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MX* go. Mary Ognanovieh, Sec'y. Tmk H. Beesv, Jr., Sec'y. Charles Kratoffl, Sec'y. OUR N I S S E I O N fEme&rticetr mtmAm Page 9 (Supreme -P. 10) Matthew Mlinarich, Sec'y. Mitrie Knaflic, Pres. CFU M. J. Grdich, Sec'y. v Hp* \n\n Chicago School Fire Takes Life Of Adopted Daughter of Lodge 228 Member Grief Stricken Father Among First To Reach Scene of Tragedy And Save Score (Continued Prom P. 7) "Johnny, her adopted young brother, was her star pupil. "He doesn't know his sister is dead ..." Confirmed NOT. SSrd Margaret's proudest hour came just eight days before she died. She was confirmed in Our Lady of Angels Church on Sunday, Nov. 23. "She was so excited," said her cousin, Judy Vavro, 11, of 3402 Central, Rolling Mea dows, "that she got sick for two days and almost couldn't Judy and her mother Lydia, and 15 other uncles and aunts and cousins and neighbors gathered in the Kucan home Monday night. They sat silently in the liv ing room and around the din ing room table. Grandma and grandpa, Mr. and Mrs. John Kucan, 1417 N. Keeler, were there, too. Two were missing: Marga ret's mother, in bed under a doctor's care, and little John ny. He was next door with a neighbor, asleep. She Loved Her Dog In the kitchen Margaret's dog whimpered and scratched at the door. "At first I thought I'd give him away," Margaret's father said. "She loved him so much, I thought it would hurt to look at him. "But I changed my mind. I'll keep him and love him till he dies." Flint Juniors To Be Center of Attraction Sunday, December 21st FLINT, Mich. It is our pleasure to inform you that Mrs. Ann Burgess and Mrs. Alga Thomas, of the House Recreation Committee, cor dially invite your children to attend the Christmas Party which will take place on Sun day, December 21, beginning at 3:00 p.m. Entertainment will be pro vided on stage by the chil dren of members of the Home. Any member interest ed in having his child exer cise his stage talents should contact Mrs. Thomas or Mrs. Burgess at the earliest possi ble convenience. In addition, refreshments such as hot-dogs, candy, pop, and fruit will be served to all the children. We suggest that all parents attend and enjoy a whole af ternoon of fun. An election of CFU Lodge 561 officers will take place the same day immediately af ter the regular meeting, which- is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. instead of the usual 2:00 p.m. We wish to express our sin cere thanks from the lodge members to the ladies auxili ary club, which donates Christmas gifts for the chil dren each year. Charles J. Marold, Sec'y. HeHow Moments After Conway 540 Elections CONWAY, Pa. The An nual Meeting of Croatian Fraternal Union Lodge 540 will be held Thursday, Decem ber 18, at the Croatian Home, 1412—2nd Ave. The session will get under way at 7:00 p.m., with the election of lodge officers and discussion of other vital lodge business. A luncheon and liquid re freshments will be served af ter adjournment. It is the duty oi every m*nber to attend. A. J. Krcasfate, In'/. They Wen Bloody •. Slavko Kucan was one of the first on the scene of the fire. He was in his barbershop when someone yelled that the school was burning. '1 told my customer to wait and I ran over there," he said. "I saw smoke coming from the corner where Margaret's room was. "I went up the ladder but I just couldn't see her. I just didn't see her any place. "I pulled other kids down. Twelve, maybe 20, I don't know. They were bloody and burned and didn't know what was hap pening. "But no Margaret, no Mar garet."' An hour later about 4 p.m. Slavko Kucan went home to put on dry clothes and comfort his wife. He was there when the phone rang. "It was my sister-in-law, Fern Kucan," he said. "She's a nurse at St. Anne's hospital. "She said, I've got some news for you, and it's bad, Slav ... it's terribly bad ...." (Reprinted through the cour tesy, written permission of the i a o a i y N e w s A rights reserved.) (Editor: Margaret Ku can was a member of the Cro atian Fraternal Union's Lyons, 111., Junior Order Nest 310. Her father is a member of Lodge 228 of the same community.) Chisholm 210 Voting And Free Party Will Take Place Dec. 14th CHISHOLM, Minn. The members of "Slava Bogu' CFU Lodge 210 are invited to attend the Annual Lodge Meeting on Sunday, December 14, at 1:00 p.m,, in the Slo vene National Hozqe. The election of officers will be conducted and other mat ters, of equal importance, will be reviewed. After the business of the day has been completed, the members will be enter tained by the Junior Echo Tamburitzans, directed by Tom Krmpotich, and the kolo dance groups, who are instructed by John Bau man. Refreshments will also be served to the senior and jun ior members. We take this opportunity to extend Season's Greetings to all. Pitt Lib 234 Members In Last Rally Of Year PITTSBURGH The main order of business for the meeting of Liberty Lodge No. 234, on Friday evening, De cember 12, will be the elec tion of lodge officers for the year 1959. This meeting will begin promptly at 8:30 p.m., in the downstairs meeting room of the Bratska Sloga, 146—44th Street. Once again we wish to re mind our members to bring their dues up to date. Members who are in ar rears with their dues are re quested to take care of this matter at this meeting, so that there will be no indebt edness on our books at the close of this year. Lodge officers will be pre sent at 7:30 p.m. to ooUect dues. We are sorry to announce, which was decided at our No vember meeting, there wiU not be a Christmas party this year. Jimmy Kreuger Accident Victim Broke Both Legs Five Months Ago (Continued From Page 1) So they keep on hoping and praying for the best In the meantime, Christ mas is coming and Jimmy keeps looking forward to that Day of Days" in the life of every boy and girl. What to do about it? Box 421, Yorkville, Ohio There are thousands of CFU members the length and breadth of the United States and Canada who will most certainly want to remember Jmmy at Christmas. They can do this in vir tually countless ways: A greeting card, a get-well mes sage, a toy, an appropriate gift for an 11-year-old boy, a box of candy, a coloring book and crayons, and so on down the line Or, they can remember this brave youngster with a gift of cash when they send their cards. Jimmy will require much more medical attention, something your gifts of dol lars will assure him on this Christmastide of 1958. No, Calvin and Bernice Kreuger aren't asking for any of these favors. They won't know we "went to bat" for their son until they read this appeal. The idea is strictly ours. Finally, please address all your mail to James Allan Kreuger, Box 421, Yorkville, Ohio. But do it today and make a little boy as happy as a lark Dec. 25. Hasnt Been Forgotten Now, what have others done before this to comfort Jimmy Kreuger? Well, he has never once been forgotten by the CFlTs Yorkville Lodge 564 and Jun ior Order Nest 210 members. Many have visited him during his long, long battle to regain the use of his legs. They have remembered him in other ways as well. We know that Jimmy's par ents—his mother is a mem ber of Lodge 564—will never forget these acts of kindness. But our people in Yorkville are few and Jimmy's prob lems are many. Ergo this appeal. Warren Meet, Party Events of Dec. 14th WARREN, O. The reg ular and annual meetings of CFU Lodge 593 will" be held at the usual place on Sunday, December 14. The regular session will begin at 9:00 a.m., and the annual business will follow immediately after. Members are urged to at tend and to bring their dues payments up to date. We also wish to remind the nest members and their par ents that the Nest Christmas Party will be held the same day at Quimby Park, West Side. Hamilton H°st Shaoes Ptom For Benefit Hop HAMILTON, Ont CFU Nest 397 held a dance on Oc tober 11,1958, to raise money for gifts for the junior mem bers. The event was a success, but we did not raise quite enough money to buy all the gifts. Therefore, another danoe will be held Saturday, De cember IS, the St. Jo seph Slovenian Hall, 248 Beach Rd„ beginning at 8 p.m. The Nest 397 Tamburitzans will provide the music and variety of refreshments, in chiding krajanske kobase, will be cm sale. Joseph fliNMvfah, Mgr. DECEMBER 10,1958 If It Can Be Done Once, It Can Be Done Again LODGES in cities and communities far removed from the seat of the Society plan their annual celebrations, picnics and other social af fairs, just as do the lodges near Pittsburgh. Those from afar invite and ask for one of the officers or officials from the Supreme Office to visit them. The larger and financially stronger lodges willingly pay the traveling expenses of their guests from the Su preme Office, but the smaller lodges, whose treasuries can not stand such outlays, are disappointed when we are compelled to deny them a speaker from Pittsburgh be cause of the great expense in volved. Meeting In Detroit Similarly, for example, Lodges 638 and 952, of Wind sor, Ontario, frequently re quested speakers from the Supreme Office, which was granted, but at the expense of the lodges. The last two days of Aug ust and on the 1st of Septem ber, a great celebration of the dedication of a new lodge home was held in Detroit. During all three days, we saw quite a number of our members from Windsor and other Canadian towns. In conversation with the offi cers and members from Windsor, and at their in sistence that I pay them a visit sometime soon, I re plied approximately as fol lows. "You have two lodges in Windsor Lodge No. 638, and Lodge No. 952. Including the senior and Junior Order mem bership, each of these lodges numbers over 300 members, which means that a good por tion of our people in Windsor are members of the Croatian Fraternal Union. Two lodges, one Society, and one Supreme President. If you will agree to plan a social affair jointly, with the officers and mem bers of both lodges and Jun ior Order nests taking part, I feel certain that the Exec utive Board will approve that I visit you at the Society's expense Better Understanding It appears that the mem bers, and especially the lodge officers of both lodges, took my words seriously. About one month after our conversation in Detroit, the Executive Board received an invitation and request that the Supreme President be their guest and speaker at a joint social affair planned by THE SELO TAMBURITZANS, who wfll furnish the music during the Winter Dance to be held 14» UN, by the With Our Windsor Members By V. I. Mandich Supreme President both lodges for Saturday, No vember 22nd, in the Croatian National Home in Windsor. Last June, a similar affair was sponsored by our Port Arthur, Ontario, Canada, lod ges, when, for the first time in 20 years, both lodges held a celebration together. I visited them at the Soci ety's expense, as was de scribed in the Zajedničar. Picture In Windsor Whenever I find myself a mong our members at a joint affair, I always try to discov er what causes our members to become divided in their fraternal activities. I generally always come up against the same answer, and that is, that our members sep arate into different groups ac cording to the divisions of former political parties in the old country, and presently in immigration. In Windsor, for example, I discovered that there ex ists an attractive Croatian National HOme and a beau tiful, new Croatian Catholic Church, small, but suffi cient for the needs of our Croatian colony in Windsor. And here is precisely what hurts me: I observed that the members of only one of the local lodges hold meetings in the Croatian National Home, and that the members of only one lodge support the Croa tian Church. The members of the other lodge hold their meetings in another Slavic hall, and at tend religious services in the Catholic churches of other nationality groups. Whomever I spoke with about these detrimental and unhealthy conditions gave me the same reply it is a shame that it is so, and too bad, perhaps some day after we are gone there will be more harmony, but for the present that cannot be coun ted upon. Observing the close coop eration of the officers and other members of these two lodges, one would never guess that any group differences ex ist here. No Room For Politics In my address and greet ings, I emphasized the need for mutual cooperation. I stated what I have said so many times, particularly to our Canadian members, that as members of the Croatian Fraternal Union we are all equal, that we all have the same rights and duties, that we are all respected equally, regardless of political affili ation. From its very beginning, and up to the present day, the Croatian Fraternal Uni on has remained a non-poli tical organization. It is a mutual, beneficial, cultural and educational institution of good Croatian and other Slavic men and women in America and Canada. There is a place within our Society for every eligible man Uniontown Mothers To Fete Nest Youngsters Sunday, December 14th UNIONTOWN, Pa. The CFU Nest 32 Mothers Club will give a Christmas Party in honor of the nest members on Sunday, December 14, at the Croatian Home, beginning at 3:30 p.m. The junior members will play games and receive beau tiful and useful prizes, which will have been donated and gift wrapped by the members of the Mothers Club. Christmas Carol Books, gifts from the Junior Or der Director, bro. Michael Graslia*. will be given to each of the members of reading age and entertain ment will be provided by the senior and junior kolo dancers of Lodge 72 and Nest 32, under the direction of Miss Angelia Rudar. Junior members who would like to learn to dance the ko los will have the opportunity to do so on that day Sister Rudar will be very happy to teach you and to welcome any new members to her group. Kolo practice sessions are held every Friday, at 7 p.m. in the Croatian Home, Santa Clans will be on hand to distribute candy to the nest members and refreshments will be served. While the juniors are be ing entertained in the upper hall the parents and lodge members will enjoy the music of the Blue Eagle Tamburitz ans of Cokeburg, in the club rooms. The mothers will see that there are plenty of sand wiches on hand and the stew ard will have an ample supply of liquids on tap. We invite all our lodge, nest and club members to turn out and give the Tamburitzans a big. welcome, as this is their first appearance in our club. Catherine M. Francis, Mgr. "Mountaineers" CFU Lodge 745 of Benwood, West Virginia. The fete Is scheduled to take la Diwwd's ftwWn ytiwi Milwaukee-West Allis Mothers' Ciub Wrapping December 21 Social Package Young and Old To Join In Celebrating Most Successful Year In Club's Annals MILWAUKEE. Wis. The CFU Mothers Club of Milwau kee and West Allis will stage a Christmas Party for its members and their families on Sunday, December 21. Santa Claus will be on hand to greet the children and a fine program will be presented. We wish to thank bro. Mi chael Grasha and the CFU Junior Order for the Christ mas carol books which we re ceived. Young and old will en joy singing from them at the party. A very warm thank you is also extended to Editor Ste phen F. Brkich for the touch ing editorial (Oct. 22, 1958) East Pitt 141 Preps For Pair of Meetings EAST PITTSBURGH, "Pa. The members of "Hrvatska Vila" CFU Lodge 141 are hereby urged to attend the regular meeting which will be held Sunday, December 14th, promptly at 1:00 p.m., in the South Slavic Workers Hall, at the corner of Electric and North Avenue. After a snort recess the an nual meting will follow with the election of lodge officers for the New Year and annual business and lodge rulings. Every member should attend at least the annual session. Members who are in arrears in the payment of their dues are also asked to take care of this matter Dec. 14. Trafford 541 Confab On Dec. 21st Agenda TRAFFORD, Pa. This is an appeal to all members of CFU Lodge 541 to attend our regular and annual meetings on Sunday, December 21st, promptly at 1 *00 p.m. Immediately upon comple tion of our regular session we will proceed with the business of our final meeting of the year. It is important for all mem bers who are fcehinđ in their dues payments to pa.v up for 1958, so that they may re main in good standing with the lodge Besides electing lodge of ficers for 1959. \*e must also elect a ChiD Steward. Therefore any ma1« lodge member, 21 years of age or older, wishing to apply may do so by written application to our lodge secretary. The envelope is to be mark ed (Bid) on the outside and postmarked no later than Fri day, December 19,1958. Address all applicat ons to Mr. Frank Vukson, 337 Short St., Trafford, Pa. he wrote concerning the Sil ver Strings Junior Tamburit zans. It was certainly appre ciated and read more than once. The hake sale held re cently was a success and wt wish to thank those who donated and bought til# baked goods. The Silver Strings Tammie« and their parents enjoyed a program given by the Detroit All University Tamburitzans, under the direction of Matt Gouze, at Alverno College. We know that every MM enjoyed every minute of tlM program. East Pitt 736 Sec'y In Appeal To Auroras EAST PITTSBURGH, Pa. "Aurora" CFU Lodge 736 of the Croatian Fraternal Union will hold its regular and annual meetings oa Sun day, December 21, at the Val ley Croatian American Citi zens Club. The election of officers for 1959 is very important for the continued success of the lodge. Other matters will be ip for discussion and plans and suggestions for the welfare of the lodge will be most wel come. All members who are In debted to the lodge must bring their payments up to date for the annual audit. Stephen M. Rizvan, Sec'y. Universal Voters To Have Say December 21 UNIVERSAL, Pa. The regular and annual meetings of CFU Lodge 615 will be held at the usual meeting place on Sunday, December 21, at 1:00 p.m. As soon as the business of the regular meeting has been completed we will proceed with the annual election of of ficers and other matters at equal Importance. Members are urged to at tend these important sessions and to bring their dues pijf* ments up to date. Cleveland Junior Nest 55 Will Hold Christmas Party Saturday, Dec. 13th Youngsters Looking Ahead To Yule Fete And 2nd Annual All-Family Pin Tourney Bowling Tournament will CLEVELAND, Ohio The CFU Nest 55 Christmas Par ty, which was previously scheduled for December 21, will be held on Saturday, De cember 13, at 6:30 p.m., in the Croatian Home, 6314 St. Clair Ave. There will be plenty of re freshments, free of charge, for the children and Santa will be on hand to distribute gifts to them. An appeal is made to all the parents to bring their children to the party and stay with them, as there will be refreshments for them too. Those whose children's dues are in arrears are asked to settla the matter as soon as possible or at the Party, •last a reminder to aR in terested parties that the Hidvale, Utah, Lodge On Eve of Annual Meet MIDVALE, Utah The Mid vale City Hall will be the scene of the regular and an nual meetings of CFU Lodge 388 on Sunday, December 14, at 7:00 p.m. The annual election of offi cers will be held and other vital matters will be di* cussed. Daniel Co rak, Sec'y. be held February 7 and 8» 1959, at the Grdina Recre ation, 6019 St. Clair Ave. If you wish to participate in the tournament send your entries along with the entry fee to Anna Rescic, 19301 Ren wood Ave., Euclid 19, Ohio, phone IV 1-4766, no later than January 10. 1950. Entry fee for an adult and junior will be $2.50 and $2.36 for two juniors. Don't wait until the last day to send your entries, but do so as soon as possible A Victory Banquet will be held on Sunday, February S, at 5:30 p.m., in the Croatian Home on St. Clair. Any adult or junior may boid, provided he or she is a CFU member.