Věstník (Temple, Tex.), Vol. 88, No. 18, Ed. 1 Wednesday, May 3, 2000 Page: 3 of 16
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Way Back When
Pictured above are members of the Ludwig and Mary Bartosh famiiy in this
photo, taken sometime before 1910 in front of the “old house” which was
built in 1873. Pictured, from left, front, are: Ludwig, Christin (Miiier), Maria,
Mary (Balcar), Bessie (Bacak) and Emil.
Love of the Land
(Continued from page 1.)
ents Ludwig and Maria Kaluza
Bartosh. Ludwig, who immigrated to
Texas from Moravia, managed a
saloon in LaGrange and was also an
elementary school teacher. For years,
the Bartosh famiiy cultivated cotton,
corn, and ran a pecan orchard and a
few cattle, making a nice living for
their famiiy on the 100-acre spread.
Nowadays, James’s cattle pretty much
háve the run of the rolling pasture and
wooded property. The old Bartosh
home, built by Ludwig in 1910, still
stands and is being refurbished by
James. The house has been unoccu-
pied since 1955 when Mary Bartosh
died. In špite of the elements, ravages
of time and hay bales, the three-bed-
room house remains structurally
sound. The most noticeable and recent
improvement has been the new tin roof
James put on in February. “A little at a
time,” says James, “and we’11 háve reál
nice plače for the famiiy to enjoy
“I remember as boy coming up from
El Campo with the famiiy to see
grandma and grandpa. We would
drive up in a ’34 Chevrolet. It always
seemed to be raining and we’d háve to
put on tire chains just to get here,”
“Once we got here, it was great.
Grandma always had kolaches and
fresh baked bread for us . . . and some-
where during the visit she’d také each
of us aside and give each of us kids
fífty cents and telí us not to telí grand-
pa. And you know what? Grandpa
would do the same thing!”
Behind the house stands the old
smokehouse. “That brings back some
delicious memo.ries, too — smoked
sausage and bacon ...,” he says.-
Frank Bacak, who is retired from
the Coca-Cola Company, shares his
brotheťs love of the land and the old
famiiy homestead. “It brings back a
lot of good memories,” he says.
“That — and iťs nice to háve a
plače where I can get away,” he says,
smiling. “In my čase, I’ve got three
kids, three ex-wives, three girlfriends,
three notes to the bank and I’m moving
three times faster than I ever did. I
love the peace and quieí!”
Iťs the People
Whether viewed as a primary occu-
pation or as an endearing memory,
many SPJST members can relate to the
joys and discomforts of agricuítural
life. Even those who are years
removed from the land retain the sense
of satisfaction and fulfillment that
comes from having lived and worked
on a farm or ranch. As author Darrell
Sifford observes in his book, A Love of
the Land, “Out in the country, self-
measurement seems involved less with
what a person does and how well he
IALKIMG ÁBOUT DEEP ROOTS IN FAYETTE COUNTY - James, left, and Frank
Bacak mecsure the clrcumference of the “ošd oak free” on the Bartosh hcme-
piace. The tree, which “iccks aSmost the same as when were boys,” says
Frank, deiivers a shaded area 90-feet across: measures nearfy 20 feet around.
AROUND THE STATE
District Six BBQ
meets May 4
Attention District Six BBQ Cookoff
We got off to a great start at the first
planning meeting for the 2000 BBQ
Cookoff. It was great to see so many
of the lodge FACs present and ready to
The next meeting will be Thursday,
May 4, beginning at 7 p.m. at EstelUťs
Mexičan Restaurant which is located at
109 South 3rd Street across from the
old theatre on Main Street in Ganado.
We háve a banquet room reserved so
that you can eat at the meeting if you
Everyone needs to bring their ideas.
Committees will be formed. Please
pian to attend. We need everyone’s
help to make this year’s District Six
BBQ Cookoff a success.
through the SPJST
Home Office. Books
are $11 each.
Cookbook, c/o SPJST
Home Office, P.O.
Box 100, Temple,
For lodge and youth
club volume orders
Daryl Entrop at the
SPJST Home Office at
does it than with the kind of person he
is and to the extent to which he shares
himself with his famiiy and friends —
and even strangers.” Iťs that spirit
that makes rural Texas — and the
SPJST — what it is. Iťs not just the
crops; iťs not just the cattle; and iťs
not just the insurance— which are all
wonderful, but iťs the people who are
In farming and ranching — as in a
strong lodge — families and commu-
nities bound together not merely by
necessity but by love and common
goals. And there is perspective.
Momentary setbacks are viewed as just
that — momentary setbacks — and not
crushing defeats. Despite the prob-
lems and challenges, there is always
the hope that tomorrow will be better.
due May 24
In that 2000 is a convention year,
the Vestnik will once again be present-
ing a speciál issue in June dedicated in
part to chronicling the history of our
local lodges — especially as that
relates to happenings since the last
convention. Please submit your his-
torical articles and photos to the
Vestnik no later than May 24 to ensure
that they get included in this update
issue. If you háve any questions,
please call the EditoCs office at the
SPJST Home Office, toll free, at 1
(800) 727-7578, or call locally at 773-
1575. Thank you for your attention.
Tailored to Meet Your Needs.
Universal Life has been called many things:
• The Pian of the Future • A Computer-Age Pian
• A New Concept in Life Insurance
Iťs all of these things. Here are some of the features of SPJSTs Universal
Life contract, which we cal! our “SPJST FSexible Protector Pian”:
Step 1: You eiect an amount of insurance
and selecí Death Benefií Opíion A
or B (as described below). You
can aiso selecí íhe amouní of pré-
mium you waní to pay and make
the initiai payment.
Step 2: As each prémium is received by
SPJST, a smail expense charge is
deducíed and the balance goes
into your cash value account.
Coverage is Flexible. You háve a choice of fwo death benefits,
Optšon A or Option B:
Step 3: Aí the beginning of each month, a
charge for the iife insurance pro-
tection is deducíed from the cash
vaíue to pay the monthly life insur-
ance protecíion costs.
Step 4: Interesí at current rates is credited
to the fund each month.
Optšon A: Leve! Death Benefií. The death
benefií is made up of life insur-
ance and the cash value.
Initialiy, this benefií is equal to
the face amount. However, cur-
rent tax iaw States that there
must aiways be a certain mini-
mum proportlon of life insurance
in the ceríiíicaíe. Therefore, as
the cash value approaches the
face amount, íhe death benefií
Option B : Increasing Death Benefií. The
death benefií is equal to the face
amount of life insurance protec-
íion plus the money in íhe cash
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Vanicek, Brian. Věstník (Temple, Tex.), Vol. 88, No. 18, Ed. 1 Wednesday, May 3, 2000, newspaper, May 3, 2000; Temple, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth632096/m1/3/: accessed June 24, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Slovanska Podporujici Jednota Statu Texas.