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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - July 7, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa The Cedar Rapids Gazet--; Sun., July School Aim: Preserving Czech Language, Heritage By Judy Daubeimiicr Ever since '.he Czech people came to Cedar Rapids In 1854. the Cteth language and heritage has Kvn taunht here and passed from parent to child. In the early years, parents who spoke the language natu- rally passed it on to their children using Czech newspa- pers and family Bibles. The teaching of the lan- guage continues now for the first five weeks of the sum- mer in Hayes elementary school. Mrs. Jerry Drahovzal and Mrs. Charles Kurkn, teachers at the Czech school, believe the tradition, while it may have experienced lean years in the past, is experiencing a resurgence. "We don't really have a record of when they started teaching .Mrs. Dra- hovzal said. "But we are sure parents started teaching chil- dren from newspapers and By 19U1, the unnuMi uf the Czech community decided the number of Czech students warranted a school building. The Czech school, at Second street and Ninth avenue was built tlutt vear, amuding to Mrs. Drahovzal, and it is believed to lie the first build- ing in the I'niied Stales in- tended to lie a Czech school. She has found old bills 1'rcni the women's Parent-Teacher Assn. for purchasing soap at a nickel a bar and brooms for a quarter to clean the building. Tlie structure later became unsafe and was converted to a meat market. Enrollment has varied from over 200 in some years to VA Represenfafive To Be Assigned fo Kirkwood] Kirkwood Community college here will be assigned one of the 12 field representatives for Iowa under the new "VA Men on Campus" program. Dean Culberson, coordinator of veterans affairs at Kirkwood, said the representatives will join the Kirkwood staff about Aug. I. The Veterans Administration is providing training for some veterans for the new pro- gram this summer. The new VA program was or- dered by the U.S. Office of Man- agement and Budget. The prime purpose of the program, is to locate trained VA agents on college campuses with high populations of ex-servicemen to assist the veterans with prob- lems. think the program will help speed up benefit checks, iron out problems for individual veterans and provide answers to many of their questions about the GI said Culberson. Culberson said one of the worst problems for student vet- erans is late receipt of monthly benefits. The new VA represent- ative at Kirkwood will have access to a telephone system linked to VA headquarters. The VA is assigning represen- tatives to all colleges and uni- versities with more than 500 veterans enrolled. Kirkwood's enrollment of veterans was 809 last spring. Culberson estimated that vet- erans at Kirkwood received over milion in GI bill benefits during the 1973-74 school year. Dear Genie: Editor's Note: "Dear Genie" is prepared under the auspices 0} the Linn County Heritage society. Questions should have an Iowa connection, must be kept to a 50- word limit and clearly printed or typed. They will be published on a space-available basis. They should be sent directly to Dear Genie, P.O. Box 175, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 52406. Names and addresses must be included because readers who can help will send answers directly to the questioner. Dear Genie, Would like information on McCloud family burials in northeast Cedar Rapids. In early 1900s there were stones in an area bounded by Coldstream avenue on the north. J avenue on the south, Shaver parkxm the west and the Illinois Central railroad tracks on the east. Were these burials moved? Where to? Or what became of the stones. Mrs. II. R. Wennermark. 746 Old Marion road NE, Cedar Rapids. Iowa, 52402. Arthur Wade Chapman born Sept. 6', 1866, in O'Brien county, Iowa; married Sarah Eilena Waterman on Feb. 28. 1837. Where? He died Feb. 24.1931, in Hewitt. Todd county. Minneso- ta. Mrs. Charles A. Russell. 1445 Queens Summit drive. West Covina. Calif.. 91790. We are trying to locate the burial site of one Adrian. Ad- ren or Andrew Dawes who died at Fairview. Iowa. July 31. 1881. His first wife. Amarilis Cogswell Keith Dawes. is buried at Quincy, Mich., where a daughter, Jane L. Freeman, lived. Second wife. Catharine C. Kirby, buried in the Marion, Iowa, cemetery. Have found land transactions for Adren (Andrew i and Catharine Dawes in Fairview' around 1380, so know they lived there. James L. Watson, 11325 Wakeiy plaza Apt. 5. Omaha, Neb., 68154. Seek information concerning parents, brothers and sisters of great-grandfather Benjamin Franklin Henson. born 1823 Har- rison county, Ky. Died 1890 in Warren county. Iowa. Lived somewhere in Illinois before coining to Iowa in 1853. Where'.' Mrs. R. L. Maycs, 410 North First street, Greenfield, Iowa. 50349. .lames, son of .Samuel and Hannah Bowman 'if Kldora. Iowa, married Emma Stewart. When and where? There was a son Clarence and a daughter Hlancnc who married a Mr. Knrrl and then a Air. Conger. I believe the Fords had a child. Did these families remain in the KIdora area? Would v.elconn- anv help in locating descendants. Mrs. M K. Ruv.man. I! Columbia City, Ind.. Wish information about John I., Lingel (Unglei and wife Rose A. Beebcr, both German. Son.-: George Washington, Feb. 13. Hancock county. Ind wife Susan Winebargec, North Carolina; William U I-'i-b. 7. in Illinois, wife Susan, May 2. in Maine. Daughter F.mma. Oct. 1881. Green Island. Iowa; husband James Ross Craig, May 22, 18Vli. Eldora, H. .1. Gardenia, Cheyenne. Wyo., 82001. Big Eating for Gray Squirrels ELKINS, W, Va. fiartment of natural resources pounds of peanuts will be de- to "adequately house water and livered shortly to the West Vir- feud" the squirrels, ginia capitol in Charleslown lo The resolution, sponsored bv feed the "nut-cracking popcorn-'Sen, Richard Benson iD-Kan- fctching, peanut-begging'1 gray dolpln said, "these nut-crack-i squirrel population. ing, peanut-' Three city councilmen have Pegging, lurry Irolicker.s havei agreed to bankroll the cost, of'of late'suffered from itHances' the resolution adopted by 1hc of neglect on Die part of homoi state senate that urged the de-'sapiens." Judy Daubenrnier 15 in others This w Then- is une pro- nunciation Idr each letter. H only varies if it has u different hue of mark OUT (he letter." Mrs. Kurka said study of the language helps youngsters who plan to study other languages because they have become accustomed to the sound of a language other than Knglish. "Once they've had another language, it's just that much easier to grasp another lan- guage." Mrs. K n r k a said. "The youngsters had to listen carefully for the difference in words." She often pronounced words which sound similar and had the children give the English meaning in order to train their ears. The parents, according to the teachers, are still interest- ed in preserving the Czech language and heritage. "I think there's a renewed interest in ethnic back- grounds. A few years ago there were no 'hyphenated Polish- Americans, Irish-Americans, Mrs. Kur- ka said. "Now we're back to being proud of it. Everyone has such a beautiful heritage." Mrs. Drahovzal remembers times when youngsters want- ed to hide their Czech heri- tage and divorce themselves from their parents' language and customs in order to avoid ridicule from other youngsters. "We went through a time when we were called terrible names which I won't repeat. You just didn't admit to going to Czech school. When we walked to school, other chil- dren would yell, 'They're going to Bohemie school.' "I really resented going to school the last couple years I went. Now I'm glad I went. I realize it all served a good purpose." She said she just "kind of slipped into teaching at the Czech school. I never in my life dreamed I would be teach- ing in the Czech school, but I do enjoy it." Teachers are becoming harder to find. The school this year had only two classes, while in the past it has had three. SOME OF the students in this summer's Czech school are shown in -these four pictures. Taking a look at the cam- era above is Chris-Ann Hikiji, 193 Sevonteanth avenue SW. Below is Jeff Bean, 6016 Sharon lane NW. Shery! Kokoska Persons who taught before have had to quit because of age or health problems. Mrs. Drahovzal said she is now grooming a 15-year-old girl who has graduated from the school and whose grand- parents speak Czech to han- dle the youngest children next summer Mrs. Kurka suggested inter- est in cultural heritage will increase as the country ap- proaches its bicentennial cele- bration in 1976. The Czech school, she said, is not the only organization preserving the Czech heritage. She has volunteered to help in the Cedar Rapids Commu- nity school district's ethnic awareness program for third graders, Pictures in Our Miiids, which examines ster- eotypes of ethnic groups. Children in one Cedar Rapids school she visited were not familiar with Czechs, but "they all knew about ko- laches." Kirkwood Community col- lege's arts and sciences divi- sion is applying for a federal grant to develop a Czech heritage study program for grades seven through higher education. The College Community school district may partici- pate in that program. The Czech school and the two public school projects not only preserve the heritage, but try to spread an apprecia- tion or acceptance of the en- tire culture (not just ko- laches) to those who do not have Czech blood in their veins. Lisa Drahos 2603 Brookland drive NE MULEKOFF'S Open Monday 'til 9 Tnkc. Moiillis lo I'nv. Sniiilclioffs lintlgal Account. Open Monday Mglit'lil 9 SMULEKQFF'S .Main Floor YOUR AUTHORIZED KEEPSAKE JEWELER 2 Viz acres of everything for the home Drapery Depf., 2nd Floor MOW! 20% off Made-to-Measure Draperies, Sheers and Toptreatments. Not only do you Save 20% on Custom Made-to-Measure Draperies and Sheers, but you Save 20% on elegant Toptreatments. such as swags, jabots, cascades austrians. Rarely will you find such an offer. and fabrics offers you made- to-measure draperies that aro true custom mode and not amply made lo size. Those are draperies that arevsupcrh in qualify and workmanship. 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