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  • An American Hare
    Ron, That was one of the best parts of going back I m sure. My g-grandfather wanted to do the same thing but it didn t work out since my g-grandmother died.
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      Ron,

      That was one of the best parts of going back I'm sure. My g-grandfather wanted to do the same thing but it didn't work out since my g-grandmother died.

      Leporis

      --- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com, "Ron" <amiak27@...> wrote:
      >
      > Another phrase you will run across is an "American house", as returning immigrants with money would build a house in the American architectural style rather than the traditional Slovak style, if you can imagine US houses around the turn of the century. I haven't run across a book dedicated to the topic, but rather scattered references in histories of returning immigrants.
      >
      > Some of the houses still exist. I was on a raft trip past the Orava castle this summer and the captain of the raft pointed out an "American House". I will locate the snapshot I hurriedly took and post it on the forum.
      >
      > In addition the "Americans" (Slovaks who returned to the Old Country) brought American ideas and attitudes back with them, and evidently some of the lords were not pleased when peasants came to them to buy land and did not have hat in hand as was the old tradition of humility...
      >
      > Ron
      >
      > --- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com, "nilo3rak" <piekielnik@> wrote:
      > >
      > > Perusing the Hungarian Genealogical Word List of the Family History Library I found this Hungarian to English translation:
      > > kastely= castle (acute accent on the e)
      > >
      > > Hmm interesting since my grandmother took the whole family back to Europe in 1913. The family said that they lived in a "castle". Well, it was not a castle, only a big house. Whether the village considered it the equivalent of a true castle or only a manor house, Grandma got the prestige that her wealth could bring (she saved $10,000 here in the USA). Alas, WWI devalued it, as well as ruining all their lives.
      > >
      > > My father who was born in Wyoming hightailed it back to America as soon as he turned 21. Only two of his sisters came to back. They rest were caught in WWII and then behind the Iron curtain.
      > >
      > > The "castle" stayed in the family until the last residing member died in the 1990's. It was then demolished.
      > >
      > > Carolyn
      > >
      >
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