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Amerikán Národní Kalendář
Year: 1951, Volume: LXXIII, Pages: 117-144
“Old Settlers’ Memories”
“Countryman Ondřej Rusý from Islip, N. Y. has reached the blessed age of 95”
Translated from the original Czech by Dr. Mila Saskova-Pierce and Layne Pierce
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“On the 30th of November 1950 one of the first subscribers to Amerikán, countryman Ondřej Rusý reached the blessed age. He was born on the 30th of November 1855 in the small town Čistá-Královice, the district of Pilsen in Bohemia to the parents Karel and Marie Rusý who owned a smaller farm in that place. After graduating from grammar school at the age of 12 he went into apprenticeship as a shoemaker in his birthplace. After he finished his apprenticeship at the age of 16 he left for Germany on his professional apprenticeship journey. He married Miss Marie Kyptová at the age of twenty. In the year 1889 he arrived with his family in the Promised Land (The United States) and they settled in New York for four months and then they left for Holbrook on Long Island and then back to Bohemia (Česká Vesnice) [Czech Village] USA. Then they moved to East Islip and then they settled permanently in Islip, New York.
The wife of our countryman Rusý died in September 1929. She was active in the Žofie Potocká choir of the Organization of Czech Ladies (Jednota Českých dam) in East Islip, N. Y.
Eight children came out of that marriage – among whom the first son, Josef, fell during the First World War on the 22nd of September, 1918. The American Legion of Veterans of the First World War honored the memory of Josef Rusý by naming their legion Rusý-Bohm Post.
Our very aged countryman remembers how he subscribed to the periodical Amerikán after his arrival to Bohemia (USA) and proudly declares that he was one of the first subscribers to the beloved journal.
Countryman Rusý spends his blessed old age at the home of his children: Mrs. Marie Saue in Islip; Mrs. Anna Růžička in Bohemia, USA; Mrs. Růžena Kruliš in Islip; Karel Rusý in Islip; Ondřej Rusý, also in Islip; as well as the third married son, Jan, who is settled in Islip. Son Vojtěch lost his life on the altar of the homeland and for the freedom of all democratic nations in the Second World War. We hope that countryman Ondřej Rusý will live to his hundred year jubilee in full vigor and we hope that his health will serve him as it has up till now.”
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