We are loving 1878 and this fabulous article found in the very first edition of the priceless Czech-American journal, Amerikán Národní Kalendář!

In our exclusive translation today we offer the full story of editor Jan Milostín Bárta Letovský!

Enjoy this fabulous story in English only here from Onward To Our Past®

Amerikán Národní Kalendář

VOLUME: I, YEAR: 1878, Pages 118-127

Published by August Geringer, Chicago, Illinois

Translated by Layne Pierce and Dr. Mila Saskova-Pierce

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“The Biographies of Czech Editors in America”

1878 Letovsky image


“Editor of “American Slav” [Slovan Americký) was born in Letovice in Moravia on the 15th of December 1845.

As an eight year old boy he arrived in America with his parents on the 4th of January 1854, and he lived through all of the experiences of the first Czech pioneers in America.  When his father, Jan Bárta Letovský, was an editor at “American Slav” [Slovan Amerikánský] in Racine, Wisconsin, which was founded by Fr. Kořízek in 1860, he pushed his son to learn typesetting along with him.  Young Milostín stayed with this work, even when later on the “Slav” [Slovan] turned into “Slavie”

Later he worked in the print shop of the Czech periodical  “Attention“ [Pozor] in St. Louis, and when his father founded “American Slav” [Slovan Amerikánský] by himself in Iowa City in 1869, under the editorship of Professor L. Klácel who was called from Brno, young Milostín worked in the print shop with his father.  When Professor L. Klácel left “American Slav” [Slovan Amerikánský], J. M. Bárta Letovský took over the editorship of the periodical on April 25th, 1873, and he has worked faithfully on the national inherited field to this day.

In Iowa City, he was also well respected by the citizens in political circles and last year he was elected to the town council.”

Tomorrow we will bring you an all new Czech-American editor from this wonderful time in history!  Remember Onward To Our Past® is the only place you will find these amazing English translations from the priceless editions of Amerikán Národní Kalendář!

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