Sunday, February 18, 2018

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 7 Frank Valentine Krbec

Frank V Krbec
First Communion
Frank Valentine Krbec was born on 10 Feb 1907 in Chicago, Illinois to Frank and Rose (Bozovsky) Krbec.  He was baptized on 10 Feb 1907 at St Procopius Catholic Church by P Valeriou and the baptism was witnessed by Frank and Catherine Kotonous, his mother’s Grandparents.[i]

Frank grew up on a Bohemian neighborhood in Chicago as a first generation American on his father’s side. His father had been born in Bohemia and immigrated to the United States in 1889 with his parents Jan Krbec and Barbara Sonka, and sister Marie.

In 1910, Frank’s father was a wood worker in a piano factory, the skills he developed there would remain with him as he became a hobbyist at wood working.

By 1917, the family had moved to Cicero, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago and Frank’s father was employed by Western Electric Co., a major employer in Cicero and a subsidiary of the telephone company.[ii]

By 1930, Frank Valentine has married Anne Angeline Mann (nee Franke) and they are living with her children Paul, Alfred, Virginia and Arthur at 2025 Racine Avenue in Chicago. Frank is a window worker in an auto garage.

On 25 May 1932 Anna gave birth to their only son, John Frank in Chicago.[iii] Sadly Anna Krbec died on 28 October 1933.[iv] She was buried on 31 Oct, 1933 at St Lucas Cemetery, in Chicago.[v] After Anna’s death her children with Alfred Mann changed their names and left Chicago.

In the 1940 census, Frank Valentine is shown living with his father Frank and son John Frank at 5404 23rd Place in Cicero, Cook, Illinois and working as a machine operator for a sporting goods manufacturer.

Frank Valentine Krbec died 20 Sept 1987 and is buried at Mt Emblem Cemetery.

[i] Illinois, Chicago, Catholic Church Records, 1833-1925;
[ii] U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2005.
[iii] llinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1940," database, FamilySearch ( : 18 May 2016), Frank V Krbec in entry for John Krbec, 25 May 1932; Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, reference/certificate 18278, Cook County Clerk, Cook County Courthouse, Chicago; FHL microfilm.
[iv] "Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), Anna Krbec, 28 Oct 1933; citing Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, source reference , record number , Cook County Courthouse, Chicago; FHL microfilm .
[v] Ibid