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Sokol Hall celebrates historic sign

Members of the Sokol Hall are planning a historic ceremony with hopes that the community will help them celebrate as they dedicate a stone sign in front of the Sokol Hall and pool building.
The ceremony will take place Sunday, April 5, at 3 p.m. and with such a colorful story on how the sign arrived in Ennis, organizers are hoping to share the day with a large crowd.
The sign, which reads "Sokol Havlicek-Tyrs," was engraved after several mergers that ultimately saw Sokol Vysehrad join with Sokol Komensky in 1921 in Chicago. When a new building was constructed in 1926, the stone markers were engraved with the name, but the building was destroyed by fire in 1974.
When a member of the Sokol who lived in the neighborhood of the Chicago building noticed a wrecking crew demolishing the remains of the building, he called Chicago resident Joseph Janecka to tell him of the fate of the building. Janecka, a former president of the Czech Philatelic Society and an avid collector of Czechoslovak memorabilia, took an interest in the sign and tried to save it.
After not being able to gain the support of former members of the Sokol, he went to the demolition site and made a deal with the foreman of the project for the sign.

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