The Election Committee decided to allow each Greek
person in the Community to vote, under one condition --
that each pay one dollar in order to vote; each
nominee for the Board of Trustees five dollars; and
those nominated for president ten dollars each. It
was agreed that the officers and the Board of Trustees
be elected by the voters.

At that time, the people were divided into two
parties -- each party wanting to be the one in power.
The leader of one group was Angelo Fremas; the leader
of the other was Lambros Mandros. The former party
nominated Angelo Fremas for president; the other
party nominated Anthony Zanetos.

Elections were held at the Church. They
started at ten o'clock in the morning and lasted
until six o'clock the following morning -- almost
twenty hours. About four hundred and fifty persons
voted and nearly five hundred dollars were collected.
Excitement was so great that the Election Committee
thought it best to hire two police officers to keep
order and see that proper procedure was followed.

Members to the Board of Trustees were elected
from both parties. Angelo Freemas was elected
president -- the first president of the Greek
Community of Columbus, Ohio.

The writer wishes to take this time to call
attention to one instance in order to illustrate
to the Greek people of today bow the Greeks of that
time respected each other and how friendly and co-
operative they were when together.

The elected president, Angelo Freemas, pre-
pared a huge dinner, which was held at his place
of business. He invited all members of the


winning party, all members of the losing party and
the Election Committee. Needless to say, a very
pleasant and enjoyable time was had by all and,
from that time on, all were friends again and each
got along with the other.

Services were conducted at the Masonic Temple
for seven years, until the present church was built.
From 1913 to 1920 many priests came and went. They
were as follows: Father Nathaniel Sideres, Father
Velonis, Father losifidis. Father Fousianis, Father

Before work on the church began, the late
Michael Boozos left fifteen thousand dollars in
his will to be given to the Greek Orthodox Church,
with the understanding that a church was to be
erected. With that money, the ground was purchased
where the Church now stands. That donation was
quite large for .that time and .for .such a small
community. If Michael Boozos had not made that
gift, it might have been even ten years before
enough money could have been raised to begin con-
struction. It is a pity that,some leaders of our
Church; after Mr. Boozos' death, did not see fit
to erect even a small monument in his memory in
gratitude for his gift which made possible our
Church; and this lack of appreciation of some
leaders may have been the reason why when other
wealthy members passed away they did not remember
to include our Church in their will.

In 1920, it was decided to begin construction.
By that time, the Church's treasury amounted to
eight thousand dollars. Ten thousand dollars were
borrowed from Columbian Building and Loan, and all
members of the Board signed personal notes, as the
banks at that time did not loan money to churches.

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