Chicago's Blahnik Pharmacists
Chicago and Iowa Family Connections

Lorenz Blahnik
Chicago's First
Czech Pharmacist

Marie Blahnik
Chicago's First Czech
Woman Pharmacist
USA's First Czech
Woman Pharmacist

Vencel Blahnik
andSons, Czech Pharmacists in Chicago

Blahnik Births Found During Searches


The Blahniks of Polenka

Jan Blahnik, his first wife, Anna Bosak, and his second wife, Marie Rejcha, would have children, born in Bohemia. Children of theirs would eventually leave for the United States and initially settle in Iowa and Illinois.

Jan Blahnik was born 8-12-1822 at Smrzovice #16.  Jan first married Anna Bosak, of Janovice, before 1845 (based on the 1845 birth of their son, Lorenz)  and they had five known children.  Anna Bosak Blahnik died on 10-5-1857.

Known children Jan and Anna:  Polenka #5;

Barbara 1-21-1842

5-21-1861 Barbara Blahnik daughter of Jan and Anna Married in Polenka
Vaclav Kastl


Katerina 12-29-1845

Josef 4-10-1850

Anna 3-27-1855

Baby 1857 year Mom Anna died


Jan married Marie Rejcha on 8-4-1858 in Dolany and had four known children.


Known children Jan and Marie: Polenka #5;

Marie 3-20-1861

Vaclav 8-1-1863

Rosalia 3-31-1866

Barbara 11-13-1868

Josefa 3-4-1871

Magdalena 6-12-1877


Anna Bosak Blahnik died on 10-5-1857.  Jan died on 11-20-1893 in Polanka, and Marie died on 12-8-1899 in Polanka.  Jan and his two wives are all listed as being buried in Polen. (1)

Jan Blahni


JAN BLAHNIK son of Joseph who is son of Jakub, and Magdalena Votruba
Born 11-2-1856 at Smrzovice 16

Departs Hamburg 8-11-1876 for NYC aboard Hansa
A John Blahnik Age 23 marries Anna Sedlacek 9-20-1881 Chgo Trib Page 7
Jan Blahnik died 6-1884 aged 25 yrs BNC R6 Lot 23 St. v.

Associated With Chicago

Anna Blahnik Frish

Daughter of Jan Blahnik and first wife Anna, Anna Blahnik Frish was born on 3-27-1855 in Polenka. (1)  There is a ship registry record for an Anna Blahnik (spelled as Blanck) arriving in the USA on 3-15-1875 in New York City, aboard the ship Hermann. She was traveling with a Wenzel Blahnik, age 9, who could possibly be Vencel, step brother to Anna and her brother Lorenz. (2)

In the 1880 Chicago census, Anna is living with her married brother Lorenz, and Lorenz's wife and several of her family at 88 W. 18th.  Lorenz is usually referenced as Chicago's first Czech pharmacist. (3)  Anna married Frank Frish in Chicago on 5-22-1882.

There is a record of the Frish (Frisch) departing Bremen and arriving in Baltimore on 6-21-1861 aboard the ship Bremerhaven:   Frisch Paul 36, Marie 35, Rose 3, Johann, Franz 32, Josepha 25, Franz 3, Ferdinand (4)

In 1870 Frank and Josephine Frish and family are living in Chicago.  In 1880 Josephine is listed as a widow.  Paul and Marie Frish and their family are in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Frank, who will marry Anna, is living at home.  (5)

All census records for Anna and Frank Frish, through 1930, list addresses along Fisk Street, the family not venturing far from their original area.

Anna died in 1935 - Bohemian National Cemetery - Lot 181 Section 3 Find A Grave #158408525

"Anna Frish, nee Blahnik, Aug. 27, late of 1709 W. Fisk street, dearly beloved wife of Frank, devoted mother of Mrs. Marie Cech, Mrs. Anna Capek, and Mrs. Helen Cunat, Frank L., Otto, and Lawrence. Funeral Friday, Aug. 30, at 2 p.m. from chapel, 6229 W. Cermak-rd. (Berwyn). Bohemian National." (August 28, 1935, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois, Page 12)

Frank died in 1939 - Bohemian National Cemetery - Lot 181 Section 3 Find A Grave#158408529

"Frank Frish, a general contractor who built many strucures on the west side, died yesterday at his home 1709 South Carpenter Street.  He was 83 years old.  Mr. Frish came to Chicago with his parents nearly eighty years ago from Bohemia.  As a boy he saw Abraham Lincoln's funeral procession.  The family lived at Taylor and Sherman streets, near the home of Mrs. Patrick O'Leary, in whose cow barn the fire of 1871 is supposed to have started.  In 1874 Mr. Frish succeeded his father in the general contracting business, continuing in that business for firty one years.  He is survived by three sons and three daughters.  Funeral services will be held at 2 pm Saturday in the shapel at 6227 Cermak road. (Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois 10-26-1939, Page 16)


Barbara Blahnik Ricker

Daughter of Jan Blahnik, and second wife Marie, Barbara Blahnik Ricker was born on 11-13-1868 in Polenka. (6)

Barbara Blahnik married Konrad Richer on 8-12-1889 in Chicago.

"Konrad Richer, at present engaged in the insurance, real estate and loan business, at 3452 West 26th Street, was born in the village of Pecin, County of Zamberk, Bohemia, on Decmber 20, 1867, and is the son of Heinrich and Barbora (Divisek) Ricker. (My note: they are also buried in Saint Adalbert Catholic Cemetery).  These parents came to the United States in 1891, and here they resided until their respective deths - the father in 1894, aat the age of sixty-nine years, and the mother, 1906, at the age of sixty-seven years.

Konrad, their son and the subject of this sketch, was reared in his native country and there received a liberal education in the Bohemian and German languages.  In 1887 he crossed the Atlantic and landed in the United States, locating in Chicago, which has ever since been his home.  In order to learn the English language he attended schools in the evenings in this city and soon had a speacing command of the tongue here.  He begn his business career in a shoe store at Halsted and 18th streets as a cleck, and there served for a period of five years.  Then for one year he was at 1183 St. Louis avenue, but in 1908 he erected the handsome offie buildint at 3452 West 26th street whic he has occupied since July 3, 1908.  He is a member of the Cook county Real Estate Board, Bohemian American Foresters, Catholic Order of Foresters, and in politics is a Republican.  On August 12, 1889, he married Barbora, a daughter of Jan Blahnik, of Polen, Bohemia and by her has four children: Konrad, Anna, Ladislaw, died September 28, 1909, and Ruzena" (7)

Barbara died in 1960 - Saint Adalbert Catholic Cemetery - Lot 5 Block J Section 9 - Find A Grave -  99115058

Conrad died in 1945 - Saint Adalbert Catholic Cemtery - Lot 5 Block J Section 9 - Find A Grave - 99113682


Associated with Iowa


Rose Blahnik Lasack

Daughter of Jan Blahnik and first wife, Anna, was born on 3-31-1866 in Polenka. (8)  Rose Blahnik married Vojtech Lasack on 5-20-1889 in Chicago.

Census records do not list any children.


Quad City Times, Davenport Iowa, 1-16-1938 Page 16

Oxford Junction, Ia., Jan. 15. Funeral services for Mrs. Albert Lassick who died Thursday morning were held Saturday morning in Sacred Heart church with the Rev. J. Gregor officiating.  Burial was in the Mayflower cemetery.

Mrs. Rose Blahnick Lasack was born in Bohemia, March 31, 1866 and came to this country when she was 17 years of age.  Surviving are three sisters: Mrs. Barbara Ricker, Chicago; and two in Bohemia.  Her husband died five years ago.


Quad City Times, Davenport Iowa, 10-6-1931 Page 8

Oxford Junction, Ia., Oct. 6 Funderal services for Albert Lasack were held Monday morning in the home and 9:30 in the Sacred Heart church, with Rev. Father Gregor officiating.  Burial was in the Mayflower Cemetery.  Pallbearers were Nick Weber, Miker Tymer, Louis Bisinger, Frank Kolarik, John Lawrence and John Kropik.

Mr. Lasack, son of Frank and Elizabeth Lasack, died Friday after a long illness.  He was born near Oxford Junction, April 23, 1863.

On May 20, 1889, he was married to Miss Rose Blahnik, Chicago.  For a number of years he had been associated with the Lasack Hayloader factory here, from which he retired several years ago.  I n1914, they celebrated their silver wedding anniversary.

Mr. Lasack was a member of the K. of C. lodge and of the Sacred Heart Church.  He is survived by his widow; firve brothers, Mike Lasack, John, Adalph, Vince and Vit. And two sisters, Mrs. Christine Peckosh and Mrs. James Straka, Sr.

Albert Lasack's will mentioned two of Rose's sisters, still living in the Klatovy area of Bohemia: Josephine Margold and Lenka F. Blahnik.

Rose died in 1938 and is buried in Mayflower Cemetery, Oxford Junction, Iowa Find A Grave - # 39471519

Albert died in 1931 and is buried in Mayflower Cemeter, Oxford Juntion, iowa - Find A Grave - # 39754867

Special Note: and are filled with numerous records of members of the Blahnik family that came from several closely related villages in the Klatovy district.

One example: the brother of Lorenz Blahnik, (first Czech pharmacist in Chicago) born in Smrzovice, is Josef.  Josef had a daughter Katerina, born 11-26-1872 at Smrzovice #16.  Katerina arrived in the USA in  August of 1893 aboard the ship Russia, and she was headed to Kewaunee, Wisconsin.  Another state with associated members of the Blahnik families.  (9)



(2) Year: 1875; Arrival: New York, New York, USA; Microfilm Serial: M237, 1820-1897; Line: 1; List Number: 197

(3) reference - Year: 1880; Census Place: Chicago, Cook, Illinois; Roll: 188; Page: 250A; Enumeration District: 049.

(4) Roll 13 - - Baltimore, Maryland, US passenger Lists 1820 - 1964.

(5) Year: 1880; Census Place: Chicago, Cook, Illinois; Roll: 190; Page: 96C; Enumeration District: 067


(7) History of Illinois, Weston A. Goodspeed and Daniel D. Healy, 1909 Goodspeed Historical Association, Hammond Press, Pages 808 and 809.





Lorenz Blahnik
Chicago's First
Czech Pharmacist

Marie Blahnik
Chicago's First Czech
Woman Pharmacist
USA's First Czech
Woman Pharmacist

Vencel Blahnik
and Sons, Czech Pharmacists in Chicago