I have been researching my family, Joseph and Marie (Sitka) Nickmann, also from Bergstadt. I have a postcard dated 1909 from the Thoendel family, with a note from my grandmother indicating that "Mrs. Thoendel came from Austria with my mother on the same ship." Subsequently, I have been researching the Thoendel family to try to find out when Mrs. Thoendel came to the US. Have not found that yet, but I have the census document from 1910 which Lists Herrman, his wife Marie, and children Hilbert, Selma, and Erwin (mistakenly identified as age 75, when it should have been age 15.) Also, Marie's mother, Therese Forhan lived with them. In 1910 they lived at 6040 S. Peoria in Chicago, Cook County, IL. Herrman is listed as an occulist and jewler. I also have postcards sent to my grandmother from Selma and Erwin.By the time Erwin was age 22, he registered to vote with the address of 6406 S. Halsted St. I also have a document from my grandmother which says that Mr. Thoendel was an occulist and a jeweler.
I have several postcards with pictures of Bergstadt, and have positively identified these with the current Horni Mesto in the Czech Republic. I have not yet been able to get any records from there. I am pretty new at this, and not speaking Czech, am not quite sure where to turn!