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In Memory of Michael Souhrada

These tributes were originally published in the 1998 Souhrada Family Newsletter
 [Compiled and edited by Catherine (Souhrada) Wyrobeck]

After realizing that I was Mike Souhrada's only granddaughter and that I work in a Design Studio with all the equipment that I could possibly need to compile a tribute ... I offer my contribution. Even though these pages honor my grandfather, so too my father (Albert) and his brother (Arthur), who recently passed away. These pages reflect their lives and their history. Please forgive repeated stories. Maybe some of the Souhradas have not read them as yet.”   …Catherine (Souhrada) Wyrobeck

Michael A. Souhrada

Born: February 24th, 1880, Dolni Novosedly #3, Kraj Pisek, Bohemia

Father: Jan (John) N. Souhrada (1824-1918)

Mother: Anna (Ticha) Souhrada (1847-1912)

Sisters: Anna (1883-1955) and Frances (1885-1886)

Wives: married 1898 to Mary (Zak) Souhrada (1879-1943); married 1944 to Florence Powlishta (1890-1966)

Two Children (of Mary): Arthur J. and Albert H. Souhrada

Mike Souhrada & Mary Zak

Their wedding - 1898

Memories of Grandpa Mike Souhrada and Oxford Junction Iowa [by Catherine (Souhrada) Wyrobeck - written in 1998] 

Remembrances of Mike (Michael) Souhrada

Tributes from various family members [Source: 1998 Souhrada Family Newsletter] 

No Sacrifice for Victory Too Great for Michael Souhrada [courtesy of Catherine (Souhrada) Wyrobeck – source unknown]

Historical Sketch of the 49th Regiment - Iowa Volunteer Infantry (Mike Souhrada’s Unit) [contributed by Velma Vanicek Flynn]

Spanish American War Recalled - Mike Souhrada (1880-1975) the last Jones County Veteran of the War Taken from The Cedar Rapids Gazette, Sunday March 7, 1965


Michael Souhrada

Places Where Mike Souhrada Lived;



Born in Bohemia




Came to the United States at the age of 2


Before 1900


Lived in Oxford Junction, Iowa




Spagueville, Iowa. Probably soon after the Spanish American War (age of 21) Information from Cedar Rapids Gazette




Tried farming in the "Jungle Town" area of Hale, Jones County, Iowa


After 1911


Sent to Sabula, then transferred to Lost Nation in Iowa. Then sent to the Illinois Division (The Milwaukee Railroad) as a foreman at Davis Junction




Elgin, Illinois (According to obituary of Anna Ticha Souhrada)




Elmwood Park, Illinois (Arthur born there in 1913)




Harper, Ogle County, Illinois (Albert born there in 1914)




Oxford Junction, Iowa