Jean Kabrna/Kaberna Rademacher Family
South Dakota, U.S.A.

"František would be my great great grandfather and Vincent or Mike as he is sometimes called is my great grandfather"


František Kabrna

František Kabrna's occupation is listed as a blumper or blumsser. A pre 19th Century term for a plumber was a blemmere.  A plumber was also called a plumbum man.  This ties in with his trade as a tinsmith, as they sometimes worked with pipes.

In addition to their hand carried items, the Kabrna's took with them one chest and one trunk.  Not much for seven people.  Besides clothing, and perhaps tools, what items of necessity or value did they bring?

In Chicago
The Kabrna's arrived in Chicago in 1856.  I cannot say when they arrived in Chicago.  They may have gone to Wisconsin first.  The Černy/Czerney family, also from Mšeno, went to Manitowoc County in that state the year before.

The earliest Chicago City Directory that I searched, 1859/60 showed Frank Kabrin, tinsmith, res. Buffalo, corner 12th.  The 1860 Census shows Frank Kaber in the Second Ward.  That is south east Chicago, between the river and the lake, Clark and State Streets.  At this stage his personal property was valued at $300, son Joseph's $200.

The City Directory 1865 / 66 lists Frank, Joseph and Michael (Vincent) Kabeen as tinsmiths.  The only address given is C&RIRR C6 car works.  The C&RIRR is the Chicago and Rock Island Rail Road.  Were they employed by the railroad, and living in comapny housing, if such.  The C&RIRR depot is east of the river, near or at Clark Street.

The 1870 Census locates the family in Ward 9, per the 1870 city directory, at 107 DeKoven (south Chicago, west of the river, the area described by Bubeníček as the first permanent Czech settlement).  Only Mike (Vincent) remained at home.  Frank Kubeena still in tinware, valued his real estate at $4000.  It was noted that he was eligible to vote.

According to the city directory, Frank remained at the same address, 107 DeKoven.  Apparently their home survived the Great Fire of 1871, said to have started at 137 DeKoven.  His occupation remained the same until 1875 when he and son Joseph are listed as grocers.