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  • New Era -- January 01, 1921
    "A New Daily Paper,"

    Starting with the first of January, the Greek Community of Chicago will have another daily newspaper. The name will be the Greek Daily and the publishers will be Spiros Kotakis, N. Demopoulos, and P. Javaras.

    The establishment of this daily newspaper is very much needed and shows a true progress. The Greek Community of Chicago has been begging for a daily paper and here it is. The New Era wishes much success and progress for the new Greek Daily.

    Starting with the first of January, the Greek Community of Chicago will have another daily newspaper. The name will be the Greek Daily and the publishers will be Spiros Kotakis, ...

    Greek
    II B 2 d 1, IV
  • Forward -- January 01, 1921
    [The Jewish Forward Celebrates]

    Today is exactly two years since the Forward first began to appear in Chicago, and the anniversary is to be celebrated by a banquet given by the Forward Association.

    Today is exactly two years since the Forward first began to appear in Chicago, and the anniversary is to be celebrated by a banquet given by the Forward Association.

    Jewish
    II B 2 d 1
  • New Era -- January 01, 1921
    The Organization of Chicago Liberalists

    After much opposition from the Nationalists, the organization of Chicago Liberalists has finally been launched with much success and energy.

    At a general meeting, officers were elected. They are all prominent men, able to fulfill their duties and achieve the aims of the organization.

    L. Kontazopoulos was elected president. George A. Kyriakopoulus, lawyer and contributor to the New Era,and Dr. N. Salopoulos alternate as vice-president. K. Tsilikos is treasurer, E. Galios is general secretary and B. Biniaris is recording secretary. Directors are Messrs. Bookides, Ganas, Stavrus, Sousanis, Stamos, Alexopoulos, and Kontogiannis.

    After much opposition from the Nationalists, the organization of Chicago Liberalists has finally been launched with much success and energy. At a general meeting, officers were elected. They are all ...

    Greek
    III B 2, IV, III H
  • Forward -- January 02, 1921
    (No headline)

    Artist's Recital Series.

    The second concert of the Artist's Recital Series will be held in the gymasium. The following will participate: Charles Edward Clark, baritone, Rachel Steinman Clark, violinist, and Mrs. E. Wohl, violinist.

    Artist's Recital Series. The second concert of the Artist's Recital Series will be held in the gymasium. The following will participate: Charles Edward Clark, baritone, Rachel Steinman Clark, violinist, and ...

    Jewish
    II D 6, II B 1 a
  • Denní Hlasatel -- January 02, 1921
    Tremendous Growth of the Lawndale State and Lawndale National Banks

    Those who have had an opportunity to follow the activities of the Lawndale State Bank and the Lawndale National Bank during the past years will gladly and proudly admit that the growth of the above-mentioned banking institutions, attained through their own efforts from small beginnings, has been spectacular. The Lawndale State Bank originated from a company doing business under the name Salat, Polák, and Kopecký, founded fifteen years ago. The year following, Mr. Frank G. Hajíček established a banking department in his place of business. The real foundations for the Lawndale State Bank were laid on January 1, 1912. In the same year, during the month of September, the Lawndale National Bank was established. Therefore, the success attained by both of these really Bohemian banks of Česka Kalifornie (Bohemian California) during such a short period is not only remarkable, but also extremely great.

    Credit for this rapid growth must be awarded first to the managers, consisting 2of conscientious and experienced men, and then to the employees who, through their accuracy, honesty, and obligingness, gained a great number of new customers for both banking institutions. Besides that, both of these banks gained favor with our people because their managers always stood at the head of our national and philanthropic activities, generously supporting every good cause.

    It is not surprising, then, that both of these institutions have grown so rapidly. Today, both banks are the foremost banking institutions of Česká Kalifornie, and from the records of the American banking statistics, it is apparent that both banks are included in the list of banks of the United States, and occupy second place in the amount of deposits in relation to the capital.....

    Both banks started out with deposits representing the sum of $1,200,000. Today, the deposits represent the sum of more than $9,000,000. Because of this ever-increasing growth, both of these banking institutions decided to increase their capital to $500,000 each, beginning tomorrow, January 3, 1921. Today, the resources of both banks represent the awe-inspiring sum of ten million 3dollars. This sum, then, is the best recommendation for the Lawndale State and Lawndale National Banks; it is also the security for accurate and honest service, guaranteed by both of these banking institutions in any financial and real-estate matters.

    Those who have had an opportunity to follow the activities of the Lawndale State Bank and the Lawndale National Bank during the past years will gladly and proudly admit that ...

    Bohemian
    II A 2, IV, III A
  • Denní Hlasatel -- January 03, 1921
    New Bohemian Bank

    A new financial institution, the Millard State Bank, began its activity right in the heart of Česká Kalifornie (Bohemian California) today. At the head of this new institution, we are convinced, are men who are very well known in our commercial and national circles. The board of directors consists of Bohemian-Americans who have demonstrated their commercial energy and ability many times.

    The following countrymen are officers of the new bank: Mr. Rudolph A. Čepek, president; Mr. E. J. Kvídera, first vice-president; Mr. J. Friedl, second vice-president; Mr. F. L. Bašta, cashier.

    A new financial institution, the Millard State Bank, began its activity right in the heart of Česká Kalifornie (Bohemian California) today. At the head of this new institution, we are ...

    Bohemian
    II A 2
  • Denní Hlasatel -- January 03, 1921
    To Greet the New Year Annual Festivals of Our Benevolent Societies

    Following their annual custom, our benevolent societies arranged New Year's festivals in various places on the first day of January, and everyone of them was crowned with success. The first day of the year brought infallible proof that from year to year these annual festivals enjoy more and more popularity among our people, and Saturday's entertainment again became the meeting place for not only a great number of members of the fraternal societies, but for their friends as well. Considering that these New Year's festivals are arranged mostly for purposes of propaganda and entertainment, we must admit that the efforts of our benevolent organizations were full appreciated.

    Festival of the Illinois Grand Lodge of the Cesko-Slovánské Podporující Spolky

    A beautiful program was prepared for the festival of the Illinois grand lodge 2of the Cesko-Slovánské Podporující Spolky (Czecho-Slavonic Benevolent Societies), held at the Czecho-Slavonic Benevolent Societies' hall, 18th and May Streets, and this festival attracted a great number of people. Never before had the old hall been as crowded as it was on New Year's Day. The program was opened with a brilliant musical number played by the orchestra under the direction of Mr. Rudolph Rubringer. Mr. Jan Pecha then greeted the audience, and in his speech made the clever remark that Bohemian of America have, during the last few years, spent most of their energy for the cause of liberation of our old homeland. But now, when our brothers beyond the ocean are free, it is about time to remember our selves and to work in our own interest.....

    Mr. Otto T. Pergler, chairman of the Illinois grand lodge and principal speaker of the festival, talked on the theme, "The Future of Our Society," and delivered his speech in both the Bohemian and English languages. His speech was remarkable in every respect....

    3

    Festival of the Jednota Ceskych Dam and the Sesterska Podporující Jednota

    The grand committees of the Jednota Ceskych Dam (Bohemian Ladies' Union) and the Sesterska Podporující Jednota (Bohemian Sisterhood) arranged a joint festival in the Carter H. Harrison High School, 24th Street and Marshall Boulevard, and so many members of both of these societies attended this festival that there were many people who had to be turned away. Although the auditorium of Harrison High School is one of the largest on the West Side, it could not accommodate all the people who wanted to get in.

    Mrs. Marie Smrcek, chairman of the grand committee of the Jednota Ceskych Dam, greeted the audience and paid respect to the memory of a recently departed member, Mrs. Klara Klaus. Mrs. Alzbeta Lisy addressed the audience for the grand committee of the Sesterska Podporující Jednota. Both speakers were applauded by the audience for their sincere and heartfelt speeches.....

    4

    During the course of the festival, a collection for the benefit of orphans was undertaken, the proceeds of which amounted to $250. Of this amount, the sum of $150 will be sent to our old hemeland, and the remaining sum of $100 will be donated to our orphanage near the Bohemian National Cemetery--the Bohemian Old People's Home and Orphanage. In this way entertainment was combined with useful endeavor.

    Following their annual custom, our benevolent societies arranged New Year's festivals in various places on the first day of January, and everyone of them was crowned with success. The first ...

    Bohemian
    II D 1, IV, III H, II D 4, II D 5, II D 10, II B 1 c 3
  • Denní Hlasatel -- January 03, 1921
    For a Good Cause

    For the benefit of the Bohemian Old People's Home and Orphanage, the following contributions were deposited in our office: [There follow the names and amounts.] Total, $19.50.

    For the benefit of St. Joseph's Orphanage in Lisle, Illinois, the following contributions were deposited: [There follow the names and amounts.] Total, $12.50.

    For the benefit of the Bohemian Charitable Association, the following contributions were deposited: [There follow the names and amounts.]Total, $4.

    For the benefit of the Federation of Bohemian Freethinkers of America, the following contributions were deposited: [There follow the names and amounts.] Total, $2.

    For the benefit of the Bohemian Old People's Home and Orphanage, the following contributions were deposited in our office: [There follow the names and amounts.] Total, $19.50. For the benefit ...

    Bohemian
    II D 10, III C, II D 4, II D 5
  • Denní Hlasatel -- January 03, 1921
    The Vojta Naprstek School Twenty-fourth New Year's Festival a Success

    The Ceska Svobodomyslná Škola Vojta Náprstek (Vojta Náprstek Bohemian Free Thought School), which without exaggeration may be called the pride of Bohemian Freethinkers of Chicago, very seldom appears in public with a project of its own. But it it does make a public appearance, it is done so successfully that many of its friends and patrons are always pleasantly surprised.

    The last time the school appeared in public was at the New Year's festival held at Sokol Chicago hall on Saturday afternoon. The festival was attended by a large number of our people. School children of the preparatory school and of various grades participated in the program under the supervision of their teachers, Mr. Fr. Vlach, Mrs. Beranek, Mrs. Weiner, and Mrs. Hulka. Various numbers on the program were very beautifully presented by the school children. We must also mention the fact that members of the Junior Club of the Vojta Naprstek School participated in the program.

    The Ceska Svobodomyslná Škola Vojta Náprstek (Vojta Náprstek Bohemian Free Thought School), which without exaggeration may be called the pride of Bohemian Freethinkers of Chicago, very seldom appears in public ...

    Bohemian
    II B 2 f, III E, II B 1 c 3
  • Denní Hlasatel -- January 03, 1921
    Annual Festival of the Cesko-Slovanska Jednota

    The annual festival of the Cesko-Slovanska Jednota (Bohemian-Slavonic Union) held January 1 at Pilsen Sokol hall attracted so many of our countrymen that the spacious auditorium was filled to capacity. Dr. Karel Neumann, president of the grand lodge, opened the program at 2 P. M. with a brief speech. The speaker was rewarded with a storm of applause. Mrs. Otilie Splavec then entertained the audience with a humorous act, for which she also reaped spontaneous applause.....

    Brother Turek then presented the financial report, from which it appears that the Cesko-Slovanska Jednota is in sound financial condition. The report shows that there are 63 lodges in the Jednota with 5,826 members. For the mortuary fund, the sum of $75,439.58 was received from subordinate lodges. From this amount, $71,600 was paid out in death claims. During the past year 85 members passed away. The agitation fund amounts to $2,310.08; the reserve fund, $94,419.91. The total assets of the Cesko-Slovanska Jednota are $109,703.52.

    2

    The juvenile department has 746 members, and during the past year the sum of $112 was paid out in death claims. The report of Brother Turek was accepted with satisfaction.

    The annual festival of the Cesko-Slovanska Jednota (Bohemian-Slavonic Union) held January 1 at Pilsen Sokol hall attracted so many of our countrymen that the spacious auditorium was filled to capacity. ...

    Bohemian
    II D 1