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J ohann Prax, his family, and his brother Franz were among several families and individuals who migrated from a small cluster of Bohemian villages to America. These villages were located near a larger town then known as Zwittau, and are now within the current Czech Republic. The earlier immigrants came by way of Missouri, but the later arrivals relocated directly to Kansas. The extent of the migration is still being researched, but the total number of adults was likely more than two dozen.

John Brox and Anna Kessler

Johann Prax, later known as John Brox, was born 21 Nov 1833 in house No. 16 in Neu Waldek (New Waldek), Bohemia, at a time when Bohemia was a kingdom within the powerful Austrian Empire. He was born as one of a pair of twins, but his brother, Franz, did not survive. On 02 Sep 1862, John married Anna Maria ßler, later known as Anna Kessler. When their second child was born in 1869, the family was living in the neighboring village of Altwaldek (Old Waldek) in the home of Anna’s deceased father.

On 6 Feb 1875, John received a passport to emigrate with his wife and children from Altwaldek to the United States. They set sail from Bremen and arrived in Baltimore 9 Apr 1875 aboard the steamer "Braunschweig". They must have continued directly to Kansas, since they were counted during the state census that was taken only one month later. They were shown living in the Good Intent neighborhood of Atchison County where they were staying with John and Veronica Woletz (or Wohletz). The Woletz couple had emigrated from the same area almost ten years earlier, sailing the same route from Bremen to Baltimore aboard the "Gutenberg" and landing on 11 Aug 1865. Their ship's manifest was more specific than most and showed that they were from the village of Überdörfel, a short walk from Altwaldek.

Kansas

John and Anna had emigrated with their three older children, and their fourth was born less than a year afterward in Kansas. They had the following children:

  1. Mary Anna Brox (1863-1933) who was born 26 Jul 1863 in Altwaldek, Bohemia, Austria. She married John H. Myers 22 May 1888 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Mary's uncle, Frank Prox, had worked for and boarded with John's father in 1875. She and John first moved to a farm near Bendena in Union Township, Doniphan County, Kansas. In 1898, they relocated to the Independence Creek neighborhood in Shannon Township, Atchison County, where they remained. Mary died 15 Sep 1933, and John died 4 Jun 1942, both in Atchison. They were buried in the Myers family cemetery in Atchison County.
  2. Johann Joseph "John" Brox (1869-1954) who was born 22 Feb 1869 in Altwaldek. He married Elizabeth "Eliza" Keeler 28 Mar 1894 in Shannon Township, Atchison County, Kansas. John was known as the "Corn King" due to the large number of prizes he won with his corn at local and state fairs and national competitions. He sold his seed corn throughout the Atchison area as well as out of state. Eliza died 4 Dec 1951, and John died 8 Aug 1954, both in Atchison. They were buried in the St. Louis Church cemetery in the Good Intent neighborhood.
  3. Anton Paul "Tony" Brox (1874-1955) who was born 03 Jan 1874 in Altwaldek. He married Barbara Marie Anslinger 29 Aug 1904 in Atchison, Kansas. They first lived with Anton's parents in the Independence Creek neighborhood. After their deaths, Anton and Barbara remained in the home until retiring in 1945. They then moved into the town of Atchison. Tony died here 20 Apr 1955, and Barbara died 4 Apr 1982. They were buried in the St. Louis Church cemetery.
  4. Frank Brox (1876-1948) previously discussed in the "Maternal Branch within Kansas".

Although listed as a weaver on the ship passenger list, John Brox would spend the rest of his life as a farmer in the Deer Creek community in Shannon Township. According to his obituary, he "had been a sickly man all his life." Before coming to Kansas, he suffered from dyspepsia which is severe heartburn or nausea. It also states that he suffered from asthma during the last twenty five years of his life. He died unexpectedly on the morning of 27 June 1910 and was buried in the cemetery of the St. Louis Church in Good Intent, northwest of Atchison, Kansas. Anna died 6 June 1913 and was buried with her husband.

Frank Prox

Franz Prax was born 26 Aug 1839, in Neu Waldek. He was a younger brother of John who had already made the journey to America more than a decade before John emigrated, even earlier than the Woletz family. Following a practice that was common at the time but now seems unusual, he was given the same name as John's deceased twin. Once in America, however, Franz was usually known as Frank Prox.

According to census records, Frank arrived in the United States in 1864. He must be the man listed as Franz Braznote1 who arrived in Baltimore aboard the "Norma" on 12 Sep 1864. Of 15 individuals who came from the Zwittau area aboard this ship, nearly all first lived in Missouri before moving to Atchison County, Kansas. Census records show that he too first lived in Missouri before coming to Kansas, however, his first confirmed location is in Shannon Township in Atchison County in 1875.note2 Frank was working as a laborer and living on the farm of Henry Myers. One of Mr. Myers' sons later married Mary Anna Brox, the daughter of John Brox.

On 1 May 1883, he married Victoria Sander (or Sanders) in Troy, Doniphan County, Kansas. Victoria was born c.1843 in Austria, but it is not known if she was from the Zwittau area. It appears that Sander was her surname from a previous marriage.note3 In 1885, Frank and Victoria were living in Lancaster Township, Atchison County, Kansas. Victoria died on 8 or 9 Jun 1898 and was buried in Mt. Vernon Cemetery in Atchison, Kansas. She had been living in the Wells Asylum in Atchison, which was roughly equivalent to a nursing home of today. The 1900 and 1905 censuses show Frank now living on his own in Shannon Township and working as a teamster. In May 1910, he was still in the same area but now boarding with the Austrian/Bohemian family of John Prohaska.note4 Only a few months later, mortuary records show that Frank died at the County Asylum on 15 or 16 Aug 1910. It isn't known if this refers to the Wells Asylum. He was buried in the same cemetery as his brother, the St. Louis Cemetery, but not the same as his wife. There is no headstone.

Johann Prax and Maria Antl

The majority of the information on the following generations originated in the church record books from the villages that their descendants left. These records show that the parents of John and Frank were Johann Prax and Maria Antl who were married 20 Nov 1827 in Neu Waldek. Johann was born c.1802. Maria was born 07 Mar 1802 in Neu Waldek. She was the daughter of Franz Antl and Anna Klaschka of Körber which lay between Altwaldek and Neu Waldek. Johann and Maria had the following children:

  1. Anton Prax (c.1829-) who first married Theresia Schlägel and had 4 children with her. He second married Anna Müller with whom he had another son.note5
  2. Victoria Prax (1831-) who married Josef Purmann 12 Aug 1856 in Altwaldek. Josef was 26 years older than Victoria. She is not known to have emigrated.
  3. Johann Prax/John Brox (1833-1910) previously discussed.
  4. Franz Prax (1833-1833) who was a twin of John, previously discussed.
  5. Franz Prax/Frank Prox (1839-1910) previously discussed.

Johann and Maria did not emigrate to America, and Maria died 16 May 1843 in Altwaldek. However, Maria's brother and therefore an uncle of John Brox and Frank Prox did emigrate. Vitus "Veit" Antl and his wife, Theresia, arrived in New York aboard the "America" with many others from the Zwittau area on 3 Jul 1865. They and many others in the group settled in Atchison County, Kansas.

Johann Prax and Katharina Küller &c.

The parents of this Johann were Johann Prax and Katharina Küller who were married in July 1800. According to their marriage record, Johann was born c.1776 and Katharina was born c.1777. She was a daughter of Johann Küller. They had one known child:

  1. Johann Prax (c.1802-) previously discussed.

Continuing back through the local church records to their beginning in 1625, the surname Prax is common throughout. It is clear that the Prax family had been an integral part of this land for numerous generations spanning more than two centuries.

Surnames

Prior to emigrating, the Brox surname was always spelled Prax. For many years after emigrating, the family name was variously spelled in American records as Prax, Prox, Brax, and Brox. Some of these variants were noted in John’s probate records to clarify that they all referred to the same person. Brox eventually became the norm for John and his descendants, but Prox seemed to become more typical for Frank who had no descendants. Both new spellings are clearly anglicized phonetic spellings of how they would have pronounced Prax, since the German 'p' sound is between an American 'p' and 'b', and the German 'a' sounds more like an American 'o'.

Brox Homeland

The homeland of the Prax and other families discussed here was a group of small villages including Altwaldek (Old Waldek), Neu Waldek (New Waldek), Körber and other nearby villages situated within about a mile or two from one another. This area was located only 3 to 4 miles north of the center of the small city of Zwittau. Even though they were in such close proximity, it appears that the historical border between the two separate crown lands of Bohemia (in German: Böhmen) and Moravia (in German: Mähren) ran between the city and these villages. This placed the villages in the Kreis (similar to a county) of Chrudimer in Bohemia and the city of Zwittau in Moravia. This area was only 30 miles from the border with German speaking Prussia.

The immigrants from this area variously identified themselves in American records as being Austrian, Bohemian, or German. The first two would have been accurate according to political borders when they left. At this time, Bohemia was considered to be a separate kingdom under the rule of the Emporer of the Austrian Empire (1804-1867) and later Austro-Hungarian Empire (1867-1918) which covered an area far larger than the current nation of Austria. The majority of the empire's population was of Slavic origin. However, Zwittau and its surrounding villages were located within the Sudeten, or Sudetenland, which was a narrow region generally along the empire's borders that had a majority population of culturally German and German speaking people. Because of this, they also considered themselves to be German.

After the first World War, Bohemia ceased to exist, being absorbed within newly created Czechoslovakia. Early during the second World War, most of Czechoslovakia was then occupied by Germany. Afterward, when the Germans were expelled from the country, millions of ethnically German residents whose families had been living there for centuries just like the Praxes, were expelled along with them. Much of their history was purposely destroyed as well, but it doesn't seem to have been as drastic in this area. In 1992, this part of Czechoslovakia became part of the newly established Czech Republic. Due to changes in other borders as well, it is now 30 miles from Poland. The following table lists the former and current names of each of the locations that are relevant to this family:

Former City/Village Names

Current Names

Zwittau, Moravia, AustriaSvitavy, Pardubicky Kraj, Czech Republic
Altwaldek, Bohemia, AustriaStary Valdek, Czech Republic
Neu Waldek, Bohemia, AustriaNovy Valdek, Czech Republic
Körber, Bohemia, Austria
(also spelled Koerber)
Kosire, Czech Republic
Überdörfel, Bohemia, AustriaOpatovec, Czech Republic
Kleinhermigsdorf, Bohemia, AustriaHelvikov, Czech Republic
Triebitz, Bohemia, AustriaTrebovice, Czech Republic

Further Research

See the Brox Research chapter for ongoing research pertaining to this family.

Brox Selected Documents

Baptism

'Czech Republic Church Books, 1552-1981', Svitavy District (Opatov and Svitavy vicinity).

vol.7652, Körber Baptisms 1831-1873, village of Neuwaldek, p.163.
[original text in German, translated by Ann C. Sherwin]

Date of birth: 21 November 1833
Date of baptism: 21 November 1833
Conscription no.: 16
Child’s name: Franz and Johann, twins
(note: Johann called for baptismal certificate on 2 Sept. 1862 for the purpose of marriage)
Religion: 2 Catholic
Sex: 2 male
Legitimate or illegitimate: 2 legitimate
Father: Johann Prax, legal resident with limited burgher rights
[house no.:] no. 24
Mother: Maria, daughter of Franz Antl, cottager, and his wife, Anna née Klaschka, from Körber
Midwife: Johanna Woletz from Lutschnau
Officiating priest: Franz Sax, village priest
Godparents: Johann Philip from Körber and his wife Barbara
Occupation [of godparents]: Cottager from no. 42.

Baptism

Brox Family History; Descendants of John Brox and Anna Kessler, by Pat Brox, 2003.

Copy of baptism record created for emigration 20 Jan 1875.
[original text in German, translated by Ann C. Sherwin]

John J. Brox Baptism Certificate

State: Bohemia
Kreis: Chrudimer
District: Leitomischl

Place of birth: Altwaldek [Old Waldek]
House no. 26

Baptismal register
No. Folio 15 Letter A
No. Exh. 5

Baptismal Certificate

Date of birth: 22 February 1869 (sixty-nine)
Date of baptism: 23 February 1869 (sixty-nine)
Child's name: Johann
Religion: Catholic
Birth: legitimate
Father: Johann Prax, Catholic, Inwohner from Altwaldek no. 26, legitimate son of the deceased Johann Prax, Häusler from Neuwaldek no. 16, and his wife, Maria née Antl, Häusler from Neuwaldek no. 24.
Mother: Anna Maria, Catholic, legitimate daughter of the deceased Johann Köszler, Häusler from Altwaldek No. 26 and his wife, Barbara née Frodl, from Triebitz no. 130.
Priest: Josef Hransky, pastor
Godfather and witness: Johann Köszler, Häusler, from Moravian Lotschnau no. 107.Theresia Köszler, wife of the above.
Midwife: Maria Urban from Nikl no. 107

[round seal 50 kr.]
[round seal]

Parish of Körber, 20 January 1875
Anton von Altenburger
Priest

Passport

Brox Family History; Descendants of John Brox and Anna Kessler, by Pat Brox, 2003.

[original text in German, translated by Ann C. Sherwin]

doppeladler
IN THE NAME OF HIS IMPERIAL AND ROYAL APOSTOLIC MAJESTY
FRANZ JOSEPH I
EMPEROR OF AUSTRIA,
KING OF BOHEMIA ETC. AND APOSTOLIC KING OF HUNGARY.
PASSPORT

Brox family passport

for: Johann Prax
Character Occupation: day laborer
Residence: Altwaldek [Old Waldek]
District: Leitomischl
County: Chrudimer
Crown land: Bohemia

Birth year: 1833
Stature: medium
Face: long
Hair: brown
Eyes: brown
Mouth: ordinary, somewhat pointed
Nose: somewhat pointed
Special identifying marks: none
Personal signature: [Johann Prax]
Johann Prax signature

He is traveling ... from
via the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy to the United States of North America
This passport is valid for six months for the purpose of emigration

Leitomischl, 6 February 1870five [1875]
In the name of the Royal Imperial Statthalter
The Royal Imperial District Hauptmann
Töpky[sp?] [signature]

[On reverse]

Full Name Character/Birthplace Age Status Stature Face Hair Eyes
Anna Maria Prax his wife 1838 married medium long brown blue blue
Mariana Prax his daughter 1863
Johann ditto his son 1869
Anton ditto ditto 1874

Immigration

'Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Baltimore, Maryland, 1820-1891', U.S. Customs Service.

Bark Norma, from Bremen, Germany, to Baltimore, arrived 12 Sep 1864, pp.5-6.

Anton Kösgjer [Kössler], age 44, male, farmer, origin Germany, destination United States.
Anna Kösgjer, age 41, female, origin Germany, destination United States.
Therese Kösgjer, age 19, female, origin Germany, destination United States.
Rosalie Kösgjer, age 16, female, origin Germany, destination United States.
Veronika Kösgjer, age 6, female, origin Germany, destination United States.
Maria Kösgjer, age 3, female, origin Germany, destination United States.
Anton Zölfel, age 18, male, baker, origin Germany, destination United States.
Anna Zölfel, age 24, female, origin Germany, destination United States.
Franz Braz [Prax], age 25, male, miller, origin Germany, destination United States.
Johann Damel, age 46, male, farmer, origin Germany, destination United States.
Marie Damel, age [obliterated], female, origin Germany, destination United States.
Johann Damel, age [obliterated], male, origin Germany, destination United States.
Joseph Damel, age 11, male, origin Germany, destination United States.
Wenzel Damel, age 7, male, origin Germany, destination United States.
Marie Damel, age 1, female, origin Germany, destination United States.

S.S. Braunschweig, from Bremen, Germany, to Baltimore, arrived 9 Apr 1875, p.6.

Johann Prax, age 41, male, from Bohemia, weaver.
Anna Prax, age 36, female, from Bohemia.
Maria Prax, age 11, female, from Bohemia.
Johann Prax, age 5, male, from Bohemia.
Anton Prax, age 3/4, male, from Bohemia.
Theresia Gergele, age 33, female, from Bohemia.
Johann Gergele, age 1 1/3, male, from Bohemia.

Obituaries

The Atchison Champion, Atchison, Kansas.

27 Jun 1910.

DEATH OF JOHN BROCK
Found Dead in His Bed This Morning, Age 77 Years

John Brock [Brox], age 77 years, was found dead in his bed this morning at 6 o'clock, when his wife went to call him. He had not been feeling well, but was not ill enough to call a physician, and it is supposed that he died of heart failure. He lived 9 1/2 miles northwest of Atchison, and was a well known and highly respected man of that locality. He leaves a wife and three sons, John, Frank and Theodore [Anton] Brock [Brox], and one daughter, Mrs. Mary Myers, all of whom reside in the country near Atchison.
The funeral will occur Wednesday morning leaving the residence at 8:30 and going to St. Louis church, where funeral services will be held at 11 o'clock. Burial in St. Louis church yard.
Mr. Brock [Brox] was born in Austria and came to America in 1875. He has lived in the house in which he died for the last twenty-one years.

The Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kansas.

27 Jun 1910, p.2.

John Brox, sr., was found dead at 6 o'clock this morning, at his home, eight miles north of town. He had been a sufferer twenty-five years with asthma, but was about as well as usual last night, and retired at 10 o'clock. At 6 o'clock this morning he was found lying on the floor of his room, dead. He was 76 years old, and came to this county in 1875, direct from Germany. He leaves a wife and four children: Mrs. Mary Meyers, and John, Anton and Frank Brox. The funeral will occur from the house to St. Louis church Wednesday morning, leaving the house at 8:30. Mr. Brox had been a sickly man all his life, suffering intensely with dyspepsia before he came to this country. He owned the quarter section farm on which he died, but retired from active business eight years ago. He was an excellent man, and highly esteemed by all who knew him.

18 Aug 1910, p.3.

Frank Brox [usually spelled Prox], age 71 years, who lived in the old house at the forks of the road at Harmony garden, died at the county hospital this morning of old age. He was taken to the hospital July 7. He is an uncle of John, Frank and Anton Brox, who live north of town and who will bury him. The time for burial has not been decided.

16 Sep 1933, p.6.

MRS. JOHN MYERS OF NORTH OF TOWN DIES

Mrs. Mary Anna Myers, 70, wife of John Myers, north of town, died at 5 o'clock last evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Otto Hetz, 823 North Sixth street. Mrs. Myers' death followed an illness of six months.
Born in Switown [Zwittau], Austria, July 26, 1863, Mrs. Myers came to this country and northeast Kansas with her parents when she was 10 years of age. Her maiden name was Mary Anna Brox. She was married to John Myers May 22, 1888, and first lived on a farm in Doniphan county. Later Mr. and Mrs. Myers moved to a farm five miles north of Atchison, the present home place.
Surviving besides Mr. Myers and Mrs. Hetz are three sons, Robert, Roland and Roy Myers, all of the home; three daughters, Mrs. John Armstrong of Bendena, Mrs. Arthur Beattie of Atchison and Mrs. Earl Wycoff of Los Angeles; three brothers, Frank, Anton and John Brox, all of Atchison; and seven grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 9 o'clock Monday morning at St. Benedict's church. The Rosary will be said at the home north of town at 8 o'clock this evening. Burial will be in the Myers cemetery north of Atchison with Stanton & Stanton in charge.

The Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kansas.

30 Nov 1948, p.3.

Brox Rites Thursday

Funeral services for Frank Brox, 72, prominent Atchison county farmer, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Stanton & Stanton funeral home. The Rev. Edward Hauer will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Vernon cemetery. The body will be at the mortuary until the services.
Six nephews will serve as pallbearers, Edward Brox, John Brox, jr., Robert Myers, William Boyle, Joe Flachsbarth and Leonard Handke.
Mr. Brox died yesterday at his home, five miles northwest of town in the Good Intent community. He had suffered with diabetes for 10 years and last Thursday received a hip injury which contributed to the cause of his death. He fell in his barn and was kicked in the hip by a cow.
The youngest of four children in the family of John and Anna Brox, Frank Brox was born March 1, 1876, on a farm north of Atchison. April 10, 1901 he married Bertha Flachsbarth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Flachsbarth. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. C. C. Vetter at the bride's home.
Mr. and Mrs. Brox purchased the Jake Ernst farm north of Atchison and lived there until moving to their present farm 37 years ago.
In 1938 Mr. Brox united with Trinity Lutheran church and was faithful in his church duties. He was a member of the Central Protective association.
Mr. Brox was the type of man who was popular with people of every age. He was always in good humor, cheerful and happy, and uniformly gracious and helpful.
Mr. Brox had a great love for his family and friends and was a wonderful husband and father. He was the highest type of citizen.
Surviving are his wife; three children, Charles Brox of the home, and Albert Brox and Mrs. Ralph Weik, route 4; three grandchildren; two brothers, John Brox, sr., north of town and Antone Brox, Atchison. A sister, Mrs. John Myers, preceded him in death.

9 Aug 1954, pp.1-2.

Former County Corn King Dies
[Photo]

John J. Brox, 85, retired farmer who for years was known as the "Corn King" because of the many national, state, and local corn [illegible] died at 2.20 o clock yesterday afternoon at the Atchison hospital. He had been a patient at the hospital eight weeks and suffered a stroke last Tuesday. His condition had been critical since. Mr. Brox's illness began late in May. Funeral services will be held [illegible] a.m. Wednesday at St. Benedict's church. Burial will be in the St. Louis church cemetery.
A rosary will be recited tomorrow night at 8 o'clock at the Stanton chapel. A family rosary will be held there tonight at 8.
The pallbearers will be six nephews, Edward, George, Albert and [illegible] Brox, Bob Myers, and Roy [illegible].
Born Feb. 22, 1869 in Altwaldek, [illegible] John Joseph Brox came to America with his parents John and Ann Brox, when six years old. The family arrived at the port of New York [Baltimore] about March 1, 1875 and settled on a farm northwest of Atchison on Independence Creek.
John J. Brox attended the old Germany school, now Independence Valley school, where his teacher was the father of the late Ralph U. Pfouts, Atchison lawyer.
March 28, 1894, he was united in marriage to Miss Eliza Keeler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wenzel Keeler of the Good Intent community at St. Louis church. They began housekeeping on a farm in the Farmington vicinity where they lived two years before Mr. Brox bought the old Kennedy farm next to his father's land on Independence creek.
John J. Brox retired from farming in 1920 but lived on his farm until selling it in 1948. His wife died in 1951. Mr. Brox, until he entered the hospital, made his home with his son, Joseph R. Brox, route 3.
Mr. Brox won sweepstakes prizes for his corn at the Topeka Free fair, the Hutchinson state fair, national corn shows in Texas and Chicago, and at many shows in Atchison and its area. He sold his seed corn in this territory and shipped it to other states.
For one of the Atchison Corn Carnivals Mr. Brox built a beautiful float which appeared in the parade. It was a big corn crib decorated with split ears of corn. His name was spelled out on the crib in red corn. Because he was the corn king he wore a suit made of corn shucks. His wife tailored the suit which was uniquely and ingeniously designed.
At one time Mr. Brox was a stockholder and director of the former Bailor Plow Co. and was a director of the Federal Land Bank. He also formerly owned a half block of business buildings in Hamburg, Ia., which he later traded for 400 acres of land near Mexico, Mo.
A hard working and industrious man, Mr. Brox was a successful farmer and an expert seedman. He was esteemed by a wide circle of friends. One of Mr. Brox's feats was shucking 196 bushels of corn in 8 1/2 hours.
Surviving are his two sons, John [Joseph] R. Brox, route 3, and John A. Brox, 1502 North Second street, rock and lime contractor; two daughters, Mrs. Albert Lutz (Annie) and Mrs. Mark Tritsch (Mollie), both of Mexico, Mo.; a brother, Antone Brox, Atchison; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Anniversary

The Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kansas.

23 Aug 1954, p.3.

GOLDEN WEDDING COUPLE - Mr. and Mrs. Brox celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 29.

Mr. and Mrs. Anton Brox to Celebrate Anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. Anton Brox, 916 Mound, celebrate their golden wedding anniversary on Aug. 29. A family gathering will be held in honor of the occasion.
Miss Barbara Anslinger, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Anslinger of the Deer Creek community, and Anton Brox, a son of Mr. and Mrs. John Brox of the Independence Valley community, were married Aug. 20 [Aug. 29], 1904, at St. Benedict's church in Atchison by the late Rev. Gerard Heinz, OSB, who was a beloved pastor of the parish.
Father Gerard gave Mrs. Brox instructions in the church, baptized, confirmed and married her.
The wedding was the culmination of a three-year romance. The couple met at a party at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Flachsbarth, neighbors of the Anslinger family in the Deer Creek community. They fell in love and dated "steady" from that time until their marriage.
At the time of her marriage Mrs. Brox was 19. She was born in Doniphan where her father worked in the Brenner winery. Her parents were both natives of Germany and came to America so that her father could work for his uncle, Adam Brenner.
Anton Brox was 29 years old when he was married. He was born in Altwaldek, Austria, and was nine months old when his parents came to American [sic] and settled in the Independence Valley community.
After Mr. and Mrs. Anton Brox were wed they lived on the old Brox farm 41 years until his retirement.
The couple have a daughter, Mrs. William Libel of Leona, and two sons, George Brox, who lives on the home place, and Edward Brox, who lives on the adjoining farm. They have six grandchildren.
Mr. and Mrs. Brox are members of St. Benedict's church. She is a member of St. Ann's Altar society.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Brox enjoy fairly good health. Mrs. Brox is a wonderful homemaker and Mr. Brox works in his garden and enjoys card playing. They are inveterate television fans.
One of their greatest pleasures is visiting their children and grandchildren and seeing their old friends. They make frequent drives into the country.
Mr. and Mrs. Brox have been subscribers of The Globe all of their married life.

Obituary

The Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kansas.

20 Apr 1955.

Anton Brox Dies At Atchison Hospital

Anton Brox, 81, prominent retired farmer, died at 8 o'clock this morning at the Atchison hospital where he had been a patient two days. He had been ill for more than a year. When he retired from the farm in the fall of 1945 Mr. Brox and his wife moved to Atchison. The home is at 916 Mound street.
Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday at St. Benedict's church. Burial will be in St. Louis church cemetery. The rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Stanton chapel.
A son of John and Anna Brox, Anton Paul Brox was born in Austria Jan. 3, 1874, and came to America with his parents when only nine months old. The family settled in the Independence Valley community north of Atchison and he attended the district school there.
Aug. 29, 1904 he married Miss Barbara Anslinger, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Anslinger, at St. Benedict's church in Atchison.
Mr. and Mrs. Brox lived on the old Brox home place 10 miles northwest of Atchison until moving here.
He was a communicant of St. Benedict's church. Mr. Brox was held in high esteem by his many friends throughout the county. He was a good husband and father and was devoted to his family.
Besides his wife he is survived by a daughter, Mrs. William (Irene) Libel, Severance; two sons, George Brox, who farms on the home place, and Edward Brox, who farms in the vicinity of the home place; and six grandchildren.

Notes

  1. [The letter 'x' written in the old German cursive script of the time resembles an English 'z' much more than an English 'x'.]
  2. [Frank has not been found on the 1870 or 1880 censuses.]
  3. [The 1885 Kansas state census shows a sixteen year old Frank Sanders living with the family. He was probably a son from a previous marriage.]
  4. [There is no known connection between John Prohaska and the Zwittau area. Perhaps he could have been related to Victoria.]
  5. [This Anton may be the Anton Prax who was aboard the ship "America" with his family when it landed in New York 03 Jul 1865. The names of the children onboard match his, but their ages do not. At least 12 others aboard came from the Zwittau area and lived in Atchison County, Kansas.]

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