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Croatians in America - photo collection by Vladimir Novak, part 1
By Prof.Dr. Darko Zubrinic | Published  01/7/2008 | People , History | Unrated
Croatian Energy, page 2

Horsewoman by Antun Agustinčić, in front of the main building of the UN, New York

The statue in the gardens of the United nations is the work of a Croatian sculptor Antun Augustinčić.

The 16 feet high bronze statue stands on a 26 feet high pedestal faced with blocks of rose marble from Croatia.

Horsewoman, UN

Horsewoman, another view

Antun Agustinčić, Croatian sculptor, creator of the Horsewoman

Sculptor Antun Augustinčić (1900-1979) studied art at the Zagreb College of Arts and Crafts. Additional studies he received under Ivan Meštrović. He studied also in Paris and exhibited there in 1926 followed by  exhibitions in London, Zagreb, Barcelona and in Split.

He developed a reputation as a master of monuments, especially
equestrian, winning public tenders for monuments at home and world wide.

Joseph Hitrec, recipient of Harter's literary prize, with private secretary of a maharadja in India, before going to hunt. Photo courtesey Dr. W. Hitrec.

Joseph Kralj  (Joseph King) from Mrkopalj, in Gorski Kotar, who left home in 1852 with his godafther, boarded a ship in Bremen and several weeks later arrived in New York. Unable to find work there, the two men traveled west in 1853 to Duluth, Minnesota.

That spring they met three other Croatians from Novi Vinodolski, one of whom suggested they all go to California to seek gold.

Kralj and his companions joined a covered wagon caravan which was attacked by Indians. Many of the party were killed in the attack, including two of the Croatians from Novi Vinodolski, who were skalped.

Only Kralj and one other Croatian made it to California.

In 1862 Kralj left for Sierra Nevadas to search for gold. Fully aware of the risks involved,  he deposited his journal, documents and money (about $2000) at the Austrian consulate in San Francisco. Kralj never returned to San Francisco, nor he did send any message. After three years of waiting the consul sent all his belongings to his family in Croatia.

His account of a Croatian adventurer vividly captures the experiences of only a few of the thousands of Croatians involved in the search of gold and riches in the rugged and wild American West in the nineteenth century.

Above Founder and Chairman of Corporation Ilija Letica, immigrated to US in 1957. He was born in Duvno.

Above One of thirteen Letica's plants throughout the United States located at Jean, thirty miles south of Las Vegas, Nevada. Beside it has licensees in Puerto Rico and throughout the world.

The company headquartered in Rocherster, Michigan, is manufacturing various plastic products, mostly pails used as household containers for painting, car washing purposes, as shipping containers by construction, food production and other major industries.

Louis Svećenski was born in 1862 in Osijek, Croatia. In 1885 he received contract from the Boston Symphony Orchestra as the first violinist, and thus came to America.

For thirty-three years he played the viola in the famous Kreisel Quartet. Later, he was director of New York's Institute of Musical Art and also one of founders of Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. He died in 1926.

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  • Comment #1 (Posted by Mira Plecko)

  • Comment #2 (Posted by John Ceperich)

    Hi Mr. Novak,
    That is my dedo in front of the Croatian Home in your photo from 1950. Seeing this picture was a pleasant reminder of what a leader and proud hrvat John G. Ceperich really was. Hvala.
  • Comment #3 (Posted by ECK SPAHICH, FRITCH, TEXAS)


  • Comment #4 (Posted by Anton Angelich)

    What a wonderful photographic odyssey of Croatian-Americana. Please continue the process and showcase more from your archives. We hope that you share some of the photos that the Croatian New Yorker Club sent to you years ago... Puno hvala. Anton Angelich, Trustee, Croatian New Yorker Club ( P.S. There also was another man with ancestry from our part of the world lost on the U.S.S. Arizona: Jerry Angelich
  • Comment #5 (Posted by Nedjeljko Jerkoviæ)

    This is excellent.I d like you to help me if you can.My grandfather had gonne to America 1913,and after few mounts he went to Aberdeen(probably).He is Ante Jerkovic,and i think that he married Mara Setka.If you have any information about this please return e-mail back because i am writeing a book about familly.thank you very much.
  • Comment #6 (Posted by george novak)

  • Comment #7 (Posted by felix vlacic)

    Cestitam g.Novak na ulozenom trudu.Koliko energije asamo jedna osoba Lijep pozdrav iz canade
  • Comment #8 (Posted by Ahmet)

    Have been following this a bit, and find a mere 28 % of the elttcoraee voting for membership astonishing. A Danish referendum would be invalid with those numbers.Was in the EU Parliament back in 2005, watching the parliamentarians as hungry wolves putting pressure on the Croatian Government to get Gotovina, disregarding all other points towards EU membership. The parliamentarians made it clear that it was an obligation of the Government to change the opinion of the citizens to no longer admiring him for winning the war and bringing lasting peace to Croatia. The foreign minister explained that they had undertaken extensive efforts to influence public opinion, but still drew the line at going into private homes to take down pictures of the national hero.They got Gotovina later, he now sits in Hague accused of "Not preventing the death" of 150 people during Operation Storm. To my knowledge still not convicted, he is widely considered a "War criminal" in the press, who reports it as a fact, not as a charge.Looks to me like a choice between national pride already heavily damaged and dismal economy. I understand that most Croatians chose not to vote at all.
  • Comment #9 (Posted by John Sabo)

    My great-grandfather is the Frank Hoffer shown in Part 1, Croatian Energy, page 5. He came to the U.S. as Andrej Uršanović. He changed his name to Frank Hoffer while in Philadelphia. My grandmother was his youngest daughter - Frances Dulcie Uršanović Hoffer Sabo, born in Karlovac in 1884. Thanks for giving him the credit for the bringing of the Tamburica to America!
  • Comment #10 (Posted by Jeanne Therese Sabo Finn)

    Thank you for your credit given to our great grandfather, Frank Andre Ursanovec Hoffer, and to his daughters, our aunts- Mima, Katica, Anna, and to his daughter, our grandmother, Frances Dulcie, for his contribution of building, introducing and playing the Tamburitza,a national Croatian musical stringed instrument, along with his daughters at the Chicago World Fair in 1893 and various other events. His daughter, Frances, was our grandmother, mother of our father, John W. Sabo Jr.,born April 29,1907,in Pueblo, Colorado,where he was a life-long resident until he departed this life. His siblings included Russel C. Sabo (a long -time resident of Cheyenne,Wyo.,and Gladyce Sabo Krutak (a long-time resident of New Orleans, LA)
  • Comment #11 (Posted by Chad Martinac)

    My names Chad Martinac, born and raised in Kansas City Ks, Strawberry Hill. Where our beautiful little retreat from the world on top and overlooking KC, From St John The Baptist Catholic Church right here. I long to know where I came from. So I had fraternal grandpa named George and his brother Butch. My uncle John Martinac,Dad Jay Anthony Martinac and by marriage John and James Vrbanic. My name isn't widely used so where did I come from? Do I have Martinacs in Croatia now,still? And would they welcome me? My great grandfather Vladimir came here at what time or why, I don't know. Strawberry Hill was and Is Kansas City's "Little Croatia" please google us and email me at I would love some info , or contact.

    Chad Martinac.
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