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  • Saloniki-Greek Press -- January 04, 1930
    Biography of Constantine Salopoulos, Editor of Saloniki By Dr. C. P. Kaliontzis

    p. 2.- "Those who love God are righteous," Paul said.

    The life of the deceased Constantine Salopoulos was as Paul described. He loved God and consequently he was just. He never in his mind or heart entertained an evil thought or any iniquity. His justice was natural and hereditary. His father, Dr. Athanasius Salopoulos, was just and pious and never became indignant when an injustice was done him.

    Constantine Salopoulos was the prototype of a just man, he was good as a friend, honest family-man, good citizen, excellent patriot and eminent professional man. With these virtues he performed his duties to the end of his life.

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    Great men are not only those who distinguishes themselves in war, but also those who, in time of peace, distinguish themselves in justice and benevolence. War is an episode in our life, while peace is the continuous prosperity of people. Peace has the blessing of God, and those who in peace are in the front rank are great men.

    Owing to my friendship with the deceased,I have found him, for the last twenty-five years, to be virtuous and just. He never permitted himself to become irritable, although he was vexed when iniquity was at any time practiced in the family circle, community affairs, affairs of the state, or in journalism. On one occasion I recollect when both of us were invited to a mutual friend's house, who was celebrating his name's day. Constantine, upon seeing a certain individual among the invited, was very careful to avoid him and not to sit close to him. When I suggested that the certain individual never meant any harm to him or to his family, Constantine said, "He who does evil to others, soon will do evil to me. He must be shunned."

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    He regarded friendship as a religious devotion. The abuser of friendship was classified as a sacrilegious person by the deceased. He knew and practiced the immortal friendship of Damon and Pythias. He was very careful in choosing his friends. Once he said to me, "It would have been a blessing if all of us were careful to choose our friends." He was a man of few words and a very brief writer and very much disliked blabbing orators and speakers. He knew and practiced the adage "Let not the tongue go before the mind." He never spoke without thinking first. His publications were balanced by logic and his writings were just.

    Exercising his political franchise was a part of his religion; and his convictions regarding anybody he voted for, were of the highest kind. As a fellow Greek he always fought for the purity of the Greek language, ideology and tradition. He was a symbol of activity, energy and straight forwardness in our Greek community in Chicago. As Chairman of various committees and societies he never deviated from righteousness. Flattery and diplomacy were things strange to him.

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    My dear friend, Constantine, came to America in 1903, right after he graduated from the University of Athens, at which institution he majored in chemistry. Soon he got his professional license and opened up his drug store, which was the first Greek drug store in Chicago. It was the Mecca for the Greeks of Chicago. I was one of the first Greek doctors who listened to his counsel and opened an evening office in his drug store in 1904. That marked the beginning of our friendship, which lasted until his death. Being his friend and having my evening office in his drug store, did not turn him from his helpfulness and wise counsel to the many Greeks who flocked in his store for advice and medicine. And only when his profession did not permit him to go any further in his ministration of medicine, would he send people to my office inside the drug store.

    I, as a friend and the Greek community in general, regret the loss of the deceased Constantine Salopoulos, whose deeds and memory will remain with us for ever.

    p. 2.- "Those who love God are righteous," Paul said. The life of the deceased Constantine Salopoulos was as Paul described. He loved God and consequently he was just. He ...

    Greek
    II B 2 d 1, II A 2, IV
  • Russkoye Obozrenie -- January 04, 1930
    The Children's Masquerade

    On Saturday, December 28th of last year, a children's masquerade, arranged by the Women's Club, was held in the hall at 1902, W. Division St. It proved to be a great success.

    Children of Russian residents arrived from various distant suburbs of Chicago in order to participate in the event, which was an unusual one in the annals of our colony. Dressed in various colorful, masquerade costumes, the masked children whirled, sang, danced, ran, and played around the Christmas tree.

    The pupils of the school of the Women's Club, recited in a lively way poems from Russian classics and fables of Krylow. After this, gifts were presented to the children. The children were overjoyed, and did not want to return home even after the hall was occupied by young dancing couples.

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    Especially successful was the A. T. Grechaninov chorus of the "Znanie" Society.

    The Women's Club expresses its deepest gratitude to the chorus and its conductor, V. V. Shumkov, for the great treat offered to the public by its artistic performance.

    On Saturday, December 28th of last year, a children's masquerade, arranged by the Women's Club, was held in the hall at 1902, W. Division St. It proved to be a ...

    Russian
    II B 1 c 3, II B 2 f, II B 2 g, IV
  • Mexico -- January 04, 1930
    Mexican President-Emect in Chicago

    The Mexican colony of Chicago is more than pleased at having been informed to-day by the Chicago Mexican Consulate that the president-elect of our motherland, Ingeniero Pascual Ortiz Rubio, will speak to members of the colony in the beautiful and spacious Ashland Auditorium, located on the northwest corner of Ashland and Van Buren.

    This kindness from the First Agent of the Republic is brought to us thru the efforts of the consul and vice-consul of Mexico in this city, who know of the great esteem in which the president-elect is held by our colonial element. They have not omitted anything in their effort to show our appreciation for this occasion.

    The Mexican colony will withdraw from all activities to-morrow in order to render homage to the First Agent of our motherland, who is visiting here in company with his honorable family and some prominent political persons from 2Mexico and the United States.

    The function in honor of the president-elect will begin at 4:30 P. M. A group of Mexican artists, among them Paco Perafan, Herlinda Rodriquez, the Misses Maria and Herlinda de la Vega, Silvano Ramos, and possibly the Mexican Band of Chicago, will take part in the affair in order to give it great splendor and brilliance.

    The Chicago Mexican Consulate has distributed throughout the city and neighboring towns circulars which contain a cordial invitation to the colony.

    It is greatly desired that all Mexicans, from Chicago and surrounding towns, gather at the Ashland Auditorium to hear the speech.

    The Mexican colony of Chicago is more than pleased at having been informed to-day by the Chicago Mexican Consulate that the president-elect of our motherland, Ingeniero Pascual Ortiz Rubio, will ...

    Spanish
    III H, IV
  • Russkoye Obozrenie -- January 04, 1930
    The Grechaninov Chorus

    Sunday, December 22, about one o'clock in the afternoon in the large hall of "Znanie" Society; the entire chorus with its conductor, V. V. Shumkov, the representatives of the "Znanie" Society, the public, the unfailing companions of our colony - the children, tearing the ornaments off the walls of the hall, etc... V. V. Shumkov, having already sung his numbers, is nerveusly pacing in the hall. All wait for "him," the honored guest, the famous composer, Alexander Tikhonovich Grechaninov. At last, the familiar figure of Alexander Tikhonovich appears at the door.

    The president of the Society, I. F. Erin, in a short and hearty speech, greets the venerable composer and introduces V. V. Shumkov to him. The honored guest seats himself and the chorus, somewhat nervously, begins its program. A. T. listens, very attentively and occasionally exchanges remarks with his companion, the music director of the radio station...

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    After the short program Mr. Grechaninov in a brief speech, expresses his delight in such harmonious and well conducted singing, and thanks V. V. Shumkov, the organizer of the chorus. Mr. Shumkov, cordially thanks the venerable guest for the honor bestowed on the chorus and asks Mr. Grechaninov's permission to name the chorus "The A. T. Grechaninov Chorus of the Znanie Society" in his honor.

    Mr. Grechaninov kindly give his consent and states that he will relate this experience with pride in his adopted country, France, and that he will spiritually remain with the choir always. The conductor communicates the news to the chorus, and thunderous applause follows.

    Mr. Grechaninov promises to visit "Znanie" again on his next trip to Chicago in the early spring.

    Sunday, December 22, about one o'clock in the afternoon in the large hall of "Znanie" Society; the entire chorus with its conductor, V. V. Shumkov, the representatives of the "Znanie" ...

    Russian
    II B 1 a, IV
  • Saloniki-Greek Press -- January 04, 1930
    Dance of the Society St. Demetrios.

    The society Darioton, Agios Demetrios will give its third annual dance Sunday, January 19 at the Auditorium of the church St. Andreas, 5658 Winthrop Avenue.

    The proceeds of the dance will be added to the funds of the society, which raises money to be sent to Dara, a town in Greece, for the erection of a church.

    All the natives of Dara are invited to the dance in order to swell the funds of the society.

    The society Darioton, Agios Demetrios will give its third annual dance Sunday, January 19 at the Auditorium of the church St. Andreas, 5658 Winthrop Avenue. The proceeds of the dance ...

    Greek
    II D 1, III H, V A 1
  • Mexico -- January 04, 1930
    Mexican President-Elect Feted

    Engineer Pascual Ortiz Rubio and his attendants were cordially received when they arrived in the city this morning. Thousands of sympathizers and partisans of the president-elect of our country gathered at the Michigan Central station, eager to do honor to the new chief Executive of Mexico.

    Among the attendants who accompanied the president-elect from Washington to Detroit and from Detroit to Chicago, were Federal District Governor, Jose Maria Puig Caussauranc; Lieutenant-Colonel Hernandez, private secretary to the president-elect, and Mr. Rafael Quintanilla, secretary of the Mexican embassy at Washington.

    Mr. Rafael Aveleyra, Mexican Consul in Chicago, and the consular staff were at the station to do honor to the illustrious official.

    The reception official had a full program for our visitor. In spite of this 2the president-elect found time to visit this paper and take a long auto drive thru the city.

    To-day the president-elect and his attendants will be the honored guests at a luncheon given by the Union League Club on behalf of the Chicago Chamber of Commerce, at which will attend thirty-five persons from the financial and commercial world. To-morrow will end the two-day visit in Chicago of Engineer Pascual Ortiz Rubio.

    Engineer Pascual Ortiz Rubio and his attendants were cordially received when they arrived in the city this morning. Thousands of sympathizers and partisans of the president-elect of our country gathered ...

    Spanish
    III H
  • Saloniki-Greek Press -- January 04, 1930
    Koures Fixture Company.

    Panagiotis Koures, well-known designer and maker of fixtures for restaurants, confectioneries, flower stores, groceries, etc., opened up a fixture shop at 1946 Ogden Avenue.

    Mr. Koures, a fixture maker from the old country and for many years working here in shops, put up many Greek stores in Chicago, and has a special gift for providing fixtures for temples and churches.

    Panagiotis Koures, well-known designer and maker of fixtures for restaurants, confectioneries, flower stores, groceries, etc., opened up a fixture shop at 1946 Ogden Avenue. Mr. Koures, a fixture maker from ...

    Greek
    II A 2
  • Otthon -- January 05, 1930
    Pastoral on the Burnside

    p.2. The children of Hungarian Roman Catholic parents presented a pastoral at the Magyar Home. The place was filled with spectators. The proceeds were turned over to the Burnside Hungarian Roman Catholic Church.

    p.2. The children of Hungarian Roman Catholic parents presented a pastoral at the Magyar Home. The place was filled with spectators. The proceeds were turned over to the Burnside Hungarian ...

    Hungarian
    II B 1 c 1, III C
  • Abendpost -- January 06, 1930
    Are Socialism and Turnvereins Comparibie

    The Chicago Turn-Verein in a length discussion voted to give a prize on the theme "Is Socialism" and "Turnerei" compatible?

    1,000 copies were published likewise 6,000 pamphlets, advocating gymnastics in the Chicago public schools.

    This literature was distributed to eminent teachers, English athletic societies, the German and English press being circularized, advocating gymnastics as a health measure in schools.

    The Chicago Turn-Verein in a length discussion voted to give a prize on the theme "Is Socialism" and "Turnerei" compatible? 1,000 copies were published likewise 6,000 pamphlets, advocating gymnastics in ...

    German
    II B 3, II B 2 g, II B 2 d 3, I A 1 a, I E
  • Abendpost -- January 06, 1930
    Dr. E. H. Michaelis

    Erich H. Michaelis was born in Stettin, Germany, in the year 1875. He attended Marien College in his native town and later studied engineering at the Technical school in Charlottenburg and Hanover. He received his Ph. D. from University of Berlin. After having served one year in the second Pomeranian Grenadier regiment, he came to America in 1901, where he held different positions as an engineer.

    For seven years he was in the employ of the Bethlehem Steel Works in Bethlehem, Pa.

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    He then became consulting Engineer, in Rock Island, Illinois.

    He came to Chicago in 1922, where he worked in the offices of the well-known patent lawyer, Consul General Berthold Singer. Later he opened his own office as a patent-lawyer.

    He was a member of the Schlaraffia Chicagoana and of Technical Society in Chicago.

    Erich H. Michaelis was born in Stettin, Germany, in the year 1875. He attended Marien College in his native town and later studied engineering at the Technical school in Charlottenburg ...

    German
    IV, II B 2 c, II A 1