Matt Balcsik was born on February 12th 1888 in Kavecany Saros, SK . To Andras and Barbara (Gajdos) Balcsik. Matt married Mary Varga on August 13th 1906. In 1907 Matt left his native home in Czechoslovakia and came to the United States . He worked in Pa. Mi. And Mn. In 1910 his wife Mary and their three year old daughter Marie joined him in Duluth Mn. Matt worked at Clyde Iron Works for several years . In 1919 he bought some land in Wascott Wi. Matt and Mary moved to Gordon -Wascott with their first six children Marie, Anne, Barbara, Rose, Margaret and George. In the next 13 years they had five more children Andrew, Frances, Elizabeth. Steve and Mike. When they moved to Gordon they built the basic home, a barn, pigpen, chicken coop, and grainiery.. Matt farmed , worked in the woods and did odd jobs to feed and raise his large family. Later they added a basement to the home and in 1939 built a newer and larger barn. with a larger hay loft and in 1945 they added a garage to house their car and tractor. That was the start of what we all know as "The Balcsik Farm "..
Marie Balcsik born on August 30th 1907 married Irving "Red" Bessner from Mi.they had twin daughters Mary and Melina . They lived and worked in Chicago. Red passed away in Nov1979 and Marie passed away April 1992.
Anne Balcsik born April 10th 1912, worked with the Forbes family from Whitefish Lake and Rockford Il for many years , after her retirement she moved to Duluth Mn and is currently residing in The Chris Jensen N.H.* Anne passed away on July 30th 2002.
Barbara Balcsik was born in Duluth on September 28th 1913. She married Joseph Buscko in July 1935, They lived in Chicago for a few years and then moved to Duluth Mn. With their three children Joe, Jim, and Carol and a few years later they had another son John. Joe Sr passed away in August of 1995 and Barbara died in May of 1998.
Rose Balcsik was born on June 28th 1915. She moved to Rockford Il. She married Harry Lundholm in February 1947, they owned and operated Lundholm Manufactoring Company in Rockford until the 1970's. Harry passed away in June of 1970 and Rose passed away Sept. 23rd 1999 .
Margaret Balcsik was born on May 5th 1917, Margaret married Robert Teigen and they had two children Clara and Michael , they lived in Florida for many years Robert passed away in the 90s Margaret is currently a resident of The Chris Jensen Nursing Home in Duluth.
George Balcsik was born in April 1919, lived on the farm in Gordon with his parents , after they passed away he went to live with his sister Barbara Bucsko in Duluth and as of now he is still living in Duluth.
Andrew Balcsik was born in January 1922, He went into the U.S Army in1942 in WW11, he was in the reserves and got called back to service for The Korean War. He married Maxine, they had two children Linda and Billy. They lived in Rockford Il.where Andrew had a construction business and built several homes. Andrew passed away in Amboy Il. On August 2nd 1968 and is buried in the Family lot in the Gordon Cemetery. .
Frances Balcsik was born June 21st 1924, she married Paul Steffan . They had three children Michael, Pamela and Raymond . Paul passed away January 30th 1992, Frances and her Family still live in Loves Park and Rockford .
Elizabeth (Betty) Balcsik was born in December 1926, Betty moved to Duluth and worked for the Telephone Co. She married Carl Reinertson in March 1967, they lived in Backus and Mc Gregor Mn. Where Carl was school Superintendent for many years . In 1979 they moved to Vero Beach , Florida where Betty still resides, Carl passed away in May 1998.
Steve Balcsik was born August 31st 1930, Steve stayed home to work the family farm for many years and later worked for Link Brothers of Minong, Wi. For 30+ years. In 1958 Steve married Dona Prince. Steve and Dona had six children, Kim, Steve Jr, Mary , Joe , Barbie and Andy. Dona passed away September 10th 1990. Steve and most of his family still live in the Gordon, Wascott and Minong area.
Mike Balcsik was born in Gordon on August 30 1932, Mike went into the U.S Navy in 1952 and was transferred to the Marines later. In 1958 he moved to Chicago. On June 8th 1962 he married Bernadette (Bette) Callaghan , they had two sons Michael and Edward . Mike and Bette lived and worked in Chicago until April 2002 when they moved back to Gordon .
In August 1956 Matt and Mary celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their children, their spouses, grandchildren , numerous other family and friends. Matt and Mary Balcsiks home still exists and is now owned by a grandson Joe Buscko .Three other Balcsik grandchildren bought part of the original farm, built homes and now live there. Mary passed away on April 3rd 1958 and Matt joined her in their heavenly home on February 26th 1962.