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Jan "John" Jirousek

Male 1847 - 1929  (82 years)


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  • Name Jan "John" Jirousek  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Nickname John 
    Born 14 Aug 1847  Kvetov, Písek, Jihoceský kraj, Bohemia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Gender Male 
    Died 16 Nov 1929  Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Notes 
    • The son of Frank Jirousek and Marie Vitek.

      Cleveland 1900 City Directory p. 546

      Jirousek, John Foreman 74 Petrie (also living at that address were sons Edward and James)

      The following was excerpted from a translation of Jan Jirousek's obituary. It was written by Al. Zak and translated by Betty Stribrny.

      Jan Jirousek was a true and generous type of Czech immigrant from Tabor. He was a man of vigorous heart and true and Christian love. He was born in Kvet near Milevska in Czechy, area Tabor...the son of a poor farmer. His father died unexpectedly and his mother, loving her children dearly, never remarried but took care of the farm herself. His schooling was very short as was that of most village boys of that area. He came to this country in 1866, about 19 years old. In fact, he arrived on his namesday, St. Jan Nepomocene, May 16 and on the Fourth of July the same year he played in a holiday parade downtown. In a few years after his arrival in Cleveland, Mr. Jirousek married a very young girl of the family Beznoska. The wedding supper was held at the bride's home on the north side, the now gone Croton Street, near the old Forest Street. The wedding dance was held in one of the first Czech inns....during the festivities...an oil lamp was knocked over...and a conflagaration started. Everyone attempted to save themselves. The men helped the women to escape as did the young groom who saved his young bride. The fire was quickly extinguished and in the middle of the floor where a hold had been burnt through the men placed empty beer barrels and the dance continued....

      For many years Mr. Jirousek was employed as a cooper. For 20 years he was an active musician. He was also the superintendant of the coopers at Standard Oil company, where under his guidance worked many Czech musicians and other of his countrymen. After the invention of metal barrels, Mr. Jirousek became a real estate dealer. He was the one that did the most to enable fellow Czechs to purchase homes...For sometime, E. 53 off Fleet Avenue was named for him.

      He was a devoted Democrat. For many years he worked as an inspector of bridges for the city, and as foreman for street paving and as an inspector for voitng booths, until the year 1915 when his age demanded a retirement...

      He was also a great worker in Catholic circles. Twice he became president of the First Central Czech-Catholic Unit. He was among the first of those who worked towards the building of the little church St. Vaclav, on Arch and Burwell Streets...

      In the 1880s he wrote in the St. Louis "Hlasu" and "Volnosti" (Voice and Freedom) small articles of a satyrical nature and later he even wrote stories into the "American." His nom de plume for the St. Louis articles was J. Kvetovsky (his home town).

      Several times he opened a business but poor economic and work conditions caused him to fail. Another reason was the fact that he had a symphathetic nature and a big heart for the poor which made it difficult for him to prosper....

      At his coffin was his faithful, grieving wife of 60 years, who shared the ups and downs of life with him and raised 15 children and lost three sons prior to his own death. Their last eldest son, William, is now traveling in Europe visiting this parent's homeland. It will be a terrible blow to him when he returns to find his beloved father gone.

      (Courtesty of Caroline Mastny, Schuyler, Nebraska)

      Kay Rybak noted his Ohio death certificate was #69505; and showed him as 82 years, 3 months, 2 days of age, and married to Theresa. They had resided on 12922 Marston at the time of his death, and his widow, Theresa, was the informant.
    • (Research):

      Census Listings:

      1880 Census
      Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio
      Source:FHL Film 1255008 National Archives Film T9-1008 Page 47A
      From the Familysearch 1880 United States Census and National Index
      RelationSexMarrRaceAgeBirthplace
      John JIROUSEK Self M M W 33 BOHEMIA Occ:Retail Grocer Fa: BOHEMIA Mo: BOHEMIA
      Theresa JIROUSEK Wife F M W 27 BOHEMIA Occ:Keeps House Fa: BOHEMIA Mo: BOHEMIA
      John JIROUSEK Son M S W 10 OH Occ:At School Fa: BOHEMIA Mo: BOHEMIA
      Frank JIROUSEK Son M  S W 9 OH Fa: BOHEMIA Mo: BOHEMIA
      Charles JIROUSEK Son M S W 7 OH Fa: BOHEMIA Mo: BOHEMIA
      Edward JIROUSEKSon M S W 5 OH Fa: BOHEMIA Mo: BOHEMIA
      Bedrich JIROUSEKSon M S W 4 OH Fa: BOHEMIA Mo: BOHEMIA
      Vaclav JIROUSEKSon M S W 2 OH Fa: BOHEMIA Mo: BOHEMIA
      William JIROUSEK Son M S W 10 M OH Fa: BOHEMIA Mo: BOHEMIA

      1900 Census
      Cleveland, District 120, Cuyahoga County, Ohio
      Jirousek, John Head W M Aug 1847 52 M 31 Bohemia emi 1867 NA Foreman
      Jirousek, Theresa Wife W F May 1853 47 M 31 15/14 Bohemia 1865
      Jirousek, William Son W M Jul 1879 20 S Ohio Lanotype operator
      Jirousek, Mary Dtr W F Apr 1881 19 S Ohio Tailoress
      Jirousek, Joseph Son W M Mar 1883 17 S Ohio Priso Fuder
      Jirousek, Ciril Son W M Apr 1885 15 S Ohio Tailor
      Jirousek, Stanley Son W M Mar 1887 13 S Ohio At School
      Jirousek, Louise Dtr W F Mar 1889 11 S Ohio At School
      Jirousek, Amelia Dtr W F Jul 1891 8 S Ohio At School
      Jirousek, Emil Son W M Aug 1893 6 S Ohio At School
      Jirousek, Rose Dtr W F May 1896 4 S

      1910 Census
      Cleveland, Ward 16, ED 246, Cuyahoga County, Ohio
      John Jirousek Head M W  62 M1 41 Austria-Bohemia
      Theresa   "     Wife F W 56 M1 41Austria-Bohemia Mother 15/14 living
      Stanley    "     Son M W 23 Born Ohio  Tinner Paint Shop
      Louisa     "      Dtr F W 21 Born Ohio  Taileress Ladies Garments
      Amalia     "     Dtr F W 18 Born Ohio  Sales Lady Dept Store
      Emil        "      Son M W 16 Born Ohio Machinist Machine Shop
      Rosie      "      Dtr F W 13 Born Ohio

      1920 Census
      Cleveland W 13, ED 265, Cuyahoga County, Ohio
      Jirousek, John Hd M W 72 M 1867 Na 1874 Bohemia Bohemia Bohemia
      Jirousek, Theresa Wf F w 67 M 1865 Na Bohemia Bohemia Bohemia
      Jirousek, Louise Dtr F W 30 D Ohio Bohemia Bohemia Forelady Clothing Factory

      Kay Rybak notes that in 1930, the widowed Theresa, age 76, was still in Cleveland, on 12910 Marston.
    Person ID I11862  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 27 Nov 2014 

    Family Terezie "Theresia" Beznoska,   b. 14 May 1853, Beroun, Stredoceský kraj, Bohemia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Apr 1932, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 4 Apr 1869  Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Children 
     1. John S. Jirousek,   b. Aft 1869, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Nov 1961, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 91 years)
     2. Frank Stefan Jirousek,   b. 21 Mar 1871, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Aug 1921, Cleveland City Cemetery, Cleveland, Liberty County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)
     3. Charles Jirousek,   b. Abt 1873, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Feb 1957, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 84 years)
     4. Edward L. Jirousek,   b. Abt 1875, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 May 1900, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 25 years)
     5. Frederick S. Jirousek,   b. Mar 1877, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jan 1929, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 51 years)
     6. James Stephan Jirousek,   b. Abt 1878, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1942, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 64 years)
     7. William E. Jirousek,   b. 23 Jul 1879, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Apr 1969, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
     8. Female Jirousek,   b. 23 Jul 1879, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     9. Mary Jirousek,   b. 5 Apr 1881, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jun 1972, Cleveland, Bradley County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
     10. Joseph Franklin Jirousek,   b. 20 Mar 1883, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Nov 1951, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     11. Cyril M. Jirousek,   b. 19 Apr 1885, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr 1949, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     12. Stanley William Jirousek,   b. 13 Mar 1887, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1963, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     13. Louise Blanche Jirousek,   b. 7 Mar 1889, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jun 1968, Shaker Heights, Cuyahoga County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     14. Amelia Jirousek,   b. 8 Jul 1892, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Sep 1985  (Age 93 years)
     15. Emil L. Jirousek,   b. 23 Aug 1893, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1971, Chagrin Falls, Cuyahoga County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     16. Rose A. Jirousek,   b. 25 May 1896, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Dec 1950, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)
    Last Modified 9 Dec 2006 
    Family ID F3777  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 14 Aug 1847 - Kvetov, Písek, Jihoceský kraj, Bohemia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 4 Apr 1869 - Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 16 Nov 1929 - Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Kvetov, Czech Republic, World War I Monument
    Kvetov, Czech Republic, World War I Monument
    Joe Zak took this photo of a World War I monument, with the names of two men with the last name Jirousek, near the small town of Kvetov in the Czech Republic (about 7KM from Milevsko). It is highly probable that these men were related to Jan Jirousek of Kvetov, who settled in Cleveland, Ohio in 1866. This photo is a close-up of the names (names are written on all sides), the second photo is a close-up of the middle of the memorial.

    PLEASE EMAIL IF YOU HAVE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE JIROUSEK FAMILY OF EITHER KVETOV or CLEVELAND.

  • Sources 
    1. [S343] Beznoska, Gordon--Family Researcher (phoebe@home.com).

    2. [S308] 1880 United States Federal Census [Ancestry.com database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005., (1880 U.S. Census Index provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints © Copyright 1999 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. All use is subject to the limited use license and other terms and conditions applicable to this site. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Tenth Census of the United States, 1880. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1880. T9, 1,454 rolls. This database is an index to 50 million individuals enumerated in the 1880 United States Federal Census. Census takers recorded many details including each person's name, address, occupation, relationship to the head of household, race, sex, age at last birthday, marital status, place of birth, parents’ place of birth. Additionally, the names of those listed on the population schedule are linked to actual images of the 1880 Federal Census.), Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio  Source:FHL Film 1255008 National Archives Film T9-1008 Page 47A  From the Familysearch 1880 United States Census and National Index (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S384] 1900 United States Federal Census [Ancestry.com database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004, (Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls. This database is an index to individuals enumerated in the 1900 United States Federal Census, the Twelfth Census of the United States. Census takers recorded many details including each person's name, address, relationship to the head of household, color or race, sex, month and year of birth, age at last birthday, marital status, number of years married, the total number of children born of the mother, the number of those children living, birthplace, birthplace of father and mother, if the individual was foreign born, the year of immigration and the number of years in the United States, the citizenship status of foreign-born individuals over age twenty-one, occupation, and more. Additionally, the names of those listed on the population schedule are linked to actual images of the 1900 Federal Census.), Cleveland, District 120, Cuyahoga County, Ohio (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S481] 1910 United States Federal Census [Ancestry.com database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006, (For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1910. T624, 1,178 rolls. This database is an index to the head of households enumerated in the 1910 United States Federal Census, the Thirteenth Census of the United States. In addition, each indexed name is linked to actual images of the 1910 Federal Census. The information recorded in the census includes: name, relationship to head of family, age at last birthday, sex, color or race, whether single, married, widowed, or divorced, birthplace, birthplace of father and mother, and more.), Cleveland, Ward 16, ED 246, Cuyahoga County, Ohio (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S483] 1920 United States Federal Census [Ancestry.com database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005, (For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the NARA web page. This database is an index to individuals enumerated in the 1920 United States Federal Census, the Fourteenth Census of the United States. It includes all states and territories, as well as Military and Naval Forces, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, and the Panama Canal Zone. The census provides many details about individuals and families including: name, gender, age, birthplace, year of immigration, mother tongue, and parents’ birthplaces. In addition, the names of those listed on the population schedule are linked to actual images of the 1920 Federal Census.), Cleveland W 13, ED 265, Cuyahoga County, Ohio (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S190] Mastny, Caroline--Family Researcher, 410 W. 19th Street, Schuyler, Nebraska 68661.