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Not my grandmother Myra/Minnie Lipschitz but the other Minnie Lipschitz

My grandmother was Myra aka Minnie Lipschitz.

Till proven this Minnie was either her Aunt Minnie or 2nd cousin Minnie who left her parents home in 1917 to marry Herman Greenwald from Korlath, Austria. They were married on the 25th of November. I have sent away for the marriage certificate and will post once received. Their first daughter was born in 1919 and was named Sylvia.

In the 1920c the family is living at 222 E. 119th St in Manhattan. Herman, 27,  and is working as a brakeman for the railroad. Minnie, 23 is home with Sylvia. The census indicates that they have both naturalized  but I have yet to locate their naturalization papers. Living with them is Minnie’s sister Anna, 21, working as a finisher of ladies suits.

By 1925 they have moved to 2370 6th Ave, Long Island City, in Queens. Herman is now working in dental laboratory and is 32 years old. Sylvia is 6 and is joined by a sister named Ruth born in 1923. Living with them listed as S. L. – sister in laws – is Fanny 29 and Anna 24, both working as seamstresses. These are my mystery sisters, Ida, Anna and now Fanny.

In 1930 Herman moves his family to their own home valued at $15,000. That’s it, the one on the right in the foreground.


The sisters have moved out and Minnie and Herman have added 1 more daughter, Shirley in 1929. Herman is working as what is listed as mechanical dentist.

From turn of the century wisdom for today

“Besides the doctors of dentistry above mentioned, there is the man known as the “mechanical dentist.” He is not really a dentist at all, for he is not in actual contact with patients, but a skilled mechanic who makes in his laboratory the artificial materials (such as crowns, bridges and plates) needed by the dental practitioner. The dental radiographer, who takes and develops x-ray pictures of the mouth and teeth, is also an important aid of the doctor of dentistry.

The mechanical dentist need not be of so studious a nature as the doctor of dentistry, for his work requires chiefly manual skill Of course, he should be intelligent, but the matters he will have to master will not require a long period of study. He, too, should be a neat, careful and accurate worker, with perseverance and diligence.

It is desirable that the mechanical dentist have the equivalent of a high school education, during the course of which special stress should be laid on chemistry, physics and manual training. Then he must have practical training in the making of crowns, bridges, inlays, artificial teeth, and in the proper use of metals and other materials for this work.

The mechanical dentist usually begins his career in the employ of some dentist whose practice is so large that he has need of such an assistant. Here the dental mechanic may earn any-where from $15 to $50 a week, according to his skill. But there are larger opportunities for him too. He may establish his own laboratory and obtain orders for work from a number of dentists at a time; and if he has business ability, and does work of good quality, his earnings may amount to from about $3,000 to $8,000 a year, or more. The mechanical dentist’s work is light and pleasant, and sufficiently varied to be interesting, and it is work which offers large opportunities, for, as the number of dentists in the country grows, the need for mechanical assistants is bound to increase also.”

1940 Herman and Minnie are still living in their home and their family is complete with 3 daughters. Sylvia, now 21 is working as a typist for coffee & tea industry, Ruth is 17 and Shirley is 11. I am assuming in school but that is not listed on the census for 1940. I have not been able to find anyone else researching this family on Ancestry, nor any leads on any of the girls. I have a death date of 4 Aug 1979 at 87 years old, burial at Mt Hebron Cemetery, Flushing, Queens, New York but have not proven that yet.

The census records are only up to 1940 so at this point this is where my search runs cold and dry. I so want to know what happened to the sisters, don’t you?





16 years ago I located my birth family, both maternal and paternal side. After literally years of searching, even before the help of the internet, I just couldn't stop searching so I began digging into my new found families past. The journey has been amazing as we connect and reconnect lost and found generations.

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