St. Mary's "Children's Lodge" circa 1896
Malenky Nakpairat shared this photo. She
This picture is said to be of
St. Mary's Byzantine Church School. I
would date it at around 1896. My father, John Malenky, is in the first
row, fourth from the right. Born in 1890, he is wearing a cap and
appears to be about 6 years old. My grandfather, George Malenky, said
to be a founder of the church, may be the gentleman with the mustache
and hat standing at top row on far left of photo.
In addition to being a founding member, John Malenky was also
a saloon proprietor and bottler, and he had his home, saloon and
bottling works on Fern Street on the other side of the street from the
St. Mary's original church building is to the right of the photo, and
the street was unpaved at the time the photo was taken. Fern Street is
on a hill, so this photo is tilted to look somewhat level, but you can
see the amount of tilt by looking at the building that I am guessing
may have been
the rectory. At this time the parish, founded primarily by immigrants
from Carpatho-Ruthenia, would have been approximately 10 years old.
Correction: In St. Mary's 75th anniversary booklet, 1962, p.55, this
labeled “Childrens Lodge”. There was not yet an official school
associated with the
church in those early years, and I assume that this Children's Lodge
would have functioned in its place for these young students.