The original Elk Store was located in
Elk Texas, est. 1895.
In 1895, a fourteen-year-old boy left Moravia to seek the American dream. The boy’s ship landed in Galveston, Texas where he immediately was taken into indentured servitude picking cotton for his passage. Through hard work, he escaped his plight and later settled in Elk, Texas. He had not forgotten the rewards of hard work and became quite prosperous, eventually owning several Cotton Gins and the famous Elk General Store. That fourteen-year-old boy was our great-grandfather, John Cyril Smajstrla.