07 January 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: Irving Garber

Photo by author, 17 July 2001
JAN.26, 1920
NOV.20, 2000

Irving Garber was the fourth child and only son of Nathan and Yetta Garber. He was born ten days after the Census taker recorded the family at 230 Madison Street, Manhattan, New York - a few doors down from Nathan's butter and egg business at 242 Madison. [1] [2]

Irving attended Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, New York and graduated in 1937.

In the 1940 Census he lives with parents and sister Lillie and is listed as a blouse salesman. [3] Later he and his sisters ran a stock brokerage firm for a short time.

Irving Garber enlisted in the Army on 7 April 1942. He was released from service on 14 October 1945. [4] 

Irving married Ruth Schwartz (12 January 1922 - 26 January 2012), likely in the Spring of 1948. Early in their marriage Irving owned a hardware store in Brooklyn. Later, he was a successful saleman for Borden's ice cream. After that he and Ruth opened a luggage store in Franklin Square, Long Island, New York. Irving enjoyed selling items at flea markets and continued that into his 70s.

Irving and Ruth had two children (Leslie and Ellyn) and made their home in Franklin Square, New York.

This tombstone photo was captured in July 2011 when Ruth was still living. Her place of burial is not yet engraved on the tombstone. Irving and Ruth are buried in Beth Moses Cemetery, Farmingdale, New York, in the First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association plot, Block 24, Maccabee Road.

1. 1920 U.S. Census, New York County, New York, population schedule,  Enumeration District 16, Assembly District 1, sheet 17A, Family number 304, Nathan Garber; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 4 march 2008), citing National Archives microfilm publication T625, roll 1183.  
2. R. L. Polk & Co.'s 1920-21 Trow's New York City Directory (New York City, New York: R.L. Polk & Co., 1920), 744, entry for "Garber Nathan"; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 6 December 2013).
3. 1940 U.S. Census, Kings County, New York, population schedule, Brooklyn, Enumeration District (ED) 24-388, sheet 1B, household 17, Nathan Garber; digital image, MyHeritage.com (http://www.myheritage.com : accessed 4 April 2012).
4. "U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 3 January 2014), entry for Irving Garber; citing Department of Veterans Affairs Beneficiary Identification Records Locator Subsystem.
I do not know where he was stationed during his time in the military. I have some queries out regarding his activities and whereabouts.

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