Among the prosperous farmers and stock raisers of Stocking township is Joseph Lanik, who was born in Moravia, Austria,
in February, 1862, a son of Frank and Townie (Rezac) Lank, also natives of Moravia. When our subject was fourteen
years of age the family emigrated to the United States and, making their way to the middle west located on section
8 Stocking township, this county. The father first purchased a relinquishment and a number of head of stock and
began farming and stock raising. He made many improvements upon his place, where he continued to reside until his
death in 1906. He had long survived his wife, who died about a year after the arrival of the family in this county.
Both were buried in the Catholic cemetery near Wahoo. They were the parents of two children, the brother of our
subject being John, who is now living retired in Wahoo.
Joseph Lanik attended school in Bohemia for six years and after the family came to this country he continued his
education here. He remained at home with his father and after the latter's demise became the owner of the farm
of one hundred acres. He has improved the place and is at present remodeling the residence. He raises graded stock
in addition to growing grain and receives a gratifying income from his land.
When eighteen years old Mr Lanik was married to Miss Frantiska Konecky, also a native of Moravia, who came with
her parents to this country three years before her husband's family emigrated here. Mr. and Mrs. Lanik have become
the parents of fifteen children: Mary, who died when fourteen years old; one who died in infancy; Bessie, who also
died in infancy; Fanny, the wife of Frank Kunasek, a farmer of this county; Daisy, at home; Tonie, the wife of
Joseph Wrana, a farmer living near Bee, Nebraska; Emma, at home; Anna, the wife of Stanley Jirovsky, of Schuyler,
Nebraska; Agnes, at home; Joseph, who is farming two miles southeast of Wahoo; and Frank, Rose, Mary, Bessie and
Louis, all at home.
Mr. Lanik is a republican and is now serving as road overseer. He and his family are communicants of the Catholic
church and seek to further the spread of its influence. He is also indentified with the Catholic Union of Wahoo.
He has made mangy friends in this county and those who are most closely associated with him hold him in the highest
regard, which is evidence of an upright life.
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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