University of Minnesota

Devich, Andrew, Papers

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Immigration History Research Center, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota

Descriptive summary

Creator: Devich, Andrew, 1896-[ca. 1976].
Dates: 1976
Abstract: Papers (1976) of Andrew Devich (1896-ca.1976) consist of his autobiography, in which he describes early life in Croatia and his immigration to Minnesota, his work in mines on the Minnesota Iron Range, draft resistance during the first World War, his wedding to Lucy Pocrnich and their life together in Buhl, Minnesota.
Quantity: 16 pages.
Language: In English.
Collection ID: IHRC539


Andrew Devich (1896-197?) was born in Krasno, Croatia. He left Croatia for the United States in 1913, when he was seventeen. He went to Minnesota, where he joined two of his brothers, who later remigrated. Devich worked in lumber camps and mines in Minnesota and on farms in North Dakota. When the first World War broke out, he and other immigrants, reluctant to fight their relatives at home, were jailed for failure to register for the draft. After their release, they worked in the mines for the duration of the war. Devich was naturalized in 1925 and continued to work in the mines and, when the mines were closed, at various jobs in Buhl.



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The Devich, Andrew Papers, Croatian American Collection, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota

Index Terms

Iron miners--Minnesota--Buhl.
Croatian Americans--Minnesota--Buhl.
Iron mines and mining--Minnesota--Iron Range.
Draft registration--History--20th Century--United States.
World War, 1914-1918--War work--United States.

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