Sunday, March 29, 2020

Pandemic in Globeville - Again

There will he no public Catholic services of any type in Colorado next Sunday, due to the Spanish influenza epidemic. The state government, in order to protect the people, has placed a ban on every type of meetings, indoors or out, and has even prohibited socials and visiting in private houses.

The October 17th issue of the Denver Catholic Register voiced the growing panic of Colorado’s citizens during the pandemic of 1918. Following the state’s regulations, Bishop Tihen closed all Catholic churches in the state and urged the faithful to pray.

During this lonely exile, let us all say the prayers of the Mass at our homes, not forgetting spiritual Communion, and let us appreciate the value and wonderful treasures of the Rosary remembered in the month of October, and, above all, pray for the stricken
and for a speedy change in present conditions, the prevalence of the Spanish influenza.

The predominant method of dealing with the disease was to quarantine those who had been exposed and to limit human contact. Just as people needed the support of others, houses of worship were shuttered, businesses closed, and families were expected to stay apart.

Today, employees can work from home, meetings can be held remotely and families can keep in touch through Facetime and Skype. Churches in Globeville have also adapted. 
Holy Rosary is livestreaming Masses through their Facebook page,
Holy Rosary Church, Denver

Our Lady of Grace is livestreaming Sunday Mass at 11:00 am on Father Felix's Facebook
Félix Zermeño-Martín

St.Joseph Polish Catholic Church  and Holy Transfiguration of Christ Orthodox Cathedral stream services from their Facebook pages.

To echo Bishop Tihen, this is a “lonely exile” and until we can hold hands, hug, and visit after Mass, let watch the liturgy on Facebook. Let us also check on our friends, make a phonecall and see who needs help. And remember to send monetary support to your parish so it will not be a casualty of this virus. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Old World Traditions - Handwork

Lace curtains hang in the window and house plants rest on a decorative runner. There is a hand-made doily on the back of Carl Gerhardt’s chair, while Louisa Gerhardt knits lacy pieces together to make something larger - a shawl? a throw?

Louisa and Carl Gerhardt enjoying an evening at home. 
Photo used with permission from Lauren Summers

Embroidered pillow case

Lace making, embroidery, tatting, knitting and quilting were comforting reminders of artistry of the old country. The traditions and stories were passed from mother to daughter. These crafts were also a way to embellish the utilitarian parts of their lives. Simple pillow covers, tablecloths, table runners, doilies, blankets and quilts were an outlet for personal expression. And there was the old world idea of making good use of ones time - no idle hands in Globeville.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Sadar's Saloon in Elyria

“The saloon was at 46th and Humboldt. It’s gone now. It’s a parking lot.” Joe Sadar remembered.

Matt Sadar arrived in Colorado before 1900 from a town in Slovenia called Novo Mesto. He opened a tavern and boarding house at 3rd Avenue and Powell Street in Elyria (now 46th and Humboldt Street.) Men who worked in the Grant and Globe Smelters could get a room, a lunch packed in a pail, an evening meal and laundry services. Newcomers from the old country, like Jennie Hocevar, cooked, and cleaned in the boarding house while learning English.

Joe Sadar reminisced, “We’d go down to Matt’s with a lard bucket. You could say, ‘I want 25¢ worth of beer,’ and they’d fill it. We’d pass the pail around and everyone would take a sip.

“Matt was so nice. He had the most beautiful hair. It was all gray, but very thick. He had this long bar. and tables you could play cards there and they had a little shelf where you could set your beer. He had pictures of the men working in the smelter. There were these pictures on the wall of a horse and wagon and some kegs of beer on the wagon.”After Prohibition was repealed in 1934, Joe Sadar recalled, “From out of nowhere, beer instantly appeared.”

In 1946, Jack and Frances Brinkerhoff purchased the business and renamed it the Shambles Inn. The bar and restaurant were well known for their beef chili, beef stew and pot roast sandwiches. In 1978, it was bought by the National Western and demolished for a parking lot.

Matt Sadar’s Saloon in 1903 in Elyria

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Robbery of the Vogel Mercantile

The headline from the April 2nd, 1920 edition of the Denver Post screamed "Clever Yeggs Crack Safe, Make Big Globeville Haul." A subhead continues, "Store Robbed of $1,000 and Merchandise."

"Blowing the safe with nitroglycerin, yeggmen obtained $1,000 in currency from the Vogel Mercantile store, 201 East Forty-fifth Avenue in Globeville, on Thursday night. They proceeded to carry away shoes, overalls and other merchandise valued at between $500 and $1,000. Also included in the loot were a Liberty bond valued at $50 and silver in the amount of $40 or $50.

The cleverness displayed by the robbers, who made a getaway without being observed or leaving any clew, leaves the police to believe the men were expert safe-crackers. Just enough nitroglycerin was used to blow the safe and still not make a report loud enough to be heard by persons near." 

The crime occurred late on a Thursday night without waking any of the neighbors, even though the safe was blown apart and the front window demolished. Men heading to work at the nearby stockyards on Friday morning alerted one of the proprietors, Henry Vogel, who began tallying up the losses.

Vogel concluded. "The robbers must have been familiar with our business and knew we cashed many checks from the stockyards on payday, which was yesterday. I am thankful that I took a bunch of endorsed checks home with me, or the loot would have been much larger." Patrolmen Anderson and Thomas from the stockyards station pronounced the job as one of the cleverest they had ever seen. 

Globeville was like a small town and a robbery like this was big news. In this immigrant neighborhood, people didn't trust banks, choosing to use taverns, grocers or ethnic fraternals for their financial services. Owners of taverns, and mercantile stores and officers of fraternal societies were a part of the community, who knew their neighbors and attended the same churches.They allowed residents to carry a tab and settle up at the end of the month (many workers were paid monthly). Likewise citizens could rely on these institutions to keep their money for them, cash checks, and grant loans. The mercantile would have lots of cash on hand, making it a tempting target for thieves.

According to grandson James Vogel, his grandfather Henry J. Vogel, bought the mercantile from the Globe Smelter in 1919. After the robbery and due to the health of his wife, the Vogels moved to Longmont later that year. Today the building is used as a residence.

Photo of the smelter store about 1913

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Letters from Slovenia

Grandson of Teja and Alphonz Princic, Luka Komic, and Mary Lou Egan

Letter from May 5th, 1948 

“Dearest Brother Andrew,

Thank God we received your letter – we were so happy. Apparently the families lost touch during the war and my grandpa had trouble locating them. This seems to have been their first contact since before World War II.  
Grandpa's sister was named Alojiza, (Louise) and she was married to Anton Korsic. The family's home was burned by the Nazis and they moved to the nearby town of Steverjan, which had been awarded to Italy. Each day, they had to cross a checkpoint and show their visas to work in their own vineyards in Gornje Cerovo. Two of her sons were killed during World War II.
Dreya, I’m telling you that we are now the last of this family. I had six boys and one girl, and now I have four boys and one girl. My health is not good because of the war.”  
Two subsequent letters included photos of the family and talks about each person. Alojiza promised to write and hoped that he would too. She hoped to get her children to write also. The last letter dates from 1957.
That's the end of the correspondence, but not the end of the story. 
With hard work, the independence of Slovenia, and the European Union, the family was able to open a tavern, osteria gostilna korsic, now famous for its food, wine and hospitality. On the "History" tab on their website, is the photo of
Alojiza's family, and the answer to many questions about grandpa's family.

Extended family at the osteria gostilna korsic

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Another visit with family

On Sunday, July 21, we again traveled to the church of St. Nicholas in Gornje Cerovo to attend Mass. Afterward, we went to the home of Aristeja and Alphonz Princic, and they prepared a meal for us. The meal was exquisite, with homemade soup, fresh greens and fruit, roast pork and potatoes and two kinds of pastry dessert. Anja and Petra had gone to Croatia for their scheduled vacation, so our driver, Ziga, was pressed into service to translate. He was also commanded to "Sit. Eat."

Then, out came the wine and the photos. Julie, Teresa and I were taking pictures of the photos with our iPhones, Ziga was translating and we were scribbling furiously. I was delighted to see that they had many of the same photos that were kept in the piano bench in the home in Globeville. 

Photo that hangs on the wall in Teja and Fonze's home

Our copy of the same photo 

 Fonze and cousins discussing the people in the photos

A grandson of Teja and Fonze, Luka, arrived. Luka is about twenty years old and can speak, read and write in English, so I asked if he could translate the letters I had brought with me. He graciously obliged and read three letters that were written in Slovenian: from 1948, 1949 and 1957.  More. . .

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Lorraine Loreda Granado - Your Light Still Shines

Jim and Lorraine Granado enjoying the pancake breakfast
at Holy Rosary parish

But your light still shines
It's one small star to guide me
And it helps me to hold back the dark
Your light's still shining in my heart
A verse from "One Small Star" by John McDermott

The communities of Globeville, Elyria and Swansea have lost a shining star. Lorraine Granado passed away Sunday, December 8th at home surrounded by those who loved her. She was 71 years old.
Lorraine spent her entire life working at making this world a more loving, kind, respectful place for all people. Her many accomplishments include a successful class action lawsuit against Asarco, the creation of many youth and family serving organizations and non-profits, and the creation of a park for families in her community. Her efforts still shine throughout the neighborhoods she served.
A Rosary celebrating Lorraine’s life will be held at Romero’s Funeral home,
47th and Tejon, on Thursday, December 11th at 3:00 pm with a viewing
from 2:00 -3:00 pm.
Her funeral will be held at Our Lady of Grace Church, 48th and Clayton, on Friday, December 13th, at 10:00 am with her burial immediately following at Mount Olivet Cemetery.