Our amazing story continues and concludes today! This exclusive translation comes from the pages of the 1951 edition (Volume LXXIII) of the Czech-American annual journal, Amerikán Národní Kalendář.
We are following our Czech immigrants across North America! From the United States to Canada then back to the United States!
Where will they finally put down their new roots? Read on and see!
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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“The Life Experiences of Spouses Charles and Anna Lux – from Sayville, New York”
Charles and Anna Lux during their celebration of the 35th anniversary of their shared life. On the day of the 22nd of August, 1949.
“After the end of the emergency repairs the train from Quebec was able to take me and I set off the next day on the Trans-Canadian Pacific train back to New York. I would have done much better if I had stayed in Canada since my small savings during the subsequent unemployment ran out, and the next spring I was once again planning to leave New York. However I went only as far as Northfield, Massachusetts where I got a job at the Boston Maine Railroad. After a tragic accident in which my coworkers were killed and I saved my own life only by jumping off a speeding handcar, I returned to New York, where after several days of stay I received advice from my good friend, Mr. Frank Kruliš, who had a paper shop between 72nd, and 73rd Streets on 1st Avenue. I then left for Steelton, Pennsylvania, where I started out working in a cigar factory; then on a poultry farm in White Hill and finally I stuck it out as a supervisor in an Institute for the Mentally Ill, where I was promoted step by step to supervisor. Later I was transferred to a laboratory where I spent almost two years. Even though the work was easy, because of its conditions I did not like it and so I gave it up and I found work at a steelworks in Steelton, Pa., where I stayed until 1912, when I returned to New York. There I met my current wife. I had a good job at the steelworks. However, since my wife did not want to go there, we stayed in New York and then in the spring of 1915 we moved to a settlement: Sayville, L.I. [Long Island], where we have lived to this day.
In 1920 I accepted being a representative of the Czech periodicals Svornost [Solidarity] and Amerikán and as of January 1950, it was already 30 years that I had been representing them. I wanted to give up the representation, however the subscribers as well as the new owners talked me out of it and so I am still in my old element.
My wife, born Pacovská, was born in Zbirov near Pilsen and on the day of the 22nd of August, 1949 we reached 35 years of marriage.
Fate sometimes organizes human life in a strange way: one has to adapt, however, to the circumstances. Our three beloved daughters are already married and there are seven grandchildren: they also make our old age blissful.
Over a number of years I have acquired a great number of friends, and I am very proud of these friendships; however, I have also acquired some enemies, which none of us can escape, and those are in the majority the human beings that repay with ingratitude. It is better to avoid them and to hold them in contempt.
I remember what Mr. Vladimir Geringer said, when in 1934 I visited the World Exposition in Chicago with my children at the invitation of my friend, Mr. Veskrna. At that time I had been representing Svornost [Solidarity] and Amerikán for 15 years already.
After a short introduction Mr. Geringer turned to me and remarked with a smile: “And it took us 15 years to get to know each other?”
“Well that was to make myself sought after,” I answered.
And he answered to that: “And so are we going to wait for another 100 years Exposition before you visit us once again?” “Oh no, dear sir,” I said, “Rather, I will have my ashes sent to you.”
I thank everyone who collaborated with me for all those years.”
So concludes our story of Charles and Anna Lux and life in Bohemia as well as in America. Tomorrow we will begin our newest exclusive translation from the pages of the amazing Czech-American journal, Amerikán Národní Kalendář, right here for you!
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