Masaryktown

Memories: Weddings and Beseda Dancers

John Bartko, Ph.D. is a former statistician for the National Institute of Health. In his youth, he was a Masaryktown Beseda dancer. We are thankful for the memories he has shared with us.

The Beseda Dancers, courtesy of Elaine Hogue

This is a continuation of Mr. Bartko’s memories of Masaryktown, FL during the 1940s and 50s, before “the demise of the mom and pop farms.” We last published his memoirs of chicken farming in our May 6, 2016 issue. His parents (Otec and Matka) at one point had about 4000 chickens on their farm.

Memories: Interesting establishments in Masaryktown

John Bartko, Ph.D. is a former statistician for the National Institute of Health. In his youth, he was a Masaryktown Beseda dancer. We are thankful for the memories he has shared with us.

Masaryk Hotel and Service Station (flmemory)

This is a continuation of Mr. Bartko’s memories of Masaryktown, FL during the 1940s and 50s, before “the demise of the mom and pop farms.” His parents (Otec and Matka) at one point had about 4000 chickens on their farm.

Memories of Chicken Farming in Masaryktown

Special to Hernando Sun, John Bartko

credit: Florida Memory

I helped as best I could. I don’t remember anyone else helping my father Otec. We came to have four chicken houses and about 4000 chickens. That was a lot. We picked eggs three sometime four times a day. We did this to minimize breakage in the nests. The chicken houses had to be cleaned of the manure of course. The manure under the roosting areas was much easier to shovel and haul to the manure barn than were the alleys. They packed down hard and we had to use scrapers to loosen it up before shoveling it into the wheelbarrow.

Masaryktown 90th Anniversary Celebration

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Masaryktown 90th Anniversary Celebration, Lauren Dodson

Lauren Dodson, raised in Masaryktown was visiting her father, Larry Dodson, who is acting President of the Masaryktown Community Center back in February. She stumbled upon a foundation sign from a school house that has been long gone.

The sign stated "School founded in 1925." She also remembers a photo that showed around 100 Slovakians with the caption stating, “On December 5, 1925 these Slovaks arrived from New York City.”

Masaryktown- A bit of Paradise

Special to Hernando Sun, Elaine Tokos Hogue

I want to share my experience of living in Masaryktown, Florida located 40 miles north of Tampa and 10 miles south of Brooksville on the western coast of Florida. Masaryktown was a small poultry- egg producing farming community, comprised of approximately 300 Slovaks and some Czechs. I say “was” because although the town is the same today, the population and structure are now totally different.