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A Friendship Album

From Moravia, Texas,

in 1900- 1901

 

This album belonged to Agnes Jalufka of Moravia, Texas. It currently belongs to her grandson, John Lewis, of Robstown, Texas, I appreciate his willingness to let me reproduce it here. The names of the authors included evidence some of the family bonds and friendships in the area of Moravia, Lavaca County, Texas, that arose and deepened in second half of the 1800's as Czech (Moravian) families settled in the area until the need for more farm land for new generations would splinter the descendents of the original settlers across Texas in the first part of the 1900's.

 

 

A Friendship Album

From Moravia, Texas,

in 1900- 1901

 

This album belonged to Agnes Jalufka of Moravia, Texas. It currently belongs to her grandson, John Lewis, of Robstown, Texas, I appreciate his willingness to let me reproduce it here. The names of the authors included evidence some of the family bonds and friendships in the area of Moravia, Lavaca County, Texas, that arose and deepened in second half of the 1800's as Czech (Moravian) families settled in the area until the need for more farm land for new generations would splinter the descendents of the original settlers across Texas in the first part of the 1900's.

 

Front Cover

Front Inside Cover

Title Page

Feb. 5, 1900

AAJ

Agnes A. Jalufka

Moravia, Tex.

Unsigned Message

No line within this book intrude

Unless tis as white snowy flake;

Each sentence sancitifed by truth,

Will cherished be for Friendship sake.

Mary Vyvial

Dear Friend,

To Miss Agnes J.,

Did you ever seen a bird

Sitten on the tree sing a

Sweet song Think of me long

Think of me ever

Think of the fun we have had together

Your Affectionate Friend,

January 8th., 1901

Mary Berger

Miss Agnes, Moravia

January 29th, 19001

Two black eyes as the kitten

Eyes that always glow

And she spie the little

mousie Running to and fro

Affectionately Yours,

Annie Hollub, Victoria County, Texas

Dear Agnes,

Though sad am I and

up a tree

A Christmas gay I'm

wishing thee

Julie M. G. Jalufka

Moravia, Texas, Feb. 6., 1900

Kind Sister,

The bright black eye, the melting blue--

I cannot choose between the two.

But that is dearest, all the while,

Which wears for us the sweetest smile.

Your Sister

Note from "A. R."

To My Friend:

Write here indeed I have no

time Besides I don't know

how to rhyme. Why there!

I've done it But keep dark:

I just won't sign it

Here is my mark A. R.

Frances Jalufka

Dear Sister

When you are sitting all alone;

Reflecting on the past,

Remember that you have a Sister

That will for ever last.

Your Sister,

Feb. 6, 1900

Page without a Note

Lena Kohler

To Miss Agnes

Do all the good you can,

In all the ways you can,

To all the people you can,

Just as long as you can.

Moravia, Tex., Feb. 22, 1900

Adolph Berger

Miss Agnes A. Jalufka

Be the matter whit it may,

Always speak the truth.

If at work or if at play,

Always speak the truth.

Most Sincerely Yours,

Moravia, Tex., Jan. 29th, 1901

Lillie K. Gallia

Miss Agnes:

The glad should be remembered

The sad should be forgot.

Your friend,

Moravia, Tex., Feb. 19, 1900.

A. Kohler

Esteemed Friend,

Life's sweet joy is this

This love, that all surpasses

The only cloud love brings us

Its only bitter pain

That leaves the heart a desert

Is when we love in vain,

Your Friend,

Note under Moon on Page: "My sweetheart, the girl in the moon."

Josie Rektorik

When rocks and hills divide us,

and your no more I see,

Just take a pen and paper,

and write a line to me,

Forever Your True Friend,

Moravia, Tex., Feb.20th., 1900

Francis Stolhub

My Dear Cousin Agnes,

May truth guide mercy forgiven

at the end and love accompany you always.

Victoria, Tex.

Frances Rektorik

Within this book, so

pure and white, let none

but friends presume to write; and,

many each with friendship given,

direct the reader's thoughts to heaven.

Your True Friend,

Josie

Miss Agnes,

May you always be happy, and live at your ease

Get a kind husband, and do as you please.

Long may you live, happy may you be,

When you get married come and see me.

Your friend,

Feb. 26, 1901,

Moravia, Tex.

Justine Gallia

When you get old and cannot see,

Put on your spects and think of me.

Your kind friend,

Moravia, Tex.

Feb. 19, 1900

Clara E. B. Kainer

To Miss Agnes;

Some write for pleasure,

some write for fame,

but I write simply to

sign my name.

Your friend.

Moravia, Tex., Feb 21, 1900

Fr. Kubala

Miss Agnes:

In treading the rugged path of life,

May your joys be many and

your sorrows few.

And may you be free from worldly strife,--

These are the wishes I have for you.

Your Friend,

Feb. 15th, 1900

Annie J. Kohler

To Miss Agnes

Remember me when far --way

And only half awake

Remember me on Your Wedding Day...

And send me a piece of cake

Remember your friend

Feb. 23, 1900

Annie Holub

To Cousin Agnes,

My album's open! come and see!

What! won't you write a line

for me? Write but a thought--a

word or two, That memory may

revert to you.

Yours true cousin

John Rektorik

Dear Friend,

(To My Sweet)

When the name that I

write here is dim on the page

And the leaves of your album are yellow with age.

Still think of me kindly, and do not forget,

That wherever I am I remember you yet.

I write these simple lines for thee.

Whee'er you see them think of me.

Your friend,

Additional note: Flowers of friendship never fade.

Mary Rektorik

Is it vain in Life's wide sea, to ask you to

remember me? And undoubtedly it is my lot,

just to --- and then forgot.

Your friend,

Moravia, Tex, 20th. Feb., 1900

Louis Rektorik

Friend

I thought, I thought

I thought in vain at last

I thought I would write my name.

Your friend,

Moravia,

19th Feb. 1900

J. J. Rektorik

Feb. 19th, 1901

From the sad years of life

We sometimes do shore hours yea,

minutes strike.

Keen blissful brighte never to be forgotten

Which through the dreary gloom of time exhast (?),

Shine like fair sunny spots on a wild waste,

Ever sincerely yours,

Additional note: May thy life happy be

Is my wish for thee.

Ida Kohler

To Miss Agnes

Last in Your Album

And last in your thought

Last to be remember

First to be forgot

Your friend,

Feb. 23, 1900

Lena Kohler

To Miss Agnes

Do all the good you can,

In all the ways you can,

To all the people you can,

Just as long as you can.

Moravia, Tex., Feb. 22, 1900

Adolph Berger

Miss Agnes A. Jalufka

Be the matter what it may,

always speak the truth.

If at work or if at play,

Always speak the truth.

Most sincerely yours,

Moravia, Tex., Janu 29th, 1901

Chas. Michna

Dear Cousin Agnes,

May your life be long and happy.

May joy and pleasure be your lot.

As through this world you trot trot trot.

What you do do wit your might,

Love no man not ever your brothers

if girls must love, love one another.

Not like the rose may our friendship wither

But like the evergreen live forever,

Yours Truly,

Your Cousin

J. T. Koehler

to Miss Agnes

Trust your mother confide in her

Take her advice for she is wise in

her counseling which is the wisdom

of love

Your Friend,

Julia Vyvial

Jan. 9th., 1901

I love coffee I love

tea I love you and

you love me.

Sweet forget me not.

Stella Blahuta

Think of me when you are happy

Keep for me one little spot

In the depths of your affection

Plant a sweet for-get me not.

Your loving friend,

Annie Rektorik

To Miss Agnes!

Some people can be

very funny; I never

could be so, So I will

just inscribe my name

It is the funniest thing

I know.

Your friend,

Back cover

 

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