The year was 1918. The world was still at war fighting yet another year of ‘the war to end all wars’, World War I. The ‘Spanish Flu’ pandemic was first seen in Haskell County, Kansas. Russia changed from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, thereby skipping February 1 to the 14th. The last Carolina Parakeet, the last parrot native to the Eastern United States, died in the Cincinnati Zoo.
The U.S. Congress established time zones and passed Daylight Savings Time. General Motors bought the Chevrolet Company. The giant German cannon, known as the ‘Paris Gun’, began shelling Paris from over 70 miles away. The Royal Air Force was born in the United Kingdom and Manfred Von Richthofen, better known as ‘The Red Baron’ died in combat in the air over the Somme River. German U-Boats were continuing to wreak havoc across the open seas.
The entire Romanov family was murdered in Ekaterinburg, Russia, while Vladimir Lenin survived an assassination attempt. The United Sates Army fought the battle of Ambos Nogales, in Arizona against Mexican forces and their German advisors, thereby conducting the only battle of World War I on U.S. soil. In northern Minnesota, the Cloquet Fire destroyed the entrie town and killed some 343 residents.
Finally, on November 11th ‘The Great War’ ended with an estimated 17 million dead and another 20 million wounded. The Austro-Hungarian Empire is dissolved and Czechoslovakia is established, among other significant events.
The following is what our irreplaceable Czech-American journal, Amerikán Národní Kalendář included in their annual edition, Volume XLI (41).
The National Calendar for the Year
With 102 Pictures of Serious and Humorous Content.
Volume XLI (41).
Published and printed by Aug. Geringer, 2520 South Crawford Avenue
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Title Picture: A group of outstanding exile activists for the independence of the Czechoslovak nation.
New Building of the publishing house of ‘Svornost’ (Solidarity) and ‘Amerikán’ with editorial, administrative and technical staff.
Annual Calendar.–Yearly signs and dates. — Moving holidays. — Annual seasons. – Overview of year 1918. — Eclipses. 3
Months with names and name days . — Inserted pages for incomes and expenses in the household. — Happenings in the skies. — Jewish calendar. — Timely sayings. 4-27
List of names according to the alphabetical order, and the date of name days. 28
Important days in the human history, with focus on the history of the Czech Nation. 30
The Czech Pantheon. – Czech American National Activists. 31
Svatopluk Čech, tenth anniversary of his death. 32
The Song of Freedom. — Written by R. Jaromír Pšenka. With 4 original photo-illustrations and portrait of the author. 33
On the Anniversary of the Prophet’s Death: On the occasion of February 23, 1918. 68
Inheritance. A short story from the American Countryside. Written by M .Ir. Folková Bělohlavá– (With author’s portrait.) 69
By the Sea. A poem. M.B. Šárecká. 134
Goldilocks from the Mill. Written by Václav Lenoch. With four illustrations.. 135
A Beginner. From the literary estate of J. Zeman-Vatra. With author’s portrait. 179
On a South Dakota Ranch. A picture from the last uprising of Indians. Written by M. Mašek. With portrait of the author. 190
As the Chimera Ran Away. Fantastic essay by Dr. Miloslav J. Breuer. 199
The Sea and the Soul. A poem from the literary estate of Josef Bezděka. 206
For Sad Moments. Collection of humor and jokes. Richly illustrated. 207
About the origin of various flowers in folk poetry. Zdeňka Kroužilková. 223
Raven Black Horses. Drawing of Aleš. – A Little Flower. Poem. Stella 225
Hawaii — Paradise of the Pacific. Written by Ant. W. Juliš. With 5 illustrations. 236
The Inhabitants of Rock Villages and Pueblos. L-W- Dongers. With many illustrations. Series of illustrations on loan from the Santa Fe Railroad. 237
Snake Dance in Walpi. Narrated by Dr. L.S.P. Robinson. With illustrations. 248
Miscellanea from My Father’s Travels in Distant Worlds. Narrated by Vlastička A. Vrázová 253
Reminiscences of Czech Settlers in Amerika. – Louis Breuer. — Josef Bureš. — W. Morava, Czech Captain of American Industry. – Antonín Jurka. – Two old fashioned Czech grandmothers: Anna Podlešáková and Veronika Kašíková. – Václav Hnízdo and his wife. –Václav Lenoch. 263-284
Little town Lonsdale, Minn. and its still living founders, Martin J. Benzik and Jakub Schultz. Written by Louis Breuer. 279
Be watchful for the life of small children. Dr. Karel H. Breuer. 285
Useful advice for general use. 287
Package Postal Service (Before the Introduction of War Tariffs.) 290
The World War years 1914-191? Fifty of the most significant happenings in the first two years with a special focus on the participation of the Czechoslovak nation. — Third year of the war. – First two months of the fourth year of the war. 292-299
Freedom Songs. The end from page 68. With two illustrations. 300
Chicago Municipal Lake Pier. With two illustrations. 316
Federal laws protecting birds and animals. 317
National Folk Songs: Boys, do not stand… 319
I do not care 319
Father, our father 320
The cause of weeping 320
Wait, I will tell — 321
Under the elder tree, across the lake 321
Beneath, behind the oak 322
Under our windows 322
‘Svornost’ (Solidarity) and ‘Amerikán’ in their new home. With illustrations. 323
The First Reader of the First Czech American Daily. 325
Drunkard’s Confession. As a warning according to personal experience. Anonymous. 328
Page of World Statistics. Continents, their surface and inhabitants. – World Powers according to their surface and inhabitants. – Biggest towns on the Earth. – Longest rivers. – High mountains. – Biggest islands. 330
Weight of a bushel of grain, etc. 334
Lawful Holidays in the United States 336
Laws concerning loan interest 338
Nutritional value of vegetables 339
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