Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Croatian Fraternal Union 1924 20th Anniversary

20th Anniversary
Croatian Fraternal Union, St. Nicholas Lodge No. 304
1924
photo courtesy of Robyn Hrvoich Cubakovic
used with permission

Immigrants established some of the earliest organizations in Ambridge. Each sizable ethnic group had a club, or more than one.

This photo shows the members of Ambridge's Croatian Fraternal Union, St. Nicholas Lodge No. 304, at the organization's 20th Anniversary celebration in 1924.

Robyn Hrvoich Cubakovic's cousin, Danica Hrvojic, who was a two-year-old toddler being held by her father, Stjepan, when the photo was taken, gave her the photo. She's the little blond girl in the upper far left.

I don't have an exact date for the photo or the address of the building. The building in the photo is not either of the two addresses I have for the club: 1236 Merchant Street, then more recently, the now-empty 303 Fourteenth Street. I tried to find a building with the same brickwork, but was unsuccessful. There's a wallpaper business in the building to the right. Does anyone know where this building is/was? If so, please leave a comment.

Update March 5, 2015: The building in the photo wasn't in Ambridge according to this comment left on March 4. Thank you, Rob!:

"The original Croatian Home Lodge 304 was at 327 Merchant St. The original picture is at the CFU Home Office in Wilkins Twp.

Rob Keber, Vice President CFU Lodge 304"

3 comments:

  1. The original Croatian Home Lodge 304 was at 327 Merchant St. The original picture is at the CFU Home Office in Wilkins Twp.

    Rob Keber, Vice President CFU Lodge 304

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    1. Rob, thank you so much for that information. Now I can stop trying to figure out where in Ambridge the building in the photo is/was.

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    2. nancy i think that building is the long block of 12th st, (riverside) beer garden on corner, slaviks grocery close by, kardas restaurant mid block etc as in other comments within.

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