Onward To Our Past® Genealogy Company is pleased to present Installment #7 of our exclusive translation of the 1897 Amerikán Národní Kalendář article “The 11th Congress of the Brotherhood of Č.S.P.S. held at St. Paul, Minnesota”. This article is series of biographies of the Czech-Americans who represented their Lodges at the Convention of the Czech and Slavic Protective Society convention in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1896.
To date these biographies have covered 21 Czech-Americans from the 1800s from the states of California, Illinois, Iowa, New York, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. Today we add Kansas, Massachusetts, Maryland, and Michigan, while adding 4 more biographies to this collection.
The surnames we have biographies for are the following: Pitte, Paucek, Zitka, Dolejsi, Sindelar (Jiri), Tesar, Primas, Dolezal, Krivanek, Sindelar (Jos.), Kolar, Tuma, Pelant, Kucera, Faigl, Pech, Kossa, Simek, Konvalinka, Tlusty, and Vostrovsky.
Today we add biographies for the surnames of Blecha, Sima, and Skoda. This brings our total to 24.
Enjoy today’s installment!
Amerikán Národní Kalendář
“The 11th Congress of the Brotherhood of Č.S.P.S. held at St. Paul, Minnesota”
“Grand Lodge of the State of Kansas to which belong Lodges number 89, 100, 109, 115 and 168 and are represented by:
Jos. J. Houdek from Cuba, Kansas a member of Lodge Novy Tabor, number 89. He was born in Doubravicka, Cesky Brod okres, Bohemia. His father, a farmer, sent him to public school, but already in 1864, when Josef reached 15 years of age, he arrived in the country of liberty, where he found his new home. He is a farmer by occupation, but for purposes of the Brotherhood, to which he has belonged for thirteen years, he has always dedicated his mind to its purposes and worked for it with willingness. He was elected as a Congressional Delegate two times. Houdek is almost 50 years old, but he can look back on his past with great satisfaction.
Grand Lodge of the State of Massachusetts and having Lodge numbers 57 and 85 was represented by:
Josef Blecha from New Bedford, Massachusetts, a member of Lodge Bratri ku Predu, number 85. He was born 43 years ago in Popelin, Dacice okres, Moravia. He arrived in America in 1881 and works here as a weaver, the same job he had in the Old Country. When he recognized what advantages the Brotherhood of Č.S.P.S. offered, two years after his arrival he joined the Freethinking organization. He was so active in the purposes of the Brotherhood that they elected him as their Delegate to this Congress.
Grand Lodge of the State of Maryland having Lodge numbers 26 & 136 was represented at the 11th Congress by:
Emil Sima from Baltimore, Maryland, a member of Lodge Blanik. He was born in Skrivan, Krivoklat okres, Bohemia and in the Old Country he was trained to be a tailor. He also works as a tailor in America where he moved in 1874. He believed that in this job his hard work would pay him back, and he was right. He joined the Brotherhood after his fifth year anniversary of staying in America, and now he has belonged to it for seventeen years. He was elected Secretary of Lodge Blanik three times, and twice elected as President of the Grand Lodge. For the 11th Congress he was elected as a Delegate. He is 36 years old and for purposes of Unity he works with enthusiasm for the purposes of the Brotherhood of Č.S.P.S.
Grand Lodge of the State of Michigan consists of six Lodges and was represented by:
Tomas Skoda from Detroit, Michigan, a member of Lodge Havlicek, number 6. He was born on November 22, 1857 in Stozice, Vodnany okres. At the age of six years he started to attend a parish school at Vodnany. At age twelve he was sent to Vienna to be trained as a tailor there. At the age of twenty years he was drafted by the Army and sent to the 11th Infantry Regiment. He served for two and a half years there, but shortly after leaving the Army, feeling enslaved, he went to the United States to throw his yoke away.
He settled in Detroit and soon he became a Freethinker, joining the Brotherhood of Č.S.P.S. He belonged to one Lodge for fifteen years already and three times he was elected as a Congress Delegate. He successfully works not only for the organization, but for all the Czech patriotic groups and people. The work occupation of Skoda is as a piecework tailor.”
Tomorrow we continue our translation and will be bringing you even more biographies of 1800s Czech-Americans from across the United States.