Blažej Mixa (1834-1915)

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He was born on 2nd February 1834 in Příbram as the son of burgher and beeswax manufacturer Jan Mixa. After graduating from grammar school, he joined a manufacturing company of his father and took it over in 1869. He participated in public life and co-established some cultural associations in Příbram. In 1867 he was elected a member of the municipal council. His life was affected by family tragedy when all his four children from 2 to 6 years died on diphtheria and scarlet fever within two weeks. It took many years until his daughter Irena filled the empty space. In 1888 he transferred the company to his nephew, devoted himself to politics and focused on the development of his city. He was a big supporter of gymnastics organisation Sokol and was its director from 1871 to 1874. He supported it even afterwards and participated in the opening of the sports hall for Sokol in 1903.  He contributed to city gas pipe installation in 1901 which enabled quality public lighting.

He was elected to City Council many times and also worked in Municipal Savings Bank Committee. He was elected Town Major in 1899 and remained in the position till 1909 when he left due to his age. In 1889 he was elected to Provincial Assembly of Bohemia and 2 years later to Imperial Council where he represented „Mladočeši“ political party. He was named an honorary citizen of Příbram in 1897. He died on 24th December 1915 in Slaný, but was buried in Příbram.


Horymír 1915. Josef Velfl: Příbram v průběhu staletí. Příbram 1998.

Author: PhDr. Věra Smolová, ředitelka SOA Příbram