Thomas Simanek, actively engaged in business at Prague as a grain and lumber merchant, enjoys the friendly regard
of all with whom he comes in contact and is familiarly known throughout his town as Tom. He was born in Bohemia,
January 14, 1854, the eldest in a family of eight children whose parents were Joseph and Elizabeth (Kadlec) Simanek,
both of whom have now passed away. In the year 1868 the family came to the new world and the father secured a homestead
claim of eighty acres on section 14, Elk precinct, Saunders county, there carrying on farming until his death,
which occurred in 1872.
Thomas Simanek spent the period of his later youth and early manhood upon that farm, being a lad of fourteen years
at the time of the emigration to the new world. At his father's death the management and cultivation of the farm
devolved upon him and he concentrated his energies upon its further development and improvement, being thus busily
engaged until 1898. In the meantime the boundaries of the farm had been extended until it comprised two hundred
acres. Mr. Simanek disposed of that property in 1893 and concentrated his attention upon other interests. When
Prague was first established and he was still running the farm he started an elevator and lumber business there
in partnership with H. A. Fisher. This relationship was maintained until 1900, when Mr. Fisher sold out his interest
to Mr. Simanek, who later admitted his son Thomas to a partnership in the elevator business, which is conducted
under the style of Simanek & Son. However, he remains alone in the lumber trade. Both of his interests have
assumed large proportions and his business is now gratifying and extensive. His plans are carefully formed and
promptly executed and he is regarded as a man of excellent business judgment as well as enterprise.
On the 17th of January, 1875, Mr. Simanek was married to Miss Filomena Frohner, who died February 27, 1900. He
afterward wedded Frances Malach, and they had one child, Clara. The children of the first marriage are: Charles,
who is engaged in farming in Kansas; Thomas, who is in the elevator business with his father at Prague; Ignatius,
assisting his father in the lumber business; Mary, the wife of Frank Paclik, of Weston, Nebraska; Rose, the wife
of Joseph F. Kucera; Stanley; Blanche; Emma; Edith; and Julia.
In politics Mr. Simanek is a democrat and has taken an active part in promoting the growth and insuring the success
of the party. For ten or twelve years he served as a member of the town, board, making a most excellent record
in that position. In 1887 he was elected to the state legislature and served for one term. For a long period he
has been connected with the school board as chairman and as treasurer, and the cause of education finds in him
a stalwart champion. At the present time he is not very active in politics but keeps well informed on the questions
and issues of the day. In fact, he is a well read man along many lines and, moreover, he possesses good business
ability and sound judgment. He is still very active personally, buying all lumber for his yards, and whatever he
undertakes he carries forward to successful completion. His labors have been a most potent element in the upbuilding
and development of Prague, the town being largely a monument to his industry and public spirit.
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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