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Lowell Sun (Newspaper) - March 28, 1938, Lowell, Massachusetts THE LOWELL SUN MONDAY MARCH 28 193.8 AHEPANS HAPPILY CELEBRATE GREEK INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY Or" [Sun Staff Photo} At the head-table last night at the Cosmopolitan cafe, of the 12th annual banquet of the Hellas chapter, Ahepa, commemorating; the day of Greek independence, and the establishing of the Greek-American fraternal order in this city. Left to right: Kev. Dr. Joseph E. Xanthopoulos, pastor of Transfiguration church; Kev. Appleton Grannis, of St. Anne's church; Mrs. Thomas H. Braden, George Demeter, guest speaker; Mrs. Henry H. Harris; Mayor D. G. Archambault, Dr. Theodore A. Stamas, toastmaster; Hon. Thomas Braden, Mrs. Stamas, Henry H. Harris, Irving Chadwick, Nicholas C. Contakos, president of Hellas chapter; Frederic Putnam, clerk of court, Middlesex county; Mr. and Mrs. George C. Eliades. THE "RESURRECTION OF [Sun Staff Photo] Above photo shows the group which participated in the symbolic tableaux, "The Resurrection of presented at the K. of C. hall, yesterday afternoon, as part of the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox parish's celebration of Greek Inde- pendence day. In the foreground are Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Xanthopoulos, pastor, and Peter Flomp, who produced the pageant. "I dreamed that Greece might still be free." Byron. Greater-Lowell residents descen- dants of Spartan soldiers, Athenian philosophers and politicians, Mace- donian rel- atives of Homer, Socrates, Plato, Her- odotus, Alexander the Great, Pericles the Civilizer, Phidias, Miltiades, Ly- courgus, stepped into the glorious past of Hellas, that projecting peninsula of the Mediterranean sea, half the size of New York or Pennsylvania and small as Massachusetts, to pay tribute through church services, school programs, parish affairs, home parties and a banquet to that much treas- ured Hellenic day of March 25, 1831, when a black-beared, fiery-eyed Greek clergyman, Bishop Germanos, sema- phored the raising of the standard of the struck the match that blew off the explosion which marked the declaration of Greek independence from the oppres- sion of Turkey. Almost until 1 o'clock this morning, as the last speeches simmered through, the more than greater-Lowell Greek-Americans, jointly and indi- vidually, let their memories stray to thoughts of the home of their fore- fathers. Lowell, fourth largest fraternal organization in the United States (with auxiliaries in Canada and with a membership of upward of It has been a prune factor in the Americanization of citizens of Hellenic extraction, and has had a most powerful effect in the development of Greek-Americans in all fields. The Cosmopolitan cafe banquet hall was gaily decorated with the Ameri- can and Greek flags, and a repast of roast chicken, string-beans "gi- as well as the famous Greek confection, preceded the program. of speakers. Main speaker was George Demeter, Boston lawyer, who bears a number of unusual distinctions, from a Greek- American viewpoint. He was the first boy born in Lowell of .Hellenic extraction; he was the first Greek- American in the nation to be elected into any type of public office, that of state representative from the azure- blooded Back Bay district of Boston, where he has had strong supporters; he was the first president of the Ahepa. To add to his splendid rec- ord, Demeter is a professor of law at Boston university, as well as Suf- folk university. For a number of years .he conducted the Demeter lenic-American populated! city in the I School of Parliamentary Law, of United States, joined hands with New which he is an acknowledged na- York, Chicago and cele- tional authority, "orating the day of days for all Greeks Said legally-minded Demeter, in the earth over. Celebrations sparkled from Tarpon Spring, Fla., home of the famous Greek sponge-divers, 1o Canton, O., which follows Lowell next in the size of Greek-American resi- dents, to Los Angeles, Albuquerque, part: "...Costly and gallant was the fight for Greek independence that decade between 1820 and 1830...for nearly 400 years the Hellenes suf- fered the horrible Turkish yoke... N. M., where the new Ahepa sanator- j from fall of Constantinople ium is located, to Salt Lake City and to the Turks finally rec- to Spokane, Wash. Back Through the Years where, was opened with a prayer by Kev. Dr. Joseph E. Xanthopoulos, pastor of the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox church. The prayer was in the Greek language. Dr. Theodore A Stamas was intro- duced by Nicholas C. Contakos, president of Hellas chapter of Ahepa, as toastmaster. Dr. Stamas has been "an outstanding Ahepan, having served as president of the Lowell chapter and as national ad- viser of the Sons of Pericles, junior order of the Ahepa. Atty. Contakos welcomed the guests and expressed the thanks of the Ahepa chapter. Dr. Stamas, before presenting the various speakers, spoke of the found- ing of national Ahepa more than 15 years ago, and the formation three years later, in this city, of the Hellas chapter, one of the first in the na- tion. He pointed out that it pro- vides a real bond of co-operation, encouraging citizens of Greek descent to give their best to the American republic. The Mayor Speaks First speaker to present his mes- sage was Mayor Dewey G. Archam- bault, who was introduced by Dr. Stamas as "The man who resurrected the city of Lowell." His Honor greeted the Ahepans and the Greek-Americans on the occasion of the anniversary and said in part: "Lowell has the finest people in the "The necessity for organization is obvious it is the proper and right thing for business..-professional political... and social life.. .Progress Colonization period-----the raising of homes___the rise, of the second gcn- of these annual Hellenic feasts and speech-fests, said in "I feel like a charter member.... The Intelligent, outstanding men of the Greek-American group arc Ahe- pans. "America is a great orchestra. every racial group adds some new note some splendid new tone Rev. Mr. Grannis was especially in- teresting in his disgressions on Cape Cod -vacations, cigaret smoking, trou- blesome daughters and mothers-in- law. Greek-Americans, he further stated, are one of the most progressive groups in Lowell: "They have personality and that is assisted by such organizations as Ahepa they have that P.Q. Per- sonality Quotient.... certain grace charm and case." Greed and selfishness are at the bottom of this new depression-reces- sion, stressed the St. Anne's rector. America lias forgotten those kindly little neighborly acts which make a land better to live in. "Do a good turn even at personal cost. You improve your life and the lives of those around you." He paid particular tribute to the younger Greek-American generation. Henry H. Harris, headmaster of the Lowell high school, soon due to re- tire, eloquently cnscribed the history of the Hellenic race: ____ My friendship with the Greek- Americans goes back t-> 1892 about 50 years ago At the turn of the century there were not 50 women of Greek extraction then came the ognized the independence of Greece. "The Greek revolution was not More than ever, in yesterday's was rather a planned celebrations, it was obvious that the successive group of steps, tedious but Greek-Americans of greater-Lowell had reached their maturity. Legend has it that in 1882 or the year after, the first Greek came to Lowell. Sub- finally culminated in the realization of that original Gre- cian conception of lib- -ty... "Any such step is sequent historians, however, have j step for liberty is important to the Whole wide world is most important, too, this struggle to America.., .which is now traced the coming of few, of course, to long before long indeed before the Civil war, nearer to the year of 1826 wrhen Lowell was first established as a _ town. Yesterday brought face to face I have an "interest in" this "celebration of the fact that the Greek Americans I Greek Independence Dav because.... of greater-Lowell have become a most integral part of the city's makeup, "We, as Americans, are interested in have gone through a period of chaos...The chief executive of a city realizes such conditions better than any other per- son__because everybody feels that the mayor of a city is thc person to go and see to relates his The mayor spoke of the fracas of Communism in Russia----the rise of Naziism in Germany and Austria... the Fascism of Italy----the turning toward Socialism of France-----and eration of Greek-Americans... "America welcomes every contribu- tion of any race-----Thc Greek-Ameri- cans and the world at large owes a great debt to those early who founded the ideals of indepen- dence and democracy in Greece----- Ideals founded by the old Aechean "Rousseau's ideals of democracy canic from the Greeks...As America celebrates her Saratoga and Vorktown, so too, Greece and her its i i i Y DTK LOWn. tUL'. on its 162nd year of independence j Eland's socialistic-likc dole.... and remember its from Great Britain... .Americans fuming towards bureaucracy in j and its Navarino." this country, he urged his listeners frving Chadwick, of the Republican and are progressing in every field of Lowell life. Most spectacular, most festive and certainly the most important cele- bration of the day was the banquet of the Lowell Hellas chapter, 102, and to remember now more than ever the city "co7nmittce, spoke briefly l. There is a spiritual obligations of their terselv He presented the greetings are Americans of Greek ex- rnanv arc forgetting their duties in- committee and traction in this country today----2. stead of their rights----" I pcrtv" his" speech replete in political The two struggles for American and He was particularly bitter at W. P.! references. Greek independence had much simi- A. workers who have become lazy i "j5r. Stamas introduced to fhe au- Jarity. The American revolution was and lethargic in their work and who George P. Neofotistos, 26- truly an inspiration for the Greek! forgot that "W. P. A. is relief, not j year-old Dracul resident; who was of the American Hellenic Progressive 3...The employment. It is unfortunate that i recently elected as school eommit- -ssocfation (abbreviated as Ahepa) friendship between America j w. P. A. workers are breaking those j teeman in Drarut. Hr; is the lirst TiriM fiirte 4'suX i I ,-_ 41, held last night at the Cosmopolitan nl.f i cafe, on Market street, near Han- existed during the j hjgh ideals." "Your country, now. more than greater-Lowell resident of Greek ox- traction to be elected into public of- after vear to all parts ui unt'i todav Greek-Americans Jive in i the love for Hellas which Dame! current fight for the sales tax as a j