Good day to you from Onward To Our Past® and welcome to Installment 14 of our exclusive English translation of the 1897 Amerikán Národní Kalendář Czech genealogy mother lode article “The 11th Congress of the Brotherhood of Č.S.P.S. held at St. Paul, Minnesota”.
Today we head east in order to meet Czech-American immigrants from the 1800s in New Jersey and New York. As a result we are adding two more states to our trove as well as new surnames!
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Enjoy our visit to the East Coast today!
Amerikán Národní Kalendář
“The 11th Congress of the Brotherhood of Č.S.P.S. held at St. Paul, Minnesota”
“The Grand Lodge of the State of New Jersey consisting of Lodges number 112 and 140 was represented by:
Bedrich Pitterman of Newark, New Jersey is a member of Lodge Bratri Vzhuru. He was born in Nova Kdyne okres, Bohemia and immigrated to America in 1884. In his third year of living in America he joined the Brotherhood of Č.S.P.S. and was a member of the committee working for the establishment of the Grand Lodge of the State of New Jersey. He is now Chairman of the Grand Lodge and has always worked successfully for the goals of Č.S.P.S. Pitterman is 53 years old and works as a tanner.
The Grand Lodge of the State of New York consists of 12 Lodges and was represented by seven delegates:
A.R. Hala from New York City, a member of Lodge Jan A. Komensky. He was born 42 years ago in Cukvice, Kutna Hora okres, Bohemia and was trained to be a locksmith in the Old Country. In 1881 he immigrated to America and the next year he joined the Brotherhood of Č.S.P.S. How active he has been is proved by the fact that in the years 1884, 1889, 1891, 1893 and 1894 he worked as the Secretary. In the years 1885, 1888, 1890 and 1892 he worked as the Treasurer, and in 1886 was the Chairman of his Lodge. In 1894 he was elected to the Grand Lodge as delegate and secretary and this year he was elected a delegate to the National Congress. Hala wrote a history of Č.S.P.S. of New York and a history of his Lodge for the Ethnographic Exposition.
V.W. Wojtisek from New York, first was a member of Lodge J.A. Komensky and now is a member of Lodge J.E. Purkyne, number 39. He was born in Bahno, Kutna Hora kraj, Bohemia. He immigrated to America in 1866 and soon after he started his social life there. When in Detroit, Michigan he got to know the policies of the Brotherhood of Č.S.P.S. and after his return to New York in 1875 he started to work with enthusiasm to establish a Club, which later became Lodge Jan Amos Komensky number 10 and also became its first Chairman.
He desired to increase the number of members of the Brotherhood therefore in 1879 he established the Lodge Jan E. Purkyne number 39 and left the previous lodge to do this. He became its first Chairman as well. He also served in another posts of the Lodge. He deserves credit for beginning both Lodges and also worked for the Grand Lodge, worked as its Chairman several times, and was five times elected as a Delegate to the National Congress. At the 11th Congress, which took place in St. Paul, Minnesota, he was elected as its First Secretary. Wojtisek is 41 years old, works as a lawyer, and is a generous and respected person.
J.F. Vosatka from New York is a member of Lodge Karel St. from Zerotina. He was born 50 years ago in Indice, Kutna Hora okres, Bohemia. His parents wished to give him a good education. He attended gymnasium at Kutna Hora and later joined, at the age of almost 18 years, the Financial Guards (Ed: Customs, border protection, etc.). On 6 August 1868 he landed in America and settled in New York and soon joined Č.S.P.S. He was the first Chairman of its Lodge and since that time he has continued to be very active in Czech social life. This year Vosatka was elected as a Congress Delegate for the second time. He works as a clerk for the Hamburg steam-navigation company.”
Tomorrow we continue with our Czech-Americans from New York and more!
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