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The History of Renville County, Volume 2
Compiled by Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge
Wencel Kodet was born in Bohemia, Nov. 1, 1850, son of Wencel and Veronica (Koza) Kodet. His father came to America in 1854 and worked in the plow shops at Racine, Wisconsin, for three years, afterwards purchasing 60 acres of land in Manitowoc county, Wisconsin, where he lived until his death, in 1889, at the age of sixty-eight. The mother died in 1900, at the age of eighty-six. Wencel Kodet attended the district schools of Racine county, Wisconsin, and Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and the public schools at Chicago and, in March, 1883, bought 200 acres in section 25, Henryville township, where he still lives. He now owns 845 acres of well-tilled land in Renville county, and 120 acres in Todd county, Minnesota, a total of 965 acres.
Since making his home in Henryville township, Mr. Kodet has held many important positions. He has been chairman of the township board for one year and treasurer of School District No. 12 for eight years. He is also a stockholder in the Farmers' Elevator at North Redwood and also at Morton, and a stockholder in the New State Bank at Morton. He is a member of the Bachyn Catholic church in Henryville township. Mr. Kodet was married June 25, 1883, to Mary Swoboda, born April 1, 1861, daughter of Wencel and Annie (Bohaukowa) Swoboda. Her father came to America in 1854 and located at Racine, Wisconsin, where he remained three years, next moving to Manitowoc county, Wisconsin, where he remained until 1867, when he settled in Henryville township. He died in 1890, at the age of eighty years. His wife died in 1901, at the age of eighty. Mr. and Mrs. Kodet have ten children: John A., born May 16, 1884, a farmer in Henryville township; Annie J., born March 17, 1886, married to John J. Zitah, a farmer in Henryville township; Mary G., born May 5, 1888, married Frank H. Zitah, a farmer in Henryville township; Emma C., born March 19, 1890, married to Wencel H. Dolezal, a farmer in Henryville township; Alois E., born Feb. 12, 1892; Joseph C., born June 28, 1895; Adolph A., born Nov. 8, 1897; Charles H., born Nov. 30, 1899; Katie L., born Sept. 25, 1902; and Ella J., born Nov. 30, 1905. The six youngest children are at home with their parents.
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