Castle at left) Hornie Srnie is a very small
village, located southwest of Trencin, in the valley of the White
Carpathian Mountains near the Vah River, in the Trencin District of
Slovakia. The records in the Catholic Church at Hornie Srnie began
in the year 1789. The earliest found Papiernik record in the
Hornie Srnie Catholic church book was the birth of Andrej Papiernik on 19
September 1795, and his parents were identified as Jan Papiernik and
Eva Hosova, whose marriage was recorded as 9 October 1797;
the record did not disclose the name of Jan's or Eva's parents. Jan
Papiernik and Eva Hosova had six more children born to their marriage.
Note: The suffix "ova is added to feminine names in the
Slovak language. Because of the duplication of names, I have
added a Roman number to help in the identification of those with the same
These seven children were born to Jan Papiernik and Eva Hosova:
* Andrej Papiernik was born 19
September 1795 in Hornie Srnie
Anna I Papiernik was born 8
December 1801 in Hornie Srnie
Katarina Papiernik was born 18
February1807 in Hornie Srnie
Anna II Papiernik was
born 24 September 1809 in Hornie Srnie
Eva was Papiernik born 22 April
1812 in Hornie Srnie
Alzabeta Papiernik was born 30
December 1813 in Hornie Srnie
Jan II Papiernik was born 14
August 1818 in Hornie Srnie
Jan Papiernik died on 29 May 1830 and his wife Eva (Hosova) Papiernik died
on 11 March 1835 in the village of Horne Srnie. During their
lifetime, the small village of Hornie Srnie was a part of the Hungarian
Empire under the domination of the Hapsburg Dynasty of Austria.
Napoleon had been fighting with many of the countries of Europe, but he
was defeated by the Hapsburg forces in the Battle of Austerlitz in the
bordering state of Moravia. His defeat and postwar treaties
strengthened Austria's hold on Hungary and the Czech and Slovak lands. The
Slovak people were struggling to maintain their identity as a Slovak
people and maintaining the Slovakian language. The Hapsburgs were
demanding that the nations under their control speak German and the
Hungarians were insisting that everyone speak the Magyar language. Vah
River is shown above at the right.
Jan Papiernik and Eva Hosova's oldest
son, Andrej Papiernik, born 19 September 1795, married Katarina
Marton on 8 November 1824 in the Horne Srnie Catholic Church.
Katarina Marton was also born in Horne Srnie on 11 February 1807.
Although there were only three generations of Papierniks prior to the
birth of There were many people with the surname of Papiernik
in this small village and it was decided that the name Kricek would be
added to this branch of the family to differentiate it from the other
The lives of the peasants changed very little from that of their
ancestors. The family retained their Catholic religion and like most
of the villager in this small village, they raised their own vegetables,
rabbits, chickens and other small animals in the self-sustaining life
style of their peasantry lives. The
picture at left was taken in 1992 near Horne Srnie.
There were eleven children born to
Papiernik-Kricek was born 10 March 1826 in Horne Srnie
Anna Papiernik-Kricek was born
on 10 October 1829 in Horne Srnie
Katarina Papiernik-Kricek was
born on 11 May 1832 in Horne Srnie
Andrej Papiernik-Kricek was
born on 15 November 1834 in Horne Srnie
Juraj I Papiernik-Kricek was
born on 11 April 1837 in Horne Srnie
*Juraj II Papiernik-Kricek was born on
8 May 1838 in Horne Srnie
Gasper Papiernik-Kricek was
born on 8 January 1844 in Horne Srnie
Martin Papiernik-Kricek was
born on 7 November 1846 in Horne Srnie
Maria Papiernik-Kricek was born
on 7 August 1848 in Horne Srnie
Alzbeta Papiernik-Kricek was
born on 3 Jun 1851 in Horne Srne
At the time of the birth of Maria,
Andrej and Katarina's tenth child, nearly all of Europe was involved in
revolutions. Slovakia also tried to demand their national rights and
freedom. Although they failed in their quest, they laid a foundation
for future political cultural goals and several uprisings followed.
Katarina died on 3 December 1865 and Andrej died on 1 December 1867, both
died in the village of Horne Srnie where they had lived all their lives.
Juraj II Papiernik-Kricek, born
8 May 1838, married Marie Stefanek-Bacur on 20 November 1861.
Marie was also born in Horne Srnie on 18 March 1838; her parents
were Andrej Stefanek and Anna Marton. The status of the peasants in
Slovakia changed very little during Juraj and Marie's lifetimes, although
there was several uprisings by the peasants in protest to their domination
by the Hungarian government.
The following seven children were born to their marriage:
Eva Papiernik-Kricek was born 7 January 1866 and died on 10 February
1867 in Horne Srnie
Karoline Papiernik-Kricek was born 7 November
1867 and died 7 November 1867 in Horne Srnie
* Martin II Papiernik-Kricek was born 13 November 1868 and
died on 17 September 1933 in Horne Srnie
Michal Papiernik-Kricek was born 1 October 1871
in Horne Srnie
Andrej III Papiernik-Kricek was born 27 November
1873 in Horne Srnie
Jan II Papiernik-Kricek was born 13 December 1877
in Horne Srnie
Juraj III Papiernik-Kricek was born 16 1883 in
Juraj II Papiernik-Kricek (born 8 May
1838) died on 5 March 1893 in Horne Srnie, five weeks short o f his 55th
birthday. The death record of his wife, Maria Stefanek-Bacur
Papiernik was not found. The photo above are of Martin and Maria's
Papiernik-Kricek, born 13 November 1868, married Frantiska Struhar
on 9 November 1892 in the Catholic Church in Horne Srnie, Slovakia.
Frantiska was born on 15 December 1868 and was the daughter of Jan Struhar
and Frantiska Urban. Jan Struhar was a wheel maker in Horne Srnie.
Frantiska Urban was the daughter of a miller in Nedasov, Moravia,
and was baptized at the Catholic Church in Brumov in the State of Moravia.
The name of Struhar was sometimes spelled Struhal in the church records.
In 1918, after World
War I, Slovakia won their independence from Hungary. The country of
Czechoslovakia was created by uniting the Republics of Czech, Slovakia and
Moravia. A union that was to endure as a democratic nation until the
end of World War II, at which time Russia occupied the land.
children were born to their marriage. It is unknown whether there
were more children, but these are the only two that were identified by the
Papiernik-Kricek, born 2 February 1894 in Horne Srnie, died on 20 January
1959 in Milwaukee,Wisconsin
Joseph Papiernik-Kricek, born 13 Feb 1895 in Horne Srnie, died on 17
September 1980 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
(13 November 1868) died 17 Sep 1933 in Horne Srnie. Frantiska
Struhar (born 15 December 1868) died on 13 October 1959 in Horne Srnie.
Marie Papiernik-Kricek, born 2 February 1894 in Hornie Srnie,
emigrated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.A. in 1914. She dropped the
Kricek from her surname at that time. There was a Slovak community
in Milwaukee that lived in the vicinity of Saint Stephen's Catholic
Church, located at Brown and 4th Street, in Milwaukee. The church
served as a source of support that helped alleviate the homesickness and
loneliness of these emigrants living so far from their homeland. It
was at this church that Marie met Eduard Csernej (Cherney) and they
were married there on 28 August 1915. Since the pronunciation of
Csernej in Slovak sounded like Cherney in English, the name was changed
to accommodate this pronunciation.(Marie's photo
The following six
children, all boys, were born to their marriage:
was born 8 January 1917 in Milwaukee; he died on 24 September 1941 in West
Bend, Washington County, Wisconsin
Anthony Cherney was born 6 January 1919 in Milwaukee;
he died on 16 August 1980 in Brookfield, Waukesha County, Wisconsin
John Cherney was born 20 March 1921 in Milwaukee; he
died on 26 May 1927 in Milwaukee.
Paul Cherney was born on 24 June 1923 in Milwaukee; he
died on 10 August 1969 in Winnebago, Winnebago County, Wisconsin.
Francis (Frank) Cherney was born on 24 June 1925 in
Milwaukee; he died on 7 May 1993 in Fort Myers, Lee County, Florida
Eduard Cherney II was born 14 October 1926 in
Milwaukee; he died 15 July 2000 in Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County,
Marie prospered the first years of their marriage. They built up a small
estate that included Electric Company stock and a few duplexes.
Everything seemed to be going well for the family until the day their
third son, John, was killed by a hit and run driver in front of their
home. The pain of losing their son so suddenly and seemingly so
unmercifully was devastating. They sued the doctor's son who had
driven the car that killed him. The case dragged on in the courts
for years. The results brought little satisfaction as they lost the
law suit and had the court costs to pay as well. At this same time
the country experienced the "great depression," and many people
including the Cherney family lost their homes, their savings, and
Eduard died on 4
January 1941of a peptic ulcer. He was only 56 years old at the time
of his death. Mary died on 20 January 1957, just prior to her 63rd
birthday. She suffered from the crippling affects of
rheumatoid arthritis for many years and the cause of her death was
diagnosed as "poisoning of the spleen."
Papiernik-Kricek emigrated to Milwaukee about 1917; he had been
sponsored by his brother-in-law, Eduard Cherney. Eduard also helped
Joseph obtain a job at the Gas Company where he was working. Joseph
worked at the Gas Company until his retirement in about 1960 and he made
several trips to his homeland. On one of those trips he married Sophia
Belko, born on 27 April 1899 in Slovakia; the village of her birth is
Joseph and Sophia
had one son:
Felix Papiernik, born 16 May 1928 in
Slovakia, died on 3 July 1990 in Milwaukee.
Joseph lived to
the age of 85; he died on 17 September 1980 in Milwaukee. Sophia was
79 when she died on 28 November 1978 in Milwaukee
Papiernik, born 16 May 1928, married Rose Zemanovic on 9
January 1954 at Saint Stephen Catholic Church in Milwaukee. Rose was
born on 26 June 1932 in Milwaukee. Felix died on 3 July 1990 in
Felix and Rose had four children:
Darlene Frances Papiernik, born 18
January 1955 in Milwaukee, married Dean Marcus Kulinski
Daniel John Papiernik, born 10 February 1958 in
Milwaukee, married Diane Jean David.
Geraldine Papiernik, born 10 February 1958 in
Milwaukee, married Jeffrey Cain.
Karen Ann Papiernik, born 23 August 1959 in Milwaukee,
married George Charles Figarino.
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