Bio: Adamec, Anton Family
----Source: Kinberly Martin, Levis 125 Year Book (1981); provided by "The Jailhouse Museum"
Surnames: ADEMEC GENTEMAN ZEMBA SOJKA RICHARDS GREENGO
Adamec, Anton Family
Anton Adamec was born in Jackson County, Wis. June 14, 1911 to John and Anna Adamec. He lived there until Dec. 1920. His father died June 1917. In December of 1920, his mother married Andrew Zemba of the town of Levis. The mother then moved here with her six children.
Anton attended the Meadow View School, which was his center of education. He worked in moss marshes in City Point for a few years, then went to Chicago to work for the railroads from 1929 to 1934. In June of 1934 he came back to Levis and in September he purchased an eighty acre farm in Section 23. On November 26, 1938 he married Anna Sojka from Hiles, Wood County, Wis. To this union were born three children; Anton William, now at Lake Darion, Michigan; Marian Christine, now Mrs. Edward Genetman; John Wencil, now living in Albert Lea, Minn.
In 1939, Anton and Anna Adamec purchased forty acres across the road of the first 80, also in section 23 and gave a life lease to his mother and stepfather. In 1942 they bought another 40 acres joining the leased 40. With Anton’s help the stepfather and his mother built a barn, hen house and attachment and a small house, which is now torn down. The barn is still on the place. March 1, 1964, Anna Zemba passed away.
In 1961 Marian Adamec married Edward Genteman. Two sons and three daughters were born to them. In the years 1970 Anton W. Married Madeleine Richards. To this union were born one son and two daughters. In 1972 John married K. Helen Greengo Kruse. She had two daughters and two sons.
Anton and Anna Adamec have 12 grandchildren, four being stepchildren.
Along with farming their land, Anton also worked at the Farmer’s Union Co-op for 27 years, the last several years as Assistant Manager. He served on the Meadow View School Board as Treasurer from 1947 to 1951. He also served on the building committee of the Consolidated Pine View School in 1961.
The Barn of Anton Adamec?
I read with great interest the bio of Anton Adamec. Anton was my mother's first cousin. His mother, Anna Linhart, was the oldest sister of my mother's father, John Linhart. There is mention in the bio of a barn that was built that is still standing. I wonder if it is the one pictured above?
Most of the Linhart family - Father Jan Nepomuk Linhart, Mother Marie Procháska Linhart and seven of their nine living children (Jan and Marie had 11 children and I think that having 9 survive is a marvelous record) came to the United States from Žleby (Bohemia) in 1905. Two of their children (their oldest child Anna and oldest son Frank) came earlier (Anna came in 1903). I have always been told that Anna and Frank worked in Chicago and helped earn money for the rest of the family to come over, but I have no proof of this.
Nearly the whole Linhart family (Frank excepted - he became a baker in Chicago) can be found in the 1910 census in Brockaway, Jackson County, Wisconsin. Anna had married John Adamec sometime in 1903 and had two daughters by then. The Adamecs are listed next to the Linharts in the census. Both Jan Linhart and John Adamec were farmers.
My Grandmother Catherine Rejlek married married my Grandfather John Linhart in Merrillan Wisconsin on January 25, 1913.
By 1920, the Linhart family had mostly moved back to Chicago - Jan and their four youngest sons (Joe, Paul, Michael and Charles) worked for the sausage makers Fuhrman and Forster. By 1930, Jan, Marie, and Paul had moved to Berrien County Michigan where Jan and Marie had a farm and son Paul had a butcher shop in Union Pier. They were tough! Jan was 70 years old then and farmed for nearly eight more years. My uncles told stories of helping their grandparents on the farm. Kinberly Martin
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