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Ancestors of Bernard Yahna
Ancestors of Kathryn Grun
Descendants of Yahna-Grun
History of Bohemia and Wisconsin
Links to Czech Republic, Bohemia, and Wisconsin
Bernard Yahna was born in Bohemia, now Czech Republic, in 1858. He
immigrated as a boy with his family to Watertown, Wisconsin in 1867. When in his
early 20's he decided to go west, coming to Fisher's Landing (Fisher, Minnesota) where he
worked on a farm one Summer and a brewery that Winter. In the Spring he followed the
railroad west to Arvilla, in Dakota Territory, about 1880. At first he worked as a
hired man on the large Hersey farm near Arvilla, "taking care of horses,"
according to James B. McCabe. Then he claimed a homestead in Logan Township,
"west of school almost 3 miles" (3 miles west of Fergus, which is now Logan
Center) in 1882 or so. He "batched" there in a sod hut until Spring of
1889, when his sister Annie came out to clean house for him. After Annie's marriage
(to Thomas Mooney) in 1891, Barney made a trip back to Watertown to marry Kathryn Grun in
1892. They lived the rest of their lives in North Dakota, turning the homestead into
a prosperous farm and raising a family.
Married March 1, 1892, Watertown WI.
Bernard's parents, Ignatz and Theresia Jahna about 1895.
Bernard's sisters: Mary, Theresa, Ida, Millie, Tillie, and Anna, about