They Didn’t Need Facebook to Connect

One name stood out to me in the St. Malachy’s record books – it definitely wasn’t Irish and I didn’t think it was French, so I wondered what could be the origin of Birhanzel.  For a good chunk of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries there was a Birhanzel baptism, first communion, or confirmation on nearly every page of the record books. Read the Birhanzel family history (from the 1978 history booklet) to learn more…

Charles Birhanzel Family Story

Charles Birhanzel was born in Czechoslovakia in 1873.  While crossing the Atlantic during the immigration period he met Patrick McCarthy of Ireland.  Years later after Charles had moved to Clontarf Township he happened to stop in at Pat McCarthy’s blacksmith shop in Clontarf and the two shipmates reunited.

Charles settled in Iowa after arriving in the United States and he married Mary Rose Slemenda.  He and Mary Rose moved to the Clontarf area where they raised eleven children: Joseph, Alvina Ann (Hamann), Matilda (Franzmeier), Thomas, Anastasis, Fred (married Adele Hamann), Charles Jr. (Isabelle Palmer), Emma (Michael Zinda), Emily, Rose (Silas Tilotson, and Mary (Walter Wallace).

Descendants that are still living in this area are (in 1978): Joseph in Clontarf, and Mrs. Fred and Mrs. Charles Birhanzel living in Benson.

Would Patrick McCarthy be “Crackers” McCarthy?  Anything to add about the Birhanzel and McCarthy families?




Filed under Clontarf, Family Histories

5 responses to “They Didn’t Need Facebook to Connect

  1. Dawn Johnson

    there are several birhanzl aand birhanzel families around montevideo, mn…but am not familiar with the families

  2. Anne Schirmer

    Mary Birhanzel Wallace had some great photo albums. Her niece got them after she passed away a few years ago at the age of like, 95. She let me copy a few of them for the Clontarf history books. One is of the family, a formal portrait! Mary had no children. Alvina was known as “Al-beena” Hamaan
    so it was written Albina. Lonny Birhanzel was a friend of my brother. I’ll see if I can get him to repond to this blog. He would be about 64, maybe…
    He was the youngest of 7-8 children, I think. Mary’s niece that got her keepsakes was from Starbuck area….

  3. Anne Schirmer

    “Cracker” McCarthy (singular) was George McCarthy. I’ve asked a few people.

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