J. J. STASKA.
There is a large Bohemian settlement in Saunders county and their labors have contributed in large measure to the
development and improvement of the district in which they live. J. J. Staska is regarded as a most enterprising
business man, active, progressive and influential. He now owns and conducts a large hardware and implement business
and his careful management contributes to the growing success of the undertaking. He was born in Moravia, Bohemia,
May 31, 1874, a son of Joseph and Teraie (Rezac) Staska, who were also natives of that country and came to the
United States thirty nine years ago. Landing on the east coast, they made their way by rail to Fremont, Nebraska,
and thence by wagon to Wahoo. They settled near Linwood upon a farm, which they occupied for two years, at the
end of which time they removed to a farm about five miles southwest of the present site of Weston, although there
was no town at that time, their nearest trading point being Wahoo. It was a tract of raw prairie which Joseph Staska
secured and his energies brought about its development and improvement, his labors resulting in converting it into
a valuable and productive farm, upon which he lived until 1892, when he purchased a place a half mile south of
Weston and there resided until twenty one years ago. At that time he purchased a hardware and implement business
in Weston and ably and successfully carried on the business until 1900, when he sold out to his sons.
J. J. Staska has spent almost his entire life in Saunders county. In his youthful days he was upon the home farm
and also spent a portion of his youth in the town of Weston, acquiring his education in the public schools. In
1900, when his father sold out, J. J. Staska was one of the purchasers of the business and on the 10th of October,
1905, he purchased the interest of his brother in the store, which he has since been conducting independently.
He carries a large line of hardware and agricultural implements, his stock containing everything to be found in
a first class establishment of this character. He has purchased a building across the street from his store, which
he uses as a warehouse, and he has ever one thousand feet of floor space, a fact which gives some idea of the development
of the business since he has taken complete charge of it. From time to time he has developed additional features
of his trade and today he has one of the foremost hardware and implement establishments in Saunders county, owning
all of the buildings which he uses in connection with the conduct of his business. He also owns his own residence,
which he erected, and in addition he has two hundred and forty acres of good land near Weston.
Mr. Staska married Miss Anna Skokan, a native of this county and of Bohemian parentage. They have become the parents
of eight children: Anna, Ed and Emil, all at home; Otillie, deceased; Mary; Henrietta; John; and Terezie.
In politics Mr. Staska is a stanch republican, having always given stalwart support to the party since gaining
the right of franchise. He belongs to Weston Camp, No. 2676, M. W. A., of which he is now serving as banker, and
he holds membership with the Catholic Union of Weston. He and all of his family are communicants of the Catholic
church and he takes a most active and helpful interest in its upbuilding, contributing generously to its support.
In fact, his interest extends to all those lines which tend to promote progress and improvement in the district
in which he lives and as a business man he has won a creditable reputation for progressiveness and reliability.
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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