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Reverend J.M. Trunk - Oregon 1912

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These Rev. J. M. Trunk texts were published originally in 1912. Part 8, History of Slovene Communities, contains significant genealogical information about Slovenian immigrants, the places they lived, the organizations they formed, and the churches they attended.

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Cornucopia: Three Slovenes work in the gold mines.

Oregon City: The first to come to Oregon City were Jakob Polanc, Katarina Hanny and Matija Justin and wife in 1888. The former is a superintendent in the Williamette Company factory. The latter has a hotel. The majority of the Slovenes are employed in a paper mill. Mr. Jos. Kestnar reports to me that there are now about 180 Slovenes in this settlement, the majority from Gorenjska. Among these there are 25 families. Besides the aforementioned, the following have their own homes: F. Sajovic, L. Avman, F. Snove, P. Kurnik, Jos. Pavlin, and others.

They go to church in the Irish St. John the Evangelist Church. They do not have Slovene services.

On 13 August 1907, M. Justin, J. Smrekar, J. Subic and others established the Society of St. Joseph #76 of the KSKJ, which numbers about 30 members.

Portland: Mat. Justin and I. Polanc were the first to come to this beautiful city over five years ago. Mr. A. Roits reports to me that there are now about 100 Slovenes in the city among them 15 families some of whom have their own houses. They are employed in various factories, mostly in the Willamette Paper Mill.

The church life is average since there is no Slovene priest. The majority go to a German ____ diocesan church. There are no societies. 

There are also many Slovene farmers scattered about the State of Oregon on whom I do not have any reporting.