He could read, write, and speak English in 1900. Rapsach, Bohemia from where he originated is close to Branna, where the Bilek family originated.
Noted events in his life were:
• Immigration, 1872. 34 The Boucek Family book has him immigrating in 1880, "probably with his parents, Thomaws and Catharina Maria (Kropik) and his brother, Jan (John), and sisters, Maria (Mary) and possibly Anna."
• Residence, 9 Aug 1891, 2857 Union Ave., Chicago, Cook, IL. 794
• Occupation: Laborer, 23 Jul 1887. 92
• Occupation: Laborer, 9 Aug 1891. 794
• Occupation: skinner of cattle. 427 The Boucek Family book says, "In Bohemia Nicholas (Ignatz) learned the art of skinning cattle and he made his living going from village to village to do cattle skinning for the local people. Done properly, the skin could then be tanned and utilized in leather products. When he arrived in Chicago, the stockyards provided hgim with a surety for immediate employment. -- source: Recollections of Frank T. Boucek."
• Residence, 13 Jun 1900, 480 29th St., Chicago, Cook, IL. 34 Living here are "Mekalus" Kotroba, wife Anna, sons John and Frank, daughters Anna, Mamie, and Josephine. Living next door are Anna's father, sisters Kate and Rosa + Rosa's family, and Anna's brother John.
• Occupation: Butcher, 13 Jun 1900, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 34
• Residence, 1905, 2913 Union Ave., Chicago, Cook, IL. 427
• Residence, 18 Apr 1910, 2930 Union Ave., Chicago, Cook, IL. 13 This house had a total of 20 people living in it at the time of the census. This is the address, 2 years earlier, where the Mennonite Missionary Church workers lived, according to the book, After Ten Years. Living here are Michael, wife Anna, daughters Annie, Josephine, and Mary, and Frank Kotrba and his wife Mary, and son Frank. The other people in the house don't seem to be any relation.
• Occupation: butcher at a packing house, 18 Apr 1910, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 13
• Residence, Bef 1939, 2907 Lowe Ave., Chicago, Cook, IL. 427
• Residence, 19 Apr 1940, 3714 Morton Ave., Brookfield, Cook, IL. 6 Living here are Frank Boucek as head, wife Mary, son Robert, and Ignatz Kotrba, the father-in-law.
Ignatium/Ignac/Michael married Anna Bilek, daughter of Matej Bilek and Rosalie Kuthan, on 26 Jul 1885 in Chicago, Cook , IL, USA 34.,606 (Anna Bilek was born about 1868 in Brana, Bohemia,25,106 died in Jul 1939 in Chicago, Cook , IL, USA 31 and was buried on 24 Jul 1939 in Woodlawn Cemetery, Cook, IL 793.)
Noted events in their marriage were:
• Marriage. 104 St. John Nepomucene, image 62/382.
The Cook County marriage license misspelled Anna's name, listing it as Vilek. The license has the same date as the date on the marriage cert from St. John Nepomucene Church. Joanne Prosik and Francisan Bilek were witnesses. (Frances Bilek?)