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Prokes Family

Prokes Family

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Register Report for John Prokes
Generation 1
1.
JohnProkes
-1. He was born on 16 May 1859. He died on 16 Sep 1942. Burial in Jackson, MNGood Shepard Cemetery.Notes for John Prokes:General Notes:John and his wife are buried in a plot with two of their sons, Francis, and Joseph L. and their children.
KaterinaKoranda
. She was born on 27 Dec 1857. She died on 27 Apr 1927. Burial in Jackson,MN Good Shepard Cemetery.John Prokes and Katerina Koranda. They had 3 children.i.2.
JosephL.Prokes
. He was born on 12 Jan 1885. He died on 12 Oct 1944. Burialin Jackson, MN Good Shepard Cemetery.ii.
FrancisJ.Prokes
. He was born on 04 Apr 1886 in Chicago, IL. He died on 09Jun 1962 in Lakefield, MN. Burial in Jackson, MN Good Shepard Cemetery.Notes for Francis J. Prokes:General Notes:Francis was a priest. His tombstone also reads "R.T. Rev Msgr".Francis is buried in the family plot with his parents, John and Katerinaiii.
WesleyProkes
.Notes for Wesley Prokes:General Notes:Wesley had 5 daughters (most became nuns). Possibly had 1 son who was apriest. Wesley was living in Mankato MN in 1962 per obituary of his brother,Francis.
Generation 2
2.
JosephL.Prokes
-2 (John Prokes-1). He was born on 12 Jan 1885. He died on 12 Oct 1944.Burial in Jackson, MN Good Shepard Cemetery.Notes for Joseph L. Prokes:General Notes:Joseph is buried in the family plot by his parents John and Katerina and brother Francis J.
Carrie?
. She was born 1888. She died 1976. Burial in Jackson, MN Good Shepard Cemetery.Notes for Carrie ?:General Notes:Unknown last name.Joseph L. Prokes and Carrie ?. They had 3 children.i.
ElaineM.Prokes
. She was born 1926. She died 1926. Burial in Jackson, MNGood Shepard Cemetery.
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Register Report for John Prokes
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Notes for Elaine M. Prokes:General Notes:Elaine is buried in family plot with her parents.ii.
PhyllisProkes
. She was born 1928. She died 1991. Burial in Jackson, MN GoodShepard Cemetery.Notes for Phyllis Prokes:General Notes:Phyllis is buried in family plot next to her parents Joseph L. and Carrie.iii.
GordonProkes
. He was born 1913.Notes for Gordon Prokes:General Notes:LAKEFIELD STANDARDThu March 11, 2007-Prokes conversation leads to more discoveries of Jackson County Historyby Byran Kroeger No.41 in a series of articles celebrating Jackson County's 150 years...I recently had an opportunity to sit down with Gordon Prokes to get his take onthe history of Jackson County. The following are some of the things I discovered.-Bryon Kroeger The Prokes family has a long tradition as masons in Jackson County. It all beganwith Gordy's great-grandfather, Jacob Prokes, who started his 60-year career asa mason in Bohemia in the early 1850's.In 1882, Jacob Prokes brought his family to the United States, where he foundmasonry work in Chicago. The family included eldest son John (born in 1859),who also took up the trowel to make a living.Joseph L. Prokes, Gordy's father, was born in 1885, and also took up themasonry trade. In 1892, the family moved to Jackson County, where the Prokes'masonry tradition was to continue for many decades.The list of buildings erected in Jackson by the Prokes family is extensive, and anarticle by G.P. Censky in the Feb.15, 1890, Jackson County Pilot, provided a listof those, as follows..."Some of the downtown Jackson business buildings that Jacob, John, and JosephProkes helped build include; the Jackson State Bank, the courthouse, the oldNational Guard Armory, Good Shepard Catholic School, the old Halloran Hospital,Berg Building, Hraniska Building, Jackson Tile Company, Bethany LutheranChurch near Bergen, Salem Lutheran Church at Jackson and St. Joseph'sCatholic Church at Lakefield."Also Joul's Drug was once the site of a theatre, and the Klimesh Bakery waslocated at the site of Bob and Jan's Family Restaurant, The First National Bankstood on the corner where the Jackson Savings and Loan is now located, thePeople's Farmers Grocery was the site where Coast to Coast now operates. the
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Skaliky Hardware Store was at the Leach Furniture site and the L.L. Sabatka gasstation stood on the corner that housed Jasper's Wholesale Supply..."I think you might be getting the picture that the Prokes family masons helpedbuild a great part of downtown Jackson and I guess you'd probably be right. Ohyes, Gordy's father, Joseph L., also laid the brick on the George Moorland countryestate, just north of the Iowa border, near Loon Lake.As for Gordy, the fourth-generation mason, he worked on most of the housesalong Springfield Parkway and did a lot of other masonry block and brickwork inJackson. He didn't get to help on the downtown buildings because his father,grandfather and great-grandfather had already done most of the work.In addition to his masonry work in Jackson County. Gordy Prokes worked in thearea of the Twin Cities and Sioux Falls, S.D. He also worked on the MethodistHospital addition in Rochester and the former Jackson Medical Center, plus hehelped on schools in St. James, Worthington, Jordan and Claremont inMinnesota.I had to remind Gordy that he also worked on the Hardee's building (now Burger King) in Jackson some 15-20 years ago. I know because I slapped some mud onhis board after Lakefield mason Rollie Koster brought him out of retirement tohelp on the project.Masonry wasn't all that interesting to Gordeon Prokes as he was actively involvedin outdoor puruits as well. Trapping, hunting and fishing were favored pastimesfor when he wasn't working on his trade.Prokes hunted ducks on the southeast point on Boot Lake, on the island at LoonLake, Kalash's Point on South Heron Lake and Willow Point (near north end of South Heron Lake). At Willow Point, Prokes hunted with his nephew, MarkProkes, and his friend, Freddy Matuska.Another of his hunting comrades at Willow was his uncle, Father Francis Prokes,who served the St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Lakefield for some 47 years.Gordy said the church wanted to relocate his uncle earlier in his career but Father Francis told the bishop that he liked the people here so much that he wanted tostay and his wish was granted.Gordon was married to Helen Flatgard, who has since passed away, and thecouple parented four daughters who gave them seven grandchildren. Thedaughters of Gordon and Helen Prokes are Kathy Scott (Lakeville), Gloria Belzer (Lakeville), Susan Brigandi (Henderson, Nev.), and Rose Bergland (MapleGrove).
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