Re: [TexasCzechs] What does KJZT mean and.....
- Hi Ray,
You're right. The KJZT (Ceska Rimsko-Katolicka Jednota Zen
Texaskych = Czech Roman Catholic Aid Union of Women in Texas) was founded
in Yoakum in 1897 with the merger of two women's benevolent societies,
one in Hallettsville and the other in Yoakum. Up to that point, women
were not allowed to be members of fraternal mutual aid societies, which,
of course, is one of the reasons for the split of the Texas units of the
CSPS to form the SPJST.
The men's Catholic organization is the Katolicka Jednota Texaska
(Czech Catholic Union of Texas), founded at Hostyn in 1889, also as a
breakaway from the national organization (First Roman Catholic something
or other - can't find my notes) and headquartered in Indiana (I believe).
The KJT is now headquartered in La Grange and the KJZT is headquartered
There's an alphabet soup of Czech benevolent societies formed in
Texas by our ancestors - WFLA, CNS, CSPS, ZCBJ, IRKUJ, etc., etc. Some
were for farmers, others for city dwellers; some for Catholics, others
for Protestants and Freethinkers. And, yes, as they say: if you have two
Czechs you have three clubs. <g>
Sharing. It's what it's all about!
On Fri, 26 Oct 2001 08:34:00 -0500 "RAY J. BACAK" <rjbacak@...>
> Understand that the Z is for Zenska (sp?), which means the women's________________________________________________________________
> arm of the society. Think they may have merged into one as the KJT.
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