Posted 4 months ago
By Kevin Horn
At the Box Butte County Fair Queen Contest Wednesday, Aug. 6, the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben Foundation, the Box Butte County Farm Bureau and the Box Butte County Agriculture Society presented the Nebraska Pioneer Farm Family Award to the Mracek Family, as descendants of the founder, Frank Mracek.
Ak-Sar-Ben Ambassadors Arlee and Betty Phillips presented a plaque to the family, along with a signpost for the farm located east of Hemingford on Dodge Road.
Frank Mracek purchased 320 acres of land in Box Butte County for $775 on October 10, 1903 from Noah and Rachel Judson. Frank’s wife, Louisa, then inherited the land on May 11, 1912 after Frank passed away. Louisa later sold the land to her son, Charles, for $1,920 on January 6, 1913.
Charles and Marie Mracek had five children, James E., Melda, Marion, Charles and Delvine. Charles and Delvine passed away at at a young age. James E., and Mildred lived with Marie until she moved to Alliance and Jim continued farming the land.
Upon Marie’s death, Jim inherited the land. Jim and Mildred Mracek had seven children, including Charles, Devline, Karan, Jean, Lynn, Jim, and Mike. Jim and his wife, Pat, took over most of the land in 2012, with Lynn Weldon Mracek receiving about six acres after her parents Jim and Mildred passed away.
Today, the land produces corn, alfalfa, and pasture. Jim and Pat operate the home place where they live. They are parents of fallen hero, Cory R. Mracek.
The family was represented on stage by Jim & Pat Mracek, daughter Stacy and Jeremy Fry, Shelby and Jaden; Lynn Mracek, and Mike Mracek; his partner Jean Stone and Mike’s daughter Sarah Mracek.