----Source: Publication Title: Investigative Case Files of the Bureau of Investigation 1908-1922

Series: Old German Files, 1909-21

Case Number: 357047

Suspect Name: Otto Steinberg

Roll Number: 790

Contact: Ken Wood


FBI Papers looking into any anti-American feeling of Joseph Stuchy of Neillsville, Wisconsin 1919

Exhibit B


Office of the Clark County Clerk of Court


GEO. A. URE, clerk

                                                                  Neillsville, Wisconsin                              Feb. 26, 1919

State of Wisconsin


Clark County


        I, Louis Olson and Laura Olson wife, hereby make the following statement that I have known Joseph Suchy to be a good honorable man and known him to be a good citizen in every way for the past five years.  And I know he has bought six hundred ($600) dollars worth of Liberty Bonds and also, bought about forty ($40) dollars worth of War stamps and he has donated to the Red Cross, in fact any work pertaining the welfare of the War.


        In all conversations we had with him, he always stood for the right and believed in defending our country.


        We are no relations to this party, whatever.

                                                                                                                Lewis Olson

                                                                                                                Mrs. Lewis Olson



Sworn and subscribed before me on this 22nd day of April, 1919.


                                                                                                Herman Worth (?)

                                                                                                Notary Public Clark Co. Wisconsin





Application No. 5854172



(Under Subdivision Eleven of the Act of Congress approved May 9, 1918, amending the Naturalization Laws of the United States)


To the President of the United States:


                The undersigned hereby makes application to be excepted from the classification of "Alien enemy" for the purpose of obtaining the privilege of applying for naturalization as a citizen of the United States and says the following:


1. My name is Joseph Suchy

2  The following are other names used at any time by me. None

     My reasons for using the forgoing names are ________________

3   I reside at City of Neillsville, Wisc.

4  I have resided at this place for the following length of time June 15, 1917

5  I have resided at the following places since January 1, 1914 Hillsboro, Wis. January 1, 1914 to June 15, 1917

6   I was born in Bohemia Austria Lhota Swetauorm

7   I am Married

7c   The following are the names, ages, places of residence, and places of birth of all of my children under twenty-one:

     Name                                 Age              Place of Birth                     Place of Residence    

    Mary Elenor                         NA             Hillsboro, Wisc.                    City of Neillsville

    The name of my wife is  Elizabeth

    She was born in Wisconsin

    And now resides at City of Neillsville, Wis.

8  Have you a Father?   Yes  Mother? Yes  Brother?  Yes   Sister? Yes    

9  Give name, relationship, age, and present place of residence of father, mother, brother, sister, and 



John Suchy                          Father                    70                           New Lisbon, Wis

Barbara Suchy                     Mother                  68                           New Lisbon, Wis

Frank Suchy                        Brother                  37                           O’Neill, Neb

James Suchy                        Brother                  26                           O’Neill, Neb

Charles Suchy                      Brother                  24                           New Lisbon, Wis

Anton Suchy                        Brother                  18                           New Lisbon, Wis

Beatrice (?)                          Sister                     20                           New Lisbon, Wis

Mary Claire                          Daughter               Na                           Neillsville, Wis


10  I arrived in the United States on  Sept. 23, 1907

11   I arrived in the United States at New York, N.Y. on ? Prince Wilhelm

12  I made my Declaration of Intention to become a citizen of the United States on  January 18, 1916 in Viroqua Circuit Court Vernon County Wisc Court, of Vernon Co. Wis. I resided at that time at Hillsboro, Wis

13 Did you ever declare your intention to become a citizen of the United States at any other time?


     (a) If so, when and where? O'Neill Neb

14   My present occupation, my occupations since January 1, 1914, together with the places, dates, names of my employer, and nature of my employment are as follows :

       Cigar maker from January 1, 1914 to Feb. 14, 1918 on my farm since to date

15  The names, places of residence, sand nationality of my parents (if living) are : John Suchy New Lisbon, Wis Bohemian  Barbara Suchy New Lisbon Wis Bohemian

16  I applied for second or final papers of naturalization in the United States on July 20 1918 at Neillsville, Wis in the  Circuit Court.

17 Have you ever reported or registered with a consul or representative of any country for any purpose

      Whatever?  No  State when, where, to whom, what country, and for what purpose you reported or

       Registered.  Never

18  Have you ever been naturalized, or attempted to be naturalized, partly or wholly, in any country other  Than the United States?  No

         State when and where, and if so naturalized or not:  Never

19  From what country have you received a release or discharge from nationality?  No

20  I emigrated from the country on my birth on Sept 12 1901, and since have resided in the following

       Countries for the length of time stated:

         United States

 Was in Canada three times for a short time at a time, worked at cigar trader in 1906 & 1907 &    1908         

21   State details of any naval or military service or employment of any kind by any government of any

        Country:  None

22   Have you ever been arrested or detained on any charge?   No

        Give particulars:   

23   Have you nor or have you previously had any relatives in the military, naval, or other service of any

        Country ?  Father when young  Give name, age, relationship, place of residence, and nature of

        Service of such relatives.

         John Suchy   70 Father  Was in Austrian Army when young

24  Have you a permit to enter prohibited areas in the United States? No Give number of permit No

25   Have you received permission from any country or State to apply for naturalization? No State

        Details:  None     

26   Have you registered as an "Alien enemy?"  No

27   Have you filed your petition for final papers of naturalization in the United States?   Yes

        State when and where  Neillsville Circuit Court July 20 1918


28  The following are languages which I speak, read, or write:

        Spoken     Bohemian   English

       Written      Bohemian   English

       Read         Bohemian   English


I attach hereto a statement for the purpose of establishing my loyalty to the United States and of my reasons for making this application, and the affidavits of two reputable citizens of the United States in support thereof, who are not related to me and have known me for a period of at least five years, which are marked Exhibits "A," "B," and "C," and are made a part hereof.


                                                                                                Joseph Stuchy (Signature)


United States of America

State of WisconsinCounty of Clark, Joseph Stuchy  being first duly sworn, deposes and says that he is the applicant in the foregoing application and that each and every statement therein is true.

                                                                                                Joseph Stuchy (Signature)


Sworn before me and subscribed in my presence at Neillsville, Clark County, Wisconsin,  by the foregoing applicant, who is to me personally known, on this 28 day of Feb, 1914

                                                                                                George A. Ure  (Signature)

                                                                                                Clerk Circuit Court

                                                                                                 Clark County, Wis




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Joseph Suchy

Office of Clerk of Circuit Court

Clark County, Wisconsin     Exhibit A                                                            

Geo A. Ure, Clerk                                                               

Neillsville, Wisconsin                                                           

I Joseph Suchy herby make the following statements that I bot (bought) $600 of Liberty Bonds & I am ready to buy more next time.

I bot (bought) about $40 of War Stamps.

I have donated to the Red Cross and have always done what I could when called on for war activities.

I have always worked & talked for the United States.  I have never favored Austria & did not before she entered the war.  I came here when I was 17 years old and have always made this country my country & my home, and the reason I did not take out my papers sooner when I was young I did not know any better and after I was 21 years old I never have been long enough in one place to get my full citizen papers for no fault of mine.

I fully believe this war with Germany & Austria was justified and would have willingly went & defended this country if I had been called on with other married men with families.

Signed & dated this 28 day of Beby (Feby)1919.

                                                                        Joseph Suchy (Signature)                                                           



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