Kalezky story ...ongoing
We know now that there were no descendants nor relatives.
And I wish a long life to the old lady who pays for the
grave services. But it could well be that the
grave-photos which Raimey thankfully uploaded here
from my jpgbox in some future could be the
very, very last pictorial document on this Kalezky
So the open end of this story has finally a necrological
The problem is that with the info now at hand it turns
out that the Kalezky saga has an open beginning.
The Kalezky catalogue cover has the wording
"Gegründet 1845" ( means founded).
The cemetery records quote Johann Kalezky ("the elder")
to be buried there 1889 aged 62.
That would mean he has founded his company at the early age
of 18, which I simply can not take for granted.
The options at hand are that
- he took over a company founded by some else in
1845 in Vienna ( or Weipert?) or
- an elder Kalezky ancestor founded it 1845, but where ?
For comparison the Viennese company of Johann Springer's
Erben was founded 1836 by Matthias Nowottny in
Vienna and taken over by Springer later.
In my DGJ Kalezky article I already speculated on the
origin of the Kalezky's.
There is a town in north-western Czechia with the name of
Kalek. In my opinion the name is a clean derivation of this
The town lies in the district of Chomutov, the former gunmaking
centre Weipert is in the same district.
This coincidence opens a spectrum of possibilities on the
origin of the company, the founder, did he learn the trade in
Weipert and moved later to the metrople of Vienna ..etc..etc
I do not intend to spend any time to dig into Viennese
archives of +-1827, nor do any research in Czechia.
But may be some knowledgeable historian/guru from the
"Weiperter Landsmannschaft" in Germany could unearth
some info on this open beginning of this Kalezky saga.
Photo of Kalezky catalogue coverhttp://www.jpgbox.com/page/55212