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Welcome back to 1878!  Today we bring you the penultimate installment of the story of another Czech-American editor, this time it is František Zdrůbek.  Not only do we get to follow this editor’s story as he moves across the United States, but also as he moves into the courtroom!  Plus even the author, Jan Habenicht gets dragged into the fray!

We know you will enjoy this amazing story today!

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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1878 Zdrubek from Capek

Frant. Boleslav Zdrůbek

“He edited “Progress” [Pokrok] in Racine until the end of August 1869, when it was relocated by its owner Mr. K. Jonáš to Cedar Rapids in Iowa, and there Zdrůbek stayed with him until the 9th of February of 1871, when it was sold to the firm Czech Printing Company, in Cleveland, where he also then moved.  In Cedar Rapids, as a member of the reading association, he helped to build the National Hall, which was started with the great devotion of the local nationalists, and was also finished, and he also directed the Czech amateur theatre there for some time.  He undertook the publication in installments of a Czech-English Grammar, which, however, he did not finish.

Cedar Rapids Hall with Czech band.

Cedar Rapids Hall with Czech band.

With the help of Boleslav Trojan, who was ardent about freedom and truth and who was the son of Dr. Trojan from Rakovník, he founded the Free-Thinkers Association on the 8th of November, 1869.  Immediately about thirty Czech communities from different states joined it.  Because of an article sent from Cleveland by a dependable contributor, Mr. V. S., that dealt with the Cleveland Czech Parish Priest Řepiš (Pimprle) and his female cook, he was charged in court in Linn County for slander, and when he moved to Cleveland, Father Řepiš continued in his court pursuit, which cost a lot of aggravation, time, and money.  When the verdict of the court proceedings was supposed to come and Zdrůbek learned that those that sent him the materials for the faulty article bought Dr. Habenicht as a witness for $50, and when their additional witness fled from Cleveland to the West, so that he would not have to give false testimony, and when the wife of Dr. Habenicht begged Zdrůbek for everything in the world not to call for the witness statement of her husband, and not to use it, since it was false, Zdrůbek was thoroughly disturbed by the trial initiators. .  He firmly rejected the possibility of defending himself through false testimony and a purchased oath.  Together with a witness, Mr. Landa, he went to the Priest Řepiš and offered him conciliation.  The priest promised to call off the trial, if Zdrůbek would take back his claim, and Zdrůbek did that and took back what he could not prove.”

Continue on with us as we conclude this wonderfully detailed story of one of the more colorful Czechoslav editors in the United States at the time!

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