Vaclav Chmelka, who owns and operates an excellent farm of two hundred and forty acres in Elk precinct, is a
native of Bohemia, born October 28, 1857, and remained in his native land until 1870, when, as a lad of about thirteen
years, he emigrated to the United States, making his way to Saunders county, Nebraska, where he still lives. For
about seven years he worked as a hired hand and then invested the capital which he had saved in eighty acres of
land, to which he subsequently added until he now owns two hundred and forty acres on section 27, Elk precinct.
He raises high grade cattle and hogs but does not confine himself to that industry, as he is also engaged in general
farming. He is industrious and prompt in his work, and the success which he has gained is the natural result of
his well directed labor.
Mr. Chmelka was married on the 4th of July, 1885, to Miss Antonia Svoboda, by whom he has four children: Frank;
James and Joseph, both of whom are living in Thurston; and Mary, a resident of Omaha.
Mr. Chmelka served in the army while living in Bohemia, thus complying with the laws of the land. Since becoming
a naturalized American citizen he has supported the republican party and takes a commendable interest in everything
relating to the public welfare. He has resided in the county for forty five years and during that time has not
only witnessed the remarkable transformation which has converted a sparsely settled district into a populous and
prosperous farming section but has done his share in bringing about the change.
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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