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Generation 1 1.
John Prokes-1. He was born on 16 May 1859. He died on 16 Sep 1942. Burial in Jackson, MN Good 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. Katerina Koranda. 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.
Joseph L. Prokes. He was born on 12 Jan 1885. He died on 12 Oct 1944. Burial in Jackson, MN Good Shepard Cemetery. Francis J. Prokes. He was born on 04 Apr 1886 in Chicago, IL. He died on 09 Jun 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 Katerina
Wesley Prokes. Notes for Wesley Prokes: General Notes: Wesley had 5 daughters (most became nuns). Possibly had 1 son who was a priest. Wesley was living in Mankato MN in 1962 per obituary of his brother, Francis.
Generation 2 2.
Joseph L. 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.
Elaine M. Prokes. She was born 1926. She died 1926. Burial in Jackson, MN Good Shepard Cemetery.
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Notes for Elaine M. Prokes: General Notes: Elaine is buried in family plot with her parents.
Phyllis Prokes. She was born 1928. She died 1991. Burial in Jackson, MN Good Shepard Cemetery. Notes for Phyllis Prokes: General Notes: Phyllis is buried in family plot next to her parents Joseph L. and Carrie.
Gordon Prokes. He was born 1913. Notes for Gordon Prokes: General Notes: LAKEFIELD STANDARD Thu March 11, 2007 -Prokes conversation leads to more discoveries of Jackson County History by 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 on the 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 began with Gordy's great-grandfather, Jacob Prokes, who started his 60-year career as a mason in Bohemia in the early 1850's. In 1882, Jacob Prokes brought his family to the United States, where he found masonry 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 the masonry 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 an article by G.P. Censky in the Feb.15, 1890, Jackson County Pilot, provided a list of those, as follows... "Some of the downtown Jackson business buildings that Jacob, John, and Joseph Prokes helped build include; the Jackson State Bank, the courthouse, the old National Guard Armory, Good Shepard Catholic School, the old Halloran Hospital, Berg Building, Hraniska Building, Jackson Tile Company, Bethany Lutheran Church near Bergen, Salem Lutheran Church at Jackson and St. Joseph's Catholic Church at Lakefield. "Also Joul's Drug was once the site of a theatre, and the Klimesh Bakery was located at the site of Bob and Jan's Family Restaurant, The First National Bank stood on the corner where the Jackson Savings and Loan is now located, the People'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 gas station stood on the corner that housed Jasper's Wholesale Supply..." I think you might be getting the picture that the Prokes family masons helped build a great part of downtown Jackson and I guess you'd probably be right. Oh yes, Gordy's father, Joseph L., also laid the brick on the George Moorland country estate, just north of the Iowa border, near Loon Lake. As for Gordy, the fourth-generation mason, he worked on most of the houses along Springfield Parkway and did a lot of other masonry block and brickwork in Jackson. 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 the area of the Twin Cities and Sioux Falls, S.D. He also worked on the Methodist Hospital addition in Rochester and the former Jackson Medical Center, plus he helped on schools in St. James, Worthington, Jordan and Claremont in Minnesota. 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 on his board after Lakefield mason Rollie Koster brought him out of retirement to help on the project. Masonry wasn't all that interesting to Gordeon Prokes as he was actively involved in outdoor puruits as well. Trapping, hunting and fishing were favored pastimes for when he wasn't working on his trade. Prokes hunted ducks on the southeast point on Boot Lake, on the island at Loon Lake, 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, Mark Prokes, 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 to stay and his wish was granted. Gordon was married to Helen Flatgard, who has since passed away, and the couple parented four daughters who gave them seven grandchildren. The daughters of Gordon and Helen Prokes are Kathy Scott (Lakeville), Gloria Belzer (Lakeville), Susan Brigandi (Henderson, Nev.), and Rose Bergland (Maple Grove).
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02 30 June 1920 Lake Benton News Lake Benton Minnesota
01 24 August 1944 Winthrop News Winthrop Minnesota
PROKES, Census records, Jackson Co., Minnesota
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