Michael "Mike" Cizek
Bessie Katherine Kopriva
Albina Stella Cizek


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1. Merrill Edgar Beecher

Albina Stella Cizek 2

  • Born: 5 Mar 1898, Chelsea, Tama, IA, USA 3 4 5 6 7
  • Marriage (1): Merrill Edgar Beecher on 24 Dec 1918 in Grundy Center, Grundy, IA, USA 1
  • Died: 2 Aug 1970, Traer, Tama, IA at age 72 4 5 6
  • Buried: Reinbeck: Grant Twp. Cemetery, Tama, IA 4 5

   Another name for Albina was Albina Stella Chizek.1 3 5 7 8 9

   FamilySearch ID: L61R-PZX.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Census in 1900 in Carroll Twp., Tama, IA. 10 The 1900 census recorded owning a farm: Mike Chizek, farmer, 34, born Feb 1866, living with wife Blanch, 28, Aug 1871. The census recorded they were married for 10 years and had birthed 5 children, all alive in 1900. Living with them: Anna, 8, Dec 1891; Clara, 6, Dec 1893; Fred, 4, Jan 1896; Albina, 2, Mar 1898; and daughter Aggie, 0, May 1900. All the children were born in Iowa. Mike and Blanch and their parents were born in Bohemia. Mike immigrated in 1880 and had become a U.S. citizen. Blanch immigrated in 1884.

2. Census in 1930 in Grant Twp., Tama, IA. 11 The 1930 census recorded Merrill Beecher, 39, living with wife Albina, 32; Wesley, 8; Claire, 7; and Richard, 2. Everyone was born in Iowa except Merrill in Pennsylvania.

3. Census in 1940 in Grant Twp., Tama, IA. 12 The 1940 census recorded Merrill E. Beecher, 49, living with wife Albina S., 42; Wesley M., truck driver, 18; Claire L., 17; and Richard, 12. Everyone was born in Iowa except Merrill in Pennsylvania.

4. Census in 1950 in Traer, Tama, IA. 13 The 1950 census recorded at 1 Woodlawn Street in Traer: Merrill Beecher, depot agent for railroad, 59, living with wife Albina, school cook, 52; son Richard, car salesman, 22; and mother-in-law Bessie Chizek, 77 whose name is crossed out. Merrill was born in Pennsylvania, Bessie in Czechoslovakia, and Albina and Richard in Iowa.

5. Obituary: Times-Republican on 3 Aug 1970 in Marshalltown, Marshall, IA, USA. 6 Mrs. Beecher, 72, Traer, Succumbs; Rites Tuesday

TRAER -- Mrs. Merle Beecher, 72, died in Traer Convalescent Home Sunday noon. She had been in failing health with cancer for about seven years.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Erickson Funeral Home in Traer. Burial will be in Amity rural cemetery northwest of Traer. The body is at the funeral home.

She was born Alvina Chizek March 5, 1878 [sic should be 1898], in Tama Caounty, a daughter of Mike and Bessie Chizek. She and her husband lived in Dinsdale for many years, where he was railroad station agent, before moving here about 15 years ago.

Survivors are her widower; two sons, Wesley, Bellvue, and Richard, Traer; seven grand-children; three sisters, Mrs. Carl Nelson, Traer, Mrs. Agnes Patava, Vinton, and Mrs. Clara Shytil, Tama; three brothers, Peter, Emil and Fred Chizek, all of Traer.

Albina married Merrill Edgar Beecher, son of John William Beecher and Hannah Rebecca Heiser, on 24 Dec 1918 in Grundy Center, Grundy, IA, USA.1 (Merrill Edgar Beecher was born on 17 Mar 1891 in East Salem, Juniata, PA,14 15 16 17 died on 26 Oct 1973 in Traer, Tama, IA 14 15 16 and was buried in Reinbeck: Grant Twp. Cemetery, Tama, IA 15 16.)


1 FamilySearch.org, Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KLWV-XYG Merrill E Beecher and Albina S Chizek, 1918.

2 The Courier (Waterloo, IA), 29 Jan 1942, page 8. Obituary of Mike Cizek.

3 1900 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M9LK-GS3 Blanch Chizek in household of Mike Chizek, Carroll Township, Tama, Iowa, United States; citing sheet , family 12, NARA microfilm publication T623, FHL microfilm 1240460.

4 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=39650181.

5 Iowa Gravestone Photo Project (http://iowagravestones.org), http://iowagravestones.org/gs_view.php?id=987429.

6 Times-Republican (Marshalltown, IA), 3 Aug 1970, obituary of Mrs. Merle Beecher.

7 Ancestry.com, "Iowa, U.S., Births (series) 1880-1904, 1921-1944 and Delayed Births (series), 1856-1940," Albina Stella Chizek b. 5 Mar 1898 in Chelsea IA father Mike Chizek b. Bohemia mother Bessie Koptrivo b. Bohemia.

8 FamilySearch.org, Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VRZB-NW3 Claire Leroy Beecher, 1923.

9 The Courier (Waterloo, IA), 16 Dec 2018, obituary of Richard Wayne Beecher.

10 1900 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M9LK-GSS Mike Chizek, Carroll Township, Tama, Iowa, United States; citing sheet 1B, family 12, NARA microfilm publication T623, FHL microfilm 1240460.

11 1930 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XMKQ-X7B Albina Beacher in household of Merrill Beacher, Grant, Tama, Iowa, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 0010, sheet , family 103, NARA microfilm publication .

12 1940 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KMBY-15S Albina S Beecher in household of Merrill E Beecher, Grant Township, Tama, Iowa, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 86-10, sheet 8B, family 145.

13 "1950 United States Census," https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6FQK-4LJT Merrill Beecher Traer IA.

14 Records of Richard Beacher (510 Toledo St, Traer, IA 50675).

15 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=39650257.

16 Iowa Gravestone Photo Project (http://iowagravestones.org), http://iowagravestones.org/gs_view.php?id=987428.

17 Ancestry.com, U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 (United States, Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M1509, 4,582 rolls.), Merrill Edgar Beecher.

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