Emma Jaresh Dolezalek, her great-grandson
and a bouquet of her beloved roses.
When cold or rainy weather prevented outdoor work,
Emma Dolezalek sewed, quilted, and embroidered. She embroidered dresser
scarves, table clothes, and dish towels. She made quilts for daily use
and also made a quilt for each of her ten grandchildren. This particular
quilt is embroidered with each state?s name, flower, and bird. The quilt
is a befitting representation of Emma?s real love: her flower garden.
Emma grew roses, bulbs, and annuals in an old-fashioned
front yard garden. Sunday visits to her home included a walk through her
flower garden. In addition to colorful flowers, the garden paths revealed
butterflies, bumble bees, rabbits, and the occasional marauding chicken
or snake, which she promptly chased away. A small side yard was relegated
to lawn grass, neither Bermuda nor St. Augustine, that was sometimes mowed
with a reel mower.
There was always plenty of work, indoors or out, for
Emma was a farm wife. She milked cows and kept a vegetable garden, orchard,
and chickens. She baked bread, preserved fruits, made butter and cottage
cheese, and canned vegetables in addition to preparing meals. She did her
laundry on a rub board with homemade soap. During crucial times like planting
or harvest, she also helped in the fields.
Emma Jaresh Dolezalek
Emma Jaresh was born January 24, 1895, the youngest
child of Czech immigrants Thomas Jaresh and Catherine Calta. Emma was born
on her parents? farm between Garrett and Ennis, Texas.
On January 4, 1910, Emma married Louis Dolezalek in
Ellis County, Texas. Louis Dolezalek was born June 21, 1889, in Bohemia.
He was the oldest child of William Dolezalek and Anna Stanzel. Louis died
February 21, 1973 in Collinsville and is buried in Cedarlawn Cemetery in
In 1916, Emma and Louis moved their young family from
Ellis County to Grayson County by train. They bought a farm west of Dorchester
where they raised five children: Bill, Flossie, Emma, Ed, and Mildred.
Emma died August 19, 1976 in the Collinsville Nursing
Home. She is buried in Cedarlawn Cemetery in Sherman, Texas.