The Eleventh Orchid

War rends the fabric of humanity in a way few of us can imagine. Immigrants from war torn areas enter their new countries for a new life but cannot erase the slate that forms the books of their lives.  Incoming individuals accept the challenges of new lives, new cultures, new languages, new value systems, and new dreams. They work until their backs are bowed and we who have not walked in their shoes see only the strength, the commitment to liberty, life and the pursuit of happiness. We regale the energy and renewal they bring to our society.  Beyond the pages we see of their lives today is a back story of family triumphs and tragedies, of hopes, dreams, failures, and determination.

In the Eleventh Orchid, John Malch brings us the story of one such family from Vietnam.  His family.  Told through the souls, dignity, and hearts of the players, the reader is allowed a peek at the emergence of the tools that may be used to mend the tapestry torn asunder by wars and politics.

The Eleventh Orchid

Prolog

Serene Lăng Cô, Vietnam Coastline
Serene Lăng Cô, Vietnam Coastline

The following memoirs about the Le Tien family was recalled by Le Tien’s eleventh child from her memory and stories told by her mother, relatives and friends. This book of memoirs was written to retain memories and profiles as proofs for the family’s tradition of culture and kindness. Reading the book will allow all the family’s descendants to access and learn more about their tradition and origin, resulting in helpful lessons which can be applied to everyday life.

It is the same for all times, building a family always needs: heart, self-reliance, knowledge, talent and dignity.

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Josef Malcherczyk—America’s Secret Super Power

Josef Malcherczyk was born March 16, 1887, in the village of Raszowa in the

Josef Malcherczyk 1907-Conscript in Prussian Army
Josef Malcherczyk 1907-Conscript in Prussian Army

County of Silesia, Prussia. His education was equal to K-12 followed by vocational training as a blacksmith. Josef was conscripted into the Prussian Army between 1905 and 1907. He developed an unexplained obsession with America, and when he was almost ready to go there, he presented his father with fait accompli. Thus, forfeiting his inheritance of a sizable freehold ancestral farm that had been in the Malcherczyk family since 1706.

Josef arrived in America on March 10, 1910, on the NECKAR, his ship of travel. An Aunt who was a Dominican nun sponsored him with his first job at St. Johns Hospital in Springfield, Missouri. ln 1911, he pursued his blacksmithing trade at mining camps in

SS Neckar
SS Neckar

Colorado and New Mexico. ln Tyrone, New Mexico he met and married his first wife, Ethel Braser in 1914. On July 4, 1914, he became a naturalized U.S. citizen at El Paso, Texas.

Josef and Ethel had three sons, Robert, Joseph, and James, between 1916 and 1920. Together they moved to Los Angeles, California. In 1920, he built a blacksmith shop in Glendale and operated a prosperous business until 1943 when he retired. On May 3, 1928, Josef changed his name to Joseph A. Malch. Their fourth son, Bud, was born on April 22, 1930. Unfortunately, after a sudden illness from pneumonia, Ethel died in December 1930. Three years after Ethel’s death, Joseph married Appolonia Didion on July 4, 1933, and his fifth son, John, was born on July 13, 1935. Continue reading Josef Malcherczyk—America’s Secret Super Power