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At this time, we are continually searching for reputable references to begin a page on them.

Notable is that one temporary resident of Nebraska is considered a great Sorbian poet: Mato Kosyk. Please read more about him on Wikipedia by clicking below:

Mato Kosyk on Wikipedia

A quote from the current Wikipedia page on December 31st, 2009 follows:

"In 1887 Kosyk again travelled to the United States, and he would never again return to Europe. He found work as pastor in Nebraska, where until 1907 he worked in several German-language congregations: Ridgeley, Nebraska in Dodge County, Nebraska(1887-1889), Princeton, Nebraska in Lancaster County, Nebraska(1889-1895), Stamford, Nebraska in Harlan County, Nebraska(1896-1899) and Ohiowa, Nebraska in Fillmore County, Nebraska(1899-1907). From autumn 1895 until summer 1896 he was out of work and lived in Roca in Lancaster County. Kosyk married Anna Wher in Princeton in 1890. Anne came from Duzno (formally Hochsburg, now part of Trzemeszno), a village in Kreis Gnesen in the Province of Posen. Kosyk's last position was in El Reno, Oklahoma. He retired in 1913 and moved near Albion, Oklahoma where in 2009, the home he lived in still stood

Only in 1892 did Kosyk pick up poetry and writing again. He also renewed his neglected contacts with Sorbian intellectuals. BogumiƂ Ơwjela wanted to publish an anthology of Kosyk poems, which appeared in 1893. Kosyk would continue to have poems published in th Lausitz until 1898.

After the deaths of Kosyk's only son, Juro, (at age 24 after a horse-riding accident) in 1915 and his wife Anna in 1929, Kosyk became increasingly isolated. He eventually married his housekeeper Wilma Filter in 1938. Wilma left Albion a year after Kosyk's death taking his papers with him; these have been deemed lost. During this last period, Kosyk maintained intensive contacts with the young Serbian writer Mina Witkojc." (end of quote from Wikipedia)

Here is a picture of Mato Kosyk's home in Oklahoma, today standing as a historical place in the U.S. A picture taken by the website administrator of: http://hymnsforweddings.com/photos/view.php?id=3354733435&search=wedding-hymns-texts

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