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March 8, 1942: Andja and Nikola Mamula in front of their home at 2716 Sarah Street, on Pittsburgh's South Side, with 3rd grandchild, Milana (Mim) Karlo Bizic
Andja Mamula Mamula was a strong woman, way ahead of her time, and a real leader of the Pittsburgh area South Side Serbians, respected by both the women AND men for her knowledge, her love for all things Serbian and Orthdox, and her beloved family. I'm so proud to be able to call her my "Baba." While here, I also want to honor the memory of my other Baka, Stana Batalo Karajlovich-Karlovich-Karlo. She too, was a wonderful grandmother, but much more quiet and reserved. Andja never hesitated to stand and give a speech whenever asked to speak what was on her mind, which she readily did!
1936-January 20: Sveti Jovan's Day. She was sorry 2 of her 7 children were elsewhere in the world..."Oni su daleko u tudjem svetu od svoih roditelja i brace i sestara ali samo Boze daj njima zdravlje u svetu. Danas je Krsna Slava moga gospodara. (Today was the Krsna Slava of her "Boss," --her beloved husband she teasingly called boss, as it was her old Slava too! "Sproveli smo vrlo lepo i imali vrlo lepu posetu dan nije mogla biti bolja. Ljudi svi moje stari prijatelji---Mr. Kosilja i Jim iz mlina (the day was wonderful, all of her old friends and Mr. Kosilja and all of my grandfather's friends from J&L Steel Company (Mill), and Mr. Branko Pekic. It just couldn't have been better, thanks be to God, that there were so many here. It was hard for me because my George and Rose were not with us, but thank God they are healthy. We all sat around until 3 o'clock in the morning when I decided to go to sleep. There was such a big snow today, the kind we rarely see--the biggest ever, probably, but there was no snow in OUR yard... because all of the men cleaned it. My Josip and Jim and so many others, even though George was not here to help them. Finished."
Apparently, it was more than one day celebration.... The next day, Dragic came, Mr. Buncic and Mr. Musulin too! And Naka Trbovich.
· 1937-January 20: Djedo Nikola took the kolach and koljivo and gave $6.00 donation to the church in Sv. Jovan's name. (Uncle) Steve, her son, announced that he obtained a marriage license to marry his girlfriend, Ann. There were so many friends and Kumovi here, along with Mr. Pekic and Fr. Markovich. He talked a lot about beautiful things and it just couldn't be nicer. Later in the evening, about 11 o'clock, many happy relatives of our Pi came, and I was so happy. Naka came then too, and helped me along with my kids. All of Latinka's (Laura's) gang was here too, coming at midnight. Milica (Aunt Peep) went to bed a little bit early, but Marta and Beba (Latinka-Laura) went to bed at 4:30. They really worked hard, and I'm finishing this diary very tired but happy.
· I'm laughing because Baba wrote the next day about how the house was "Sve blatno," and smelled terrible from cigarette smoke!
1938-January 20: "Today is our holy St. Jovan's day, the Krsna Slava of my husband. May God grant it to be lucky (sretna). Nikola (her husband) went to our Mother Church (mater crkvu) and took our Kolac and Koljivo with Marta and George. I'm working here at home with my other daughters. Marta brought home all kinds of cakes too, but everyone was raving about our kolach! Our priest was here....and friends from locations everywhere-- "prijatelji sa svih strana!" Pi had to work, and I was so sorry about that. Joe didn't feel well, and that was my hardest "briga." Little Andji came with Tetak Dusan and his family and so many other friends.
1939-January 20: Today is our dear Sveti Jovan, our Krsna Slava of my husband and our home, and all of our family members from where I was born. ("Danas je Sveti mili Jovan-Krsna Slava moga gospodara i moje kuce i familije gdje sam se ja rodila." May God grant that it is a happy and greetings to all who celebrate this dear day through the ages. (svi drugi ostali u godina dana). Today was a very beautiful day. The trees are lovely with their heavy snow-laden branches, like white wreaths from snow fallen several days ago. Milica is working and Beba Laura is in school, but she came home early. Our Josephine is helping in the house. George took our Kolach to our mother Church. He gave $3 and for $1 he bought a candle. Thanks be to God for our many blessings. Everything looks so wonderful around the house and any minute now, we're waiting for our Kumovi and friends and for the rest of my dear children. Pi, Marty, Milica, they all game. At 8:00 PM came our priest and we all turned the kolach. And the koljivo was something so special. Our house was so full of happiness and love that I never saw such a wonderful time here... Our whole house was happy. Fr. Popovich I could listen to all the time. So many of our friends and kumovi were here, and I was so happy as you could hear us until 5:30 AM!. "Jako sam vesela da je tako bilo. Culismo do 5:30 AM! Beba Latinka (Laura) had to get up early to go to school, but she was so tired!
· 1940--- I looked to see what happened the day before Sveti Jovan. There's Baba, January 19 saying, "It is now 5:30 AM, our "Sveto milo Bogojavljenje" ----isn't she wonderful? So knowledgeable about all church things she loved! Teta Eva (Dusan's 2nd wife, as his wife Marta for whom Aunt Marty was named, died very young.) made a lot of sarmas because I wasn't feeling well and couldn't even open my eyes! Steve's Ani is helping her too, as I'm laying so sick.
1940-January 20- It's now 5 o'clock AM. I got up early to find a big cold outside. But it is our dear Krsna Slava Sveti Jovan. I don't feel well, however, but I don't want my children to know...I want them to celebrate this day in health, but my heart is breaking. My dear beba (Laura) is in the hospital. My Milica is far away. I have to endure. May God grant Marta everything good for how good she is to all of us. The priest came at 12:00 and blessed our Krsna Slava Kolach and then I went back to bed after we had a beautiful rich lunch. There were many of our lovely friends here, but I didn't have my Milica or my baby (Laura). I'm so sorry.
(Aunt Rose was helping her a lot the next day—and mopped the floors afterwards. Baba was feeling a little better. "Ruza jako radi po kuci. Sve je posudje ocistla. Poselen je sve ribala. Jase malo bolje osecam. Ruza ide na drustvenu sednicu ako se odmaram.) Rose is going to a meeting.
My dear Laura called. Marti and Pi went to the show, while all of the rest of us at home were reading. Some were resting. Mr. Musulin was here and we talked very nicely (jako smo se lepo razgovoili) until he left about 10:00 PM. I then went back to bed. I’m so sorry that I felt like this because before I could jump around on my legs like a racing horse!
1941-Sunday January 19-Bogojavljene-
Rano sam ustala Sveta Nedjeja. Lepo jutro da ne moze biti lepse. Pa o malen bel sneg a sve se dobra povani zamrzlo. Skripi malen pod nogama sneg. Svaki covek koji ima brkove-visimu ledenica kao o sveca niz brkove.
Da nasnji dan toje Bogojavljenje. Bogojavlenje mora leda a koga nema donesti ili a koga previse razbiti. To je Srpska prca I toje tacno. Bilasam u Bucarni. Poslem ja mesila malo hlebai Liturgiju, deca spremaju celi dan po kuci spremamose za Krsnu Slava Sveti Jovan. Daj Boze da dodje sretan. Moja Marta malo lese osecise. To mije naj milije. Imam briga ali moram da prelazim preko nji. Nije lako. Al se mora savrsijem.
1941-Monday, January 20, 1941
Sada je 4:30 AM. Jasam rano ustala. Sveti Mili Jovan. Osvanu o da nemoze lepse biti. Neki idu radititi fala Bogu I Svetom Jovanu.
Milica ide u mater crkvu, nosi kolac, vino I zito. To se zove Koljivo. Darovala $5 na mater crkvu I upalila vecu svecu.
Mi se pripremamo za docek gosti. Nije moglo biti lepse I Bogatije. Moj Stevan I Ani dosli u 3 sata. Bilisu svi moji Kumovi, moji Prijateli iz friduma (Freedom, PA). Dosta ljudi iz ofis Mr. Pekic, I Karlo’s Joyce, some Mervoshs, moja Nak, Ruza, Fraenk I cela familija. Nije bijo moj Dusan, zao mije.
Sve je bilo tiho I mirno, u lepu veselju I razgovoru. Jasam jako bila zadovolja. Bila ovde moja lepa prijateljim Mr. Markovich.
19th: I got up early for Holy Sunday. A beautiful morning that couldn’t be any nicer, A little white snow fell and everything outside froze. It will be easy to fall when your legs touch the snow. Men who have moustaches have ice on them like wax melting from candles.
Today is our Epiphany. You need ice on Epiphany and who doesn’t have it, they bring it or they will break it too easily???? That is a Serbian saying and its true. I went to the Butcher Shop. Afterwards I mixed up a little Liturgy bread. The kids and we were working all day in the house to get ready for our Slava of St. John. May God grant that this day passes well. My Marty is feeling better, and that’s my greatest happiness.
St. John’s Day: Monday, January 20, 1941. It’s 4:30 AM. I got up early as today is our dear St. Jovan. Outside it can’t be a nicer day, thanks be to God and St. Jovan. Milica is taking the kolach, wine and zito (wheat) to church. That’s called KOLJIVO. She gave $5.00 for our Mother Church and lit a huge candle for us.
We’re preparing and waiting for our guests. It couldn’t have been nicer or richer. My Stevan and Annie came at 3:00 PM. Our Kumovi were here and our dear friends from Freedom, PA. (Uncle Pi’s relatives!) Many people from the SNF office came… Mr. Pekic and Aunt Lepa (Karlo’s Joyce), some Mervoshs, my Nellie, Rose, Frank and their whole family, but our Dushan didn’t come, I was sorry.
Everything was quiet and peaceful and we had beautiful conversations. I was so happy. My good friend, Mr. Markovich, was also here.
April 6, 1941: Mike Bozic's Christening and GERMAN WAR ON SERBIA
April 6, 1941, I read in Baba Andja Mamula's diary: “Danas je Sveta Mati Nedjelja. Ja sam rano ustala. Ja spremam u mater Crkvu. Ja, Nikola, Eni, moga Stevana. Mi smo se spremali za pricast. Dase izpovidimo i Gospodu Bogu pomolimo.” (Today was Holy Mother Sunday. I got up early and am ready to go to our Mother Church with husband Nikola, daughter-in-law Annie, my son Stevan. We prepared for Confession and Communion and to pray to God.)
“Nas vozi Marta. Milica ostaje kod kuce kuvati uzinu.” (Aunt Marty Belosh was taking them, and Aunt Millicent Bobik–“Aunt Peep”- was staying home to cook lunch.)
“U crkvu nije moglo biti lepse I bilo dosta naroda. Vidlasam dosta Prijatelja I Kumova. Mi smo dosli kuchi. Milica nas lepo docekala.” (It couldn’t be any nicer in church and there were lots of people. I saw a lot of friends and Kumovi. Then we came home where Milica (Aunt Peep) had a lovely lunch prepared.)
Baba continued: “Poslen uzine, mi idemo u Okland na Veliki Koncert. Nije moglo biti lepse i sveta vise. I tuj sam vidla dosta Prijatelja.” (After lunch, we went to a big Concert in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh. It couldn’t be nicer and any better. There I also saw many friends.”
“Mene je Marta I Paj kuci dovezli a oni su prosli I Otac Petkovic na Krstano Kumstovo!”
Aunt Marty and Uncle Pi took her home, and then they picked up Fr. Petkovic to go to the Christening of their little Kum (Michael Bozic!) (By the way, Fr. Petkovic was a wonderful artist and the SERB WORLD magazine did an article on him.)
“Dosao kod nas Mr. Musulin. Mismo dugo razgovarali. Pai I Marta dosli u 2:30 AM.” Well, it seems Mr. Musulin came to visit the older folks, but Aunt Marty and Uncle Pi must have had a grand time at Mike’s Christening because they didn’t come home until 2:30 AM!
Thinking only about Christenings of today, I forgot that many times in the past the Priest came to the houses to bless babies, especially if there were any worrisome health issues! One mystery solved! But not enough for my inquiring mind.
Baba and her friends attended a "Veliki Koncert" in "Okland" where she saw lots of Kumovi and friends. Where did she attend this concert? Who was performing? Was it at the Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland? After exhausting my leads, I called the Carnegie Library for help. Research confirmed that nothing was going on at the Carnegie Music Hall on April 6, 1941. No mention of any war.
A quick Google scan using the date and “Serbia” brought forth a slew of options, and Wikipedia confirmed that on that date, April 6, 1941, the Germans destroyed the Yugoslav Royal Palace built by King Peter I on King Milan Street in downtown Belgrade, and also the Royal Palace in Dedinje, built by King Alexander. Other main structures destroyed in which the Germans code named Operation Punishment were the Central Railway station in Belgrade, and the beautiful National Library. Over 300,000 unique items, including priceless manuscripts, were destroyed in the bombing of the National Library.
The Luftwaffe had bombed the city without any declaration of war on Palm Sunday, and continued bombing until April 10, the more than 500 bombing sorties coming in three waves from Romania where the German forces had assembled for the big attack on Russia.
Of course, Americans didn't have instant news like now. That terrible news came via the radio while Baba was cleaning the house the next day, and she cursed out "prokleti" Hitler in her diaries. After Mrs. Vukelich from the corner had visited a little, “a ja opet po malo po kuci spremam---I slusam ove tuzne I zalosne vesti iz Staroga Kraja sto radi Prokleti Hitler od naroda. Ali muse Srbin nece po pusti ti makar poginuli sve do jednoga. Srbin je mnogo muke pretrpijo. Pretrpilo muski I Junacki. Bog ce dati pace take I sade.” After Mrs. Vukelich’s little morning visit, “I went back again to cleaning a little around the house, and I heard this terrible and sad news from the Old Country about what that damn Hitler did to our people. But Serbs will never give in, even if they all die, one by one. The Serb endured so much tragedy thrust on our men and heroic soldiers. But God was there then and He will be now.”
There was a big threat of a steel strike. The CIO Steel Worker's Organizing Committee had summoned representatives from Carnegie-Illinois Steel Corporation. Philip Murray and his lieutenants met in the Wm. Penn Hotel to hear Murray's unsuccessful SECOND attempt to Big Steel for wage increase of 10 cents per hour, exclusive bargaining rights, etc.
How dare they ask for such an amount? Because the Pittsburgh Press had an article that said that on April 4, 1941, it was DIVIDENDS AGAINST WAGES. "Last year U.S. Steel paid its stockholders a million dollars. This year it should pay 156 million, but the Union is demanding a raise for its workers."
The Coal Miners wanted a $1.00 a day raise. Also, the Southern operators were making 40 cents in wages less than their Northern counterparts.
Ford Motor Co. auto workers had shut down 34 smaller plants, with 125,000 out of work.
"Up until 3 months ago, no Italian was ever heard to speak ill of the House of Savoy. In recent months, though, with bitter hatred as they feel Victor Emmanuel is bankrupt morally, following Mussolini. They say present Pope has condoned Fascism and has accepted a German victory as inevitable, but there is no evidence to back that up." (Whitaker)
Remember me mentioning above how the Luftwaffe bombed the city of Belgrade without any declaration of war on Palm Sunday, and continued bombing until April 10, the more than 500 bombing sorties coming in three waves from Romania where the German forces had assembled for the big attack on Russia?
Ruth Mitchell (Sister of General Billy Mitchell, and the "Father of the U.S. Air Force" wrote in her book THE SERBS CHOSE WAR, how in the "Yugoslav" Military, Croatians had given the Germans all the exact locations of every air base and military targets, so the Germans had direct hits everywhere.
The German Luftwaffe was led by Alexander Lohr, dropping 218.5 tons of bombs, on the main post office, the telegraph office, railway stations, power plants and barracks.
They killed more than 5,000 (another article called STRATEGIC BOMBING DURING WWII in Wikipedia says 17,000) innocent Serbs, and destroyed thousands of buildings. Sir William Stevenson wrote "After 4 days of what the Germans code-named OPERATION PUNISHMENT, some 24,000 corpses were recovered from the ruins.
Why the bombing? Because even though Prince Paul had joined the Axis succumbing to pressure on March 25, 1941, the SERBIAN PEOPLE staged an anti-Axis coup, replacing Prince Paul with King Peter II on the throne. Hitler was so outraged, he took this as a personal insult, and without waiting, decided to destroy Yugoslavia militarily and as a nation. As a personal note, may I add, they're still at it.
The "Veliki Concert" Baba Andja attended was with the famous pianist, Esther Jonsson (note spelling), who played for most of the crowned heads of Europe. She became an authority on the music of the Balkans. She was an American of Swedish ancestry, from the north woods of Michigan, but later lived in Amarillo, Texas.
By 1935 her tours of southern Europe had led to a fascination with the music of the Balkans. In 1938 her study of Slavic music took her to southern Serbia. Equipped with a recording machine and movie camera, she sought out the music of villages where the radio had not yet intruded. The expedition to such isolated communities, sometimes little known even to scholars, necessitated both guides and frequent travel by burro. Esther Jonsson's collecting efforts may have been inspired in part by the ambitious program of field recordings made in Yugoslavia by Milman Parry and Albert Bates Lord in the mid-1930s. She translated some of the folk music she studied during these years into piano compositions and incorporated her films and recordings in her concerts whenever she performed Balkan music for American audiences. She also published articles about Balkan music and began work on a book-length manuscript concerning that subject.
Her music, which she deemed the “music of the people,” was broadcast in London, Vienna, Paris and New York. The National Broadcasting Company included her in the inaugural radio program of the Dance International Festival.”
Ms. Jonsson traveled to tiny villages, some never having seen any outside women before, traveling down the mountain regions by donkey to record their "picturesque, intricate, age-old songs and dances.”
In the Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette photos, she was wearing one of the colorful, richly brocaded costumes of the Serbian mountain women for the Oakland concert that began at 2:30 PM in the Schenley Hotel’s Main Ballroom, now part of Pitt’s Student Union!
Esther was hailed both as an interpreter of Mozart and as an authority on Balkan music. In the summer of 1938 she went to study the music of the peasants in the remote mountain regions of Southern Serbia. At the Oakland concert, she showed her films, lectured, and played the piano, under the auspices of the Serb National Federation and the Tri-State Yugoslav Cultural Club. She noted:
“Yugoslavia is a country of great contrasts, but from one end to another you will find that the people sing and dance as naturally as we talk, sometimes in rhythms that would be difficult for the finest of our symphony orchestras. Their music is among the best of the moderns. They're the singingnest people of all Europe.... and their fighting's as good as their singing and dancing.”
Miss Jonsson, appearing in one of her Serbian folk blouses, took time to talk about their wonderful native costumes. “Girls start sewing their marriage clothing early. In fact, after they’re married, they have so much clothing their husbands need not buy them more.” “The people,” Miss Jonsson said, “are the most likable in Europe, completely unspoiled.”
She had a strong admiration for the Yugoslavs. “They’re terrific fighters. They either like you or dislike you.” She added, “On top of that, they very independent. They aren't very fond of Hitler, and as soon as this trouble developed, I knew they were going to fight!" (She was talking about the Serbian people’s uprising against Prince Paul’s decision to join the Axis.)
I’m sure Ms. Jonsson, speaking in the Schenley Hotel’s Main Ballroom that afternoon, had no idea about Mike Bozic’s Christening that day, nor of the terrible destruction Hitler and his German Luftwaffe would rein down on those “most likable people in Europe” that very same day.
I don't know to whom I should thank for this wonderful image.... but it says, "Don't ever forget who was you grandfather...." (Don't forget your roots!)
"My Beba (her baby Latinka) had her little girl and all went well. Thank God, that was so fast and over. My Milica ran around a lot (lecela!) and worked hard. I went there and saw my Latinka and her Baby were doing well. Our Marty was at Latinka's too. Milica came home and went to sleep. I thought to myself, "If only our Rose could be here too." My girls are like doctors, they know so much, but I don't know anything.
Milica (Aunt Peep) was at Latinka's until she got so tired she had to go to bed. Marty and Paj (Pi) bought all kinds of rich things for the baby (Milana). Marty stayed there until 11:00. (Perhaps Milica did TOO much running around as she was sick the next day!)
August 1: Serbian Day at Kennywood, 1941: Our Chappy came home, and we all went to Kennywood. George, Milica, Paj (Pi) and Marty, who was dressed in such a wonderful outfit she looked like a peacock.
August 2: My Steve and Ann went to see Latinka and Milana, on this glorious St. Elijah's Day.
August 3: Otac (Fr.) Petkovic went to Latinka's house and all the Mamula relatives from Butler, PA were there too.
It's exciting to be able to know exactly what when on that August 17, 1941:
Baba was there early at my mother and dad's house. Aunt "Marty (Belosh) went to get Fr. Petkovic in the machine. (Car). We were there while Father blessed and baptized the baby. It was so nice. Marty was singing and tears were coming from my eyes. I would like my Marty and Josip to have children. (They were older). There are children all over America. I saw my Josip on the street and we talked very nicely. Josephine isn't doing well. (Then a few words best left unsaid). Baba then continues: "A lot of our very nice and old friends came and some new ones were at Laura's. My Joe came and my Annie and Steve. My Ann (daughter-in-law) would do anything for me and my family. May God pay my Marty and Paj (Pi) for everything they do."
A few days later, Baba, Aunt Marty, Uncle Pi and his sister Honey Pivar went to Freedom, PA to see Uncle Pi's mother, who was quite ill.
August 21, 1941: They were at the Kolo Srpski Sestara (KSS) meeting of the women of the St. Sava Church to knit items for the American Red Cross. Luckily, Aunt Peep (Milica) got a job this day too!
Sunday: August 24, 1941:
"Bila sam malo kod moje Bebe. Mala Beba lepa i napredna, da ne moze bolje biti, fala Bogu! Milo mije." (Nice to know your Baba thought you were so pretty and "advanced," and couldn't be any better! :-)
How did they manage? (January 1941)
Papi Nikola Mamula got a check every month from his job as a Supervisor in Jones & Laughlin Steel Mill for $49.81. (Don't forget, he mostly worked 12 hours a day, at least 6 days/week.)
Uncle Pi gave $20.
Milica $20 (of her winnings!)
House Rent from the USS Steelworkers of America: $35
Latinka (Laura) paid her own insurance for the 1st time of $14.00 in March, 1941.
Djuki (Uncle Chappy) sent home $35
Laura gave $30 to help (Christmas gift); Mother's Day $5 while Stevan and Annie gave $2 for Mother's Day...Joe and Josephine $5.
Aunt Marty pitched in another $15 in July.
5 tons of coal=$15
Frank & Seder (Store) $14
Beer & Whiskey: $8
Heller's (Butcher) $22.50
Mrs. Ivanovic (Grocery) $30
Milan's Kum: $15 gift
Kosanovic Kumovi $15
KSS dues: $3.50
Church dues: $3.00
Gas & Electric: $11
Church donations $25
Hellers & Milk: $29
Mrs. Ivanovic $24 again
Random Diary Entries from 1948 I shared with my Mamula cousins.There were a lot of wonderful little tidbits in there....
For instance, when young Nick Mamula was born.... Aunt Marty bought all the Christening clothes. And the family had all worked together preparing for days in advance, making bread, cookies and sarmas. I loved the part where at the end of the ceremony, the priest takes the boy baby (not girls---they only get to the front), in this case, Nicky Mamula, inside the altar for a special blessing as they walk through there. Anyway, everyone smiled as young Paul Mamula Belosh (only a couple of years old), followed the priest in! :-)
Aunt Marty really kept everything together and when she went to visit the Roncevich's in Ohio, their Kumovi, it was like the place fell apart. Not that EVERYONE didn't help. They all pitched in buying food, clothing, cleaning (and Aunt Peep always washing the windows), but it was like Aunt Marty was the glue. Papi got desperately sick, but when Aunt Marty came, he got better..... the doctor was in and out MANY times for Papi in this book. I don't think he was easy to live with, either....
Oh yes, and when baby Paul went with them, her house was empty---PRAZNA---
and Baba said she felt like Majka Jugovic (the one who lost her husband and 9 sons in the Battle of Kosovo!)
Baba loved having her grandkids there.... and we all played together. Aunt Marty took us (Mim, Marty Ann, Rosie and George) to Kennywood for some kind of Jeannette (Djunet) Mill picnic.... God bless her!
Another time, Good Friday, April 30, 1948 for us, Baba mentions how all her little dear (Milijem unukami) "peeps" were with her, dying Easter eggs!
And on that same day, at 12:00 noon, her DJURAC (Uncle Chappy-George Mamula) came home.
(By the way, some lady called Baba and told her that Aunt Marty had left 1:00 PM. the day before!)
Her George had brought her STRENGTH and good health.
We all went to church on Easter because Baba put the stuff on the stove at 8:00 AM. "The kids looked so beautiful. Aunt Marty went to pick Uncle Steve and family up, and Uncle Pi took them all home. She said Uncle Pi was like a taxi driver.... he had only come home from Chicago at 2:30 in the afternoon!
Baba loved May 6, because it was St. George's Day, and the day of the Serbian Uprising against the Turks! :-) (Now you know where I get my ZEAL!)
Uncle Pi and Aunt Marty went to Uncle Pi's Aunt's house as it was their Slava.
On Mother's Day, Sunday, May 9, everyone came. Some bought her flowers, some gave money, and other things. Uncle Chappy sent a beautiful telegram and in it was a monetary gift. When Uncle Pi and Aunt Marty went to Uncle Pi's mother, taking flowers for her grave. Evica and Sam Mamula from Butler came, and Tetak Dusan.
Sunday, June 6, 1948. No church services in Pittsburgh as the priest and lots of people went to Steubenville. "Today they are blessing their church, "Visoki Decani" May God grant them much luck and happiness.
Aunt Marty took them to Milica's house near Kennywood (Ke ne vud Park) with Latinka, and then she went to Ruza's.
BIG DAY NEWS: June 16, 1948. "it's so cold its like it is going to snow. My Marta doesn't feel well. I always have something to worry about. My Rose is going to the Doctor. I can hardly wait to hear the news they are going to tell me about what the doctor says. It's like we're living in HARD DAYS (Teske Dane). Nikola is feeling better, thank God. I have to bear all of this. Marta came from the doctors, and she brought me terrible, horrible news. It was like my heart was going to break. She told me that Mileva (Teta Mileva Mervosh) got a letter that my dear and never to be forgotten Brother Stevo died. May God bless his soul for all the many gifts he gave us!"
(He was the brother that sent for Andja, Rade and Marta. When Rade got killed in the mill, and Marta died very early, shortly after giving birth), Stevo, blaming himself for their early deaths, went back to Yugoslavia with his family!)
Next day: I got up real early as I wasn't able to sleep al night from my Veliki (BIG!) sorrow of the news that my brother died. I can't believe my brother died and I have heard nothing from my family, just what Mileva told us. Thank God he didn't suffer long. He had such a hard life! He endured EVERY kind of "muka" (Sorrow) from the time he went off to the First World War in 1918 (That means he was a Dobrovoljac -Serbian Volunteer) as he was still living in America until then, I think!) He was a prisoner of war in Russia for three years, in slavery, and after that in the hospital. Then 1942! His son and his wife died (Second World War). Again he endured every kind of evil, even though he was older, and then was in Italy again where he suffered. More sorrows. I'm writing all of this with tears in my eyes and my hands shaking."
Baba talked about him almost every day. On Sunday, July 11, she went to church and bought a candle for "my dear brothers, Stevo and Rade. Bless them and make their memories eternal. Now I have no brothers and no sister. I am left alone, with only memories sad and sorrowful for them. May God grant them a better life in His Heavenly Kingdom. I'm writing this with tears pouring from my eyes. My Marty is going to see Mr. Senjan with the kids.
Tuesday, the last day of school, June 22, 1948. We all got our report cards, and won't go back until September. But they all went to see King PETER. "May God grant him good health and LEADERSHIP. The hall was full. Our King couldn't have been nicer! He shook everyone's hand. Then we all went to the Schenley Hotel. There was a very rich dinner, lots of great speeches by the leaders, and our King spoke. I saluted him 3 times. He got up and put a glass in his hand full of wine, and salute me, in front of ALL the people!"
June 26: "Milan is going to Chicago with my Milana. May God grant that they go and return with good fortune. Uncle Pi and Aunt Mary went for Tommy and the kids to "Arlen" Park. Arlington Park They all left after supper, and Marty is taking them all hope like a "Teksi."
JUNE 28, 1948. VIDOV DAN and Kosovo!
"That day is a sad and sorrowful one for all those who know their history. On that day, the Serbian Kingdom fell and the Serbs have suffered since. But they would never yield to be slaves and bow down (to the Turks). God willing, one day they will raise the Serbian Resurrection (Srpstovo Voskresne!).
JULY 18, 1948: TAKE HEED! There was a BIG PARASTOS in church today for General Draza Mihailovich.
July 23, 1948: "My Milica called. She's a little sick. Right away, Marty and Pi went to her. They took her to the hospital. The kids are with me. The kids are real clean and well dressed. Oh the wait.... but at 12:15, thank God, my Djul (Uncle Jules) called to tell me about the birth of our little girl baby. Healthy little baby, thanks be to God. (Our "Little Latinka--our Lorraine!) Milica is real good, only she's yelling that she's hungry! Marty took the kids to Rose's because it will be easier for them there.
July 24, Aunt Marty went to town and brought a lot of things because she's going on vacation, but first she went to see Milica. Marta, Reenie, Little Paul and little Marty An went.
July 25: My baby Latinka and Josephine were here. They went to see Milica and said she looks real good, thanks to God. Latinka went to our Rose to see the kids. I'm going to wash some clothes form the kids.. Rose, Steve called and Josip was here.
Aunt Peep came home from the hospital on Wednesday, July 28.
The SSF Festival was in Pittsburgh this year, on Memorial Day, and they all attended.
Aunt Rose had to go to the doctor a lot too. But she was always there watching the kids too.
In the meantime, Uncle Pi was the chauffeur for so many people. For instance, although Aunt Anne and Uncle Steve and baby Nicky came by taxi later, Uncle Pi always took them home. (He was the one who took Aunt Anne to the hospital to have Nicky too!)
When Aunt Peep went to the hospital, Aunt Rose watched the two boys (Jules and Joey) along with her own tribe. And lo and behold, it was a Baby Girl! Our Lorraine!
Aunt Peep was in the hospital for a few days, and when Uncle Pi and Aunt Marty took the boys home, they ran to their mother (Aunt Peep) and hugged her like there was no tomorrow! Baba wrote, "There is nothing like the love of a mother." "They fell all over her from happiness."
They all worked again, preparing for the Christening.... Friday, August 13 they were working away making kolaches and cookies for Milica's baby.
On Saturday they were all making sarmas. Teta Eva was there too, helping. "And still no word from my brother's house."
SUNDAY: August 15, 1948: THE CHRISTENING!! "I got up early at 5 o'clock and thanked God for this Holy Day. I put our big pots on to cook. At 7:00 ako Bog da, we are going to having the christening of our baby, who is being given the name of Little Latinka. I am so happy. My Josephine came and our Kumovi. They're going for Miliac and the baby. JULES HAS TO WORK! He's so sick about it! My Steve came and his whole family. Marica and Shimbo came. Paj is taking them one at a time home like a "teksi ker". It was real nice! Also here, was our Annie (Francza) Molchen Popovich) from Embridga (Ambridge).
Oh, I have to share this with all of you: Aunt Josephine won the Lottery for $1000! One thousand dollars! Can you imagine that in 1948?
I know I worked for $4700.00 a whole year in 1964 (16 years later!) in Hopewell School District after I married Gus!
Anyway, right away she gave Papi $50, Baba $50, and she bought NEW SHOES for ALL of the kids!!! Very generous!