's photo. Back row, L-R: Alice Taylor-teacher, Nettie Karas, Helen Vondrasek, Frances Hruska, Boyd Craig, Harold Craig, Frank Hruska; Front row, L-R: Ronald Craig, Alma Fencl, Arvid Blecha, Howard Widdifield, Loraine Vondrasek, Roy Hruska. Photo 4090.
district 51, 1928-1929
district 51, 1929-1930
Dist. 51, Allison School, 1929-1930, students piled on the teeter totter, Arvid Blecha's photo. Reading up, left row: Jess Richardson, Hubert Hunzeker, Daniel Richardson, Irma Vondrasek, Howard Widdifield, Arvid Blecha, Joe Karas, Ruth Schmidt, Rudolph Klapka, Bob Vondrasek. Right row: Ted Kubick-teacher, Alma Fencl, ukn first name Richardson, Louise Richardson, Clyde Hunzeker, Roy Hruska.
DISTRICT 51, 1930-1931
Dist. 51, Allison School, 1930-1931, Arvid Blecha's photo. Back row, L-R: Alma Fencl, Howard Widdifield, Irma Vondrasek, Ted Kubick-teacher, Daniel Richardson, Hubert Hunzeker, Jess Richardson; Front row, L-R: Clyde Hunzeker, ukn first name Richardson, Louise Richardson, Joe Karas, Roy Hruska, Bob Vondrasek, Ruth Schmidt, Rudolph Klapka, Arvid Blecha. Photo 4098