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  • Svornost -- May 18, 1878
    The Bohemian Sharpshooters.

    Benevolent Society will hold their annual picnic on Sunday, May 26th, in beautiful Silver Leaf Grove, on 12th Street.

    Industrious preparations are being made to assure the success of the picnic in all respects. Bohemian sharpshooters cheerfully attend all picnics given by National societies and it is hoped that under these circumstances their favors will be repaid.

    Benevolent Society will hold their annual picnic on Sunday, May 26th, in beautiful Silver Leaf Grove, on 12th Street. Industrious preparations are being made to assure the success of the ...

    Bohemian
    II B 3, II D 1
  • Svornost -- July 02, 1878
    Announcement

    Since there are many Bohemians who wish to have some kind of military training and who have thus far been prevented from joining the Bohemian Sharpshooters because of the high cost of uniforms, it has been decided to organize a second company.

    The uniforms will be plain and much cheaper. The new company will be under the supervision of the regular Sharpshooters. Anyone wishing to become a member of the new organization will please call at Mr. Zahradnik's no. 125-19th Street.

    Committee.

    Since there are many Bohemians who wish to have some kind of military training and who have thus far been prevented from joining the Bohemian Sharpshooters because of the high ...

    Bohemian
    II B 3
  • Svornost -- July 08, 1878
    [Jan Hus Celebration]

    The Jan Hus celebration, which was arranged by "Tel. Jednotow Sokol" (Gymnastic Union Sokol) last Saturday turned out successfully even though a larger crowd would have been better.

    The hall was richly decorated with Native and American flags. In the center of the gallery was a large painting of "Jan Hus" the fine work of our countryman, Mr. Zajicek.

    The program included a festive speech by Mr. Frant.Bol. Zdrubka, Concert selections by Mr. J. Novak's band, gymnastic exercises and singing by the singing club, all of which were carried through successfully to the satisfaction of all present.

    The Jan Hus celebration, which was arranged by "Tel. Jednotow Sokol" (Gymnastic Union Sokol) last Saturday turned out successfully even though a larger crowd would have been better. The hall ...

    Bohemian
    III B 3 a, III B 3 b, II B 3
  • Svornost -- August 12, 1878
    [Sokols Meet]

    Yesterday was a day of celebration for Chicago Bohemians because of the convention of National Gymnastic Societies. Both Local Societies the "Cesko Americkeho Sokola" (Bohemian American Sokols) and the "Telocvicne Jednoty Sokol" (Gymnastic Union Sokol) took part in the ceremonies. Both halls of these societies were filled to capacity. The celebration came to a close in the evening in Gymnastic Union Hall where the historic play "Zebraci"(Beggars) was given with great success. The celebration ended in good order to the satisfaction of all and indicated to us how such occasions can be carried out successfully when all work in harmony.

    It is expected that yesterday's celebration will be the means of bringing about more friendly relations between our local gymnastic societies.

    Yesterday was a day of celebration for Chicago Bohemians because of the convention of National Gymnastic Societies. Both Local Societies the "Cesko Americkeho Sokola" (Bohemian American Sokols) and the "Telocvicne ...

    Bohemian
    II B 3, II B 1 c 3, II B 1 c 1
  • Svornost -- September 06, 1878
    [Sokol Society Elects Officers]

    "Telocvicna Jednota Sokol" (Gymnastic Society Sokol) at its semi-annual meeting last night elected the following as officers for the next six months: V. Nemecek, President; Jos. Vondrejka, Vice President; Gust. B. Reisl, Secretary; M. Svojse, Treasurer. Managing Committee for one year V. Stejskal and M. Traznik, and for six months Fr. Cilik and J. Svojse.

    "Telocvicna Jednota Sokol" (Gymnastic Society Sokol) at its semi-annual meeting last night elected the following as officers for the next six months: V. Nemecek, President; Jos. Vondrejka, Vice President; Gust. ...

    Bohemian
    II B 3
  • Svornost -- November 25, 1878
    "Healthy Body, Healthy Mind"

    This is a saying of which the truth cannot be denied, and one which receives confirmation in professional circles. It seems that physical culture among Bohemian-Americans, and particularly among Chicago Bohemians, is not an important subject. In fact, it appears to be regarded with the utmost indifference everywhere among us. With more than 200,000 Bohemians in the United States we have only about 15 gymnastic societies, with about 800 members. Until the recent organization of the National Gymnastic Society the local units in most cases, scarcely subsisted.

    Merely 800 members of gymnastic societies among a population of 200,000 Bohemians! These figures do not do us much honor. Were it not for the improvement recently shown, we should have to admit that all hopes of establishing a physical culture program among our compatriots in the United States must be dismissed.

    We have noticed for some time past that our fellow-Bohemians are turning away 2from all that is beautiful and useful; that gymnastics, the theater, and many other arts are being neglected. They seem to have nothing else in mind except the organization of benevolent societies. We are not unfriendly to such organizations and wish them to be as successful as any others, for we acknowledge their usefulness. But we deplore the fact that on account of the continual organization of such societies all our other nationalistic efforts suffer.

    In Chicago, where we have 25,000 Bohemians, we have two gymnastic societies. How many members have they? Not quite two hundred. This is not proportionately enough. Five or six hundred gymnasts would not be too many for Chicago. So many could and should be counted as members of our two organizations. There are in our city so many Bohemian youths that if one fourth of them were to join either one or the other of our two societies, these organizations would be much larger. Our compatriots, however, continue to remain indifferent toward these organizations and instead of giving them support are actually withdrawing from them.

    Only a small part of our people take notice of these organizations, and Chicago 3Bohemians in general think of them only when some charitable purpose is to be undertaken. Then every one remembers that we have two national halls, that we have a Telocvicne Jednota Sokol (Sokol Gymnastic Society) and a Cesko Amerikansky Sokol (Bohemian-American Sokol), and that it is the duty of our racial organizations to support this or that good cause. That either of these gymnastic societies should be noticed at any other time seems to be out of the question.

    We believe, however, that no one can excuse himself from joining one of these societies by saying that he cannot afford it. The dues of both are so small as to be a burden to no one.

    We have written about this several times, and we repeat: Bohemian youth, concern yourselves about gymnastic organizations, help to uphold our national ideals, and increase your well-being by joining the Sokol National Gymnastic Society.

    This is a saying of which the truth cannot be denied, and one which receives confirmation in professional circles. It seems that physical culture among Bohemian-Americans, and particularly among Chicago ...

    Bohemian
    II B 3, II D 10, II D 1, III A, III E
  • Svornost -- November 25, 1878
    [Gymnastic Exhibition a Great Success]

    The Gymnastic exhibition given by the active members of our "Telocvicne Jednota Sokol" (Gymnastic Society Sokol) last Saturday was successfully produced and afforded the guests a great deal of pleasure.

    The acts of the performers were remarkable because of the fact they were carried out within a limited area; particularly pleasing were the Pyramidal and Buck performances.

    The singing of Mr. Len[gap]och, Zajicek and Jurka was also greatly appreciated by those present. Later dancing was continuous till early morning.

    The Gymnastic exhibition given by the active members of our "Telocvicne Jednota Sokol" (Gymnastic Society Sokol) last Saturday was successfully produced and afforded the guests a great deal of pleasure. ...

    Bohemian
    II B 3, II B 1 c 3
  • Svornost -- February 07, 1879
    [New Gymnastic Society Organized]

    Countrymen! Last Sunday following a speech by Mr. J. B. Belohradske there was organized in the Northwestern part of the city a Gymnastic Society of the same orders as both present Gymnastic Societies.

    The importance of physical culture and of Gymnastic Societies is being recognized more and more daily and they are being organized where ever there are larger numbers of Bohemians. The organizers of this new unit are ardent friends of the existing organizations and would have gladly taken membership therein, but the distance of both halls was a great obstacle. Therefore it was decided to organize a Gymnastic Society here on the Northwest side and we hope to have the support of the two existing societies. The Northwest side Gymnastic Society will in the shortest time possible open a gymnasium and will accept pupils therein. It is expected that Bohemian parents will take advantage of the facilities offered and send the children for physical training. Bohemians of 16 to 45 years of age may become members and besides physical training will also be entitled to a benefit payment of $250.00 in the event of death, which will be paid to the heirs of said member.

    Countrymen! Last Sunday following a speech by Mr. J. B. Belohradske there was organized in the Northwestern part of the city a Gymnastic Society of the same orders as both ...

    Bohemian
    II B 3, IV
  • Svornost -- February 10, 1879
    [New Gymnastic Society on North Side]

    The Gymnastic Society which was organized on the Northwest side, met last Saturday as "Telocvicna Jednota Cechie" (Bohemian Gymnastic Society) and numbers members, mostly youths who fervently wish to take up gymnastics.

    The following named committee was elected: John Tichy, Chairman, J. Kristan, Vice Chairman, James Cerveny, Auditor, Frank Tichy, Secretary, J. Bartuska, Treasurer, John Milota, Agent.

    It was resolved that the committee seek membership in the national organization for this unit. Also to hold a dance next Saturday the proceeds of which are to be used to purchase equipment for the Gymnasium. From present indications "Bohemia Society" will prosper.

    The Gymnastic Society which was organized on the Northwest side, met last Saturday as "Telocvicna Jednota Cechie" (Bohemian Gymnastic Society) and numbers members, mostly youths who fervently wish to take ...

    Bohemian
    II B 3
  • Svornost -- April 21, 1879
    [Sokol Society Gives "Zmatek Nad Zmatek"]

    The farce "Zmatek nad Zmatek" (Error upon Error) was performed in the hall of "Telocviene Jednota Sokol" (Gymnastic Society Sokol.) The acting was carried out in such a manner as to indicate that our actors need more time to familiarize themselves with comedy.

    The performance seemed to incline throughout to the tragic. It became monotonous and somewhat gloomy in spots.

    Even at that, the play was quite humorous and brought forth considerable laughter from an enthusiastic public.

    The farce "Zmatek nad Zmatek" (Error upon Error) was performed in the hall of "Telocviene Jednota Sokol" (Gymnastic Society Sokol.) The acting was carried out in such a manner as ...

    Bohemian
    II B 1 c 1, II B 3