The Fulton Polish Home has reached an important milestone in its history — its 100th anniversary.
On May 14, 2011 the social club, which once served as an educational society for Polish immigrants, hosted celebrations to commemorate the centennial.
Founded in 1911 as the Polish Educational Society, the group would eventually change its name to the Young Polish Men’s Amateur Educational Society to reflect its purpose of helping Polish men learn the skills necessary to become knowledgeable, English-speaking citizens of the United States. Polish immigrants came to Fulton in the late 1800s and early 1900s and worked in the American Woolen Mill. He said most lived in Oswego Falls on the west side of the Oswego River. Oswego Falls eventually became part of Fulton.
Music for the Saturday portion of the celebration was by Jasiu Klocek & The Salt City Brass, and there was plenty of Polish food available. On Sunday, the Fulton Polish Home hosted a “commemorative banquet” that featured speeches by Walt Patulski, a Fulton native and former NFL defensive end, and Edward Vayner, the organization’s historian.
The Fulton Polish Home has a currently has little more than 400 members. The group donates money from the sale of pull tab tickets to a fund to buy gifts for “Toys for Tots.” It also sends flowers to bereaved families after a loss and has established two scholarships for children of members.
Fulton New York Polish Home 100-year Anniversary
Polish Home Incorporated
153 W 1st St N, Fulton, NY13069
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During his time, many Polish Americans considered Józef Piłsudski to be the "George Washington of Poland." This revered general did more than any other single Pole, working primarily with Poles and on Polish soil, to achieve the independence of Poland after the first World War.
While in secondary school, Piłsudski first became an avid revolutionary. Then during his first year of medical school at the University of Kharkov in the Ukraine, he was expelled for suspicious political activities and a year later, in 1887, he was arrested for alleged participation in an assassination attempt on the Russian Czar, Alexander III, Though actually innocent, he nevertheless spent his complete five year sentence in Siberia, Through this episode, Piłsudski gained two important assets: time to plan for Poland's resistance against her oppressors, and credentials as a victim of the Czarist regime. Piłsudski attempted to mastermind Polish resistance by producing the underground newspaper, The Worker. After escaping imprisonment for this subversion, Piłsudski became legendary among his compatriots. After mobilizing his small army of riflemen against enemy forces during the first World War, he was again imprisoned, this time in Magdesburg. In Warsaw on Armistice Day, November 11, 1918, Piłsudski was acclaimed the hero and leader of independent Poland.
Józef Piłsudski 1867-1935
Below:Tadeusz Kościuszko - Jozef Pilsudski Display at the Fulton New York Polish Home
RIGHT: Salt City Brass performing at the 2011 Syracuse Polish Festival