The invitation scanned here was for Bob’s 8th grade graduation from the Trautwein School (Racine, WI) in 1952. Originally built in 1912, the Trautwein School was enlarged with an addition in 1954. Students at the time petitioned to keep the school’s original tower, which housed the old Trautwein bell. The school, known at the time as one of the four Western Complex Schools (along with Bartlett, Hood Creek and Franksville), closed in 1981. Biob is in the bottom row, second to right.
Jevišovice is a small town in Moravia. Moravia, along with Bohemia, is one of two regions that comprise the Czech Republic. It was founded before 1289 A.D. Approximately 1100 people live there today. The picture below is taken from a postcard. Frank, Senior left Jevišovice in 1892 with his wife and children, including infant Frank, Jr. who was born there only months earlier.
In 1892, Frantisek “Frank” Placek, Sr. decided to bring his wife and children, including his infant son Frank, Jr. from the small village of Jevisovice in the south of Bohemia to the United States. Family legend has it that Frank, Sr. and family were headed west toward Nebraska when they discovered in Milwaukee that they had lost the address of the location they were headed to. Befriended by local Czech immigrants, the family stayed in Milwaukee. To this day it is unknown whether they were meeting friends or family in Nebraska. My research has so far been unable to discover any previous family immigration to Nebraska.
Frank, Sr. is said to have never really learned English, but was quite capable of making himself understood in Czech! He would smoke little cigars everyday, letting them burn all the way down to his fingers, where apparently he had lost feeling.