Bob Placek – 8th Grade Graduation

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.Bob Placek - 8th Grade Graduation

A photo from the Internet of the Trautwein School.

Trautwein School

Bob Placek Takes a Navy Trip

As a student at NSB High, Bob Placek was selected to go on a Navy trip where they cruised from Jacksonville to Norfolk.  Perhaps he was interested in the Navy, but my guess is he took the trip just for the plane rides at the beginning and end!


Harold Placek’s New Business

From the October 14, 1954 edition of “The Pelican”:

After moving the family to New Smyrna Beach from Racine, Grandpa Placek started a local business selling and servicing televisions.  Article includes information on the family.003web


Jevišovice – Last Home of Frank Placek, Sr. in Czech Republic

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.

Postcard of Jevišovice

Postcard of Jevišovice

Frank Placek, Sr.

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 Placek, Sr. - Age 90

Frank Placek, Sr. – Age 90

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.