John M Myerchin, Jr-Dorothy Vanyo Myerchin
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John M Myerchin, Sr/Maria (Mary) Schust Myerchin     Andreas Vanyo/Anna Matta Vanyo

Julia (Vanek), Dorothy (Sirek), John, Jr, Marie (Reisz), Joesph, Emilie (Wosick), Lillian (Kresl)

Walter, George, John & Dorothy Myerchin, Agnes (Saumur)



Marie Myerchin Reisz, Dorothy Myerchin Sirek, John E Myerchin,

Julia Myerchin Vanek, Joseph F Myerchin, George Myerchin,

Emilie Myerchin Wosick, Emil Myerchin, Lillian Myerchin Kresl,

Walter Myerchin, Agnes Myerchin Saumur



John M Myerchin, Jr was born on October 9, 1869 and died on February 12, 1951.

Dorothy Ann Vanyo was born on December 31, 1871 and died on January 19, 1942


Marie Myerchin Reisz, born 10/1/1891, died 5/11/1973

Dorothy Myerchin Sirek, born 10/13/1893, died ...?

John E Myerchin, Jr, born10/28/1895, died 2/16/1969

Julia Myerchin Vanek, born 10/19/1897, died 12/4/1983

Joseph Myerchin, born 12/17/1899, died 12/29/1955

George Myerchin, born 4/15/1902, died 3/23/1951

Emilie Myerchin Wosick, born 5/15/1905, died 8/15/1983

Emil Myerchin, born 1906, died 1906

Lillian Myerchin Kresl, born 12/26/1907, died 7/21/1989

Walter Myerchin, born 10/10/1910, died 12/20/1963

Agnes Myerchin Saumur, born 9/4/1914, died ...?




John M Myerchin , Jr and his parents and siblings came to the United States in early 1883 from the village of Cemerné, Vranov nad Toplou okres, Presov Region, Slovakia.

....Tommy Schiller Myerchin Baby Book


Dorothea Ann "Dorothy" Vanyo was born December 31, 1871 at the village of Janovik, House #20, Budimir Parish, in the Kosice District, Slovakia.

....Vanyo Family Book


Janovik is approx 25 km from Cemerne


Cemerné, Vranov nad Toplou okres, Presov Region, Slovakia

The village in Eastern Slovakia from which the John M Myerchin, Sr Family emigrated in early 1883. Cemerné is an outer part of the town of Vranov nad Toplou in eastern Slovakia. It has a population of about 3,000.

....Tommy Schiller Myerchin Baby Book


Magyarization and reasons for immigrating to America

Conditions in Eastern Slovakia were extremely dire at the time of their Immigration. The Hungarians (The Magyars) were brutally imposing their national authority on the Slovaks. "Magyarization" or the repression of Slovak customs, language, identity was very common. In some cases, Slovak children were taken from their parents and cleansed of their identity. The Slovaks were heavily taxed and their lands taken away. Poor living conditions lead to a Cholera epidemic in 1871. Many people died.


Anthracite Coal Mining, Near Shamokin, PA

The John M Myerchin Sr Family lived in Shamokin, PA and worked in the Anthracite Mines in 1883. The men worked in the coal mines for seven years. Because they were farmers in Slovakia and after enduring the many dangers and health hazards of coal mining, The John M Myerchin Family purchased land near Tabor, MN.


John M. Myerchin married Dorothy Vanyo in Shamokin, Pennsylvania on January 14, 1890. Dorothy left Czechoslovakia (alone) on July 26, 1889, the feast of St Ann, and arrived in America on August 15, 1889. She could not speak or understand English so she had a long and lonely trip. She had a sister in America who met her in New York. John and Dorothy had eleven children, five sons and six daughters. Emil Myerchin died the year he was born.

...Pribula/Myerchin Family History


Dorothy Myerchin with grand-daughter Yvonne Riesz


A Gathering of some of the Children & their Spouses of John & Dorothy Myerchin in 1952 Front row: Marie Reisz, Dorothy Sirek, Emilie Wosick, Lillian Kresl & Doris Jean Kresl (daughter of Emil & Lillian Kresl) Back row: Frank Sirek, Leo Reisz & Emil Kresl


John M Myerchin and Dorothy on their farm

It was said at the time of Dorothy's death, that John Myerchin was so overwhelmed, that he wanted to jump in the grave with her.... as told by John Vanyo


Dorothy's Obituary in 1942

Mrs. John Myerchin
Funeral services were held. Wednesday in the Holy Trinity Catholic church In Tabor for Mrs. John Myerchin, 71 years old, a resident of the Tabor vicinity 52 years, who died Monday at her home near Tabor. She was the mother of Joseph Myerchin, Emilie Myerchin and Mrs. Emil Kresl of Grand Forks.
Pallbearers were Frank Novak, Joe Stengal, Jacob Kresl, James Koterba, Frank Vonasck and Jacob Gust.

Honorary bearers were George Palya, Joseph Zeidlik, Joseph Kresl, Frank Fillipy, Albert Jeffrey, George Ritoch, Ed Duark, Philip Saumur, Frank Holub and John Zipoy Sr.


John M Myerchin, Jr --1943 at the ordination of Father Francis Serik
Majercin to Myerchin Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery Tabor, MN, USA

Above, are the tombstones of Maria Schust Myerchin, Michael Myerchin and John M Myerchin, Sr. They are located in the Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery, Tabor, Minnesota. Each stone represents the mother, son and father of the same family and each stone has a different spelling of the surname.



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