Botula Family History Project

Johana and Karel Botula and Family in the1920s

Bohemian Rhapsody

  In my family there is a wide interest in all things Botula. All my life, I've been listening to my grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins and other relaltives and family friends tell stories of "The Old Days," "The Old Country," and, well, you get the idea. When Alex Haley's history of his family became a book, then a movie for television and eventually a world wide media sensation, the phenomenon launched a multitude of would-be geneologists. The Botula story is, what we cousins call, "A Bohemian Roots!." That is the part of Europe that my grandparents, Karel and Johana and the first three of their nine children migrated from at the turn of the 20th century. Karel and Johana came to the US in 1903. She and the children came in through Ellis Island in New York Harbor. Karel's port of entry was Philadelphia, just ahead of the rest of the family. He set out for western Pennsylvania to mine coal for the Ellsworth Mining Company in a grimy little known named Cokeburg, just south of Pittsburgh. Johana and Max, Karola and Frances arrived shortly thereafter. The family grew to number eleven, the parents and nine children. (one child died a at birth). By the 1920 US Census, the family had grown and moved to Pittsburgh, where Karel traded in his pick and shovel for a job with Carnation Dairy. My father, Karel Jr. or Charles, Jr., as he later anglicized his first name, was the first in the family to go to college. The story that follows tells a brief account of the Botula family, using excerpts from a college paper written by my dad in his Sociology Class. It's one of many documents, I've drawn on to tell their story.

  The story is an Adobe PDF file, so it may take a few seconds to open. Enjoy! 

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