Kohanek Family Unsolved Mysteries

Would you like to help solve a mystery? Can you help add to the family website? Perhaps you can make a phone call, take a photo, stop in at a library to check an old record or look at an old newspaper microfilm, use the internet to search for a name or a place connection. Here are some things we need:


Need to write to the St. Agnes Church to obtain records of Kohaneks. See the website “The Poles of Ashland, Wisconsin: 1884-1888” … according to the website there are definitely baptism records on site. Also, check the cemetery records: St. Agnes Cemetery, 106 2nd Avenue East, Ashland 54806; run by: St Agnes Cemetery Association, 201 Lake Shore Dr East, Ashland, WI 54806-1736 Phone: (715) 682-7620.

Get copy of divorce record of Ida and Frank Kohanek, divorce notice published 3/18/1930 (found in www.newspaperarchive.com) in the Appleton Post Crescent, Appleton, WI; Frank was a resident of Menasha, WI at this time. Frank is probably the son of Bernard Kohanek / Kochanek of WI — this is probably the Anthony Kohanek tree, since Anthony and Mary Schwerman settled in Wisconsin.


Who are the Kohaneks in New Prague, MN? Robert Kohanek (of Longville, MN) said there are many Kohaneks buried in New Prague. Must write to the historical society and check the cemeteries. They might be Kochaneks.

New Prague Area Historical Society
c/o Greg Tikalsky, 1745 1st Ave SE, New Prague MN 56071-4008
Phone: 952 758-5291
Email: gtikalsk@np.k12.mn.us
Physical: New Prague Public Library

Looking for Death Records: Edward J. Kohanek, son of Anthony and Rose, husband to Gladys Smith: Check with Immaculate Conception Church for Edward’s Death Records, and the records of any other Kohanek [notes per L.F. Kohanek]

Need to order the Works Progress Act book written about the Bohemian Flats, THE ISBN FOR THE WPA BOOK IS 0404579299″ — Check the MN Historical Society.

Looking for evidence of Joseph Theodore Kohanek drawing cartoons for a Chicago newspaper. TO DO: Contact the historical society (?) for someone to lookup the comic section in the newspaper for the time period when Joe may have been drawing for them. Time Period? Also, Drew cartoons for Disney and was paid $200. The work didn’t last long. Contact Disney archives to get any information possible on Joe. Time period?

Need photographs of Kohanek gavestones: of those buried in Fort Snelling National Cemetery (7601 34th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55450, (612) 726-1127). TO DO: Call the cemetery and get burial places (if not listed below) and a map of the cemetery. For the following:
Orion Elmer Kingstedt (1899-1950) – PLOT S, 2850 [husband of Frances Anna Kohanek]
Frances Anna (Kohanek) Kingstedt (1899-1950) – PLOT S, 2850[wife of Orion Kingstedt]
Joseph Theadore Kohanek (1894-1967) (need plot location)
Peter John Kohanek (1891-1990) – PLOT S, 2850
William A. Kohanek (1921-1942) – PLOT A BLK, 1558
Valmer Irving Kohanek(1927-1992) – PLOT S, 2850 [husband of Lois Elaine]
Lois Elaine (Nelson) Kohanek (1928-1990) – PLOT S, 2850; cremated [wife of Valmer]
Roy Joel Ostlund, husband of Elizabeth Kohanek Ostlund (1894-1964)

Photographs of the gravestones of John George (Jack) Kohanek (1891-1966) and wife Selina Marie (Provost) Kohanek (1891-1965) in Fairview Cemetery, Cass County, Remer, MN

Need to look for the newspaper article of Anthony Kohanek’s death in Waverly, (Wright County), MN,from rusty nail, June 18, 1915. Contact the Minnesota Historical Society (or send email) to find someone to look up the microfilm research on this. Must search the paper up to one week to ten days after the death to not miss follow-up articles. (CALLED 9/30/2004 AND REQUESTED A NEWSPAPER LOOK-UP. They checked 3 newspapers and couldn’t find it …. maybe someone will go to the archives or the historical societ, or a library, and double check this.)

Records from Old Soldiers Home for Joseph Theodore Kohanek (Joe’s WWI Diary)
According to the Minnesota Soldier’s Home in Minneapolis, they only keep patient records for 10 years by state statute. But they have retained their index cards which they will copy and send you. It not only lists the patient’s name, address, dob, place of birth, illness, date of admittance, length of time in Minnesota, religion, time in hospital, cause of death, but also the name of the person who was in the service, their unit, which war (although WWI is called WW), and their rank.
Look for Soldier’s Certificate Number for Pension Records. Possible Contact: MN Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs


Need a photograph of the gravestone of Anna Helen (Kohanek) Ernst (1889-1982) in All Souls Cemetery Long Beach, CA. Also husband Leslie Joseph Ernst 3/27/1891 – 12/14/1971

Need a photograph of the gravestone of Paul Robert (Bob) Kohanek (1896-1962) in Golden Gate National Cemetery San Bruno, San Mateo County, CA, WAGONER US ARMY, Plot: 2E 3266, buried 9/12/1962.

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Please email Vicki with questions.