Our Roots Run Deep
The values we hold dear were instilled in us by our hard working ancestors. Most left the security of their homeland and accepted the risks of crossing a vast ocean and continent to arrive at an uncertain future in their new community. They took great pride in their new country and worked hard to learn its language and build a new life. They endured hardships and sacrificed to insure our lives would be better than the one they left in the old country.
Most labored in the coal mines under the most primitive and dangerous of conditions. They knew all too well that death was never far away in the cold harsh environment in which they lived and worked. They found comfort, pride and companionship in their fraternal lodges where their heritage and culture were celebrated. They revered their lodges for the security they provided and the community it cared for. The sick were visited, the widows and orphans “looked in on” and their cemeteries were maintained. The love and traditions our ancestors enjoyed have been passed along to us in the home, in the books they wrote and the music they loved.