Yes, we really have a mountain named for
the family. Thanks to Mike's reminder and research, and one of our
distant cousins, we have some of the story. The mountain is
located right on the border between Slovakia and the Czech Republic
a few miles north of Turzovka. The specific coordinates are
49°29´52˝ N, 18°36´07˝ E. There are some slight variations in the
listed height, ranging from 1011 to 1033 meters. It has hiking and
bicycling paths, and appears to be in a part of a protected national
park area. It is listed in several Czech and Slovak travel guides.
It may have been named by or for Jan
Čuboň, one of Grandfather Peter's brothers who was killed in World War
!. According to his Granddaughter, Eva Čuboňova-Chermack, he, and
subsequently her father, owned a small villa or hamlet on the mountain.
However, it is possible that other ancestors had an earlier presence
there I had hoped to get more of the story, but Eva just "dropped
out" after leaving on a vacation trip to Slovakia. I am going to
continue to work on getting verification and other information.
I did find some photos taken from the Czech
Click here to see them.
(Click on the photos to view larger images.) I got a chuckle when
I noticed one of those showing the the sign has the name spelled
Čubaňov. I guess the debate about the correct spelling of our name
Hopefully, someday a group of the U.S.
Chubons will make a trip to the top of the mountain and place a plaque
and time capsule there. With all the biking and hiking trails, it would
be a great spot for a family reunion.
The mountain to the right of
center is Čuboňov.
A map of Slovakia showing the proximity of
Turzovka and Čubaňov. (Turzovka is near the pointer of the
black text balloon with a white T and Čubaňov is at the tip of the
A topographical map of the area