Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Polish Catholic Sw: Wojciecha Biskupa i Mecz St. Alberty

Polish Catholic Society – Calumet
Document research by Ceil Wendt Jensen at Michigan Technological University
Transcribed by Joseph Martin

Articles of association of the Polish Catholic Sw: Wojciecha Biskupa i Mecz St. Alberty Bishop and Martyr, Benevolent Society of Calumet, Houghton County, Michigan. The following articles of association have been agreed to and accepted at Calumet, Houghton County, Michigan on the 25th day of September A. D. 1893.

Article 1
The following persons residing in the township of Calumet, Houghton County, Michigan to wit: Michael Ernat, Andrew Tomczak, John Jablonsky, John Schatkowsky and Frank Gradzielski – here with the object of forming a corporation in benevolent purposes in conformity with an act of the legislature of the state of entitled an Act for the Incorporation of Charitable Societies, approved Feb. 6, 1855, accepted the following articles of association.

Article 2
The Corporation formed in conformity with the above mentioned act, and in consequence of same articles of association, shall be named the Calumet Sw: Wojciecha Biskupa Mecz St. Alberty Bishop and Martyr Benevolent Society, and shall have its office for the transaction of its business located in the Village of Red Jacket, Houghton County, Michigan and shall be incorporated for the period of thirty years.

Article 3
The Society is incorporated for the purpose of affording aid and relief to its members when in need.

Article 4
The business of the corporation shall be managed by five trustees. The regular officers of the Society shall be elected by the members thereof, and shall consist of a President, Vice President, a Treasurer, a Secretary, a Director of the Sick, and a Messenger. These officers shall be elected at the annual meeting to be held on the Sunday nearest to the Twenty Third day of April, at the office of the Society, in the Village of Red Jacket, and shall hold their offices for one year.

Article 5
No person can become a member of this society who is under the age of twenty one years or above the age of forty years, or who belongs to any Society which is forbidden by the Roman Catholic Church, or is not free from all bodily diseases, he must be a member of a Polish Roman Catholic congregation and bear a good moral character and fulfill his duties generally as a Catholic Christian.

Article 6
Candidates for admission shall be proposed by a member of the Society, and shall be examined by a committee appointed by the Society, which committee shall make a report at the next quarterly meeting of the society. Shall this report be favorable, and the questions of the President be satisfactorily answered by the Candidates, the members of the Society shall ballot in his admission, and shall he not be [have?] received more than ten black balls, he shall be legally admitted and declared a member and shall sign the constitutions of the society.

Article 7
All changes of the constitutions, Articles of Association or By laws of the Society, proposed by any of the officers or members of the society shall be submitted by its members at a quarterly meeting, and must be approved by the vote of two thirds of the members present to become valid. It is also required that all proposed changes of the Constitution and all extraordinary undertakings, shall be made known to the Priest of the Polish Catholic Church of Red Jacket, and his approval shall be necessary in all spiritual matters.

Michael Ernad
Andrew Tomczak
John Jablonski
John Szatkosky
Frank Gradzielski

Sworn to and subscribed before me the 23rd day of September A.D. 1893
D. T. McDonald
Houghton CountyMichiganState of MichiganHoughton County

On this 23rd day of September A. D. 1893, before me a notary public, for said county, personally came to me the above named Michael Ernad, Andrew Tomczak, John Jablonski, John Szatkosky and Frank Gradzielski, citizens of Calumet Township, County and State aforesaid, known to me to be the persons who executed the foregoing instrument, and acknowledged the same to be their free act and deed.

D. T. McDonald
Notary Public
Houghton County, Michigan

Received for Record this 2nd day of October A. D. 1893
Robert H. Shields
Michigan Technological University
State Archives of Michigan Collection
Houghton County Articles of Incorporation, 1887
RG 89-464, Vol. 10, pp. 129-131
List of members of Lodge 104 (PRCUA) of Calumet