27 September 2016

Tombstone Tuesday: Rose Rothman Openden and Harry Openden, Montefiore Cemetery, Queens, NY

Rose Rothman Openden was the eldest daughter of Joseph Rothman and Esther Potashnik Rothman, immigrants from Labun. Rose, was born Ruchla Chaitman on, according to her mother Esther's naturalization petition, 24 December 1904 in Labun.[1] Ruchla immigrated in 1921, following her family to New York City.[2]

Grandma Rosie



APR. 12, 1990

Rose married Harry Openden on 1 June 1931 at 73 Ludlow Street in Manhattan.[3] They were married by Rabbi Yoer Lerner, the of Labun who had been brought to this country by the First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association landsmanshaft membership in 1924.[4]

APR 20, 1907 - JAN 27, 1995

Harry was an immigrant from Ryzhanovka, Kiev Gubernia, Russian Empire, the son of Samuel Openden and Anna (Henje) Verbov.[5] He was born on 20 April 1907 in Ryzanovka, which is about 92 miles south of Kiev. Henry immigrated as Herschel Upendik in 1911 with his mother and three older sisters.[6] His father was already in New York City.

Harry worked as an upholsterer.[7]

He enlisted in National Guard, Company A, 71st Infantry on 22 May 1925.[8] He also enlisted in the military during World War II.[9] Unfortunately I have not located any additional records online regarding his military service.

Harry and Rose had one son Marvin Openden (13 May 1932 - 2 March 2001).[10]

Harry and Rose Openden are buried in one of the First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association plots in Montefiore Cemetery, Queens, New York: block 5, gate 567W, line 5L, graves 1 and 2. 

1. Esther Rothman, naturalization file 414883 (1942), Southern District of New York; "New York, Naturalization Records, 1882-1944," images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 18 September 2016); Records of the District Court of the United States; National Archives - Northeast Region, New York City, microfilm publication M1972, roll 1401. 
2. Manifest, S.S. Finland, 7 November 1921, list 3, line 30, Ruchla Chajtman, age 17; images, "New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 24 April 2011).
3. New York County, New York, marriage certificate no. 11426 (1831), Harry Openden and Rose Rothman, 1 June 1931; Municipal Archives, New York City.
4. Manifest, S.S. Cedric, 11 March 1924, p. 7 [stamped], line 2, Fre Lerner, age 61; images, "New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 25 January 2012).
5. New York County, New York, marriage certificate no. 11426 (1931), Harry Openden and Rose Rothman, 1 June 1931.
6. Manifest, S.S. Lituania, 28 August 19111, list 9, line 19, Herschel Upendik, age 3; images, "New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 18 December 2010).
7. 1940 U.S. Census, Bronx County, New York, population schedule, Bronx, enumeration district 3-556, sheet 62A, household 333, Harry and Rose Openden family; images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 29 March 2016); NARA microfilm publication T627, roll 2475.
8. Harry Openden, service record, enlistment 22 May 1925; image, "New York, New York National Guard Service Cards, 1917-1954," Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 24 September 2016); New York State Archives, Albany, Series B2001, film no. 18.
9. Harry Openden, enlistment record, 16 November 1943; index, "U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946," Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 24 September 2016)
10."U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007," Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 29 March 2016); entry for Marvin Openden, 2 March 2001.

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