John Pribula-Mary Myerchin Pribula

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John M Myerchin, Sr/Maria (Mary) Schust Myerchin     John Pribula/Maria unknown




Paul Pribula, Joseph Pribula, John Pribula, Mary Pribula Vasek,

George Pribula, Michael Pribula, Julia Pribula Gust


John Pribula was born in 1859 and died January 23, 1931

Mary Myerchin Pribula was born in 1864 and died December 10, 1921


Three infants died

Paul, born 8/14/1888, died 8/16/1970

John Paul, born March 12, 1894, died November 7, 1971

Joseph, born 2/26/1892, died 7/25/1968

Mary, born 4/6/1896, died 4/15/1980

George, born 4/22/1898, died 3/6/1958

Michael, born 7/6/1900, died 10/14/1974

Julia, born 2/15/1903, died November 25, 2000. 
She is buried in Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery, Tabor MN



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, George, Paul, Joseph, Michael

Mary (Vasek), John and Mary, Julia (Gust)

John was born in Vechets, Czechoslovakia. He married Mary Myerchin from Chemerney, Czechoslovakia. Four of their children were born in Europe, two sons and a daughter died in infancy. Paul was two years old when they came to America. It took six to seven weeks to cross the Atlantic Ocean. They landed at Ellis Island in the year 1890 and settled in Shamokin, Pennsylvanic, which is ten miles east of the Susquehanna River. John worked in the coal mines a short while before moving to Minnesota, where they started farming in Northland Township, Polk Co.

During this time John made seven trips back to his homeland to visit his parents. On his last trip he brought his mother back with him, as his father had died.

The Pribula homestead consisted of 160 acres and was located eleven miles north, three and one-fourth miles east of East kGrand Forks, Minnesota. Joseph, John, Mary, George, Michael and Julia were all born on the farm.

John suffered from severe asthma attacks, but we don't know if this was the cause of his death. Mary died of a stroke.

John's youngest son, Michael, farmed the Pribula land until 1941, he then sold it to Frank and Bertha Vasek, it is now farmed by their son Henry Vasek.

John and Mary are buried in Holy Trinity Catholic Church Cemetery at Tabor, Minnesota.

...Pribula-Myerchin Family History


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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