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  • Svornost -- January 17, 1882
    Bohemian Artists

    The works of two Bohemian Artists, living here in America, are known to us, that is Miss Koupal of Chicago and the newest work of Mr. T.B. Melzer of Detroit.

    Miss Koupal's paintings which are exhibited in private and public exhibitions, and one a portrayal of a gypsy woman which was also shown at the State Exhibition, are being highly praised in American Art circles and the Lady is recognized as having remarkable talent.

    Recently we had the pleasure of seeing a large portrait painting done on canvas by Mr. Melzer, who spent some time in our city. It is a portrait of our fellow-citizen, Louis Pregler. The portrait shown is a bust figure about one-half life size. It shows Mr. Pregler in the uniform of an Officer of the United States Army, The artist was very successful in the painting of the portrait, which is at present on exhibition at the place of business of Mr. Ant. Pregler, 440 Jefferson St. The portrait proves the extraordinary skill of the young Artist, scarcely 26 years old, and we congratulate Mr. Melzer and heartily wish him success in his future efforts.

    The works of two Bohemian Artists, living here in America, are known to us, that is Miss Koupal of Chicago and the newest work of Mr. T.B. Melzer of Detroit. ...

    Bohemian
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  • Svornost -- October 27, 1884
    The Memorable Day of the Reverence to Bohemian Art in America.

    The unveiling of the portrait of Jungmann, painted by Chicago's Bohemian Artist, Mrs. Maria Koupalova - Luskova.

    Last Sunday at 2 P.M., in the Bohemian National Hall, on 18th Street, a large audience of prominent Bohemians, called in by the Chairman of the Lodge, was present at the unveiling of the portrait of Mr. Jungmann, ordered by the Lodge and painted by the noted Bohemian Artist, Mrs. Maria Koupalova- Luskova.

    The artist and her husband, the lawyer, C.D.Luser, were invited to the ceremony.

    The celebration was opened with a speech by the Chairman, J. Rezny.

    The portrait was placed on a table on the side of the hall in a space very well lighted. At the last words of the speaker, the veil dropped and before us appeared Jungmann, life size, seated in a chair with a manuscript in his hand. The picture is 6 feet high and 4 feet wide in a richly gilded frame. It is a 2veritable image of our patriot, Jungman, artistically finished by our young painter who is acknowledged in the highest art circles of America.

    This picture will be an adornment of our National Hall for many years and an artistic remembrance and pride for the Jungmann Lodge. Every educated Bohemian, visiting Chicago, should not miss seeing this beautiful and precious portrait. The artist, Mrs. Luskova was paid $75. However, it is worth $300. The frame cost $40.

    Mr. Lusek, in the name of his wife, expressed his thanks for the acknowledgment of her work and congratulated the Jungmann lodge on its progress and cultural work. A guest from St. Louis Father Fr. Masek praised the progress of the Bohemians in Chicago and the choice of the artist. The Committee and a few guests than passed downstairs, where refreshments were served.

    The celebration was finished with many toasts to the artist, to the lodges and to Jungmann's honor. We must confess truthfully that this celebration left a very deep impression and in our imagination we visioned the future of the Bohemian people in America. We can see at this time more and more glimmering lights, far 3away from us, that are marking a long life for our nation. To-day's celebration marked the erection of one more monument, permanent and effective for the honor and memory of the Bohemians in America. We always can point to it with pride.

    The unveiling of the portrait of Jungmann, painted by Chicago's Bohemian Artist, Mrs. Maria Koupalova - Luskova. Last Sunday at 2 P.M., in the Bohemian National Hall, on 18th Street, ...

    Bohemian
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  • Svornost -- April 03, 1890
    Art Exhibition

    The "Palette Club" of women artists, in conjunction with the "Chicago Society of Artists", has arranged an exhibition at the Art Institute which is to last two weeks and which was opened yesterday with a large attendance.

    To the formation of the Palette Club, to which recognized women artists belong, impulse was given several years ago, by our eminent artist, Mrs. M.K. Lusk, and to her honor it was then known as the "Bohemian Club." Later, however, when Mrs. Lusk, withdrew from activity, the name was changed to "Palette."

    There are on exhibition, several paintings by Mr. Jos. Klira. In the section devoted to women's works, Mrs. Lusk has eight successful paintings on exhibition.

    All in all, the exhibition is very successful thus far. At yesterday's opening, many art loving Bohemians were present, and to meet with our countrymen at such affairs always affords us great pleasure.

    The "Palette Club" of women artists, in conjunction with the "Chicago Society of Artists", has arranged an exhibition at the Art Institute which is to last two weeks and which ...

    Bohemian
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  • Svornost -- September 03, 1890
    Distinguished Work of Bohemian Artist

    As in previous years, there is being held, this year, at the exhibition building, an exhibition of creative and artistic works, and with great pleasure we note, that in the art section, we come upon the work of a Bohemian Artist, a work acknowledged by critics, with unusual praise. The picture exhibited is the work of our well-known painter, Mrs. Koupal-Lusk, and depicts an old-maid seated on a chair. In her hand she holds a book, the pages of which almost all have been read, the old maid is coming to the end of the book---and is reflecting.

    Looking upward, it seems as though she had been reading from the book of her life, thinking over the experiences of the past. The painting is very appropriately titled, The Beginning of the Last Chapter."

    The coloring of the painting is perfect, the subject well chosen and artistically executed, so that we can only congratulate our artist for her work.

    As in previous years, there is being held, this year, at the exhibition building, an exhibition of creative and artistic works, and with great pleasure we note, that in the ...

    Bohemian
    II A 3 c, IV, II B 1 c 3
  • Denní Hlasatel -- August 08, 1904
    Bohemian Enterprise.

    It is a general rule, that the nation which has agricultural lands, manufacturing and commercial enterprises can make claims to a vital existence in the present, and for the future. Without these, though powerful numerically, persistent and tenacious, a nation or perhaps only a part of a nation is, and always will be, a plaything in the whirlpool of a stormy existence. Everyone must arrive at this conclusion after careful consideration. Germans in their snobbishness always boast that they are the civilizers of the Czech people.

    Actually, to this day, mining, smelting, manufacturing and chiefly the wholesale business of Bohemia for the greater part is in the hands of Germans, and Jews claiming to be Germans. This condition applies as well to local Bohemians and their enterprises, in all respects.

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    Take real-estate as a measure and according to it's value, to figure the justification for existance of local Bohemians, would require the services of an expert and he would need several weeks time, yes indeed, if not months. It is necessary therefore to arrive at some figure through superficial appraisal. It is understood that we must necessarily add to the value of the real estate, the value of the buildings located on it. So that there may be no error in the estimate, it becomes necessary to enter and deduct existing debts against the buildings. If we proceed to an actual superficial appraisal, the probable value of the property belonging to Bohemians, particularly those of Pilsen and California, can be set at approximately three million dollars. If the mortgage indebtedness is equal to a full one-third, then the property of local Bohemians can be appraised at two million dollars.

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    This valuation is hardly excessive. The property along the main streets of both quarters is occupied by buildings worth from $10,000 to $30,000 or even $40,000.

    To be sure, local Bohemians may be congratulated for all this development, from practically nothing, in the course of the past twenty-five years. This is evidence of enterprise and perseverance.

    When attention is turned to Bohemian enterprise in industry and business, our countrymen do not remain behind in any respect. They have adjusted themselves to the American method of life; they have adopted American enterprise.

    In the first instance, it is necessary to state that recently a company was organized for the purpose of mining gold in central Mexico.

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    The company, which is composed of well to do Bohemians, put $300,000 into the enterprise, for the purchase of the necessary drilling and excavating machinery and is working with all it's power to achieve the desired results as quickly as possible. Perhaps they will not be denied this success.

    Several days ago Hlasatel published a report regarding about the organization of an all-Bohemian company for the production of Zinc. This company is now operating and will in a short time open mines in the State of Illinois, not far from Chicago.

    Thus can Bohemian enterprise in mining and smelting be noted, in two instances.

    Among the larger concerns, owned solely by Bohemian shareholders, the Pilsen Lumber Company should be given first place.

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    When we consider the manufacturing industry, we should mention four or more factories for the manufacture of doors, frames, windows and shutters. These factories are all operating successfully and the workmen, like the owners, are all Bohemians.

    Much of their prosperity and success is due to the uninterrupted building construction. Orders in most cases being placed with Bohemian firms. This is a praiseworthy standpoint and deserves recognition.

    Stone-cutting is performed in several shops, where building stone is manufactured or prepared. While we are referring to the stone-cutting industry, we should call attention to sculpturing shops, in which, gorgeously beautiful monuments of great artistic value are made. There are two such shops to be found here, one at each cemetary. Both are working busily.

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    The manufacturing branch of industry is further represented by a shop for the manufacture of cornices and gables for buildings.

    Contemporaneously noted should be a factory for the production of iron girders.

    In addition to the factories mentioned, note should be made of Bohemian factories for the production of sash and mouldings. There are several of these owned by Bohemians and they have been in successful operation for several years. Some of them have passed from the original owners into the possession of joint-companies.

    There is also a factory for the artistic embossing and bending of wood used in decorating buildings and in the manufacture of furniture.

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    The third brewery had hardly been completed before a company was organized to build a fourth. This time more attention will be given to its construction. It will be more ornate, and more spacious, figuring on a brilliant future.

    It is impossible to do other than praise these enterprises.

    Effervescent soda-water is manufactured in three factories, and the production barely keeps up with the demand. A fourth factory is being built. It is apparent that our country men drink other beverages besides liquor and beer.

    Cigar-makers also belong among the manufacturers, although the shops of Bohemian cigar-makers are not operated on such a large scale. Nevertheless they do manufacture and should be included in the list.

    There are two or three shops in which slippers are manufactured.

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    There are many custom tailors who devote themselves exclusively to the manufacture of mens clothing. The same applies to the ladies custom tailors. However they all operate on a small scale and employ only a small, number of people.

    In manufacturing we have quite a satisfactory representation, which will continue to grow, because new enterprises are being founded continually. Confidence in industry is settled.

    To be sure, the capital invested in Bohemian industry is not large. Everything is undertaken on a small scale, but that suffices because every enterprising- judicious- industrialist endeavors to enlarge and develop his business.

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    Into the artistic branch of industry, it is necessary to place the shops of photographers. There are many of these and they are all kept busily at work.

    Having exhausted the list of industrial enterprises we now proceed to summorize business.

    As in industry, so in business, large individual capital is not represented. However it is possible to list many businesses with considerable capital.

    In the forefront of all business a Bohemian bank is found, around which all financial transactions revolve. Great success has been achieved by the well known Bohemian bank, which was organized a few years ago and since then managed to the satisfaction of it's constantly increasing number of customers.

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    Several smaller financial institutions also exist. However there are no large transactions undertaken by them.

    A large group of real-estate dealers are active and successful. During the last few years this business has proven to be exceptionally lucrative, and many of these dealers have become wealthy in a short period of time.

    Among those businesses enterprises in which larger amounts of money has been invested can be mentioned the woolen-goods establishments. In addition to the smaller houses are several large establishments carrying woolen goods, two of which are in "Pilsen" and one in California.

    Following the woolen-goods business and in certain instances equal to it insofar as invested capital is concerned are the mens clothing houses. Indeed it seems as if one house was endeavoring to surpass the other and so it becomes possible to list several large clothing-houses.

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    Next in importance may be placed the millinery shops, to satisfy the capricious tastes of our ladies, even if a new style were introduced every day. Large and small shops and stores are to be found in Pilsen and California in uncounted numbers.

    Thus the outfitting of the ladies as well as the men is well provided for.

    Bohemian business is duly represented in this field and enjoys a progressive and successful development.

    In dealing with big business it is necessary to mention large coal yards. Several companies with considerable capital have been organized in the past to operate coal-yards. Some of these companies are composed of only a few members. There ranks were increased a short time ago by the organization of a stock-company.

    Bakeries must also be added to the list. Several of these are considered as wholesalers.

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    There are also a large number of furniture stores and wholesale houses. The furniture stores are combined with the stove business and require much larger quarters.

    The uninterupted growth in these lines is indicative of their continued success.

    Several Bohemian musical instrument stores do a good business. This is not surprising because the Bohemian people are known as music lovers and consequently there is a good demand for musical instruments of all kinds.

    A still greater growth is enjoyed by Bohemian jewelry stores, which are especially profitable, many of which do a large business.

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    Perhaps some branch of business has been overlooked but not intentionally, for this article is intended to serve all branches of endeavor.

    With special pride the growth of Bohemian drug stores is mentioned.

    No longer is it necessary for anyone to seek aid in a foreign store, because in every neighborhood inhabited by Bohemians, a Bohemian pharmacy exists and Bohemian doctor's are recognized in their field. In their ranks are to be found opticians and surgeons whose skill is taken for granted. Some of them have discovered exceptional curatives.

    Bohemian butchers achieve great success and many of them have amassed considerable wealth in the course of time.

    Less fortunate are the grocers, but their business standing is satisfactory.

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    These statements prove that the local Bohemian branch understands stands full well the mission of the nation making actual claims for existence.

    The wealth of the nation is the strongest guarantee of its future. Everybody can not become wealthy but desire, as evidenced by enterprise in business and industry, is a guarantee of good will; and when good will is accompanied by patience then success must be attained.

    Work in this sense is ennobling and elevating.

    Therefore if everyone dedicates himself to a meritorious line of work, with patience and determination, success shoud award his efforts.

    It is a general rule, that the nation which has agricultural lands, manufacturing and commercial enterprises can make claims to a vital existence in the present, and for the future. ...

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  • Denní Hlasatel -- September 04, 1904
    Bohemian Art School.

    Lovers of Art will surely welcome with pleasure the report that our Bohemian community was once more enriched by an important seat of learning, a Bohemian school of art, which has just been arranged in the Bohemian-American hall at 588 W. 18th St., and in which classes will begin next Saturday. In this school, which is divided into three grades, classes will be held every Saturday, from 9 o'clock in the morning till 4 o'clock in the afternoon, in decorative painting, pen and ink drawing, art lettering and in fact everything in connection with industrial art.

    We recommend this school, which will be managed by Mr. Jaroslav Jirsa, of 809 Ashland Ave., and Ant. Karell, of 1304 So. 43rd Ave., warmly to all countrymen who have drawing or painting talent. Further details may be found in the advertisement.

    Lovers of Art will surely welcome with pleasure the report that our Bohemian community was once more enriched by an important seat of learning, a Bohemian school of art, which ...

    Bohemian
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  • Denní Hlasatel -- January 06, 1906
    Bohemian Artist Honored

    Mr. August Petrtyl was elected president of the artists' and sculptors' society, known as the Palette and Chisel Club, at the annual meeting held night before last in the Athenaea Building. Today's Chronicle contains a portrait of Mr. Petrtyl, and acclaims him as a well-known local painter and illustrator. Our readers also know and appreciate Mr. Petrtyl's work. Mr. Petrtyl was the illustrator of the "Calender Hlasatel" for 1906, and the illustration on our wall calendar was also made by him.

    Mr. August Petrtyl was elected president of the artists' and sculptors' society, known as the Palette and Chisel Club, at the annual meeting held night before last in the Athenaea ...

    Bohemian
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  • Denní Hlasatel -- January 07, 1906
    Triner Host to Bohemian Quartette

    While on its world tour the Bohemian Quartette, making its last American appearance at Thalia Hall, is enjoying the hospitality of Mr. [Josef] Triner, the well-known manufacturer of bitter wine. Mr. Triner is a true friend of Bohemian art and artists. Recently he bought and paid a neat sum for several paintings by Farske. In this respect, there is hardly another wealthy Bohemian who can compare with Mr. Triner.

    While on its world tour the Bohemian Quartette, making its last American appearance at Thalia Hall, is enjoying the hospitality of Mr. [Josef] Triner, the well-known manufacturer of bitter wine. ...

    Bohemian
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  • Denní Hlasatel -- January 07, 1906
    Czech Painter Elected President Palette and Chisel Club.

    p. 1, col. 6.. Yesterday we mentioned the election of our countryman, Mr. Petrtyl, as president of the society of artists and sculptors. To that we add a supplement. The election was unanimous and took place in the annual meeting of the Palette and Chisel Club.

    When he was installed, Mr. Petrtyl made a short speech, in which he self consciously expressed, that he was proud because a Bohemian was elected to the highest office of the art society in which Bohemians are only a small minority. Mr. Petrtyl formerly was recorder for the organization.

    Only three Bohemians are active members of the society, Petrtyl, Lukas and Krasa. At the last exhibition held by the club, Mr. Petrtyl's paintings were praised and reproduced by several English journals.

    p. 1, col. 6.. Yesterday we mentioned the election of our countryman, Mr. Petrtyl, as president of the society of artists and sculptors. To that we add a supplement. The ...

    Bohemian
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  • Denní Hlasatel -- June 09, 1907
    A Nice Piece of Bohemian Artistic Work.

    p. 1. col. 7--The tavern of Mr. John Cervenka, president of the Pilsen Brewing Company, was recently decorated by a beautifully painted picture.

    The picture is the work of the talented painter, Mr. Vladimir Samberk, who has his studio in Hoerber's Hall, on Blue Island avenue at 21st street.

    It represents vanity. A beautiful woman reclining upon a couch. At her feet she has money strewn, a crown and sceptre. But all this she scorns, conscious of the power of her beauty. In this painting is crystalized a great idea and brought to perfect expression. It is one of the best of Mr. Samberk's paintings; Mr. Samberk of late, has been more interested in painting than in acting. His paintings have adorned several public places in our Pilsen. Mr. Samberk's paintings are gaining deserved recognition, and we are beginning to patronize our Bohemian artists. Czech painters up to the present have been dependent upon a foreign clientele, but it is gratifying that those among us are sufficiently prosperous to afford the purchase of a piece of art are beginning to give preference to our own Czech artists.

    "Vanity" measures 4' x 7' and its value is estimated at $250.00.

    p. 1. col. 7--The tavern of Mr. John Cervenka, president of the Pilsen Brewing Company, was recently decorated by a beautifully painted picture. The picture is the work of the ...

    Bohemian
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