Bio: Boh, Frank & Margaret


Surnames: Boh, Swegel, Kokaly, Urbanz

----Source: Family Scrapbook

Frank was born September 15, 1878 to Martin and Mary Boh in Ljubljana, Jugoslavia. There were five, four sons and one daughter. They lived on a farm in Ljubljana, Martin also was a cattle buyer. Frank left home in his twenties and joined the army in Jugoslavia. He came to the United States in 1901, settling in Pueblo Colorado. Here he worked in the mines and bought a house in town.

Margaret was born December 3, 1879 to Joe and Mary Swegel in Zarga, Jugoslavia. There were five children in the family, one daughter and four sons. They lived on a farm. In the summer of 1902 Margaret left for the United States. She settled in Pueblo, working as a waitress in a restaurant.

Frank Boh and Margaret Swegel were married April 27, 1903 in St. Mary's Catholic Church in Pueblo. Five children were born to the union in Colorado, four sons and one daughter. One son, Frank Jr. passed away at six months.

Through friends they heard of land for sale in Willard. Some of their friends were living there, so they moved from Colorado. They came to see this 80 acres of land which had a four room house, hog shed and a small barn for several head of cattle. There was some cleared land where the buildings were. The rest of the land was woods and brush. In this house Mass was said. During the week the priest lived in the house as the church was being built in 1912. On August 10, 1912 they bought this farm from a former owner. They went back to Colorado, sold their house and moved here with their family.

They were young and strong; much work had to be done. They bought a team of horses as there was land to be cleared. Crops were planted to feed the cows they had purchased. There were logging roads and small paths made through the woods to go to town to get supplies.

In 1920 the barn was built and later an addition to the house. In 1923 they bought their first car, a Model T. With the car they would go for rides, family outings, pic¬nics, dances, etc. A lot of visiting was done in those days. They did have some leisure time. They went to church in Willard. The children walked to school in Willard each day. Later some attended high school.

In the 1930 years were poor due to a drought. They owned some marshland so they would cut the grass for the cattle, by hand and scythe - hauling it home with wagon and horses.

They were one of the first families to have a tractor and modern machinery in Willard. Electricity came through in 1938, making life easier on the farm with elec¬tric lights, running water, washing machines, etc. As the children grew up they could help with the farm work. All had good health, so farming became a nice way to make a living. There were improvements in the land and buildings so it became a good producing dairy farm. "Farm life is a good life."

As the children left home, and married, they bought a place of their own. Margaret married Frank Urbanz, Joe married Bernice Kotcon, Dan married Sylvia Kokaly, and

Son, Frank Jr. passed away December 4, 1908; Father, Frank Sr. passed away August 20, 1960; Daughter, Margaret passed away October 31, 1964; Mother, Margaret passed away April 21, 1965; Son, Dan passed away June 18, 1968.

The farm is owned and farmed by a grandson, Danny Boh.

Submitted by: Ann Kokaly Boh



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