Saints Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, Granger, Williamson County, Texas

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Cyril and Methodius, painting by Jan Matejko, 1885
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Saints Cyril and Methodius  Catholic Church, Granger, Williamson County, Texas

Historical Marker text
Granger Texas 
The Czechs/Moravians who settled here in the early 1880s initially worshiped in each others’ homes or traveled 12 miles to Taylor, site of the nearest Catholic Church.  As their informal congregation grew so did the community of Granger.  In 1891 they erected a wood frame sanctuary here on land donated by Austinite W. H. Walton, and named their church after the Czech Patron Saints, Cyril and Methodius.
 
During Rev. Frantisek Machan’s brief tenure as Pastor the church formed several fraternal organizations and established a school.  His successor, the Rev. Frantisek Pridal, helped the congregation build a new school building/parish hall in 1912 and replace the original church building with a brick structure in 1916.

Following the death of the beloved Father Pridal in 1927, the Rev. John Vanicek became Pastor.  He helped many young parishioners enter the Priesthood and Sisterhood and guided several Parishioners into leadership roles in statewide Catholic Fraternal Organizations.
 
In 1948 this church became a part of the newly formed Austin Diocese. A 2-story brick school building was added in 1947.  A recreation center in 1959, and a brick convention in 1960.  The Church continues to play an integral role in church and community affairs.  (1993)

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My Paternal Moravian Grandparents: Charlie Frederick & Elizabeth “Bessie” Annie (Mazac) Frederick

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My Paternal Grandmother was Elizabeth Annie “Bessie” Mazac Frederick from Granger, Williamson County, Texas. They married on October 12, 1914 at the St. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, Granger, Texas.  Charlie and Bessie were both Catholics.

My Grandmother loved pink, so I posted the pink background of the Moravian-Czech flower. She liked artificial because she said they never die.

She lost my Grandfather in 1947 to Stomach Cancer, and she had a hard life raising her five children on her own. Grandma was an excellent cook, a good mother, and she also grew a garden with her sons, Woodrow and Charles for years to help feed the family. 

Charles F. “Charlie” Frederick also known as Karel Fredrich, and Charles Fredrick, was born on April 20, 1892 in Mala Lhota, Vsetina, Moravia and he emigrated from Moravia in 1894 to New York, and then on to Austin, Travis County, Texas. His last known residence according to his naturalization papers was in Pusta Polom, Ostrava, Moravian-Silesia. He was a poor farmer and a cobbler. My father told me that he helped the other Moravians to learn English. He was an avid reader, and read his Bible everyday. 

Obec Pusta Polom, Ostrava, Moravian-Silesia

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He received his American citizenship papers by serving in the Czech-Slovak Army during World War I in France.  According to the  1930 U. S. Census for Harris County, Texas, Charles Fredrick emigrated in 1894 from Czechoslovakia. 

Bessie was born on October 12, 1895 in Granger, Williamson County, Texas.

Bessie’s parents, Jan “John” Mazac emigrated in 1891, and Annie Marie “Mary” (Dudika) Mazac emigrated in 1892 to Ellis Island, New York, New York. They were poor tenant farm laborers. 

Seal of Travis County, Texas
Seal of Travis County, Texas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)