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La Grange in Fayette County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Birthplace of the SPJST

 
 
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By Gregory Walker, April 30, 2011
1. Birthplace of the SPJST Marker
Inscription.  On December 28, 1896, twenty-five Czech-Texans gathered in the district courtroom of this courthouse to establish a new fraternal benefit insurance society, the Slovanska Podporujici Jednota Statu Texas, more commonly known a the SPJST. The SPJST held its first convention in the same room on June 20, 1897. I. J. Gallia served as the society's first president and J. R. Kubena was the first secretary. The SPJST officially began its business in Texas on July 1, 1897, while the state charter was approved on August 21, 1897. SPJST headquarters now is located in Temple.
 
Erected 1983 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 417.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Fraternal or Sororal Organizations. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1911.
 
Location. 29° 54.302′ N, 96° 52.738′ W. Marker is in La Grange, Texas, in Fayette County. Marker is on North Main Street south of West Colorado Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: La Grange TX 78945, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fayette County Courthouse (here, next to this marker); The Dawson Memorial
Location of Birthplace of the SPJST Marker (on the right) image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, April 30, 2011
2. Location of Birthplace of the SPJST Marker (on the right)
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(within shouting distance of this marker); Beer Office and Bottling Company (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Dawson Expedition / Historic Oak Tree (about 400 feet away); Texas Rangers Memorial (about 400 feet away); Lester Hotel (about 500 feet away); Fayette County Jail (about 500 feet away); Site of a Twin Blockhouse (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in La Grange.
 
Also see . . .  Article about the Czechs in Handbook of Texas. (Submitted on February 4, 2014, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 4, 2014, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. This page has been viewed 836 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 4, 2014, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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