Our current biography concludes today! We have been reading the story of one Czech immigrant couple as they settle in the United States, return to visit Bohemia, and then once again come back to the States.
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Amerikán Národní Kalendář
Year: 1951, Volume: LXXIII, Pages: 117-144
“Old Settlers’ Memories”
Translated from the original Czech by Dr. Mila Saskova-Pierce and Layne Pierce
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“Reminiscences of Countryman Ant. Bubík”
“I got for our possessions the same amount of money I paid and I also made around 600. Fortunately we all made it to Chicago. Our daughters were already waiting for us. They rented an apartment for us, and our friend Martin Urbančík was also there asking me to come to work where I used to work. Then in the year 1914 the war started and there was more than enough work. Of course, one had to economize, because such a numerous family does consume quite a bit. I had a salary of fifty-one and a half cents per hour. My wife, especially, had to get used to the new country because she did not speak English. Later on we bought our own house. She was very happy that once again we were on our own, but she did not enjoy it for a long time, since she soon departed to the place from which one does not return.
I started to have new worries. The house was not yet paid off, and at home there were still six children who could not make any money and needed care. So there was nothing left for me but to think about a new marriage. Therefore, I met a fifty-year-old widow with two daughters, and not long after that we were married. She moved into my place, since I was close to my work. At that time there were exactly 12 people sitting around the table.
We also lived through the glorious era of local prohibition, which was the cause of disagreements with my wife. You certainly remember what was manufactured in many basements of many houses during the times of prohibition. I myself, together with one friend, numbered among those who were secretly doing what was not supposed to be done publicly. My wife was nice. She knew how to do everything, but she certainly did not agree with me. She begged me. She chastised me. And when I did not relent, she moved into a different apartment. My three youngest sons and a small daughter moved away with her. We parted with tears and I was not exactly merry, as anyone can imagine. About a week later I went to visit my wife and about a month later she once again returned to be with me. — Today she still jokes that the person who invented prohibition deserves a big bouquet for his grave.
The years are going by. The children are gown and all of them left the home, and so we sold my house and we moved into my wife’s home, which she had before we got married, so now there are just the two of us, but we are not sad, since we have very frequent visits. – All the daughters are married. We have sons-in-laws of different nationalities, only one Czech. Our family is numerous, but we love each other. We have 28 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. We do not depend on anybody. We have enough of our own means. We are both still healthy and I still like to drink “one or two“[glasses], and I gladly smoke a cigarette and so we are living our old age contentedly, remembering the times we have lived through.”
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