1922 Death Announcement of the
Bohemia Twins Died Thursday in Chicago, image from a print made
when the girls were 7 years old.
One of the earliest known photo
Birth: Jan. 20, 1878, Czech
Republic Death: Mar. 20, 1922
Rosa and Josefa Blažek were born in Skrejšov, Bohemia (modern-day
Czech Republic) to an agrarian family with one normal daughter.
When they were born, their superstitious mother has contacted a
local practitioner of folk medicine and asked why the twins were
born this way. The mother was told that she should not feed the
children for eight days and she complied. When on the eigth day
the twins survived, and this was considered to be a divine message
of why the twins were here. To make money for the family so that
they could survive.
They were soon placed in various venues on exhibition in local
fairs, to the delight of onlookers, the twins became famous. In
1909, one of the twins got pregnant, and although speculation of
the father was pointing towards their manager, it was never
revealed. In 1921 the twins came to the United States to perform.
They established a home base in Chicago Illinois amongst a large
population of Czech immigrants. However, this wouldn't last long
due to the fact that Rosa became ill with influenza. But in a
weird turn of events, anytime one of the sisters was ill, the
other one was well. Josefa became ill after Rosa got better and
was admitted to Chicago's West End Hospital on March 25, 1922 and
soon slipped into a coma. On that same day she died and her sister
died 12 minutes later.
At the time of their death they were visited by their brother
(Frank), It seemed he was interested in their fortune of
$100.000.00 and tried his best to get it, but since Rosa had a
son, the fortune should go to him. Although prior to the death of
the first sister, it was said that it was possible to save the
other, but of course Frank did not want this for he wanted their
fortune. Unfortunately it would later be revealed that their
fortune was only $ 400 dollars between them and not the one
Correction to History: On April 15th 1922, Krasca Funeral Home
located in Chicago, came and retrieved the cremains of the Twins
and turned those remains over to their brother Frank. This
information was obtained by myself (Damian Plaza) with the
connections I have at the Bohemian National Cemetery. So history
needs to resind the fact that they are stating the twins were
buried there. Thank you to Paula at Bohemian for her work getting
me this information.
originally taken to Cemetery their brother picked up remains. Loc
Unk. Burial: Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Specifically: Cremains given to Frank, the twins brother on April,
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