Bio: Zagozen, John & Mary


Surnames: Zagozen, Jeras Pancer, Bayuk, Cesnik, Kokaly

----Source: Family Scrapbook

John Zagozen Sr. was born on December 25, 1869 in Skofja Loka. He worked in a coal mine in Germany. He boarded with the Jeras family but he wasn't happy working there so he left for the United States. For a time he worked in a coal mine in Pennsylvania, then left for Colorado where he worked in gold and silver mines in Durango, Mayday, Hesperus, Cortez and Rico.

He then sent for mother, Mary (Puncer) Zagozen. She was born January 9, 1879 in Celje Sava Valley.

They were married in Durango, Colorado. Born to them were three children: Rose, John and Anna. Anna was born in Willard.

Father was afflicted with silicosis and a doctor advised him to go to Wisconsin or Minnesota.

In a Slovenian newspaper he saw land for sale in Wisconsin by a land agent, Ignac Cesnik for Foster Co. They moved to Willard in October, 1913. They bought 40 acres, later they bought 20 acres more from the Bayuks. Present owners: Edward Bayuk owns the house and William Bayuk owns the land.

One day hauling milk to the cheese factory Valentine Jeras and father looked around and recognized each other, neither knowing they lived so close. It was the same with Frank and his brother Martin Kokaly, as they knew each other in the past.

Deceased are Father, Mother, sisters Rose and Anna. John Jr. and his wife reside in Greenwood, Wisconsin.



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