Category: Sajdak Family

My Grandparent’s Florida Swampland

Among the many records of my grandfather, Jan and Eva Sajdak, that my father kept after my grandmother’s death, one of the most perplexing was a “Agreement for Warranty Deed from Hurban Colony Zellwood, Florida to Jan Sajdak.” The contract from March of 1917 introduced the cast of characters who would star in a family […]

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Secret Sajdak Family Recipes

OK, well, not so secret, but highly prized. These recipes have survived, and are passed on here for your edification. Aunt Emma’s Blackberry Brandy Always a special treat when visiting everyone’s favorite Aunt. Sweet and flavorful. Easy to make. Authentic Slovak Kolatchy A Christmas staple. These pastries, when done right, are delicious “cookies!” Poppyseed and […]

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Jan and Eva Šajdák and their “malý huncút”

My grandmother, Eva Šajdák, lived an interesting life. She was born in Slovakia, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, in a village called Mestečko on January 9, 1890. My grandfather Janos or Jan  was born in 1888 in Záriečie. Both villages are 1.1 km apart – a 3 minute drive or 12 minute walk. But despite the same […]

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John Sajdak’s Military Service in World War II

by Rich Sajdak My father, John M. Sajdak, enlisted in the US Army on April 28, 1942. Prior to enlisting he worked as a turret lathe operator at George J. Meyer Mfg, Cudahy, Wisconsin. He requested pilot training, but was washed out of flight training (not for lack of ability, but because the Army had […]

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Slovak Immigration to the US — The case of the Sajdak’s

It is hard to estimate the number of Slovak immigrants into the United States. Still, according to June Granatir Alexander in Slovak Americans (Countries and their Cultures) According to immigration records 480,201 Slovaks entered the country between 1899 and 1918. The 1920 census found that there were 274,948 foreign-born Slovaks in the United States. Slovak […]

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