20 August 2013

Tombstone Tuesday: Max Garber

Here lies
a trustworthy and dependable man
Mordechai, son of Avraham Aba
Died on the 11th day of Tishri 5796 
May his soul be bound in the bonds eternal life 
DIED OCT. 8, 1954

Max Garber, my grandfather Jack's older brother, was the second son of Avraham Aba Garber and Chana Mazewitsky Garber and the first of his family to emigrate to the United States. He was born in Labun, Russian Empire (today, Yurovshchina, Ukraine) in  September 1889. He left Hamburg on the Pretoria on on 13 December 1906 and arrived in New York Harbor on 29 December 1907.[1] 

Max was listed on the manifest as a joiner, but began candling eggs in the United States. He spent the rest of his working days in the butter and egg business. 

On 11 June 1914, Max married Mary Morgenstein. [2] They had five daughters: Ruth Levine (1915-1996), Mildred (Minnie) Palmer (12 June 1917 - 22 July 2007), Annette (24 May 1921 - 19 October 1996), Harriet (2 August 1927 - 5 October 1929), and Joan Goldman (1931 -   ). 

Max's grave is located in one of the First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association plots at Montefiore Cemetery, Queens, New York: Block 89, Gate 156, Line 12R, Grave 4.
1. "New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," digital images, Ancestry.com
 (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 7 February 2009), manifest, Pretoria, Hamburg to New York, arriving 30 December 1907, p. 10, line 5, Motel Garber; citing National Archives Microfilm Serial T715, Roll 1067.

2. New York County, New York, Certificate and Record of Marriage number 15344 (11 June 1914), Max Garber and Mary Morgenstein, New York City Municipal Archives, New York.


  1. You may find some of your family http://www.farhi.org/genealogy/index.html here.

    1. Thanks for the clue. My family? Unlikely, but perhaps this site will be helpful for someone else.


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