Any info on "Souhrada School"?
Posted by Marksinmt (+4) 4 years ago
Hi, While looking on the internet, I stumbled across "Souhrada School" located near Miles City. Was wondering if anyone in the Miles City area would have any insight to who the school was named after. My Grandfather and his wife (Vla and Violet Souhrada) homesteaded near Terry MT. They had a son, Robert, who later was a teacher and administrator in the Montana School system. Anyway, if anyone knows something about this, give me a shout. Thanks Mark Souhrada
Posted by Hal Neumann (+9348) 4 years ago
Looks like it was in Prairie County, north of the River and then west on Cherry Creek Road.
Latitude: 46-53'48'' N
Longitude: 105-30'27'' W

I don’t see anything on who or what the school was named after. The Prairie County Library would probably have an answer.
Posted by Bill Cloud (+46) 4 years ago
The following is from "Wheels Across Montana's Prairie" copyright 1974 by the Prairie County Historical Society. This article was written by J.H. (Jack)Souhrada Jr. John H. Souhrada Sr. was Jack's father and the man who owned the land where the "Souhrada School" was built.

by J.H. Souhrada, Jr. (Jack)

John Souhrada Sr. was born in Bohemia, coming to America in 1870 at six years of age and the family settled in Iowa. He married Anna Kolerick in 1885 and they had six children - Alfred, Jerry, Lillian, Elizabeth, Vla, and John (Jack). Mrs. Souhrada died of tuberculosis in 1907 and the doctor recommended that the family move to a drier climate for Alfred's health. So they moved to Terry arriving July 11, 1910.

He filed on a homestead fourteen miles northwest (of Terry) and with the help of his neighbor to the south, Lou McClure, they cut cottonwood trees for logs to build a house. Alfred passed away in 1912. Mr. Souhrada was a tailor by trade and started a shop with Jack Greenwood in his clothing store in the old Terry Lumber Co., at that time behind the old State Bank. He worked at this shop for four years, then went to Miles City and worked for Gus Fingwall, the only tailor in Miles City.

The five children stayed on the homestead under the care of Jerry. Mr. Souhrada came home about once a month to check on his family. In 1914 a school house was built on the corner of the homestead section and all the children attended. Later Elizabeth Souhrada taught this school. Pupils were Wallace, Chet, and Warren Livingston, three Klinker boys, and the Souhradas.

Elizabeth went back to Cedar Rapids (Iowa), Jerry went to Miles City and worked at the Boys Home, and later for MDU for many years and died in 1969. Vla married Violet McMillan. Jack worked for Frank Papst, who was a substitute father to the young boy, and stayed there eight years. He worked for Andy McMillan, then came to Terry and worked for Hewitt who had the International Harvester dealership. Charlie Wright worked for Hewitt at that time too. Jack, Red Allen, and Mickey Devlin went to Washington with a trainload of sheep and after visiting Red's family they went to California to see Jack's father and sister Lillian. By spring the three came back.

In 1931 Jack operated a threshing machine for Mickey Devlin and Frank Papst and had four pitchers with the rig when they started fourteen miles north of Terry and finished fifteen miles from Miles City. He worked for Art Reukauf who had mostly sheep, then came to Terry to work for Paul Young on the dray line. He then went to work on WPA and was with the Bureau of Reclamation in Terry until 1952 when he was transferred to Vancouver, Washington to work for the Bonneville Power Company.

Jack married Ella Bacon, daughter of Henry Bacon, in 1939. They had two children, Jackie Jo, who was killed in a car accident in 1967, and JoAnne (Gaye) who is married , has four children, and lives in Battleground, Washington.