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Saint John Nepomuk Church
125th Anniversary Book

1854 - 1979

Anyone with Czech ancestors will be most interested in the 125th Anniversary Book of Saint John Nepomuk Church, the oldest Czech Catholic church in America.

The 224 pages are loaded with Czech history in Saint Louis, America, and the world, along with pictures of the church and its people. It gives quite a bit of insite into life of the 19th century Czech immigrant to America.

Saint John Nepomuk was the Mother Church for almost all Catholic settlers from eastern Europe to Saint Louis, Missouri in the 19th and early 20th century.

The Saint John Nepomuk parish buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Seven structures compose the Saint John Nepomuk Historic District.

This magnificent Czech church is a must visit site if you are ever in Saint Louis. Masses are celebrated at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, 9:00 a.m. Sunday, 12:00 noon on Thursday and 8:30 a.m. on Friday.

A limited quantity of the book is available for $5.00 plus $2.00 postage and handling from:

Saint John Nepomuk Church
1625 South 11th Street
Saint Louis, MO 63104

A picture of some of the founding members of Saint John Nepomuk Catholic Church in the book included members of the Primasova, Slezakova, Marek, Hlasivcova, Blahocova, Malecek, Wolf, Zika, Jirouch, Peleska, Pasek, Bartos, Komeraus, Siman, Suda, and Kacer families.

Baptisms in 1854 included the Marstein, Novotny, Tintera, Peleska, Kosel, Meyer, Hubacek, Kosmata, and Matejka surnames.

First Communicants of 1854 included the Tintera, Kaspar, Barton, Hlavsa, Novy, Medek, Toran, Simunek, Hlavsa, Sauer, Sucha, Pavelec, Rericha, Bierhaust, Savata, Hasvan, Bosteta, Zahradnik, Primisa, Ruspiva, Medek, Smat, Benda, Sykora, Kleminsova, Voracek, Masek, Hora, Selhavy, Melka, Vanicek, and Klusak surnames.

In 1854 Archbishop Peter Richard Kenrick confirmed members of the Stech, Masek, Jirouch, Hlavsa, Kaspar, Tintera, Simon, Barton, Simunek, Forst, Kotlik, Stuchlik, Zika, Simon, Pavelec, Ladman, Cernuch, Sauer, Novy, Vandas, Toran, Cerny, Medek, Tomesek, Svacina, Suda, Sykora, Fajtrlik, Cervenka, Bierhaust, Michalek, Glaser, Novak, Turecek, Sery, Masek, Rericha, Kadlec, Habora, Ouhrabka, Pechal, Pazdernik, Blaha, Hubacek, Smola, Mayer, Wolf, Selhavy, Stanger, Benda, Smat, Zahradnik, Hajsman, Bastel, Ruspiva, Hessel, Hora, Klaudius, Voracek, Primasa, Rericha, Sauer, Savata, Gerauch, Jicha, Hasman, Semora, Vanicek, Hasek, Sebala, Svetec, Prochazka, Cervenka, Tolar, Treffen, Duspiva, Melek, Hertz, Krizek, Hedvika, Kulka, Satava, Suva, Suchy, Smola, Voracek, Claudius, Jedlicka, Bakula, Chot, Malecek, Miksicek, and Duchek families.

The above families rank among the earliest Czech immigrants to the Midwest.

From Saint Louis, many families went on to join other Czech settlements across the heartland of America.

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