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

ROSE OPENDEN

BELOVED WIFE
DEVOTED MOTHER
AND GRANDMOTHER

AT REST
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]

HARRY OPENDEN
APR 20, 1907 - JAN 27, 1995
BELOVED FATHER,  GRANDFATHER
AND GREAT GRANDFATHER 

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. 

Notes:
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.

20 September 2016

Tombstone Tuesday: Joseph and Esther Rothman, Montefiore Cemetery, Queens, NY

There appear to have been two Joseph Rothmans associated with the First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association landsmashaft. The one in this post was the younger one, born about 1878 and married to Esther, with whom he raised a family. The other Joseph Rothman (whom I will chronicle in a future post) was born about 1861, married Goldie and had no children. I do not know where he is buried. Both Joe Rothmans were glaziers in New York City.

Here lies
Gershon son of Levi Yitzchak
Died 11 Shevat 5703
May his soul be bound in the bonds of the living
----------
JOE ROTHMAN
DIED JAN. 17, 1943
AGE 64 YEARS
IN OUR HEARTS
YOU LIVE FOREVER

Joe Rothman was born Gershon Chajtmann in Labun to Levi Yitzchak Chajtman. I do not know his mother's name. He married Ester Potashnik in Labun in about 1902. They had five children: Ruchla, Ides, Sara, Berko and Jankiel.[1]

In March 1913, Gershon left Bremen for New York City aboard the S.S. Brandenburg. He landed in New York on 27 March 1913.[2] The manifest listed his occupation as trader.

World War I and the Russian Revolution likely delayed the family's emigration. In June 1921, Ester and four of her children traveled from Antwerp to Philadelphia on the S.S. Samland.[3] The Chajtman's eldest child, Ruchla, followed from Antwerp in October.[4]

Here lies
Ester daughter of Moshe
----------
BELOVED MOTHER
ESTHER
ROTHMAN
DIED JAN. 28, 1953
AGE 67 YEARS

I have been unable to locate Joe in records created prior to the arrival of his family. But, at Ester and the children's arrival in the USA, Joe was living at 244 Clinton Street, New York, New York. When Ruchla arrived but a few months later, the family was at 101 Norfolk Street.[5]

In census enumerations in 1925 and 1930, the family was still on Clinton Street, but had moved to 14 Clinton.[6] In 1925, Joe was listed as a presser of suits. In 1930 and 1940, he was in the glass business.[7] The 1940 census records the Joe, Esther, Benjamin and Sarah at 50-52 East 3rd Street, New York, New York.

Eldest daughter, Rose, married Harry Openden on 1 June 1931.[8] Ida married Henry Zap on 11 June 1935.[9] Jacob and Helen Panzer married on 13 October 1936.[10] Thus far, no marriage records have been located for Benjamin and Sarah.


Google maps, 2016
Joe died on 17 January 1943 after being hit by a truck the day before.[11] He died at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan . His doctor reported he had a fractured skull and lacerations of the brain. In addition, he had fractured ribs, right tibia and fibula and was in shock. The medical examiner reported that he'd been hit by the truck at the corner of 1st Avenue and 2nd Street. This was just around the corner from his home at 52 East 3rd Street.

It appears that Esther had at least one brother in New York City. Her husband listed his brother-in-law M. "Potashik" at 72-4 Broome Street, New York, NY.[12]

Joe Rothman is buried in block 5, gate 567W, line 1R, grave 6 and Esther is interred in line 2L, grave 1, First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association plot, Montefiore Cemetery, Queens, New York.

Notes:
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. Brandenburg, March 1913, list 37, lines 26, Gershon Chajtmann, age 35; images, "New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 24 April 2011).
3. Manifest, S.S. Samland, 2 July 1921, list 50, lines 22-26, Ester Chajtman (age 35), Ides (15), Sara (13), Berko (11) and Jankiel (7); images, "Pennsylvania, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1880-1952," Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 24 April 2011).
4. Manifest, S.S. Finland, 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). 
5. Manifest, S.S. Finland, Record of Detained Aliens, 7 November 1921, list 173 (stamped), line 96, Ruchla Chajtman; images, "New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 24 April 2011).
6. 1925 New York State census, New York County, New York, enumeration of inhabitants, Manhattan, election district 20, assembly district 4, page 32, Joseph and Esther Rottman family; images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 18 September 2016).
  1930 US Census, New York County, New York, population schedule, Manhattan, enumeration district 31-132, sheet 6A, dwelling 22, family 152, Joe and Esther Rothman family; images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 November 2010).
7. 1940 US Census, New York County, New York, population schedule, Manhattan, enumeration district 31-690, sheet 9A, household 281, Joseph and Esther Rothman family; images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 29 March 2016).
8. New York County, New York, marriage certificate no. 11426 (1931), Harry Openden and Rose Rothman, 1 June 1931; Municipal Archives, New York City.
9. Bronx County, New York, marriage certificate no. 5039 (1935), Henry Zap and Ida Rothman, 11 June 1935; Municipal Archives, New York City.
10. New York County, New York, marriage certificate no. 26453 (1936), Jacob Rothman and Helen Panzer, 13 October 1936; Municipal Archives, New York City.
11. New York County, New York, death certificate no. 1481 (1943), Joseph Rothman, 17 January 1943; Municipal Archives, New York City.
12. Manifest, S.S. Brandenburg, March 1913, list 37, lines 26, Gershon Chajtmann, age 35.

13 September 2016

Tombstone Tuesday: Samuel and Clara Shlionsky, Montefiore Cemetery, Queens, NY

I have not been able to determine why Samuel and Clara Shlionsky came to be affiliated with the First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association (FLPBA) and buried in one of the FLPBA's plots in Montefiore Cemetery. The information I have seen, thus far, indicates that they were not from Labun (or Lubin in Yiddish), but from Odessa. In most other cases, I have been able to determine links to Lubiners. These two remain mysteries.

BORN                 DIED
DEC. 23              JAN. 13
1878                  1930


DEDICATED
TO THE MEMORY OF
SAMUEL SHLIONSKY
Yechiel son of Yitzchak Shlionsky
May his soul be bound in the bonds of the living
BY HIS LOVING WIFE
AND CHILDREN

Samuel was born, according to his gravestone, on 23 December 1878. His father was Yitzchak and his mother was Rose Axel.[1] 

Clara was born on 10 January 1881 to Nissen (as indicated both on her gravestone and her passenger manifest).[2] I do not know her mother's name. However, her brother, Simon Levitan, was recorded living with the family in New York in the 1910 and 1930 census records. His WWI and WWII draft registration cards and his naturalization papers and passenger manifest also indicate birth in Odessa.

Here lies
Chava daughter of Nissen
CLARA
SHLIONSKY
BELOVED MOTHER
GRANDMOTHER
GREAT GRANDMOTHER
JAN. 10, 1881 - MAR. 26, 1967

Samuel and Clara were married about 1902 in the Russian Empire.[3] They had their first two children, Herman and Esther, there. 

In 1906, Ichiel traveled to Grimsby, UK and, then, on to Liverpool where he boarded the S.S. Celtic for New York. He arrived on 30 September 1906.[4]

Clara and the children followed, landing in New York on 9 September 1908.[2] Samuel and Clara had their third child, Rose, in New York City in about 1911.[5]
The 1910 census enumeration and Samuel's Word War I Draft Registration Card indicate that he was a painter and store owner.[6] But, Samuel's real career was in real estate development. Several newspaper articles indicate that Samuel invested in several apartment buildings. In 1927, the bottom fell out.

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle fairly shouted the headline on page 1: "Real Estate Worth $6,000,000 Involved in Bankruptcy Suit. Creditors Press $500,000 Claims Against Shlionsky Apartment Projects."[7] 

Samuel's death certificate tells the rest of the tale.[1] He died on 13 January 1930 at his home at 84 West 174th Street in the Bronx. The cause? It was certified by the Medical Examiner: "Asphyxia." He'd turned on the gas. Suicide.

He was buried the next day in Montefiore Cemetery: block 5, gate 567W, line 1R, grave 1. If allowed, suicides are sometimes buried in the back of plots. This may be the case here. At Montefiore, row numbering starts at the back.

Clara and the children continued to live with her brother Simon Levitan in the Bronx. Son Herman became a doctor and practiced psychiatry in New Jersey. His obituary in 1966 indicated that his sisters had married and become Esther Silverman and Rose Sack.[8]

Clara died in March 1967 in Pennsylvania.[9] She is buried in
block 5, gate 567W, line 3L, grave 3.



Notes:
1. Bronx County, New York, death certificate no. 405 (1930), Samuel Shlionsky, 13 January 1930; Municipal Archives, New York City.
2. Manifest, S.S. Russia, September 1908, list 11, lines 21-23, Clara, Irmja, and Esters Schlionsky, age 28, 4 and 3; images, "New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 September 2016).
3. 1910 U.S. Census, New York County, New York, population schedule, Manhattan, enumeration district 952, sheet 5B, dwelling 17, family 103, Samuel and Clara Schlionsky; images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 5 March 2011).
4. Manifest, S.S. Celtic, September 1906, list 11, line 1, Ichiel Schlinsky, age 28; images, "New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 September 2016).
5. 1930 U.S. Census, Bronx Co., NY, pop. sched., Bronx, E.D. 3-168, sheet 5B, dwell. 32, fam. 118, Clara Shlionsky family; images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 November 2010).
6. "World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 November 2010), card for Samuel Shlionsky, no. 2729, Bronx, New York City Draft Board 14; NARA microfilm publication M1509.
7. "Real Estate Worth $6,000,000 Involved in Bankruptcy Suit," Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, NY), 4 January 1927, p. 1, col. 4; image, Fulton History (http://www.fultonhistory.com : accessed 11 September 2016).
8. "Herman Shlionsky, A Psychiatrist, 62," New York Times (New York, NY), 3 June 1966, p. 38, col. 3; images, New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com : accessed 11 September 2016). 
9. "U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014," database, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 September 2016); entry for Clara Shlionsky, March 1967.

06 September 2016

Tombstone Tuesday: Rose Schultz, Montefiore Cemetery, Queens, NY

Reisel daughter of Mosche
ROSE SCHULTZ
BELOVED WIFE
MOTHER - GRANDMOTHER
MAR. 27, 1895 - APRIL 27, 1962
FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS 

While Rose Schultz and her husband Meyer Schultz were fairly well documented after their marriage in 1917, I have not been able to find much about Rose Schultz before she married.[1] I also have not located her naturalization papers online nor death records beyond her gravestone.

According to her 1917 marriage certificate, Rose lived at 224 Cherry Street and her parents were Morris and Tilly Lechter Hall. 224 Cherry Street would have been on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. I have not located earlier census records for the Morris Hall family. 

The 1920 and 1930 census enumerations indicate Rose arrived in the United States in about 1912.[2] But, while Meyer naturalized in 1928, there is no indicated that Rose did so until the 1940 census - when she was identified as naturalized.[3]

The couple's marriage certificate also notes that Rose was born in Poltava, Russia. Meyer's naturalization in 1928 indicated that Rose was born on 28 March 1895.[4] Her gravestone shows a birth date a day earlier.

For further information about Rose, see my post on Meyer's grave

Rose Schultz's grave is next to her husband Meyer's in Montefiore Cemetery, Queens, New York, First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association plot, block 89, gate 156N, line 10R, grave 4.

Notes:
1. Bronx County, New York, marriage certificate no. 789 (1917), Meyer Shkaltz and Rosie Hall, 17 February 1917; Municipal Archives, New York City.
2.  1920 U.S. Census, New York County, New York, population schedule, Manhattan, enumeration district 14,  sheet 9A, dwelling 143, family 143, Meyer and Rose Schultz family; image, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 November 2010).
  1925 New York State Census, Kings County, New York, enumeration of inhabitants, Brooklyn, election district 61, assembly district 2, p. 16, Morris and Rose Schultz family; images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 18 July 2014); citing New York State Archives, Albany.
  1930 U.S. Census, Kings County, population schedule, Brooklyn, enumeration district 24-1234, sheet 15A, dwelling 111, family 430, Meyer and Rose Schultz family; image, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 November 2010); citing NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 1493. 
3. 1940 U.S. Census, Bronx County, population schedule, Bronx, enumeration district 3-955, sheet 10A, household 161, Meyer and Rose Schultz family; image, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 18 July 2014); citing NARA microfilm publication T627, roll 2485.
4. Meyer Schultz, naturalization file 61152 (1928), volume 327, Eastern District of New York; "Selected U.S. Naturalization Records - Original Documents, 1790-1974," images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 19 December 2010); Records of the District Court of the United States; National Archives - Northeast Region, New York City.