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 BOHEMIA'S FIRST HOUSES


                      


 

When the Kratochvil's, Vavra's and Koula's settled in the area in 1855, it fell to Joseph Koula, a cabinet maker, to build homes.The house on the right was on Smithtown Avenue. The picture is undated. The building eventually became part of Frank Huml's cigar factory until the 1930s. 

The small building in the center  was the home built for Jan and Barbara Vavra. This picture, undated, still has the outside water pump and  bucket. The house was also on Smithtown Avenue where it later belonged to Theodore Kruta, one of the town's butchers.




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2022 SCHEDULE

NEXT MEETING
OCT 16, 2022, 2:00 pm


APR 2, 2:00 pm
Meeting photos

MAY 15, 2022
Meeting photos pending

June 11, 2:00 pm
Meeting photos


1920  -  2020
BOHEMIA'S WAR MEMORIAL
BOHEMIA'S MEMORIAL HONORING THOSE MEN WHO HAD SERVED IN WORLD WAR I WAS DEDICATED ON JULY 5, 1920.  A COMMITTEE HAD RAISED $350 ($4650 TODAY) TO BUILD THE MONUMENT. IT STANDS ON THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF SMITHTOWN AVENUE AND CHURCH STREET, ON THE GROUNDS OF WHAT WAS THEN THE PUBLIC SCHOOL. 
THE MONUMENT HAS THE NAMES OF THE 23 MEN FROM BOHEMIA WHO SERVED IN THE WAR.
NONE WERE KILLED BUT ONE WAS WOUNDED.
THE NAMES REFLECT THE CZECH CHARACTER OF THE VILLAGE AT THE TIME.
WORLD WAR I WAS TO BE THE WAR THAT ENDED ALL WARS. UNFORTUNATELY, ONLY 21 YEARS LATER AN EVEN MORE DESTRUCTIVE WAR BROKE OUT. 121 BOHEMIA MEN AND WOMEN SERVED AND 7 DIED.
THE WORLD WAR II ADDITION WAS DEDICATED NOV. 9,1947.
THE MONUMENT TODAY HAS MARKERS IN REMEMBRANCE OF ALL THOSE WHO SERVED IN THE CONFLICTS SINCE THEN.
 
 MAY IT NOT BE NECESSARY TO ADD ANY MORE MARKERS!

We celebrated the 2022 BHS scholarship award winner, Evan Mistler, at our June meeting. Evan is the Connetquot High School saluatorian. 

Evan acquired a 103.4 GPA and is an advanced placement scholar with distinction. He is a member of the national honor society and world language and tri-m honor societies and received the distinction of 
becoming a Rensselaer medalist as a junior.

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