Our newest installment of the 1878 Amerikán Národní Kalendář translation to English features four communities, rich details of Czech immigrant life in America at this time, and loads of Czech surnames for those communities.
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Amerikán Národní Kalendář
Volume: I, Year: 1878, Pages: 97-108
“STRUČNÁ STATISTIKA: Osad, míst a okresů ve Spojených Státech Čechy obydlených (Jak daleko nám bylo možno letos dopátrati se dál. Budoucího roku budeme pokračovat.)”
“BRIEF STATISTICS: Of settlements, towns and counties at United States, inhabited by Czechs (As far as we were able to find this year. Next year we will continue.)”
“Michicot Town, Manitowoc County, has around 130 Czech families, who are mostly farmers. The earliest Czechs arrived here in 1853 – 1854, namely: Jos. Slangl, J. Holub, J. Zahorik, and Jos. Malecek. The number of Czechs is increasing. There are only a few of the Czech families who own businesses: one grocery shop, three inns, two shoemakers, two blacksmiths, two joiners, and one tailor. Religious life is very developed here, because all of the Czechs belong to the church, which was built by them and is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Worship services are provided by Parson P.V. Cipin. Recently was established a religious and educational society of St. Vaclav, which plans to unify with another society of the same name and with the same goals, which is in Carlton. There is not any Czech school here, but there is hope that the new Society will care about this need.
(*) Our correspondent from La Crosse complained about the situation there as follows: “Dear friends, it hurts that I cannot send you more hopeful news from the town inhabited by such a large Czech community. Shame on us, who consider ourselves as Czech patriots, who are obligated to encourage our people to improve their social and economic status, and not to forget their Czech roots. And our future will be lost, if our people will not support the businesses of their Czech compatriots, their Czech organizations, and Czech-English schools. The three mentioned points are the most important ones, for without them our Czech heritage will die.”
Montpellier, Kewaunee County, has 62 Czech families, unfinished building of St. Vaclav church, Immaculate Virgin Mary chapel, two inns, one grocery shop, two blacksmiths, and one joiner. P. V. Cipin visits the church.
Muscoda, Grant County, has among its 3,000 dwellers twenty-seven Czech families who have 50 children. There are following Czech businessmen: three innkeepers, two butchers, two shoemakers, two tailors, two blacksmiths, three joiners, and one grocery shop assistant. There is no Czech school in the community yet, but it has been discussed several times, however postponed until better times. We hope that it will appear soon. There is one religious organization that of St. Vaclav (Wenceslas). The Catholic Church is German-Czech with a Polish priest, P. Rademacher. The Czechs started to settle here in 1865. The first were the Laurencs, K. Adamec, J. Panek, F. Novotny, and J.Semerad. The number of newcomers is increasing. In the surrounding area of the town live about 150 additional Czech families. A lot of them are Protestants of both confessions. They have their own church and parish house. Blue River has the largest Czech community and there is also a Czech steam-mill and Czech brewery. The distance from this place is 10 miles.”
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