The "Iowa City" Horaks
Frank J. Horak and his Children

(From: History of Johnson County, Iowa, Containing a History of the County, and Its Townships, Cities and Villages from 1836 to 1882)
a resident of Iowa City, and engaged in the practice of the law, with an office on the east side of Dubuque street; was born April 21, 1844, in Bohemia, Austria. Graduated from the law department of the State University, June 23, 1879. He was a faithful soldier in the Union army, enlisting in Company E, 46th Iowa Infantry, in May, 1864, and remained until the close of the war. He settled in Iowa City in October, 1880, having practiced law in Benton county one year, and it can be truthfully said that he is the only Bohemian attorney in Johnson county. He was married May 2, 1870, to Miss Katie Mosnat, of Belle Plaine, Iowa. They are blessed with three bright little children: Bertha Maude, Frank E., and Hugo Claude. Is a democrat in politics, and enjoys the confidence of his people. He is a member of the Legion of Honor in Iowa City. He was postmaster at Shueyville in 1865, to fill a vacancy. He came to America in August, 1854, landing in New York City. He came to Rock Island by railroad and then to Iowa City in a wagon. He accidently shot himself in his right elbow in October, 1870, while in the act of taking a gun out of the wagon, on his return from a hunting expedition.


Frank J. Horak and Katharine Mosnat wedding photo
(photo from Benjamin Shambaugh Horack)


Frank J. Horak 
(photo courtesy of Sabra (Horack) Petersmann)

H. Claude Horack and Frank E. Horack with a string of ducks and snipe,
and their dog, Nemo, in the backyard of the Horack home in Iowa City, ca. 1893.
(photo from Benjamin Shambaugh Horack)

Bertha M.H. Shambaugh and her camera, Iowa City, 1890s.
(photo from Benjamin Shambaugh Horack  )

From The Biographical Dictionary of Iowa
Benjamin Franklin Shambaugh
Bertha Maude Horack Shambaugh



Frank and Katharine Horak in the back yard of their Dodge Street house in Iowa City.
(photo from Benjamin Shambaugh Horack  )

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