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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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BOHEMIA'S FIRST CHURCHES




  SERVICES WERE HELD OCCASIONALLY IN HOMES IN BOHEMIA LED BY REV. JOHN PRESCOTT OF ST. ANN'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN SAYVILLE. IN 1886, A CHURCH SEATING 30 WAS BUILT IN BOHEMIA. SERVICES DEPENDED ON THE CLERGY IN SAYVILLE UNTIL 1948 WHEN THE CHURCH, RENAMED ST. LUKE'S, GOT ITS OWN VICAR. A NEW CHURCH, SEATING 120, WAS DEDICATED IN 1948. THE CHURCH CONTINUED UNTIL 1995, WHEN IT BECAME UNABLE TO MAINTAIN ITSELF AND CLOSED.
      PRIESTS FROM NEIGHBORING COMMUNITIES OCCASIONALLY CEL-BRATED MASS IN BOHEMIA IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOL OR OUT OF DOORS. IN 1885, FR. JAMES BOBIER OF BAY SHORE BUILT A CHURCH SEATING 104 IN BOHEMIA. OVER THE YEARS PRIESTS FROM BAY SHORE, SAYVILLE AND EAST ISLIP VISITED. IN 1919 FR. WENCESLAUS KROUPA WAS ASSIGNED AS FIRST RESIDENT PASTOR. A NEW CHURCH, SEATING 600, WAS BUILT IN 1981 WITH THE OLD CHURCH, RESTORED AFTER A DISASTROUS FIRE, NOW SERVING AS THE YOUTH CENTER.
ST. JOHN'S-ON-THE-PLAINS EPISOCOPAL CHURCH 
ST. JOHN NEPOMUCENE CATHOLIC CHURCH

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BHS AT THE CZECH CONSULATE IN NYC - MAY 21, 2017
THE BHS HAD BEEN INVITED BY MARTIN DVORAK, THE CZECH CONSUL, TO PRESENT THE STORY OF BOHEMIA AFTER HE VISITED BOHEMIA AND SAW ALL THE REMINDERS OF ITS CZECH ROOTS. THE PROGRAM BEGAN WITH A SHOWING OF THE DVD, "BOHEMIA: THEN AND NOW.
Children of the Czech and Slovak school in Astoria presented a selection of Czech songs
Bishop Emil Wcela described growing up in Bohemia in the 1940s.
Dr. John Gil rembered his life in the 1980s.
Delicious refreshments after the presentations
J.Pedneault,(BHS pres.); J.King (vice pres.); L.Mays; V. Truhlar(who did much of the organizing for the event.
The program included video clips of greetings from a number of former Bohemia residents, an author, an entertainer, an actress and a politican.  John Pedneault presented Mr. Dvorak with a Bohemia Fire Department sweat shirt. The final presentation was a short video clip of Bohemia scenes prepared by Usman Shafiq and Nikhil Bamarajpet, students at Connetquot HS. The day ended with socializing and enjoying the plentiful refreshments, many homemade Czech pastries.