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  • Radnicka Straza -- April 04, 1917
    Association for the Education of Croatian Orphans

    At the end of February the Association for the Education of Croatian Orphans held its annual meeting. From the report which we received it is seen that the work is progressing and that the purpose of the association is to give refuge and education to any Croatian orphan.

    The association takes care of thirty-nine Croatian and four Slovenian children who are sheltered at the Czech Orphan Home at Lisle, Ill., not far from Chicago.

    According to the report of the manager of this orphans' home, the monthly cost per child is $11.74. That means that the association is very hard pressed to meet its obligations. It was decided at the meeting to name confidants for the association with the duty to collect contributions from private persons and societies. The children have their own Croatian teacher and are progressing fine.

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    The meeting decided to order the printing of a Croatian school reader for the second, third and fourth grades.

    From the statement of the financial secretary, at the end of 1916 a total of $1,085.76 was received, expended $387.91, balance, $697.85.

    This association has fifty one societies, 138 private persons and the National Croatian Union as members.

    The purpose of this association is a noble one that is shown by the resolution adopted at the meeting to give the children a healthy and real education. For that reason the association deserves support from all.

    At the end of February the Association for the Education of Croatian Orphans held its annual meeting. From the report which we received it is seen that the work is ...

    Croatian
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  • Novi Svijet -- August 07, 1924
    Right Figures, Good Friends!

    Ten years ago the now deceased H. C. Jankovic started action to erect a home for orphaned children and disabled feeble old folks. He was the first who thought of that, and with a few associates he proceeded to organize the Association of Croatian Orphanages in America. Like any new undertaking so did this one encounter opposition. From experience we know that our people lost millions of dollars in various gold mine shares. There are thousands who invested all they had so that they could be gold mine owners. It is no fun for anyone with two or three hundred dollars to become shareholder in such a corporation.

    There were also various other investments where our people intrusted their hard earned money to speculators. The Croatian people are fortunate with such "friends," who would take one's last dollar for their own personal profit.

    With all those drones it is little wonder that people do not trust in 2bona fide undertakings. The home for Croatian orphans is the noblest act of our people in America. Even if slow, it is moving ahead, and for the building of the home $100,000 there are already collected, and building of the houses has started. Six houses size 33 x 99 feet each. The basements are dug out, and cement is being poured in their construction.

    All the work is directed by the Central Board of Directors of the Croatian Orphanage.

    To make the matter more understandable, I will mention that said board pays all collection to some company in Michigan, and they send their man to handle the work and other detail. He is said to be an expert.

    According to my information the weekly pay of that man is $75. One contractor digs the foundation, another will build the basement walls, then the carpenters. The houses will be made of wood. Since it was planned before and the blue prints were made for a structure of $200,000, from which sum we are very far, we have changed plans. But there is urgent necessity to build an orphanage, and we started with the work, as I stated before.

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    In spite of the work having been started, the executive board has not as yet rendered an estimate of the cost of these six houses.

    This, like all other buildings, has a definite estimate of cost, and every expert builder is able to give a correct estimate of the work entrusted to him. Our people are paying the bill and demand to know what is being done with their money. "Once burned, always careful," is an old saying. Our people do not believe anymore in empty phrases, they demand exact accounts.

    It is up to the executive board to give out an account of the building. People, in their lodge meetings, are asking for it in vain and get no satisfactory answer because the figures are kept as a great secret.

    We do not need inspectors nor pay their expensive transportation and wages because of the needs of poor children.

    We hope that the executive board will understand this notice and do its duty; otherwise we will start cleaning rank. There are plenty of us for that job.

    Marka Smicikas

    Chicago

    Ten years ago the now deceased H. C. Jankovic started action to erect a home for orphaned children and disabled feeble old folks. He was the first who thought of ...

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  • Novi Svijet -- August 28, 1924
    The Laying of the Corner-Stone for the Croatian Orphanage

    Celebration will be held September 1st, 1924 (Labor Day) on their farm in Des Plaines, Illinois. Nearly all Croatian benevolent and cultural lodges, also the youth organizations and representatives of our organizations that donated toward erecting of our orphanage or rather the home for our poor and needy children in America will take part.

    It was decided at the last meeting, that Sunday before the celebration we will have a parade with the decorated autos and a band. Our lodges, merchants and individuals will be notified. All auto owners are asked to kindly report to the secretary, so that entertaining committee will know how many cars there will be at its disposal.

    All our newspapers please reprint.

    Celebration will be held September 1st, 1924 (Labor Day) on their farm in Des Plaines, Illinois. Nearly all Croatian benevolent and cultural lodges, also the youth organizations and representatives of ...

    Croatian
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  • Novi Svijet -- September 11, 1924
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  • Novi Svijet -- October 10, 1924
    Orphanage Support

    In the National Croatian Society's 15th convention, held in the city of Detroit, Michigan, a resolution was adopted to pay out of the national fund to the Croatian orphanage the sum of $5,000, as a present for the laying of the corner stone.

    Resolution for support of the Croatian orphanage: The 15th Convention of the N. C. S. recognizes the association's efforts to support a Croatian orphanage in America, with the seat in Chicago, Illinois.

    For the reason that association moved its operation for welfare of the orphanage out of Chicago, and because of that it is misunderstood in other places. It is thereby concluded that the Association for the Support of a Croatian Orphanage in America in the future will limit its operations to the city of Chicago and its immediate vicinity.

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    It is further recommended that in other places where our people live, a similar action should start, and devote time and work toward raising and supporting Croatian orphanages in America.

    Members of the National Croatian Society are continuously contributing regular monthly assessment toward the Orphan's Fund.

    In the National Croatian Society's 15th convention, held in the city of Detroit, Michigan, a resolution was adopted to pay out of the national fund to the Croatian orphanage the ...

    Croatian
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  • Novi Svijet -- October 19, 1924
    Orphanage Support

    In the National Croatian Society's 15th convention, held in the city of Detroit, Michigan, a resolution was adopted to pay out of the national fund to the Croatian orphanage the sum of $5,000, as a present for the laying of the corner stone.

    Resolution for support of the Croatian orphanage: The 15th Convention of the N. C. S. recognizes the association's efforts to support a Croatian orphanage in America, with the seat in Chicago, Illinois.

    For that reason that association moved its operation for welfare of the orphanage out of Chicago, and because of that it is misunderstood in other places. It is thereby concluded that the Association for the Support of a Croatian Orphanage in America in the future will limit its operations to the city of Chicago and its immediate vicinity.

    It is further recommended that in other places where our people live, 2a similar action should start, and devote time and work toward raising and supporting Croatian orphanages in America.

    Members of the National Croatian Society are continuously contributing regular monthly assessment toward the Orphan's Fund.

    In the National Croatian Society's 15th convention, held in the city of Detroit, Michigan, a resolution was adopted to pay out of the national fund to the Croatian orphanage the ...

    Croatian
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  • Novi Svijet -- February 19, 1925
    Entertainment and Program

    The association for support of Croatian Orphanage is giving its annual entertainment Sunday, March 1st, 1925 in Czech-American Hall 1438 West 18th Street.

    We are inviting all lodges and individuals to come and enjoy the program the net proceeds of which will go to the Croatian Orphanage of America which is being built at present in Des Plaines, Illinois. The entertainment starts at 3 P.M. and the stage play at 7 P.M. With other rich program we will show on the stage, the play "Zrtva" in one act. Admission is 50 cents a person.

    Majority of Croatians and Jugoslavs know the energetic work of this association which as a rule gives one concert annually and it is desired that all our people, in Chicago and vicinity be with us that day.

    This year we have much larger hall, and we hoped to satisfy our guests with the new hall as well as with service.

    Committee.

    The association for support of Croatian Orphanage is giving its annual entertainment Sunday, March 1st, 1925 in Czech-American Hall 1438 West 18th Street. We are inviting all lodges and individuals ...

    Croatian
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  • Zajednicar -- February 10, 1926
    Croatian Orphanage

    The financial statement for the year 1925, accepted by the executive board of the Croatian Fraternal Union in Chicago, is as follows: Receipts from various sources during 1925, $135,661.99; expenses during same period, $108,695.55.

    The financial statement for the year 1925, accepted by the executive board of the Croatian Fraternal Union in Chicago, is as follows: Receipts from various sources during 1925, $135,661.99; expenses ...

    Croatian
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  • Novi Svijet -- January 20, 1927
    Notice to All Lodges and Clubs

    The Association for Aid to the Croatian Orphanage is arranging a concert, February 20, 1927, in the New American Hall, 1436-40 W. 18th Street.

    The program starts at 2 P. M.

    Invited are all Croatian and Jugoslav organizations and the public in general to attend this entertainment as much as possible. The program will be rich and very choice.

    With this we ask all other organizations not to prepare their own entertainments on that date, as we want all to help us, since the proceeds of the concert are for a much needed fund in the new Children's Home.

    The Association for Aid to the Croatian Orphanage is arranging a concert, February 20, 1927, in the New American Hall, 1436-40 W. 18th Street. The program starts at 2 P. ...

    Croatian
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  • Novi Svijet -- September 22, 1927
    Dedication of an Orphanage

    The door of the children's home was solemnly opened Sunday, September 11, 1927. That day will remain marked in the history of the Croatian Brotherhood Union.

    From a humanitarian view that day ended a noble wish of many past conventions; rather, the wishes of the whole membership of the Croatian Brotherhood Union.

    The committee for dedication arranged a picnic for that day in Desplaines, Illinois, on the home grounds.

    There were many noted speakers representing the Croatian Brotherhood Union, the chief supporter of the orphanage.

    About one thousand persons were present, indeed too small a group considering the noble undertaking and in view of the fact that there are 20,000 members of the Croatian Brotherhood Union here in Chicago, not counting non-members of the union, but otherwise friends and supporters of the orphanage.

    Remarks were heard that the local management is to blame for not announcing the event in all the newspapers, so that all, or most members and sympathizers would know and turn out in numbers to satisfy interests of the home.

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    The opening of the wooden door is not so important in itself, September 11, 1927 either. Most important must be the fact that this day we brothers and sisters opened our hearts wider in shaping the destiny and the future of those children. You mothers, whether members or not, noticed in raising your own children the cruelties and injustice of the present system. You should not be unconcerned in this work. You that know motherly love, place yourselves at the head of this noble work and see that it is successful.

    Shelter and food is not all that children need in raising them. You may, with your work and interest, at least in some measure, supply to the orphans what they lost: father and mother.

    It is not true that everything failed and is corrupted and that one can not succeed in that field. This field is wide and rich;all we need is work and more workers.

    The door of the children's home was solemnly opened Sunday, September 11, 1927. That day will remain marked in the history of the Croatian Brotherhood Union. From a humanitarian view ...

    Croatian
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