25 February 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: Ira Wilson

My uncle Ira, my mother's brother, was born in New York City and lived his entire life in Brooklyn. Ira was the first of two children born to Joseph Wilson and Tillie Liebross Wilson.

Photo by E. Garber, 2 September 2008

Here lies
Died 28 Tevet 5764
MAY 19, 1918 - JAN. 22, 2004

Ira and his parents were enumerated during the 1920 U.S. Census living in an apartment at 1654 Union Street, Brooklyn. [1] By the 1925 New York State Census, they are living in a two family home at 723 Crown Street. [2] On the 15 July 1929, when Ira was 11, Joe and Tillie purchased their home at 31 Colin Place, Brooklyn. 

By today's standards, 31 Colin Place was small for a family of four. There were two bedrooms in the back of the house. One was a master bedroom for Joe and Tillie. The other bedroom was ultimately used only by my mother.  A sun room at the front of the house was converted to a bedroom for Ira.

Ira graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn and attended New York University both for his undergraduate degree and for Law School. He passed the State Bar Examination on 14 May 1942. [4] He clerked for a time, but later gave up lawyering to go into the women's sweater business with his father.

Ira was an accomplished horseman. My mother used to proudly tell us that her brother would do dressage (highest level of competitive horse training). It was while working at a resort teaching horseback riding, that Ira met Lee Urbass whom he later married.

Lee and Ira had one child, Steven, and lived for many years on Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn.

Ira is buried in the Wilson-Garber Family plot in Knollwood Cemetery (now a part of Mount Carmel Cemetery), Queens, New York. Section 5, Block H, Lot 35, Grave 1.
1. 1920 U.S. Census, Kings County, New York, population schedule, Brooklyn, Enumeration District (ED) 1098, sheet 1A, dwelling 1, family 10, Ira Wilson; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 August 2008), citing National Archives microfilm publication T625, roll 1172.
2. 1925 New York State Census, Kings County, New York, population schedule, Brooklyn, Enumeration District (ED) 42, Assembly District 18, page 70, 723 Crown Street, Ira Wilson; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 18 September 2012), New York State Archives, Albany.
3. Kings County, New York, 1961 probate file, Tillie Wilson; Surrogate Court, Kings County, Brooklyn.
4. "Those Who Passed Bar Examinations," 15 May 1942, New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com : accessed 22 June 2009).

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