Joamis Kuthan
Marie Roubik
Matej Bilek
Rosalie Kuthan
(Abt 1844-1895)
Frank J. Bilek Sr.
(1867-After 1930)


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Anna Novak

Frank J. Bilek Sr. 13,607

  • Born: Mar 1867, Brana, Bohemia 3,13,34,606
  • Marriage: Anna Novak on 22 Jan 1888 in Chicago, Cook , IL, USA 606
  • Died: After 1930

bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Immigration, 19 Apr 1873, Castle Garden, NY, NY. 608 Coming over were parents Rosalia and Matej (listed as Mathias), Maria, Joseph, Rosalie, Franz, Anna, and Elizabeth. Came steerage on the ship, Smidt, departing from Bremen, Germany, place of origin listed as Germany.
From rootsweb:
Further to Harry's post, the details of the SMIDT may be of interest. She
was the first ocean going steamer built on the River Weser, or probably in
Germany as a whole.Owned by Capt. H. Raschen and partners, she sailed from
Geestemunde (between Bremen and Bremerhaven) on 4th Apr.1868 with cargo and
766 passengers. She experienced strong westerly gales during the entire
passage and did not reach New York until 3rd May. Altogether she landed
3,032 passengers at NY in 1868 during the course of 4 voyages, the last
three starting at Bremerhaven. The SMIDT's first voyage in 1869 nearly ended
in disaster. She left Bremerhaven on 11th Jan., called at London and didn't
reach New York until 5th March after experiencing a severe hurricane. She
shipped a huge sea which washed the bridge overboard and filled the second
cabin and engine room half full of water, lost deck stores and everything
moveable on deck. The passengers suffered greatly. She made a further 7
round voyages in 1869-70 and then trace was lost for nearly two years,
partly on account of the Franco-Prussian War. It appears that she changed
ownership as she is recorded as being owned by Bremer Dampschiffahrt Ges. in
1872. She made 9 New York voyages in 1872-73 and in 1874 was sold to
Siedenburg & Wendt, Bremen who removed her engines and ran her for more than
20 years as a 3-masted barque.

1,672 gross tons, length 210ft x beam 39.5ft, one funnel, two masts, iron
hull, single screw, speed 9 knots. Built by Johan Lange, Bremen, she was
launched for H. Raschen on 16th Dec.1867. Her maiden voyage started 4th
Apr.1868 when she left Geestemunde for London and New York and her second
voyage from Bremen - New York commenced 26th Jun.1868. On 9th Oct.1873 she
started her 20th and last New York sailing and in 1874 was sold, engines
removed and converted to three masted barque. In Oct.-Nov. 1896 she was
abandoned at sea, towed to Fayal, Azores and later to Hamburg where she was
condemned. 1897 scrapped South Wales. [North Atlantic Seaway, vol.2, p.720
by N. R. P. Bonsor]

Alt. Name: Francis/Franz, Jun 1880, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 25,68

Alt. Birth, 1852. 14

Alt. Birth, 1877, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 14,25 This can't be right, or he'd be 11 when he married. Maybe the marriage records are either wrong or I've got the wrong Francis attached because the 1880 census lists him as being 3 years old, too. 1880 census has him as being born in Chicago.

Residence, 17 Jun 1880, 506 29th St., Chicago, Cook, IL. 609 Living in this home are Michel, Rosa, Francis, Katie, Elizabeth, Rosa, Annie, and Frank.

Employment: Machinist, 16 Jun 1880, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 25

Citizenship, Sep 1889, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 610 The 1892 voter registration records show he was naturalized 9-1889 in the Court of Cook County. (Could the word "Superior" have been erased in front? It looks as though something was erased.) It also shows as of 5-1892, he'd lived in the precinct, county, and state for 20 years... same as Michael Bilek, and they're living in the same house. This leads me to believe they immigrated together. No other Bileks in the 1892 voter registration rolls have been in the same precinct, county, & state for 20 years.

Residence: from 1890 Voter Registration rolls, 1890. 553 There were Frank Bileks living at: 119 Forquer St. This one has been in the precinct 18 years, county 18 years, and state 18 years. He was naturalized on a "not known" date in a court "not known".
Another Frank lived at 419 W. 17th, born in Bohemia, in precinct 2 1/2 years, county 18 years, and state 18 years. He was naturalized on 10-21-1884 in the superior court of Cook Cty.

Residence, May 1892, 478 29th St., Chicago, Cook, IL. 610

Residence, 1896, possibly 617 W. 18th, Chicago, Cook, IL. 85 Other possibilities for this year include: 1221 S. Spaulding (carpenter); 623 Centre (cigars); 5118 S. Lincoln (foreman); 126 Liberty (laborer); 171 W. 19th (laborer); 979 W. 18th (laborer); 119 Forquer (no occ. listed).

Residence, 1897, See list of possibilities below. 85 588 S. Center (confectioner); 126 Liberty (decorator); 119 Forquer (laborer); 979 W. 18th (laborer); 1227 S. Troy (laborer). The Frank at the Forquer address registered to vote in 1890.

Residence, 1898, See list of possibilities below. 85 6639 S. Halsted (tailor at Bilek, Wernich, and Wunder located at 300 W. 69th); 236 25th (janitor); 119 Forquer (laborer); 171 W. 19th (laborer); 419 W. 17th (laborer); 979 W. 18th (laborer); 1186 S. Albany (laborer).

Employment: Machinist at a woodworking establishment, 5 Jun 1900, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 34

Residence: Ward 5, 5 Jun 1900, 2953 Emerald Ave., Chicago, Cook, IL. 34 Living in the house were Frank, his wife Anna, Sons Frank Jr., Jacob, and daughters Mary, Fannie, Annie, Jacob, and Josephine. Also living here were families by the name of Struss. These were all renters.

Residence, Mar 1906, 2939 S. Halsted, Chicago, Cook, IL. 71 Not positive of this, but it's very probable. Residence based on birth and death of daughter Rose Bilek at this address in Feb/Mar 1906.

Religion: Catholic, 1906, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 104 Records of death of Rose Bilek in the St. John Nepomucene Funeral Records, listed as Deaths 1888-1925. Image 40/63.

Residence, 23 Apr 1910, 2939 S. Halsted, Chicago, Cook, IL. 13 Living here are Frank as head, wife Anna, and children Frank, Mary, Frances, Anna, Jacob, Rudolph, and Barbara.

Occupation: woodworker for sash & door company, 22 Apr 1910, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 13 Also listed as a woodworker in the city directory for 1911.

Residence, 1911, 2928 Emerald Ave., Chicago, Cook, IL. 85

Legal: suit, Superior Court, 1916, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 116 In 1910, a John C. Harding was a newspaper printer from England, living with his brother at 2119 Bingham Street, Ward 28.
On 11-16-1916, a "Frank J. Bilek of 1638 Blue Island ave., a printer, twice exonerated on a charge of using the union label without leave, brought suit for $50,000 against the Allied Printing Trades council and against John C. Harding and sixty others as members, yesterday, charging malicious prosecution." From a Chicago Tribune article entitled, Printer Sues Union Heads." This same Frank J. Bilek later became secretary of the Chicago West Town Chamber of Commerce, residing at the same address as above on March 29, 1930. Another article features him dated 8-17-1931 entitled West Side Business Representatives Support Plan for Elevated Highway.

Residence: house, 9 Jan 1920, 2959 Parnell Ave., Chicago, Cook, IL. 14 He was living here with daughter Frances and her family, and his son, Frank.

In the News: Ran for Trustee of the Sanitary District?, Mar 1930, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 611 Ran on the republican ballot for the primary April 8.

Residence, 11 Apr 1930, 3036 Normal Ave., Chicago, Cook, IL. 3 He was living here with his son-in-law, Charles Preusser and the family. Also living here is his son, Frank.

Occupation: finisher at a sash & door factory, 11 Apr 1930, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 3

Divorce Filing: divorced according to 1930 census. 3


Frank married Anna Novak, daughter of George Novak and Anna Srneel, on 22 Jan 1888 in Chicago, Cook , IL, USA.606 (Anna Novak was born in Jan 1870 in Pocinovice, Bohemia 13,34,606.)

bullet  Noted events in their marriage were:

Marriage, 22 Jan 1888. 104 St. John Nepomucene image 70/382. Witnesses were Jacob Mikl and Joanne Repa.

bullet  Marriage Notes:

Married by Francis Bobal, the Catholic priest who married other Bileks -- source: Cook County Marriages, 1871-1920,

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