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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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MEMORIES OF BOHEMIA
57 RESIDENTS REMEMBER GROWING UP, SCHOOL, FOOD, PEOPLE THEY KNEW
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BOHEMIA'S EARLY SCHOOLS
Founded in 1855, the population and number of children in Bohemia grew. In 1869, the first one-room school, built for $600, opened with 48 students. The one teacher's salary was $180 yearly
Further growth called for a larger facility. This four-room structure was built in 1903. By then, teachers' salaries had grown to $10 a week. This building burned in 1977.
St. John Nepomucene Catholic School opened in 1924. Staffed by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, it had two classrooms, with four grades in each room. The walls were collapsible so that it could be opened into an auditorium with a stage in front. It burned in 1957.
"BOHEMIA THEN AND NOW" - DVD PREMIER - MAY 15, 2016
​President Judy Pedneault introduces the DVD to an appreciative audience and applauds two who star in it.
​The half-hour DVD was produced by Chip Williford (Chip Williford Photography) shown above with Judy Smith, (center) BHS vice-president, who secured a $12,000 grant from the Gardiner Foundation to fund the project (along with $6,000 from the BHS) and president Judy Pedneault.
The BHS is very grateful to the Gardiner Foundation for the grant and to Chip Williford for the work of interviewing, studying history and then creating the DVD.