Biography of Joseph F. Mlejnek
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JOSEPH F. MLEJNEK.
Capably and satisfactorily filling the position of chief baker at the Napa State Hospital is Joseph F. Mlejnek, who is a man of excellent character and is recognized as an expert in his particular line of work. He is a native of Czecho-Slovakia, born on the 11th of September, 1879, and is a son of Joseph and Frances (Podzimek) Mlejnek. The father was a miller, owning a flour and sawmill in his native land, and in 1888 he came to the United States, where he was employed at his trade, that of a cabinetmaker. At the end of five years he returned to the old country and brought the mother and two daughters to the United States, locating in Racine, Wisconsin, where they established their permanent home and where he spent the remainder of his life.

Joseph F. Mlejnek attended the Czech public schools and was then apprenticed to the baker's trade, being located in the German-speaking section of the country. When he was sixteen years of age, and having completed his apprenticeship, he came to the United States, going at once to Racine, Wisconsin, where he attended the public schools and also studied at night, being intensely ambitious for an education. About that time the father met death by drowning and the son was compelled to go to work in order to assist in the support of the family. After the breaking out of the Spanish-American war, Mr. Mlejnek enlisted in Company L of the Seventh Regiment of United States Infantry, with which he went to the Philippine islands as a baker. He was there put in charge of the post bakery, remaining for a year, and was then transfererd to Alaska, where he was put in charge of the baking plant at St. Michael. He was finally discharged from the service at San Francisco, after which he took a course in a business college and passed the examinations with high grades. In the meantime he had returned to the baking trade and was employed at the Palace Hotel and the Del Monte Hotel at Monterey, spending two years in all at that work, under famous Swiss and French pastry chefs, and during that period he also attended a Young Men's Christian Association night school. In 1905 Dr. Stone, who was in charge of the Napa State Hospital, heard of Mr. Mlejnek and offered him the position of chief baker at that institution, which he accepted, and his long retention there is sufficient evidence of his ability and skill. In 1921 Mr. Mlejnek took a course in chemistry and technology, appertaining to the baking industry, in order better to perfect himself in his calling, and he is today recognized as an adept in his line. He gives thoughtful and intelligent direction to his work, which has been entirely satisfactory to the hospital management, and he has two principal assistants, while fifteen others are employed in the baking department.

Mr. Mlejnek was married to Miss Catherine Chmclik, a native of Wisconsin. Fraternally he is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, in all of its branches, the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and the Woodmen of the World, while politically he gives his support to the republican party and is interested in public affairs. Though having begun life practically at the bottom of the ladder, his grim determination and earnest and persistent efforts have brought him success in his calling.

From:
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
and Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago 1926


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