Wordless Wednesday: My Fearless Nahodil Females

Rosamond Nahodil and her daughters

Rosamond Nahodil and her daughters

Mystery Monday: Rudolph Nahodil’s family?

Rudolph Nahodil arrived at Ellis Island aboard The Braunschweig on 12 April 1892; he was alone and destined for Pennsylvania.  Aside from Rudolph, his wife and their children, only four other people with the Nahodil surname are listed in the US Federal Census for the year 1900 as living in the United States.  The four are:

 

Name

Age

Location

Arrival

Notes

John Nahodil

66

Nanticoke, PA

1891

Widowed and living with his married daughter and her family.
John Nahodil

28

Nanticoke, PA

1892

Married to Kate below.
Kate Nahodil

20

Nanticoke, PA Married to John above.
Frank Nahodil

25

New York, NY

1900

Arrive in the US 2 months prior to census.
Rudolph Nahodil

42

Coal Twp., PA

1892

Arrived alone.
Rosia Nahodil

38

Coal Twp., PA

1892

Married to Rudolph above. Arrived in Philadelphia with their children.

 

Rudolph and Rosamond Nahodil have been a mystery to many of us for generations.  Nobody in my family or other Nahodil relatives I have spoken with knew anything about Rudolph’s parents or his origins.  Most family stories about Rudolph and his wife are related more to her alleged royalty as a part of a well known Austrian family.  No story ever mentions additional Nahodil family arriving before, with or after Rudolph.

 

For many years, the first glimpse of Rudolph in records after his arrival to this country showed that he lived in Coal Township, PA with his family; this continues to be the primary residence of most of his descendants.  For the same amount of years, I have wondered why the passenger list for his wife and children shows that their destination was Duryea, PA.  Heck, where is Duryea?  Well, Duryea borders Wilkes Barre, as does Nanticoke.  Over the years, I have seen a few Nahodils in and around Duryea and believe they must be related to my Nahodil family.  I have searched and searched but couldn’t connect the two…until now!

 

While researching over the weekend I ran across a new document, the 1896 City Directory for Pittston , Pennsylvania…another border town of Wilkes Barre.  This directory listed John, John Jr., Louis, and Rudolph Nahodil.  This is the first document I have for Rudolph between his arrival in the US and the 1900 census; this tells me that my assumption that he went directly to Coal Township was wrong.  Finally, it is starting to come together.

 

I have started pulling death certificates from the Pennsylvania State Archives which show that Rudolph’s father was named John and his mother was Susannah.  I have also pulled the young John’s death certificate and found that his father was named John and his mother was not known.  I am still trying to track down the elder John’s death certificate as well as his daughters to see who are listed as her parents.  Could I have finally found more of my Nahodil ancestors?  Was the elder John that was living in Nanticoke in 1900 my 3x great grandfather?  Ah, the mystery begins to unravel.

Sunday’s Obituary: Adam L. Nahodil

Soldier Previously Reported Missing Now Listed Dead

Adam Nahodil Killed In Korean Fighting

     Secretary of the Army, Frank C. Pace, Jr. yesterday informed Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Nahodil, 438 South Pearl Street, their son, Corporal Adam L. Nahodil, 20, who was listed as missing in action, was killed in Korea.

 

The telegram received by the Shamokin couple did not mention the date when Corporal Nahodil was killed. In a previous communication, the Army reported Corporal Nahodil as missing in action since October 18, 1951.

 

Two months ago, Mr. and Mrs. Nahodil received a telegram notifying them their son was missing in action.  When the first telegram was received, Frederick Nahodil, the father, veteran of World War I, was a patient in Lebanon Veterans Hospital.

 

Adam L. Nahodil on right during training at Fort Knox.

Adam L. Nahodil on right during training at Fort Knox.

Corporal Nahodil was assigned to Company A, Fifth Cavalry Regiment, First Cavalry Division.  He arrived in Korea in June 1951.  The local soldier enlisted in the Army May 25, 1950, and received training at Fort Knox, Ky., and Camp Breckenridge, Ky.

 

Adam L. Nahodil was born February 4, 1931, in Shamokin, son of Frederick and Flossie (Lynn) Nahodil.  He attended Grant School and Shamokin High School.  The local service man was employed at an independent mining operation before enlisting in is Army unit.  The late soldier was a member of St. John Reformed Church.

 

Two other sons of the local couple are serving in the Army, Private First Class Blyler Nahodil, 19, is stationed in Germany.  He enlisted in the Army one month after Corporal Adam Nahodil.  Another son, Staff Sergeant George Nahodil, 28, was recalled to active duty by the Organized Reserve Corps and is assigned to Fairchild Air Force Base, Fairchild, Wash.

 

Survivors include the parents and the following brothers and sister, in addition to Blyler and George; Fred, of Chester, Edward, John and Jacqueline, at home.

 

Friday, January 11, 1952 , Shamokin News-Dispatch

 

Adam L. Nahodil is buried atop Shamokin Cemetery with his mother and siblings.

Adam L. Nahodil is buried atop Shamokin Cemetery with his mother and siblings.

Funeral Held for Late Service Man

     Funeral services for Corporal Adam L. Nahodil, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Nahodil, 438 South Pearl Street, were held this afternoon in the family home.  Rev. Leroy C. Brumbaugh, pastor of Salem Reformed Church, officiated.  Burial was in Shamokin Cemetery.

 

The body of Corporal Nahodil was recently returned to this country from Korea, and arrived in Shamokin Monday night on a Reading Company train.

 

Corporal Nahodil, who was assigned to Company A Fifth Cavalry Regiment, First Cavalry Division, was first reported missing October 18, 1951.  Mr. and Mrs. Nahodil were notified January 10 that their son was killed in action.  The communication did not mention the date when Corporal Nahodil was killed.

 

The local soldier enlisted in the Army May 25, 1950 and received training at Fort Knox, Ky. and Camp Breckenridge, Ky.  He arrived in Korea in June 1951. Corporal Nahodil, a machine gunner, attended Shamokin High School.  Before enlisting in the Army he was employed at an independent mining operation in the area.

 

Mr. and Mrs. Nahodil have two other sons who are serving in the Army.  Private First Class Blyler Nahodil, is stationed in Germany. Staff Sergeant George Nahodil, who was recalled to active duty by the Organized Reserve Corps, is assigned to Fairchild Air Force Base, Fairchild, Wash.

 

Survivors include the parents and the following brothers and sisters in addition to Blyler and George; Fred, of Chester, Edward, John, and Jacqueline, at home.

 

Thursday, February 14, 1952 , Shamokin News-Dispatch

Wordless Wednesday: Frederick Nahodil during World War I

Frederick Nahodil (on left) during World War I

Frederick Nahodil (on left) and guys having a light moment during World War I

Family Recipe Friday: Rudy’s Apple Cake

George R. Nahodil's wonderful recipe for apple cake.

George R. Nahodil’s wonderful recipe for apple cake.

This is the first time this recipe is being sharing with the world.  I grew up watching my grandfather make this apple cake and to this day it is the only apple cake I have ever liked.

 

On one visit, he told me that it was time to learn how to bake this treasured cake for future generations of my family to enjoy as I have.  Though he never used a written recipe (like I need to), he did help me write this out during one of his last bakings in the year leading up to his passing.  I’m not sure if it is my inability to cook or bake anything or just my being sentimental but I have yet to attempt to make Rudy’s Apple Cake.

 

As I was reviewing the recipe, I could help but notice that it doesn’t really take that long to make yet it always seemed like an all day production to me…must have been my anticipation and impatience.

Wordless Wednesday: Hanging in the woods 100 years ago?

Frank Nahodil (front right) and two unknown men

Frank Nahodil (front right) and two unknown men

Wordless Wednesday: Halloween or just another day?

Nahodil children

Nahodil children

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