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Croatians in America - photo collection by Vladimir Novak, part 2
By Prof.Dr. Darko Zubrinic | Published  03/20/2008 | People , History , Croatian Life Stories | Unrated
Croatian Energy, page 1

Tacoma "Wedding"

To nije vjenčanje, već pogrebna povorka Hrvatu Andrew Aronkeu (31 god.), radniku ljevoanice - štrajakšu, kojega je ubila policija. Da bi se naglasio protest, djevojka Stanka Domić zamijenila je u vjenčanici njegovu zaručnica, koja je tada živjela u Domovini, u Pazinu u Istri.

It is not a wedding, but a funeral ceremony for Andrew Aronke (31), a Croat smelter strike who was shot by the police. In order to stress the demonstration effect, a young girl Stanka Domich is dressed in a bridal veil insted of his real sweetheart in the Old Country, that lived in Pazin in Istria.

Tacoma Daily News, January 14, 1914. The funeral ceremony of Croatian people was used today to give a striking demonstration which attended the services over Andrew Aronke, Tacoma smelter striker. A young woman, Chilo Stanich, in widow's weeds, headed procession as chief mourner. Directly behind her is Stanka Donich, a young girl, dressed in bridal veil. She is seen in the leading couple, in the accompaning picture. Had the funeral been held in his native land, Austria, his real sweetheart, who lives in Pasin [Pazin in Croatian, at that time in Austria, D.Ž.], might have taken this place. A strange feature of the custom was the appearance of a "widow" in deep mourning heading the funeral of a single man.

Beside Miss Donich is Martin Polich, another head mourner, who is bearing flowers. Miss Donich carries a tray with a Bible and wax flowers on it. Among the other women in procession are Stella Thomas, who helped carry Aronke into a friend's house after a strike was shot, and Powlena [written as Paulina in Croatian, D. Ž.] Mladanich.

During the funeral, the at St. Patrick Church, many of the men who were not religious stayed outside the church for the complete service, in order to honor the men. From the Church they paraded through downtown Tacoma. They were joined in the demonstration by the Hobbes Union. They were having their annual convention in Tacoma at the time. They marched with the Croatians. Also, the parade was led by the Croatian flag. The parade went through the richest residential area, including the Rust mansion.

The above photo and the article published in 1914 by The Tacoma Daily News, Washington, reveals that the Croatian name was well known in the USA, although Croatia at that time was a part of Austrian-Hungarian Empire.

The "Blue Flame" in which Gary Gabelich captured the world record in Bonneville, Utah, October 23, 1970.

The best proof o fhow little attention is being devoted to the research and study of the people of Croatian descent is the fact that so few people know that Gary Gabelich, the son of an immigrant from Split, Croatia, living in San Pedro, Claifornia, held the fastest car speed record of 622 miles per hour (1,002 km/h) from 1970 to 1983. Of course, from that time on this record has been found every year in the Guinness Book of World Records under the "Fastest Automobiles".

Gary Gabelich - rocketman, car speed record holder for 13 years.

The grand opening of the Croatian Cultural Center of Chicago was on September 24, 1977. This recreational and educational center of 10,000 sq. feet was founded by Vladimir W. Bassich, architect, a group of the Dominican priests, particularly Fr. Francis H. Eterovich and Fr. Ivo Plenkovich. The building is located at 2845 West Devon Avenue and it has a banquet room for 800. a ssocial office, two kitchens, a small museum, reading room, classrooms and a few more basic rooms.

Najstarija hrvatska trgovina mješovite robe i mesnica u gradu Aberdeenu (Država Washington) koju je 1911. osnovala grupa od 30 Hrvata zaposlenih u lokalnim pilanama. Za upravitelja su izabrali Jurja Karamatića. Nakon nekoliko goidna Karamatić je isplatio ulagače i i uz pomoć obitelji vodio tu trgodinu sve do duboke starosti od 90 godina.

The oldest Croatian Grocery in Aberdeen, Washington, established in 1911, by a group of 30 Croats working in local lumber mills. They selected George Karamatić as their manager. After several years George payed off the investors and with the help of his family ran the grocery until the age of 90.

Encounter of two worlds; photo by Vladimir Novak
Los Angeles, 1979 - Encounter of two worlds - each in its own uniform: American policeman and Steve Jovanovich from Metković, Croatia, who never parts from the traditional insignia of his Old Country.

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  • Comment #1 (Posted by george krovich)

    my mother was born in pisorvina, married my on his trip to yugoslavia in 1930. he came here at age 16 and worked in the mines in pennyslvania for 47 years and died from blacl lung. i am the only one left from my family. i had a brother that died at 17 in 1951. i enjoyed looking at your pictures. i also saw my mothers home town since i never went to see her family. thank you george krovich
  • Comment #2 (Posted by shireen nalley)

    if this is the nalley family please get in contact with me.575-218-2553
  • Comment #3 (Posted by lovinac)

    Just a comment on Ek Spahich's commentary...The Croatian Islamic Centre in Toronto was built by Croatians of the Islamic faith and not by "Bosnians", hence the former name, Croatian Islamic Centre. This project was also realized thanks in large part to financial support from various Croatian catholic parishes throughout North America as well as their parishioners.
  • Comment #4 (Posted by Daniele)

    i'm looking for Babare clan. i'm building the genealogist tree from my grandmother Luci, born in 1921 in Hvar and her family
  • Comment #5 (Posted by Dalmazio Babare)

    My sisters name is Lucj or Lucja - my mother named the first daughter born after my fathers mother
    Lucja Babare (she died Zadar)
  • Comment #6 (Posted by Allen Petrich)

    I am a grandson of Martin (Marin) A. Petrich from Starigrad who came with his parents (Juraj/George Petrich & Catherine Budrovich of Hvar) to the US in 1887. I am working on a history of shipyards and boatbuilding on the West Coast of the US centered on the Northwest and the Dalmatian families of Babare (Hvar), Martinolich (Losinj), Skansich/Skansie (US spelling), Petrich (Starigrad), Martinac (Brac) and, in Los Angeles, Rados. The developed the purse seine fishing boat.

    I would appreciate hearing from anyone who would lie contact.

    Allen Petrich:
  • Comment #7 (Posted by Brandie Lynn Bailey - Haining)

    Toni Bailey was my grandmother
  • Comment #8 (Posted by Melissa Robles-Dyer)

    I am the Granddaughter of Gloria (Tony) Bailey. We just found out this past Labor Day, that she is celebrated during Roslyn Coal Miner Days. We plan to be inattendance for the festivities in 2015.
  • Comment #9 (Posted by Mary Moon)

    My grandfather was George M Karamatic. He played the e flat clarinet in the band.
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