Cossack Community in California 1950s
In the 20th Century, Cossacks immigrated all around the world, and the United States had it's share of Cossack communities from one coast to the other. American-Cossack Communities can still be found today, and majority have been united under the Cossack Congress in America. However, some today are only known by name, as many of the founders and members of these communities have passed away, or moved to a different state. Yet, their memories live on, and so we are happy to share the small Cossack community from Glendora, California.
According to Don Cossack Fr Sergei Overt:
"This is Glendora, California. It was a small Cossack community in the 1950's. The church was built dedicated to the Holy Apostle Andrew the First-Called in honor of General Andrei Anderiyevich Vlasov and the Russian Liberation Movement and behind the church was a monument with a large cross and a plaque "To the Memory of the Victims of the Repatriation" Annual pannykhida's were served here for the Cossacks martyred a Lienz. The parish was small and was part of the ROCOR diocese of Archbishop Antony (Synkevich) of Los Angeles. The street signs "Cossacks Place" (the street the church is on) and St. Vladimir Street were placed by the city of Glendora in honor of those to built their church and homes in this tract of land. I remember this church and the parish well. The original members have all passed away. They were genuine Orthodox Cossacks, most were elderly when they came to America and for them it was the finest and most tranquil time of their lives. They became grateful and patriotic American-Cossacks. They respected American Generals like George C. Patton and Douglas McArthur."