Mallek, Anthony

Organist, composer, teacher, publisher. Born May 5, 1851 in Ogorzeliny, Poland. In 1871 came to U. S. to his brother in Chicago, Ill. From 1872 to 1873 organist and teacher in Chicago; in Milwaukee, 1873-1874; from 1875 to 1880 organist and justice of the peace in Northeim, Wis. From 1880 to 1916 organist and teacher at Holy Trinity Parochial School in Chicago. In 1884 bought a printing machine and published Polish song books. In 1886 founded a monthly Polish paper "Ziarno," dedicated to Polish music and songs. Discontinued it in 1903. In 1888 organized the Polish Singers Alliance of America. In 1889 elected general secretary of the Polish National Alliance and was re-elected three times. Organized several choirs: Holy Trinity choir, Chojnia, Wanda, F. Chopin Choir, Boys Choir, Young Ladies Choir, and others; composed songs and melodies; published over 17 Polish song books. Died Feb. 4, 1917 in Chicago, Ill.

From: "Who's Who in Polish America" by Rev. Francis Bolek, Editor-in-Chief; Harbinger House, New York, 1943