I am the great-granddaughter of Anna Smiciklas who lived in Sosice Sopote and immigrated to the Cleveland, Ohio I believe in 1903. The oldest brother was Simo (Sime) who was the first to arrive in the US and then he returned to Sosice. Tomo immigrated to Chicago. I have been trying to find out what happened to her other siblings, Jela, Mara, and Julika. I have a letter in my possession from Simo, but it is all in Croatian. The following was another letter in my family’s possession which is translated:
For 300 years our ancestors were recognized as Greek Catholics and they settled in a town called Sopoti in the Zumberak Hills. There were 9 brothers in the family that all lived together in a large house with a thatched roof. When the families increased, the brothers left the house one by one and settled in the same vicinity. The town that grew up around them was called “Smiciklases”. Several profound occupations were represented in our ancestry. There were two bishops, bank attorneys, professors, writers, teachers, artists, musicians and a historian. Anne Smiciklas Strainic’s maternal grandfather married twice. His second wife was from Jegaranac. His first wife died and left two children: Sime and Jela. There were 8 children from the second marriage. Sime (the eldest) came to America with his younger siblings: Julika, Mara, and Ana i Tomo. Sime had eight children. One son lived in Zagreb,Marta in Canada, Jela in Sopoti and Anja in Kekic. Irena, Danica and Makrena were nuns in Zegreb. Their mother continued to live in Sopoti after Sime died. Sr. Irena was a professor. Sr.Danica was a professor and artist. Sr. Makrena had a degree in medicine and education. She was a brilliant woman who died from a heart attack at age 68.
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