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The most common surname from my father's side of the family is Ruzicka. The entire Ruzicka family as well as their spouses started out in the Czech Republic (Bohemia). Other family members resided briefly in Nebraska and Oklahoma, but almost all wound up in the Viking, Alberta area. The "starting point" of the Ruzicka information is courtesy of the family tree that was handed out at the 1987 family reunion in Viking, Alberta. As time progresses I am making this tree more current.
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Saint John Nepomucene, b. c.1345, d. Mar. 20, 1393, was a Bohemian martyr who is the patron saint of the Czechs. As vicar general to the archbishop of Prague, he opposed the attempts of King Wenceslas IV of Bohemia to create a new bishopric for one of the king's favorites. The king had him tortured and drowned in the Vltava (Moldau) River when John failed to comply with his wishes. According to a tradition declared unfounded in 1961, Saint John was put to death for refusing to betray Wenceslas's wife, Queen Sophia, by revealing her confessional secrets. He was canonized in 1729. Feast day: May 16.According to the Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia 99:
John of Nepomuk, Saint (circa 1340-93), patron saint of Bohemia (now part of the Czech Republic). He was born in Pomuk (now Nepomuk), near Pilsen (now Plzeò). In 1380 he became pastor and later cathedral canon and vicar-general to the archbishop of Prague. According to tradition, he was later appointed confessor to Queen Joanna, wife of Wenceslas, king of Bohemia and Germany and Holy Roman emperor. The king had John tortured and put to death for his refusal to divulge the queen's confessions and for his defense of ecclesiastical rights. This story, however, has since been disproved: In fact, John was murdered for his resistance to the king's efforts to change an abbey into a cathedral and so create a new see for one of the king's favorites. Pope Benedict XIII canonized John of Nepomuk in 1729. His feast day is May 16.
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