Monday, December 10, 2007

Copper Country Evening News : Polish Residents Celebrated Last Saturday

Copper Country Evening News
30 November 1896

Polish Residents Celebrated Last Saturday

The Sixty-Sixth Anniversary

Yesterday was the 66th anniversary of the uprising of the Poles and although the uprising was unsuccessful the Poles look upon the day with reverence and respect. Saturday the Poles of this city, under the direction of the Polish Hussars, had intended to hold a big celebration, including a parade by the various societies, but the stormy weather interfered to some extent with the day’s doings. The Hussars and the boys’ military organization had arranged with the Red Jacket band for the parade, but it could not be held in the storm.

The entertainment at the Opera House in the evening was, however, well attended, not withstanding the storm and the various other attractions. The Red Jacket band was present and rendered several selections and also played the Polish national airs. The band’s music seemed to touch a tender spot in the heart of those present and they were heartily applauded. There was vocal music, principally by the choir of St. Ignatius’ church, and several duets on the piano and violin. The children of the Polish school sang several airs in Polish which were applauded.

Some of the older pupils of the school gave declamations in Polish and some in English, and two short dramas were produced. Both of the dramas were in Polish and highly pleased the audience. On was entitled, when translated, “When the Cat’s Away, the Mice Will Play.” This was produced by the junior members of the Young Men’s Polish literary and dramatic club. The other was entitled “The Persecuted Husband,” and was produced by the senior members of the club.

The address of the evening was delivered by Rev. Father Krogulski in Polish. He spoke of the reason for celebrating the day and then traced the origin of the revolution, paying every respect to the memories of the leaders of the unequal fight.

N.B. The church was probably St. Anthony, the Polish church in Calumet.

Transcribed by Joseph F. Martin of Romeoville, Illinois, on 9 December 2007.