Vlckov, Czech Republic
These photos were submitted by Zdenek Krska, who lives in the city of Ceska Trebova, near Vlckov.


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Vlckov, Czechoslovakia.
Behind the church and to the right is the house where Vincent Krska was born, known as Vlckov #2.

Vlckov #2

Vlckov #2

Vlckov #2

The countryside near Vlckov, Czech Republic.

The countryside near Vlckov, Czech Republic

The countryside near Vlckov, Czech Republic

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Vlckov, Bohemia.
Anna Starmanova, wife of Jan (John) Krska and their children. L-R: (back) Josef, Hermina, and Zofie; (front) Anna, Vaclav, and Emil Krska. The children are first cousins to John Benjamin Krska, son of Vincent Krska.

Jirka, Ondra, Dana, Zdenek Krska

Jirka, Zdenek, Dana, Ales Krska

Zdenek Krska, his mother and family.

The Jeseniky Mountains, Dana Krskova.

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The Children of Jan Krska and Anna Starmanova

Emil Krska

Hermina Krska

Josef Krska

Burianek (a friend) and Vaclav Krska

Josef Krska with two of his friends, Pechacek and Frnka

Frantisek Krska and Marie Pilgrova, married 26 Feb 1920.
Frantisek is the oldest son of Jan and Anna Starmanova Krska.

11 May 1928 - The wedding of Vaclav Krska and Bozena Eliasova (in center).
On left side are Frantisek Krska and his wife, Marie, next lady is unknown as are the two men and lady on right side.
Vaclav is the youngest son of Jan and Anna Starmanova Krska.

Zdenek wrote to say that most of the ancestors were farmers and that the farms were in the villages. He said our ancestors lived close together and little villages such as Vlckov had 20 - 50 houses. Individual farms that were miles from one another are very sporadic in the Czech Republic. After "owner's equiety" system of ownership was in effect there were different levels of ownership, much like in America with owner, renter, rancher, labourer, etc.

sedlak = farmer of a big field and a farm-house which required family labour and helpers
zahradník = gardener of only a little field, which he worked himself and often he hired out to work on the other farms
chalupnik = cottager, he had only a little house, he hired out to work on the other farms
nadenik = navvy or journeyman, had only his own hands, was not an owner but hired out to work on the farms and often lived in the lodgings there.

Before 1848 all the soil, all the land, all the forests belonged to the aristocracy. They had "big farm houses" or "manors" and they rented out to the farmers, the gardeners and the cottagers and these renters had to work gratis for manor according to the size of the farm they rented. In an old chronicle of the village Vlckov is written that "Frank Krska must work 76 days in year with his vehicle (with cows or horses) for the manor." Frank did not do it himself but hired a navvy to do it and paid him out of his own pocket.

The two pictures above are of a farm in Vlckov in the first half of the 19th century. This information was sent in by Zdenek Krska, April 2004.

Zdenek also included this link to the village of Vlckov.