Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan
Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan

Paul Sklba


The wedding photo of Paula and Eva Hudec Sklba



Paul Sklba was born 1 November 1882, in Czechoslovakia and came to the United States on 27 February 1905. He married Eva Hudec in Petoskey, Michigan on 23 May 1905. Paul and Eva moved to Lakefield Township in 1912 and purchased an 80 acre farm in Section 15 on the SE corner of Merrill and Lakefield Roads.













Paul and Eva had the following children:

  1. Margaret Sklba was born in 1907 Charlevoix, Michigan. She married Joseph Dvorsky on 11 June 1927 in Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan.

  2. Elona/Leona “Helen” Sklba was born 25 June 1908. She married Joseph Chuhak on 11 June 1927 in Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan.

  3. Mary Sklba married Michael Georgeff/Georgoff.

  4. Stephen Sklba was born 29 March 1912 in Racine,Wisconsin. He married Ann Mano.

  5. Albert James Sklba was born 04/14 March 1916 in Lakefield Township. He married Mary Helen Mundri on 17 October 1942.

  6. John Sklba was born 4/14 December 1918 in Lakefield Township. He married Mary Brush.

  7. Rudolph Sklba was born 21 April 1922 in Lakefield Township and died in 1926 at the age of 4 years old. He is buried in the St. Andrew's Catholic Cemetery, Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan.


The following information was written by Paul Sklba's son, John Sklba, and was found in the book “Lest we Forget” written by Myron Gulick:

"Paul loved his horses. One team weighed perhaps a ton (2,000 pounds) each. A special harness was made for this team as they could break the trace (tug) on an average harness. He had to haul a load of coal in from the road with his team that three regular teams could not pull. He broke his harness doing it, but that did not stop Paul or dampen his spirits. Omer Parker owned the store where coal was being delivered; the coal was stored in an old chicken coop. Paul and his wife became citizens of the United States of America in about 1942. Paul served as Constable in 1943, 1947, 1949, and 1951. Paul knew what hard work meant. He worked in the sugar beets, and perhaps his wife, Eva, did also. Paul worked in an iron foundry and farmed in some other counties in Michigan before coming to Lakefield Township. The property he owned in Lakefield Township had the Lakefield Township Hall located on the southeast corner of his land, consisting of about one acre. It was almost as long as the acre lot. A small hay shed was built on the west end of this shed. The loose hay was for horses that might have to be left there all day; most likely the teams of the township officers were fed there while the men worked in the township hall. Many men worked on the roads. We had a road tax, and anyone could work out the road tax instead of paying it, as allowed $1.50 per for ten hours of work. Or $3.00 for a man and his team per days. As wage scale rose, wages were upgraded with the times. Paul was a stockholder in a company, and owned a threshing machine that was powered by an oil pull tractor. They owned a grain separator and a bean thresher. This was in the late teens and early 1920's. There must have been days when Paul didn't care to get out and work, but I never head of them. Paul Sklba was a big man with a big heart. Thank you, Paul"


According to the Saginaw News – the City Chat Section: states the following: “The Farmers' Treshing Company is about to start operations at Merrill under the ownership of Nick House, Omer B. Parker, George Wenzel, Edward W. Miller, Paul Skela (Sklba), Will House, George Wenzel Sr., and Richard Welke, all of Merrill, according to papers filed by them at the county clerk's office.”


Paul was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Merrill, Michigan. He belong to the I.K.S.J. Slovak Union. Paul died 27 August 1973 in Grand Blanc, Genessee County, Michigan. Eva died on 8 March 1967. They are both buried in the St. Andrew's Cemetery, Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan.






SOURCES: 1916 Lakefield Township Plat Map; 1920 and 1930 Federal Census; Paul Sklba WWI and WWII Draft Registrations; John Sklba information from the book “Lest We Forget” written by Myron Gulick; Paul Sklba's obituary from Della Miller McKay's obituary collection; Stephen and John Sklba's obituary; Margaret and Elona Sklba's marriage record; Albert Sklba's SS application; wedding photo by Mary Lynn Sklba; and the Saginaw News.



Pioneers of Lakefield Township - Left to Right: Jacob Brown, Lawrence Dubay, Alva Hinterman, David Dubay, Mr. Harris, George Easlick, Calvin Harris;   Ray Rowell standing towards the top of photo and his daughters, Mildred, Dorothy, and Carrie Rowell,  sitting on the wood pile.    Carry Rowell later married Fred Honaman.     photo from John and Linda Honaman Johnson.



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