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Philadelphia Latvian Baptist Youth Society
To remind members to attend, the Philadelphia Latvian Baptist Youth Society sent them notices of meetings such as this one. The text stressed the importance of participation.
1906-02-08-PA-NeubukFamilyAvots.jpg
Latvian Baptists
The Rev. Jānis Neibuks (John Neubuch, Neubuck, Neubuk) and his family are pictured in the February 8, 1906, issue of the Baptist periodical Avots, published in Rīga. Neibuks was the second pastor of the Philadelphia Latvian Baptist Church and also served as pastor of the Boston church.
1902-01-00-AmerikasLatvietis.jpg
Immigrant press
The first issue of Amerikas Latweetis (Amerikas Latvietis) featured on its front page a poem by the Latvian Baptist writer Krišjānis Nātre. The periodical was published in Philadelphia from 1902-1905.
1944-04-16-PA-MissionarySoc.jpg
Latvian Baptists in West Philadelphia
Members of the Women's Missionary Society of the First Latvian Baptist Church of Philadelphia pose for a group photograph on April 16, 1944, as they mark their 50th anniversary. The women's group began its work in 1894.
1932-04-17-PA-MasuPulcins.jpg
Latvian Baptists in West Philadelphia
Members of the Women's Missionary Society (Māsu misiones pulciņš) of the First Lettish Baptist Church of Philadelphia sit for a photograph on April 17, 1932. The society began its work in 1894. According to an article by Alma Treyan published June 1, 1932, in the Rīga-based Baptist journal Kristīga Balss, those pictured in the first row (left to right) are L. Gertz, M. Upmal (founding member), E. Krastin, M. Licke (founding member), R. Inke, M. Fischer, K. Sommer, L. Girgen, and L. Upeneek. In the second row (left to right) are S. Grikman (former chair), J. Egle (former chair), M. Pluhme (former chair), A. Treyan (secretary), A. Yunag (vice chair), Natalija Peterson (chair), M. Brenson (treasurer), L. Robinson (learned secretary), J. Luhks (manager), and A. Johnson (officer). In the third row (from left to right) are E. Fuhrman, E. Luhks, M. Pawelkop, A. Aldin, J. Krusen, A. Yunag, and L. Spruhde. In the fourth row (from left to right) are M. Stanislaw, A. Smit, K. Lukewitz, M. Dambis, L. Fischer, L. Reke, E. Johnson, M. Kamer, and A. Spruhde.
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Latvian Baptists in West Philadelphia
James Frederick Yunag's military draft registration, dated June 5, 1917, shows that he claimed exemption from the draft because of his religious faith.
1917-06-05-Treyan-Draft.jpg
Latvian Baptists in West Philadelphia
Martin Treyan's military draft registration card, submitted June 5, 1917, shows his place of birth as Sakkenhausen, Russia, which today is Saka Parish in Latvia. At the time he registered, Treyan was employed as a carpenter in Chester, Pennsylvania.
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West Philadelphia
A page from Insurance maps of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Vol.14, 1922, created by the Sanborn Map Company of New York. The specific page 1354 shows a section of Ward 24 in West Philadelphia where many Latvian Baptist immigrants lived in the early 20th century. At the southeast corner of Preston and Ogden streets is the Lettish Baptist Church.
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Library
Rules for use of the Philadelphia Latvian Baptist Youth Society's library, housed in the First Lettish Baptist Church, 855 Preston Street. Patrons could check out up to two books at a time and had to return them in two weeks' time.
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Latvian Baptists in Philadelphia
The Kurmin (Kurmiņš) family poses for a portrait, likely while still living in Russia. Pictured are Bertha, Tillie (Otilija), mother Leotte (née Petelowetz), father David, Robert, and Adolph.