I just had to join in on this conversation. I live very near 2 totally
Czech communities, Protivin and Spillville in Iowa. There are a number
of "old" Czech cooks here that make kolaches on a regular basis,
especially at Christmas time. Although I am Norwegian, Swedish and
English by birth, my husband's ancestory(Czech and German) has rubbed
off on me through the years, and I too now make kolaches. They are very
good and we fill them with prune, poppyseed, and apricot filling. Some
of the ladies have started filling them with cherry filling also. I have
the recipe for them from one of these "old" Czech cooks. If anyone would
like it, let me know.
I also have a book written by Cyril M. KLIMESH called "They Came To This
Place. A History Of Spillville, Iowa and It's Czech Settlers". He
details the events leading up to and after the settlement of Spillville.
I have found by reading it, that not all of the people mentioned in it
are indexed in the back, but I am willing to do lookups in it if anyone
thinks their ancestors may have come to Iowa.
Bohemia: TUPY, MZIK, C(Y)ZAR, KRUCEK, NOVOTNY
Germany: BIGALK, KAPLER
England: MANUEL, MINERS, LAVIN, KEW, CASTERTON, OGDEN