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The life, lessons, love of Leona Hosek
Leona Hosek, age 20
Rainy Days and Starry NightsJanuary 2, 2013 4,226 views Post a comment
Leona Hosek lived in Three Oaks with her family after she graduated. One of the boys she liked was Ernest Yosko, who she said was such a good dancer. But one time at Three Oaks Hall he asked her to dance and she didn’t dance well, so he led her back to a bench and danced the rest of the night with other girls. She was crestfallen. But she learned to dance well after that.
She continued to work in the fields when she lived at home. She remembers one day when they were out in the fields on a hot summer day, her big sister Martha was working at Felix Café in Floresville. She brought them ice cream, candy, and soda water from town.
She talked about the C & C Store in Floresville. They used to go in there when their daddy would take them to town. She was a small girl and one time she took a little plastic turtle. When her daddy saw her playing with it at home, he asked her where she had gotten it. She told him. He asked her how she paid for it, because he knew they had no money, and when he found out she had taken it, he took her back to town and made her take it back to the store. She never took anything ever again, without paying for it. She learned her lesson.
She said her father was the most honest man she ever knew. When he owed a man a dollar or even a penny, he would make sure he paid back every penny!
When her sister Martha went to work, she bought her mother their first wringer washing machine, a Speed Queen. Before that, her mother always washed clothes by hand, with a washboard and boiling the water in a big black wash pot in the yard.
Her older sister, Annie, who was married and lived in San Antonio, bought a used General Electric icebox for them from a relative, and Leona still remembers the wonders of it -- you got the ice out of something called an ice-cube-tray. It was like magic. That G.E. fridge is still working today! It is probably 70 years old. Her sister Georgia has it. Amazing, isn’t it? Things lasted long those days, because they were made to last.
Leona still has the G.E. fridge that she and her husband bought in 1954. It is 58 years old and it sits in her garage today, and it still works, she says, even better than the newer one she has in her kitchen.
When she was about 21, she moved to San Antonio to live with her older sister Martha. She got a job at the Piggly Wiggly as a checker. She was very happy working there, and living in San Antonio.
She began going out sometimes, and was dating, and was so happy. She started going out with Stanley Moczygemba, whom she had met at Sokol Hall back when she lived in Three Oaks. They got married in the Catholic church in Poth. He was working at Kelly Field. After they were married, they got an apartment on Perida Street in San Antonio and later, a house on Wilkins Street.
After they got married, Stanley insisted she quit her job at Piggly Wiggly. She loved that job. But he wanted her to stay home. She didn’t work outside the home after that. She became a stay-at-home wife and mother. She had three daughters. When her daughters learned to drive, they would take her shopping and places like that, because she never learned to drive a car.
Her cousin, Margaret Lamza Kubena, was her best friend during all those years. She still is and takes her places. They talked on the phone every day and shared their joys and sorrows, and still do to this day.
Leona was married 55 years when Stanley passed away. She has lived alone the last three years, but she has enjoyed many vacations since. She has been on a cruise with her daughter to Alaska. She also went to Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, and Budapest, Hungary, with her daughters.
From the smile on her face and the joy she has when she told me what she has been doing the last few years, I think she has begun to live an exciting life!
Lois Zook Wauson is the oldest of eight children who grew up on a farm in Wilson County in the mid-20th century. After many years living in other parts of Texas, she now lives and writes in Floresville. Her two books are available from the Wilson County News office. Email her at email@example.com.
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