Matej Brabec, numbered among the substantial citizens of Saunders county, is a large landowner and a progressive
farmer, residing on section 16, Center township. He was born in Moravia, Bohemia, on the 24th of February, 1856,
a son of John and Francisca (Imbros) Brabec, both of whom were reared in that country, where they continued to
live until 1880, when they became residents of the United States. They made their way westward to Saunders county,
Nebraska, and located a mile and a half south of Weston, where the father purchased railroad land. This he improved
and cultivated until his demise, which occurred in the fall of 1897. The mother died in 1904 and is buried in a
cemetery three miles south of Weston. To them were born five children: John, who died on the home farm; Joseph
and Josephine, both of whom are living in Moravia, Bohemia; Jennie, the wife of Frank Sibera, of Weston; and Matej.
The last named attended school in his native land and resided there for a number of years after attaining his majority.
In 1880 he came with his parents to this country and at once began farming independently, cultivating land south
of Weston, Nebraska, where he remained until 1904. He then removed to his present farm, which is located on section
16, Center township, and comprises one hundred and twenty acres of excellent land. He has erected nearly all of
the buildings upon the place and keeps everything in good repair. He increases his efficiency as an agriculturist
by using improved machinery and by following up to date methods and he manages well the business phase of farming.
He has bought more land from time to time as his capital has increased and now owns in addition to his home farm
eighty acres on section 21, and three one hundred and twenty acre tracts, all in Saunders county, which are farmed
by three of his sons.
Mr. Brabec was married in David City, Nebraska, in June, 1880, to Miss Mari Divis, a native of Moravia, by whom
he has eleven children: Mary, Anton, Joseph, Mike, Lewis, Theodore, Francisca, Karolina, Augusta, Stazie and Barbara.
Mr. Brabec casts his ballot in support of the candidates and measures of the republican party but has never sought
official preferment. He and his family are communicants of the Roman Catholic church and in their daily lives are
loyal to its teachings. During the thirty five years that he has resided in this county Mr. Brabec has become well
known, and his sterling worth is attested by the fact that his circle of friends is almost coextensive with that
of his acquaintance.
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Saunders County, NE
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