Around an already existing church, the foundations for the construction of THE CHURCH OF ST. GEORGE in Sombor were sanctified. This is what a charter laid in the foundations is about: on May 22, 1759 in Sombor. According to the general agreement of the Greek law of the Royal City of Sombor to erect on the place of an old, a new church dedicated to St. George the Martyr, and in that purpose to prepare all the material and construction workers needed … The Church was executed in a combination of baroque and rococo styles, with 44m in length, 12m in width and 16m in height. In the beginning there was a tower built for the old church in 1744, but in 1790, the new tower was built. It was 30m high, out of which 8m were covered in copper.
Eighty years old Dimitrije Stajin writes to a “high Royal Hungarian chamber” a charge against the Orthodox Church commune for the usurping the land, because the church courtyard borders his property. Although the Church commune, in accordance with the Magistrate, was ready to pay 400 forints for the violation of the border, he “did not want to hear about it”. However, the fact that the Church was built says that some solution had probably been found.
In a written form 35 citizens of Sombor ask a permission to move out because they were not able to pay off the City debts imposed with the Charter of the Free and Royal City in 1749. In the time, the town still had a debt of 103.000 forints. Anyway, that was not the only case: in 1753 the captain of Sombor and the senator of the town for life, Avram Rašković, together with his family moved to Russia, as well as the citizen Sima Tajčević.
At 5 p.m. the corner stone of THE SERBIAN READING-ROOM was solemnly placed, and together with it a “note about the construction” which said: The Serbian Reading-Room Society of Sombor decided on its 35th meeting of 9 May 1882 to have this house built for its purposes…It was a year of Francis Joseph I’s rule; It was the year when the theatre was being built; There was a war in Bosnia and Herzegovina; Serbia became a kingdom; There was an eclipse of the sun and a comet appeared; The Danube water was so low in the spring that at Paks people could cross the Danube and keep their feet dry; That year Jews were persecuted in Russia; The corner stone was laid on 25 May 1882; The foundation was sanctified by Miloš Janković, deputy archpriest.
The assembly of the political commune Stapar was held, where a decision of the Royal administration of Hungary on the change of the name of Stari Stapar settlement was discussed, since even without the addition “Stari” in the whole country there was no settlement under that name. Taking all those things into account, it was decided that “Political commune Stari Stapar passes a suggestion of the state board that our settlement is for now on simply Stapar called and so to be registered”.
The printing house “Prosveta” (Education), published the first number of a weekly SOMBORSKE NOVINE (The Sombor Newspaper), under the Socialist party support. Their instigator, director and editor and for certain period author of the most texts was Milenko Beljanski, earlier correspondent of “Politika”. Along with him in the editorial staff there were Đorđe Milanović, who worked for “Dnevnik” and Boško Konjović, who worked as a honorary editor of sport column and Nevena Vragović, a secretary. The first number was published in the number of l.500 copies, and very soon reached the number of 5.000 copies.