The Korinek Family - Bakers




The Frank Korinek and Company, Bakers Supply and Cake Decorations began operation in 1918.  In 2020, it continues, with George Korinek listed as its current president.  An article on this family describes that this building has been home to the company since April 1, 1939. (1) The family of Joseph Korinek and Terezie Vlaska Korinek left Bohemia and settled in the Chicagoland area.  In 1918, their son, Frank, began the Korinek Bakers Supply Company.

Joseph Korinek was born on March 28, 1847 at Kobyli Hlava #38 to Vaclav and Anna Korinek. (2)  Terezie was born on October 10, 1856 at Chotusice #59. (3)

Joseph married Terezie Vlasek/Vlaska on October 4, 1875 in the village of Chotusice. (4)

Children of Joseph and Terezie, with found, verified records:

Antonia Korinek Smutny 5-16-1878 Bohemia, 7-16-1927 Cook County, Illinois

Mary Korinek Jachim 7-3-1882 Chotebor #6, 3-5-1963 Rice Lake, Barron County, Wisconsin

Joseph C. Korinek 6-9-1880 Chotebor #6, 8-1957 Cook County, Illinois

Frank Korinek 11-19-1884 Habry #35, 2-6-1941 Cook County, Illinois

Vaclav “James” Korinek 3-10-1887 Habry #35, 7-25-1957 Cook County, Illinois

John Joseph Korinek 10-11-1889 Habry #35, 8-2-1958 Cook County, Illinois

Anna Korinek Semerad 8-8-1892 Habry #35, 11-1977 Cook County, Illinois

Terezie Korinek Krev 10-3-1895 Habry #35, 8-14-1978 Cook County, Illinois

Karel “Charles J. Korinek 4-2-1898 Habry #35, 4-7-1985 Cook County, Illinois

All family members did not arrive in the United States at the same time.  Antonia Korinek arrived on 9-9-1895 from Port Bremen to NYC, bound for Chicago, aboard the ship Havel. (5)  Josef, listed at age 18, and Marie, age 16, departed Port Hamburg on 4-20-1898, and arrived at NYC on 5-6-1898, aboard the ship Scotia. (6) Listed at age, Joseph 55, James 18, and Jan 15, departed Port Hamburg on 5-20-1905 aboard the ship “Pennsylvania”, headed for New York., headed for New York, arriving on 6-2-1905, listed under Jazef Korinsk  (7) Therese 1856, Anna 1895, Therese 1897 and Karel 1899, departed Port Hamburg on 4-5-1906 aboard the ship “Blucher”, headed for New York, arriving on 4-17-1906, (8)

Marriage records for the children of Joseph and Terezie:
(All Saint Procopius Catholic Church Korinek Marriage records (9))

Antonia Korinek married Frank Smutny on 8-13-1899 at Saint Procopius Catholic Church in Chicago.

Joseph C. Korinek married Anna Klindera on 2-1-1902 in Cook County

James Korinek married Antonette Vrana on 9-7-1907 in Cook County (information based on Naturalization record).

Frank Korinek married Mary Kubik on 9-5-1909 at Saint Procopius Catholic Church in Chicago.

Marie Korinek married August Jachim on 7-7-1909 at Saint Procopius Catholic Church in Chicago.

Anna Korinek married Joseph Semerad on 6-23-1912 at Saint Procopius Catholic Church in Chicago.

John Joseph Korinek married Mary Hribal on 11-9-1912 in Cook County, divorcing after 1920. Obituary lists wife at death, Elizabeth Budz Wilson.

Theresa Korinek married Henry Krev on 8-4-1915 at Saint Procopius Catholic Church in Chicago.

Charles Korinek married Tessie Shinski on 5-7-1922 in Cook County.

The earliest census records found in the USA are for the children, as the parents Joseph and Terezie did not arrive in the USA until 1905 and 1906.


Years before the Korinek Bakers Supply Company would be formed Cook County census records show the Korinek family was already in the baking business.


In 1900 Antonia Korinek Smutny's, husband Frank, and Antonia’s brother, Joseph, are living at 791 Allport.  Frank, and Joseph, were listed as a bakers. (10)


In 1910 Frank Korinek and family, and his brother James and family are both living at 1810 Allport.  Frank and James are both bakers. (11) In 1930, James was still listed as such.


The 1920 census record for Joseph, living at 5805 W. 16th listed him as working at a bakery.  A 1923 Chicago Directory recorded Joseph living at 5159 S. Whipple, and in the bakery store pages, he was listed as a baker at 5150 S. Whipple. (12) The 1930 census record for Joseph, living at 2701 Kolin, stated on the record that he is the proprietor of a bakery shop.


The 1920 census record for James, living at 2735 W. 15th Place, and the 1930 census record for James living at 1500 W. 57th Court in Cicero, posted James as the owner of a bakery shop.  The obituary (image right) of his wife, Antonette Vrana Korinek mentions the family operated a bakery shop in Cicero in two different locations. (13)

In 1930 Frank’s family is living at 1852 Scoville in Berwyn.  Frank is now listed as a “Jobber” for bakers.

Mother, Terezie, died in 1932.  Father, Joseph, died in 1933.  They are buried in Saint Adalbert’s Catholic Cemetery in Niles, Illinois.

In 1940, the family is living at the same address.  Frank and also his son George, age 25, are listed as proprietors of “preserve manufacturing”.

While 1918 is the year the Korinek Family business began, and census records show decades of family members involved n the bakery and baking supply business, advertisements, so far, have only been found dating back to 1935. (Image left (14), Image below (15))

A 2019 Google Maps image of the 1935 address in the Korinek and Company business ad and the 2020 Facebook page image, appear to match a 1940 advertisement showing the same building, with perhaps the adjacent building now gone and parking space having taken its place. (16)

The founder of Frank Korinek and Company died in 1941.  In 1942 the yearly publication “Amerikan Kalendar” published an article on Frank Korinek, his son Frank, and his son George.  Son Frank, a pharmacist by training, left that profession (Image above, left (17)) and would operate the family business with his brother, George.

Image Above Left (18), Right (19)

From the published article, Amerikan Kalendar, 1942: (Translated using Google Translate.) (20) Frank Kořínek and Company was founded twenty years ago, when Mr. Kořínek rented a building on 25th Street in Cicero, Illinois, and began supplying flour and other bakery supplies to bakery shop owners. Thanks to honest business and energetic management of the plant by Mr. Frank Kořínek, the company was gaining more and more favor not only among Czech bakers, but also among bakers of other nationalities, so the business continued to grow even in times of the greatest depression. About seven years ago, Mr. Kořínek started making plum jam and other jams in the Czech way. This branch of his trade has also met with extraordinary success. However, the credit for this can be attributed primarily to the quality of the company's products and especially their excellent taste. Today, Kořínek and Company supplies its plum jam and jams not only to bakers, but also to other stores both in the Chicago region and outside the state of Illinois. Mr. Kořínek was also active in our national and federal life.

The article continued with a narrative of Frank’s son, Frank: Frank J. Kořínek Jr. 1915 South 56th Ave., Cicero, Illinois, was born on October 30, 1910 in Chicago. He inherited tenacity from his father, and a good heart from his mother. Frank, who entered the business he runs with his brother George after the death of his father, went to Wilson's primary school, then to Morton's college, from where he transferred to the University of Illinois, where he graduated as a pharmacist and took the rank of R. PH, R. PHG, R. PHC.  He married on May 23, 1936. Helena B. Brouková became his wife, and from their happy marriage a son, Frank J. Kořínek III, was born. His wife comes from a good Sokol family, as his father-in-law, Mr. Josef Brouk, is well known in the Sokol organization.  Mr. Kořínek, studying, participated fully in university life, as evidenced by the membership of various bodies, of which we present: Kappa Psi (National Pharmacy Fratenity) and the University of Illinois Club. In addition, he belongs to other organizations, such as the Knights of Columbus, in Cicero is proof that he does not forget his origins and follows in his father's footsteps and in the federal endeavor, because his father was active in our public life. Mr. Kořínek loves music and fishing. He knew his parents' homeland with his own eyes. He found that it is a romantic country and based on his knowledge testifies to the charm of Czechoslovakia, cities and mountains. "It's a beautiful country," he says, "and every American of Czechoslovak parents should be proud of his background."

The article also continued with a narrative of Frank’s son, George: His brother, George E. J. Kořínek, is also proud of his origins and is interested in Czechoslovakia life and supports it. Living in No. 1852 Scovine Avenue., Berwyn, Illinois, was born on June 1, 1915 in North Judson, Indiana. He attended Wilson, Burnham, and Lincoln Primary Schools, graduated from Morton High School, and then attended Morton Junior College. During his studies, he also paid attention to school life, as can be seen from the fact that he was chairman of the "Phi Delta Sigma". His interest in federal circles is evidenced by the membership of the Berwyn Eagles, and T. A. Edison Order No. 375, Č.S.A.  G. E. J. Kořínek loves nature. He likes to fish, which brings him extraordinary refreshment.  He was also in Czechoslovakia. It would be in the summer of 1926, when he saw One Hundred Towers of Prague, the beautiful Šumava Mountains, Czech castles and chateaux, the birthplace of his parents, and all this made a great impression on him. He convinced herself that "paradise is at a glance". He still flies his thoughts into the heart of Europe, and when asked how he liked his old homeland, he replies: "She is so beautiful that it cannot even be uttered in words." Immediately after graduating from college, George became his father's companion and was extremely capable.

On March 13, 1994, The Life (Berwyn, Illinois newspaper), on page 9, printed a very comprehensive story of Frank Korinek and Company.  “Just west of Cicero Avenue on the north side of 25th street, Frank Korinek, his brother Bill and their cousin George, carry on a tradition begun in 1918 by their grandfather.

The trio run Frank Korinek and Co., which produces and supplies products used by bakeries and restaurants here and as far away as Pennsylvania, Florida, Colorado and California.

Grandfather Korinek emigrated with his family from Bohemia, in what is now the Czech Republic, to North Judson, Indiana, about 1890,” Frank said.

In 1910, the big city of Chicago lured the Grandfather Korinek as it did many young people of the time, and he came as a baker to serve his new community.  He realized than many of the local bakeries could ill afford to purchase flour, sugar and other supplies in large quantities.

Starting out in his garage, he began to purchase flour and sugar in 10 pound sacks and divide the goods up into smaller portions.  These were purchased by neighborhood bakeries.

Soon, Grandma Korienek was cooking apricots and prunes in her kitchen for preparation as fillings.  The all important,povidla, or prune, filling was probably the No. 1 choice for kolaczki, coffee cakes and paczki in those days.

The Korineks’ business grew, and in 1918 they purchased a brick building just west of Cicero Avenue on 25th Street, almost in the shadow of the Western Electric plant that anchored the neighborhood.  Large copper kettles atop gas burners replaced Grandma’s kitchen cookware.  A second, adjoining building, was added to the east.  Years of hard work and success went by.  The sons grew.  One trained as a pharmacist, the other studied dentistry.

When the senior Korinek became ill, he asked his sons to come into the business, to forego their chosen professions.  It seems they did so with little regret.  At one time, there were as many as 15 bakeries on 22nd Street (now Cermak Road) in Cicero and Berwyn, and they were all customers of Frank Korinek and Co.

A surge in the number of Czech restaurants in the late 1950’s and 60’s increased the market for fruit fillings for the warm deserts that ended most meals.  The grandsons were beginning to learn the trade.

“I’m in sales now with George, and I do the accounting, while Bill handles the manufacturing end,” Frank said.  “But as a teen-ager, I remember stirring the fillings as they cooked.”

The Korineks supply 150 local bakeries and restaurants and ship to distributors who handle out-of-town accounts.  Although the number of Cermak Road bakeries had dropped to five, new vistas continue to open for the company.

Frank called on a company in Chinatown to supply apricot filling for use in its sweet and sour sauce.  One bakery in the Pilsen neighborhood in Chicago has been a customer for decades.  First Czech run, then Polish, today it caters to the Spanish population.

Apricot is the most popular filling now, followed by prune and poppy seed. Raspberry, cherry, strawberry and blueberry fillings are also processed at the plant.  It also supplies lemon almond and pecan filling with raisins, white for houska and dark for rolls and cinnamon bread.

Previously most apricots were supplied by California growers.  Today, a mix of tart, dark California apricots and lighter Turkish and Spanish fruit give the nice golden, orange color and mellow flavor Frank says customers prefer.  Apricots and prunes are purchased dry, then rehydrated at the Korinek plant and cooked in the 1,000 pound stainless steel cookers which replaced grandpa’s copper kettles.  The whole process takes about an hour.

Poppyseed filling begins as whole seeds purchased in 50 pound sacks from Australian growers.

“The best seeds used to be from the Netherlands,” Frank said, “but the Australians have taken over the market with a better product, less bitter than the Dutch.  We do purchase caraway seeds from the Netherlands, however.  Rye bread just wouldn’t be the same without caraway seeds, but ground caraway is often used to flavor the dough, even if you opt for no seeds on top.”

Poppyseeds are ground on the spot in a strong, stainless steel grinder and packaged quickly in 12 ounce cans or tubs for home use and in 20 and 45 pound plastic buckets for the bakery trade.  Small tubs sell under the trade name Bohemian Maid and larger containers under the Korinek name.

The Korineks still supply flour and sugar to bakers like their granparents did, now in 100 pound sacks that the old, small bakeries couldn’t afford.  They sell a special doughnut mix and a special oil for frying the donuts.  They supply other cooking oils and margarines as well.

“Korinek is still a total bakery supplier,” Frank of the third generation said as his cousin’s son, Joe, passed by with supplies.

George’s son, Scott, drives the delivery truck that sets out each day with its sweet cargo.  Not far from the dock is the office with a large, old wooden, desk that might have been grandpa’s.

On the wall is a wedding photo of grandma and grandpa, smiling down on their progeny, looking very proud indeed.”

Company founder, Frank Korinek, married Mary Kubik on 9-5-1909 at Saint Procopius Catholic Church in Chicago.

Mary Kubik was born on June 19, 1891 in Pribram, Bohemia to Jakub Kubik and Antonie Kubik. (21)

Mary's father Jakub was born February 10, 1845 at Zbecnik. (22)

Mary's mother Antonie Rakova Kubik was born June 17, 1848 at Zbecnik. (23)

Jakub and Antonie were married January 26, 1869 at Zbecnik. (24)

Mary, age 2, siblings, Jakub age 9, Karolina, age 11, Anna, age 22, mother, Antonie age 45, and Jacob age 48, arrived at Port New York City on June 28, 1893 aboard the ship Havel.  (25) Other siblings arrived at various times.

While the men in the Korinek family were engaged in the office and in the production of their products, several Korinek women were also active in their own manner.

Frank’s son, Frank Jr., married Helen Brouk, on May 23, 1936 in Chicago. Helen Barbara Brouk was born on July 4, 1912 in Chicago to Joseph and Bessie Ronovsky Brouk, both born in Czechoslovakia.  Joseph and Bessie were married on January 6, 1906 in Chicago.  In the 1930 Census (under Bronk/Brank) Joseph 45, Bessie 42, Miles 22, Lillian 22 and Helen 17 were living at 2346 56th Avenue in Cicero, Illinois. (26)


Frank’s son, George, married Mildred Strnad on August 12, 1943 in Cook County.  Mildred Strnad was born February 28, 1922 in Chicago to Joseph Strnad and Hattie Habada Strnad.  Joseph and Hattie, from Czechoslovakia, married on January 11, 1907 in Chicago.  In the 1940 Census, Joseph 55, Hattie 53, Rose 28, Emma 23, and Mildred 18, were living at 2314 59th Avenue, in Cicero.  (27) (Left - Engagement announcement for Mildred Strnad and George Korinek) (28)

For many years, Helen and Mildred and the Czech and other organizations they participated in, have those moments recorded in many local newspaper articles.

Korinek Wives have been members of:

The Bohemian Master Bakers Women's Association

The Saint Odilo Altar and Rosary Society

The Ladies Aid for the Bohemian Home for the Aged

The Bohemian Woman's Civic Club

Even when the Korinek women were not mentioned for participating in a group or organization, they could make the local news.  One interesting 1994 article references Helen Korinek, braving the cold weather, to bring hot soup to her two boys, working at the Korinek Company office. (29)

There was also a marriage between bakery families.  In 1983 Darlene Krupicka of the Krupicka Bakery family married William Korinek, son of Frank and Helen Korinek.

Newspaper - Berwyn Life (Berwyn, Illinois) April 7, 1974, Page 7


Newspaper - "The Life" (Berwyn, Illinois), November 1, 1982, Page 7.


Newspaper - "The Life", (Berwyn, Illinois), October 3, 1997, Page 5.


Newspaper - "The Life", (Berwyn, Illinois), March 2, 1990, Page 4.


Find A Grave Memorials

Joseph Korinek 213031156

Terezie Vlasek Korinek 213031273

Antonia Korinek Smutny 148314267

Frank Smutny 148314268

James Korinek 207366962

Antonie Vrana Korinek 207366871

John Korinek 213054411

Charles J. Korinek 193176349

Theresa H. Korinek 193176360

Frank Korinek  213031411

Mary Kubik Korinek

Frank Korinek (son) 213032757

Helen Brouk Korinek 213367428

George Edward Korinek 213032293

Mildred Strnad Korinek 213386620

End Notes

(1) “We remember a good businessman and patriot.”, Amerikan Kalendar, 1942, August Geringer Publisher, Chicago, Illinois. Pages 213 – 216.

(2) March 28, 1848, Koblyi Hlava #38, Havlikuv Brod, Zamrsk.

(3) October 10, 1856, Chotusice 59, Book 6, Image 225, Kutna Hora.

(4) October 4, 1875, Chotusice, Book 6, Image 125,, Kutna Hora.

(5) Year: 1895; Arrival: New York, New York, USA; Microfilm Serial: M237, 1820-1897; Line: 21; Page Number: M

(6) Year: 1898; Arrival: New York, New York, USA; Microfilm Serial: T715, 1897-1957; Line: 13; Page Number: 84

(7) Year: 1905; Arrival: New York, New York, USA; Microfilm Serial: T715, 1897-1957; Line: 16; Page Number: 23

(8) Year: 1906; Arrival: New York, New York, USA; Microfilm Serial: T715, 1897-1957; Line: 28; Page Number: 64

(9) "Illinois, Chicago, Catholic Church Records, 1833-1925," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 20 May 2014), St Procopius Parish (Chicago: Allport St) > Marriages 1893-1905 > image 1 of 219; Catholic Church parishes, Chicago Diocese, Chicago.

(10) Year: 1900; Census Place: Chicago Ward 8, Cook, Illinois; Page: 8; Enumeration District: 0217; FHL microfilm: 1240253

(11) Year: 1910; Census Place: Chicago Ward 10, Cook, Illinois; Roll: T624_251; Page: 15A; Enumeration District: 0538; FHL microfilm: 1374264

(12) Year: 1930; Census Place: Chicago, Cook, Illinois; Page: 12A; Enumeration District: 0852; FHL microfilm: 2340188

(13) Chicago Tribune, 3-22-1980, Page 75

(14) Advertisement, Korinek Flour Supply, Amerikan  Kalendar 1935, Publisher August Geringer, Chicago, Illinois, Page 284.

(15) Advertisement, Korinek Bakers' Supply, Amerikan Kalendar, 1938, Publisher August Geringer, Chicago, Illinois, Page 271.

(16) Advertisement, Korinek Factory, Amerikan Kalendar, 1940, Publisher August Geringer, Chicago, Illinois, Page247.

(17) Advertisement for Nosek's Pharmacy, Berwyn Life Newspaper, Berwyn, Illinois, June 27, 1947, Page 5.

(18) “We remember a good businessman and patriot.”, Amerikan Kalendar, 1942, August Geringer Publisher, Chicago, Illinois. Page 216.

(19) Amerikan Kalendar, 1944, August Geringer Publisher, Chicago, Illinois, Page 189.

(20) Googe Translate Translation of “We remember a good businessman and patriot.”, Amerikan Kalendar, 1942, August Geringer Publisher, Chicago, Illinois. Pages 213 – 216.

(21) Birth, Marie Kubik Korinek, June 20, 1891, Pribram #148, Pribram Book 69, Image 27.

(22) Birth, Jakub Kubik, February 10, 1845, Zbecnik #97, Births, Zbecnik, Hronov, Hradek, Kralov, Zamrsk Archives.

(23) Birth Antonia Rakova Kubik, Jume 17, 1848, Zbecnik #10, Births, Image 17, Zbecnik, Hronov, Hradek Kralov, Zamrsk Archives.

(24) Marriage Jakub Kubik to Antonia Rakova, January 26, 1869, Zbecnik 85, Image 26, Marriages, Zbecnik, Hronov, Hradek Kralove, Zamrsk Archives.

(25) Year: 1893; Arrival: New York, New York, USA; Microfilm Serial: M237, 1820-1897; Line: 25

(26) Year: 1930; Census Place: Cicero, Cook, Illinois; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 2087; FHL microfilm: 2340233

(27) Year: 1940; Census Place: Cicero, Cook, Illinois; Roll: m-t0627-00776; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 16-139

(28) "Berwyn Life" Berwyn, Illinois,  February 20, 1942, Page 3.

(29) "The Life", Berwyn, Illinois, January 26, 1994, Page 8.