The Chicago Foreign Language Press Survey was published in 1942 by the Chicago Public Library Omnibus Project of the Works Progress Administration of Illinois. The purpose of the project was to translate and classify selected news articles that appeared in the foreign language press from 1855 to 1938. The project consists of 120,000 typewritten pages translated from newspapers of 22 different foreign language communities of Chicago.

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  • Osadne Hlasy -- October 27, 1928
    Message from Alfred E. Smith to Slovak Citizens in America

    On October 19, 1928, Governor Smith made the following address to the Slovak Delegates of Chicago: "Gentleman! I am exceedingly honored by your visit and am grateful for your loyalty and support. I assure you, that as president of the United States I will be ever ready to support the necessities and interests of your people."

    Slovak men and women are urged to vote for Alfred E. Smith for President of the United States, thereby assuring prosperity to all.

    On October 19, 1928, Governor Smith made the following address to the Slovak Delegates of Chicago: "Gentleman! I am exceedingly honored by your visit and am grateful for your loyalty ...

    Slovak
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  • Osadne Hlasy -- March 28, 1930
    (No headline)

    The census of the United States is scheduled to commence on or about April the first. It will inform the Nation about its increase or the diminuition of our population.

    This will be of particular significance to us, the Slovaks, because it gives an opportunity to display our numerical strength to our American neighbors, as well as the entire world. Thereby our influence in politics and our general participation in public life becomes apparent to others; we are judged accordingly. But it depends entirely upon us, on our accuracy to register as Slovaks and not Slavish or Slovish.

    Some even assert that they are Czecho-Slovaks. This is not true; there is no such nationality. A Slovak mother gave you birth, therefore Slovak is your mother tongue.

    The census of the United States is scheduled to commence on or about April the first. It will inform the Nation about its increase or the diminuition of our population. ...

    Slovak
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  • Osadne Hlasy -- January 06, 1933
    Slovak Selected for a Public Office

    Many of our Slovak people and newspapers were in doubt about the work of the American-Slovak Citizen's League. We can now assure the public that the League is doing everything possible in order that the Slovaks receive the recognition due them. We are permitted to announce only this information to the Slovak public. The long-awaited recognition by political leaders is becoming an actuality. Just recently, with the assistance of the League, and the co-operation of the Czecho-Slovak Citizen's Club in Mayfair and Jefferson Park, and also with the help of Mr. S. Kruto, and Mr. T. Bowlers, who is president of the Sanitary district, Mr. Samuel Papanek, a young Slovak lawyer, was selected as an assistant to the State Chairman. Mr. Papanek is already functioning in his new position.

    We hope that in the near future we will be able to make more announcements of a similar nature.

    Many of our Slovak people and newspapers were in doubt about the work of the American-Slovak Citizen's League. We can now assure the public that the League is doing everything ...

    Slovak
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  • Osadne Hlasy -- January 27, 1933
    Park Commissioner

    Governor Horner selected this week many individuals for various offices. Among them a Slovak social worker, Samuel Kostelny was chosen as park commissioner. He is the first Slovak selected to this position.

    Mr. Kostelny, who is a prominent Slovak, resides at 629 W. 18th Street, where he conducts a funeral home. He is president of the Tatrian Slovak Union, vice-president of the Czechozlovak committee of the World's Fair, and president of Slovak Building and Loan Association 'Bratsvo.' Sincere congragulations to Mr. Kostelny and may success be with him in his new position.

    Governor Horner selected this week many individuals for various offices. Among them a Slovak social worker, Samuel Kostelny was chosen as park commissioner. He is the first Slovak selected to ...

    Slovak
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  • Osadne Hlasy -- February 03, 1933
    From Among Our Circles

    Mr. Samuel Kostelny, together with other recently appointed park commissioners, took the oath of office last Saturday. He was installed Monday afternoon at the Administration building in Gage Park. The friends and well-wishers who congratulated Mr. Kostelny on this festive occasion were many.

    Mr. Samuel Kostelny, together with other recently appointed park commissioners, took the oath of office last Saturday. He was installed Monday afternoon at the Administration building in Gage Park. The ...

    Slovak
    I F 4
  • Osadne Hlasy -- February 24, 1933
    This and That (Editorial)

    Articles have been published in several Slovak periodicals which make evident the enthusiasm and interest of the Slovaks, in Chicago, as well as in all over the country in the inauguration of the new president.

    The Slovaks desire to participate at the inauguration, to take place in Washington, but the means they are using to make this desire a reality do not meet with general approval. Why isn't there some sort of understanding among the Slovak political clubs of the East, West, North, and South? If all these political clubs would cooperate with one another, then we may be assured of a representation at the inauguration of President Roosevelt. Otherwise the Slovaks' desire will only be a dream, not a reality.

    Articles have been published in several Slovak periodicals which make evident the enthusiasm and interest of the Slovaks, in Chicago, as well as in all over the country in the ...

    Slovak
    I F 4
  • Osadne Hlasy -- May 04, 1934
    This and That (Editorial)

    Local politicians are indignant because of the strength shown by Slovak candidates in the recent primaries. At first they underestimated the power of our candidates and laughed at our campaign. However, as the time drew near, the old guards, with an organization behind them, had to dig down into their pockets in order to save themselves. Although our candidates were not elected, yet the fact that they displayed such strength, without any political machine to back them, proves that the Slovaks will have to be reckoned with in the future.

    Local politicians are indignant because of the strength shown by Slovak candidates in the recent primaries. At first they underestimated the power of our candidates and laughed at our campaign. ...

    Slovak
    I F 4
  • Osadne Hlasy -- October 26, 1934
    American Slovak Citizens' League Celebrates Anniversary

    Last Saturday, October 20th, the American Slovak Citizens' League celebrated its tenth anniversary with a huge gathering at Pilsen Park. The affair was a success in every respect. People from all parts of Chicago came to take part in this celebration, which lasted until a late hour of the night. Quite a number of politicians who were present were indeed surprised to see the strength and solid front the Chicago Slovaks possess, a fact which made them realize that the Chicago Slovaks, through solidarity, can make or break any local political candidate, and that, consequently, they must be reckoned with.

    Last Saturday, October 20th, the American Slovak Citizens' League celebrated its tenth anniversary with a huge gathering at Pilsen Park. The affair was a success in every respect. People from ...

    Slovak
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  • Osadne Hlasy -- March 15, 1935
    Slovak Citizens' Club of Town of Lake

    The political club of St. Michael's parish has always enjoyed a large membership, a goodly number of whom are Slovaks. Recently, however, the club has become known as the Slovak Civic Organization of Town of Lake, and it has set out to do for the citizens of this community greater things in the political field than anything which it has accomplished in the past. At a recent annual meeting the following officers were elected: John M. Kubina, president; Michael S. Rehak, vice-president; A. B. Tabola, recording secretary; Rudolph Rehak, financial secretary; and J. Trop, treasurer. The following committees were also selected: Executive Committee, - J. M. Kubina, Dr. Peter P. Hletko, John M. Dluhy, Adam Poliak, A. B. Tabola, J. Trop, M. S. Rehak, Peter Nemec, and John S. Dujmovic; Arrangement Committee, - John M. Nemec, Nicholas Palkovic, S. Cermak, Joseph Maxian, Ferdinand Culen, John Cermak, Joseph Koval, and Vendelin Paniak; Membership Committee, - A. B. Tabola, John Pavlik, John Dujmovic, William Hletko, John Sana, Rudolph Rehak, and John Kedzut; Legislative Committee, - John Dluhy, Michael Rehak, and Adam Poliak; Organization Committee, - Dr. Peter Hletko, J. Trop, and John Pavlik; and Naturalization Committee, - Peter Nemec, S. Cermak, Ferdinand Culen, and Nicholas Palkovic.

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    This civic organization has added several things to its program, such as the opening of South Damen Avenue, from 47th to 39th street; the opening of 47th street all the way to Harlem Avenue, and the routing of Western Avenue street-cars direct to the Loop. Other things necessary are warning signs to motorists for the protection of school children, the completion of the Verdi High School, at 56th and Rockwell Streets, and the universal transfer system on street-cars and buses. For the accomplishment of these and other purposes it is vitally necessary that every Slovak of this vicinity shall become a member of the Slovak Civic Organization of Town of Lake.

    The political club of St. Michael's parish has always enjoyed a large membership, a goodly number of whom are Slovaks. Recently, however, the club has become known as the Slovak ...

    Slovak
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