100 Years of Faith

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 28
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1996
Type Text
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Language eng
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
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Title 100 Years of Faith
Description 100 Years of Faith Carl Carpenter Non Professional Honorable Mention Short Story On October 27. 1894, in the village of Gyorkony, Hungary, a daughter was bom to Karl Koch and Ersebet Czeh. It was their second child and they gave her the name Mary. Their first child had died in infancy. Little did Karl and Ersebet know that Mary would spend sixty years of her life in Manti, Utah, and live to celebrate her 100th birthday. When she was born there was a Czar in Russia, a Kaiser in Germany, and an Emperor in Austria-Hungary; Grover Cleveland was President of the United States and Wilford Woodruff was President of the LDS church. The Gyorkony area is grape-growing country, and there were many vineyards in the vicinity, one of which belonged to Karl. He made a decent living, but life in Austria-Hungary In 1894 was becoming difficult. When Mary was one year old. they moved to Budapest where Karl worked on the railroad. The work was not to his liking, so the little family moved back to Gyorkony. Two more daughters joined the little family: Theresa and Julia. About this time Karl and Ersebet began thinking of emigrating to the United States. Karl's older brother Adam had emigrated and persuaded him to come. Karl left his family in the care of their Grandmother Czeh and went to America. Six months later, the family left Gyorkony and arrived at Ellis Island, New York, on September 1, 1900. Karl had settled in Cincinnati, Ohio, and they arrived there Just in time for Mary to start school. It didn't take Mary long to learn the English language. At one time she recalled she knew three languages-Hungarian. German and English. Things did not go well for the Koch family in Cincinnati. A fourth daughter, Elizabeth, had been born in December 1900. and a son, Nicholas in May 1903; but both children died in a diphtheria epidemic within a week of each other. The Koch family was heartbroken and decided to go back to Gyorkony. Mary was ten years old and did not want to go back to Hungary, but had no choice. She made up her mind that when she was old enough she would return to the United States- Mary longed to return to America. When she turned seventeen, her parents consented to let her go. She was under age and so was required to have a sponsor living in the United States. Her Uncle 86
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 28
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 326675
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