Czech Out Ranch

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The Czech Out Ranch is located just outside San Antonio, TX. It is the product of a dream to own property where hunting, homesteading, family, friends and all things outdoors are at the center of every day life. It’s name honors the Parma family Czech heritage and Texas roots.

In 1873 Frantisek Alois Parma came to America with his parents and settled in Weimar, Texas. At the age of 19 he obtained his teaching certificate and taught at the Novohrad school in Lavaca County for 10 years. Around 1890 he was one of the founders of the “Czech Teachers of Texas” club. In addition he helped establish the Czech Catholic Men’s Fraternal Association. He is buried in Granger, Texas.

Vaclav Frantisek Parma, son of Frantisek Parma, was employed at the Jourdanton State Bank until the Great Depression when he opened his own business, an autoservice station which included a cafe, autogarage, and a car sales agency. He also ran a liquor store, bar, pool hall and dance hall. The pool hall was called the “OK Place.” Vaclav bought several farms where vegetables and fruits were raised and trucked to other towns for sale. He was known as a gifted speaker and was often asked to speak at social functions. He is buried in Praha, Texas.

Louis Parma, son of Vaclav Parma, was born January 18th, 1921. Louis joined the army to serve in World War II. After leaving the service he was employed at the Bexar County National Bank in San Antonio until his retirement. Louis was known by the family as the “King of the puns” and had a wonderful sense of humor. Louis was Adam’s Grandpa, he passed in San Antonio, TX on March 8th, 2015. His wife Christine, Adam’s granny, remained very active in church and community affairs until her passing. Adam and I cherish our time spent with Granny & Grandpa.

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Louis and Christine Parma lasso Adam and I for our first kiss as husband and wife on May 14th, 2011 .”Keep the rope tight” they would say.