I just rec'd. copies of the obituaries for our Grandparents from the
Hammond, IN library. It states that they were members of the National
Slovak Society. They lived their lives in Hammond, IN (Robertsdale).
Here is there information I obtained from John's petition for
naturalization: John Umlauf Born 25 May 1880 in Yubrohlava, Hungary
(Ostrava, Czech. I believe). Came to US in 1900 aboard the
Deutschland--sailed out of Hamburg, Germany on May 1. Arrived in NY
Harbor on May 17th.
Married Susanna Prirvatska (marriage cert. says "Pitlak") from Virborce,
Hungary (?Nitra, Czech) on 9 Feb 1904. We think Susanna came to the US
in 1896 and worked in Chicago for a Jewish family until she married
John. According to our elderly aunt, John was a talented gymnast and
belonged to a Czech gymnastic team in Chicago. The team was called Tel
Janota Sokol Fugn. John's brother Mike emigrated several years after he
did and lived with him for a time. Also, in our grandma's obituary it
says she was a member of the Zidena Society. Can anyone tell me what
that is? We're looking for info that would lead us to John or Susanna's
parents. Or info about the Slovak Gymnastics team. Thank you so much
for any help you can give.
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