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  • Interest -- January 01, 1938
    Meritful Action of Our Brothers of the Northside. Chicago's Catholic Hungarians to Buy a New and Bigger Church.

    A long cherished dream of Catholic Hungarians living on the northside is near its realization. Hungarian Catholics of the northside are twice those living in Burnside, yet they cannot boast of even a satisfactory church life, on account of the fact, that they are scattered all over the northside. The reason for this is, that they did not have a centrally located church for themselves, which could be reached easily from any part of the city. The now existing church, is a small chapel, hidden away, which never could shelter all the Catholics of the northside, whose number must be several thousands, if for some reason they would wish to come together all at the same time. The believers, scattered all over the city found church going far too tiresome and time wasting, so joined some other, not Hungarian speaking congregations. This was, from a Hungarian viewpoint, 2a great loss, as the younger generation, either,was not given a religious training at all, or if given, the foreign priests were not teaching them anything at all, which would have some Hungarian connection, and so these young Catholics became strangers to the Hungarians.

    Now the Catholics of the northside intend to buy a new, a bigger, and nicer church, which should be situated, so that it could be easily reached from all parts of the northside.

    The Hungarians will gladly greet the action of their Catholic brethren of the northside, which can have only praise-worthy consequences in its wake from the Hungarian viewpoint in general. In this movement one can recognize the cherished hope, that the Hungarians will come closer to each other through this planned purchase of the new church; their children will remain good Hungarians, and as such, become good citizens of our adopted country, the United States.

    Now, that the northside Catholic Church has such a well-known, splendidly 3educated, and capable parson as Doctor Jacques Wildinger, there is need only for a new, satisfactory church building, where the new generation of Hungarians could be regained for the Hungarians. In this aim, to maintain our racial existence in the future, all the praise is due those, who as Hungarians, and also as Catholics, are doing all they can, to achieve this long cherished task. In this endeavor all the other Catholic Hungarians, without exception, are going to help. From the church purchase meeting, we can report the following:

    The first steps toward the buying of the church were taken on the second day of Christmas, at the general meeting of the Saint Emery Church. The presiding parson told the well attended meeting all the reasons, that necessitates the purchase of a new church building. The present little church makes absolutely impossible, the development of the parish, by its situation, size, and its past, and does not serve at all the needs of Hungarian culture. It is almost impossible to keep a church up very long in a leased building. Almost everybody 4and the Hungarians especially desire to live in a home, which they own. The time has come, when it is necessary, that the Hungarian Catholics of the northside should acquire a church of their own.

    Then he made it clear, what benefit would be derived by the purchase of a church building, and specially that one, which was looked over. At the end of his speech he asked the meeting to form men's and ladies' committees and to begin collections for that purpose.

    A general enthusiasm and applause broke loose after Doctor Jacob Wildinger finished his speech, and those present were thronging around the donationlists, eager to sign their donations.

    The first to sign was the Altar Society which donated its whole assets, and signed $500 for the purpose, by which act, it gave a very good example for the future offerings. The parson expressed his sincere thanks for the offering by the society and the splendid example given by them.

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    Then the different committees were chosen. The men's committee compose, Joseph Rakos, Alexander Steiner, Paul Timko, John Balazs, Joseph Minarovics, John Svinyiczky, John Bonifert, John Leonard, Emery Rady, Vince Klenner, Frank Balogh, William Fejfar, Louis Hirth, Alexander Rakos, Steve Minarovics, as members.

    The members of the Ladies' Committee are: Mrs. Minarovics, Klenner, Sipos, Steiner, Ivan, Koza, Svinyiczky, Leonard, Olcsanyi, Laky, Szabo, Nemeth, Kardosy, Rakos, Miszty, Bonifert, Pummer, Wagenhals, Bazso, Kish, Kovacs, Fury and Wiesinger.

    The committees will be organized after the mass on January 2nd, and begin functioning.

    In the meanwhile, the signing of the list of donations is merrily going on, with the following record: 6Each of the following offered One Hundred Dollars: Joseph Minarovics, Steve Leonard, John Svinyiczky, Emery Rady, Mr. and Mrs. Sipos, Frank Kish. Fifty Dollars each was offered by: Alexander Steiner, Joseph Rakos, Alexander Rakos, Paul Timko, Joseph Kish, Steve Minarovics.

    Twenty Five Dollars each: Louise Miszty, Alex Foris, Mrs. Kardossy, Mrs. Risko, George Fury. Ten Dollars each: John Bonifert, Frank Berninger. Dollars Alexander Nagy.

    So at the first meeting there came $1,550, as donations. The enthusiasm and the splendid willingness gives foundation to the hope, that the necessary amount will be brought together in a very short time.

    A long cherished dream of Catholic Hungarians living on the northside is near its realization. Hungarian Catholics of the northside are twice those living in Burnside, yet they cannot boast ...

    Hungarian
    III C, III A
  • Interest -- January 06, 1938
    Friday Letter

    My table is all covered with newspapers. Some of them are newspapers from the old country which arrived this week; some again are the American Hungarian newspapers. Involuntarily,I reach first for the American Hungarian papers, and as I look them over, I am surprised to see how clever their editors are in their work of advertising. Almost all the newspapers are full of good wishes for this Christmas and New Years occasions, and if these good wishes all could be realized, the Hungarians would be the happiest folk in this country of ours.

    So reading these advertisements, I remember way back in old Hungary those newspapers of the Yule-tide. I recall the arrival of those newspapers in my town, the fifth biggest town in old Hungary, on the fast train, arriving at about 2 P.M. The local newspaper agency was at such times besieged by 2the would-be readers, who were almost fighting with each other for those papers. It was worthwhile, because there were many good and interesting things in those papers to read, not only advertisements. As I now turn over the leaves of the American Hungarian papers, to my sorrow, I am unable to find something worthwhile in them besides the advertisements of the distilleries , breweries, the undertakers, and the New Years Greetings of those politicians, who are preparing for the elections.

    Signed: Ernst Kunstadt.

    My table is all covered with newspapers. Some of them are newspapers from the old country which arrived this week; some again are the American Hungarian newspapers. Involuntarily,I reach first ...

    Hungarian
    II B 2 d 1
  • Chinese Centralist Daily News -- January 10, 1938
    Moy U Liao's Enthusiasm Over National Affairs

    Mr. Moy U-Liao, who is in the local luandry business, isaquiet and poor man who minds his own business. But whenever anybody happens to discuss the lawless invasion of our enemy- Japan, he gets excited and exceedingly exasperated.

    Since the existence of the Mid-western Chinese Emergency Relief Society, Mr. Moy realizing the opportunity to recompense his country was at hand, began economizing in food and clothing, contributing towards the war fund again and again. His contribution totalled $550.00, and stated clearly that he would not accept a receipt of public debt or a national bond for same.

    On the basis of the individual laundryman's contribution, Mr. Moy rates the highest. Besides his contributions towards the war-fund he also solicits from the Westerners, for the emergency relief to help 2unfortunate civilians in the war zone.

    Such is Mr. Moy's patriotism. He is indeed a first class citizen.

    Mr. Moy U-Liao, who is in the local luandry business, isaquiet and poor man who minds his own business. But whenever anybody happens to discuss the lawless invasion of our ...

    Chinese
    III H, I G, II A 2, II D 10
  • San Min Morning Paper -- January 11, 1938
    The Election of Officers of the On-Leong Chinese Merchants Association

    The local On-Leong Chinese Merchants Association held an election of officers yesterday and the following are the elected officers for the year of 1938.

    President,----------Mr. Moy U-Nien.

    Chinese Secretary,--Moy Shio-Chan.

    English Secretary,--Mr. Moy Yuen-Chee.

    Assistant English Secretary--Wu Fu-Hong.

    Treasurer,------Yip Wen-Chin.

    The local On-Leong Chinese Merchants Association held an election of officers yesterday and the following are the elected officers for the year of 1938. President,----------Mr. Moy U-Nien. Chinese Secretary,--Moy Shio-Chan. ...

    Chinese
    II A 2, IV, III A
  • Interest -- January 13, 1938
    For the Purchase of a Church.

    Saint Emery Roman Catholic Church is sponsoring donations for the purchase of a new church,and has ask Tarsalgo Association for financial assistance. As expected, the Association at its annual meeting, last Sunday, decided to donate. $100 to the Church Buying Fund. The members of this gallant Association, recognize the advantages Hungarians would derive by having a new church building on the northside, that would help to develop an Hungarian cultural center.

    Saint Emery Roman Catholic Church is sponsoring donations for the purchase of a new church,and has ask Tarsalgo Association for financial assistance. As expected, the Association at its annual meeting, ...

    Hungarian
    III C, II D 1, III B 2
  • Interest -- January 13, 1938
    The San Carlo Opera Company

    The San Carlo Opera Company gave a contract to Rozsika Szabo', the favorite of the Chicago Hungarians, who was Hungarian Queen of the Chicago Auto-Show in 1936. Miss Szabo' will be away from Chicago for five months, and her first station will be Detroit, where she will dance next week a solo dance. The company will tour in Florida, California, and from there goes to the Southern States. The progress of Miss Szabo' causes joy to her dancing teacher, Professor Petri, and the 1. Chicago Hungarian Junior and Amateur Club, and every Hungarian in Chicago rejoices in seeing the success of Miss Szabo.

    The San Carlo Opera Company gave a contract to Rozsika Szabo', the favorite of the Chicago Hungarians, who was Hungarian Queen of the Chicago Auto-Show in 1936. Miss Szabo' will ...

    Hungarian
    II A 3 d 2
  • Interest -- January 20, 1938
    Night Courses in the Bauhaus

    The new school of designing and painting, which was founded on the principles of the Bauhaus of Dessau, and which is known as the New Bauhaus, is under the leadership of the famous Hungarian professor Louis Moholy-Nagy. It will begin a new evening semester on February 7, for those who work or are otherwise occupied during the day. This excellent school instructs its students in the creative arts, letting them work at their crafts either by hand or by machine. Heretofore, the school in Dessau had been the only institute which taught designing, painting, architecture, etc. Last fall Professor Moholy-Nagy, who formerly was associated with the mother institute in Dessau, established this new institute in the former residence of Marshall Field, 1905 Prairie Avenue, which was placed at the disposal of the new school by the Art Society of Chicago.

    The new school of designing and painting, which was founded on the principles of the Bauhaus of Dessau, and which is known as the New Bauhaus, is under the leadership ...

    Hungarian
    II B 2 f, II A 3 a
  • Chinese Centralist Daily News -- January 27, 1938
    A Bulletin from the Chicago Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (Education)

    The Chinese adult school sponsored by this association is at last ready for commencement.

    We have engaged Mr. C. S. Chang and Miss I. T. Yi to instruct the various classes.

    The commencement date will be February 14th, 1938.

    We learn that Mr. Chang is a graduate of Kuo-min university in China and was on the staff of the Canton State Normal School. He has been a student on the Standford university.

    Miss Yi is a graduate from Chung-San University in China and now 2a student at the Chicago University doing research work. She was formerly a senior high teacher at Canton State Normal for girls.

    Both Mr. Chang and Miss Yi have had excellent scholarship and rich educational experiences.

    Those who desire to learn should register early in order to avoid possible exclusion from the limited number acceptable

    Registration office will be the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, It is open from 3 P.M. to 10 P.M. every day. Registration will end on February 2, 1938.

    There will be no tuition fee except 50 cents a month per student for class expenses.

    Jan. 26, 1938

    The Chinese adult school sponsored by this association is at last ready for commencement. We have engaged Mr. C. S. Chang and Miss I. T. Yi to instruct the various ...

    Chinese
    I A 3, II D 1
  • San Min Morning Paper -- January 29, 1938
    Mr. Wu Yung-Yang Graduated from Aeronautic Engineering

    Mr. Y. Y. Wu after studying at the University of Indiana, came to Chicago Aeronautical University two years ago, specializing in aeronautic engineering. He graduated on the 27th of this month with ar aeronautic engineering degree.

    While studying here in Chicago, Mr. Wu has established a good record as having been both a president and secretary of the Chicago Chinese Aeronautic Student Association. Mr. Wu, we learn will return to China to serve our country.

    Mr. Y. Y. Wu after studying at the University of Indiana, came to Chicago Aeronautical University two years ago, specializing in aeronautic engineering. He graduated on the 27th of this ...

    Chinese
    I A 1 a, III H, III G
  • Chicago American -- January 31, 1938
    Netherlands Hail Juliana's Daughter

    Princess Juliana of the Netherlands today gave her little land of tulips, thrift, and windmills a girl princess who may be its third consecutive woman ruler.

    The whole nation joined in rejoicing before the last echoes of the royal salute announced that the long wait at the little white Soestdyk Palace was ended with the birth of a girl.

    The Hague issued a proclamation printed in orange and blue, the royal colors. It said: "Fellow citizens, it is with great joy we proclaim, that to-day, January 31, 1938, through the grace of God, is born the Princess of Oranje-Nassau, Princess of Lippe Biesterfeld. The heart's desire of all the people of the Netherlands has come to a realization. "Long live the royal family".

    Both mother and baby were reported doing well.

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    Among the first messages of congratulations for the Princess Juliana and her husband Prince Bernhard, was that from King George and Queen Elizabeth of Great Britian.

    A salute of fifty-one guns instead of the one hundred and one scheduled in the event of a boy, was fired at Amsterdam, the Hague, Arnhem, Bredd and Amersfoort garrisons.

    The Netherland populace had hoped for a male heir. Unless Juliana has a son, the new princess may one day become Queen, succeeding her grandmother Queen Wilhelmina and her mother.

    Before midnight Dr. C. L. De Jongh, court physician, was joined by Dr. Jan de Groot, gynecologist, at the palace. Throughout the night great crowds thronged the gateways of the Soestdyk country home, where lights blazed intermittingly in various rooms. Gunners and broadcasters stood by to make the announcement.

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    When the news was flashed from the palace at 3:40 A.M. Chicago time, the populace started a joyous celebration. Church bells pealed, newspapers rushed extras to the streets.

    By royal decree of 1908, Juliana's baby is entitled from birth to be princess of the Netherlands, princess of Oranje-Nassau and duchess of Mecklenburg. From her father she inherits the family title of Princess of Lippe-Biesterfeld.

    Especially happy were the souvenir spoon and mug manufacturers who had engraved their wares "January, 1938", and who were concerned as February approached.

    It was officially announced at noon that the condition of Juliana's daughter was good.

    Princess Juliana of the Netherlands today gave her little land of tulips, thrift, and windmills a girl princess who may be its third consecutive woman ruler. The whole nation joined ...

    Dutch
    III H