For Wordless Wednesday this week I shared the wedding photo of Jeanette (Jean) Weiss and Emanuel (Manny) Goldberg. Over the past few weeks I have shared a number of photo’s of Jean and today, I’d like to share a little more of her story. (all photos courtesy of the extended Weiss Family)
Known as Jean, she was born the Oct. 28, 1907 in Brooklyn New York to parents Phillip (Pacey) Weiss born 1885, Romania and Sarah Meiselman born 1889, Russia.
Pacey and Sarah had two other children, Rachel born in 1910, Brooklyn, followed by a son Seymour, in 1916, Chicago, Ill.
Rachel and Jeanette Weiss ~
Sadly, Rachel did not survive and passed away March 3, 1913 shortly after the family relocated from Brooklyn, New York to Chicago, Ill. She is buried at Forest Park.
Jean, mother Sarah and Seymour
Information pulled from the 1918 WWI draft registration for Jean’s father Pacey listed their home address of 830 14th St. Chicago and the family was still there in 1920. According to a Weiss family descendant, Jean was a classically trained pianist and a reference to being trained at the Juilliard School of Music was noted on a family members tree. Juilliard was founded in 1905 in New York City. I have not been able to confirm whether this is true and that she actually was trained at Juilliard in New York. There is a Juilliard at the School of Music in Chicago but the earliest date is 1932 that I could find for it being established. Corresponding with a granddaughter she shared she knew that she did not pursue a career in music and played only at home. In an attempt to find out more information, I checked newspaper.com and genealogy bank and found on genealogy bank for any mention of a recital. Instead I did locate this article for Jeans mother Sarah.
Chicago Daily News 6-16-1921
After finding this article, I shared it with the Weiss family descendants. Great grandson Brian Morris shared a message from an Aunt who shared this memory with him.
Remember a story told about how Grandpa W took matters into his own hands. The neighborhood they lived in was mixed with a lot of Italians. Grandpa went to see the Italian “boss” and wanted to know who broke in and robbed them and tied up Grandma. Well they were more time efficient than the cops. Grandpa then introduced himself to them with a baseball bat. Grandparents had a fruit store there and were well known and liked. No robberies after that. In those days nobody touched a woman. He went into a bar where they were drinking pulled them out and talked. Heard the story several times from my Dad. Grandpa was about 5’8”” max
That was quite an experience that Sarah went through. Whether in 1921 or today, how terrifying it must have been. The article certainly does provide some additional information and insight into there lives and I feel confident in speculating that Pacey and Sarah were certainly wealthy enough to provide a music education in New York for their daughter but whether that happened I do not know. $5000 back then had a value equivalent to $64,000. Quite a nice salary for a fruit peddler. I also wonder if son Seymour was at home and witnessed this. At the time he was only 5 years old. He may have started school by then or he could have still been home.
On the April 1930 census the family had relocated to 3148 Douglas Blvd. Pacey listed his occupation as proprietor of a fruit store and Jean (22) was working as a stenographer at a handkerchief company.
In just a few short months, on June 17, Jean married Emanual Edward Goldberg.
Emanuel (Manny) Edward was born on Feb. 15, 1905 in Chicago, Ill. to parents Harry Goldberg and Jeanette (Nettie) Denn.
On January 27, 1932 son Kalman Asrail was born followed a few years later by a daughter in 1938. By 1940 they had moved to 652 W. Buckingham Pl. into this lovely brick apartment building. (photo Google Earth) Manny’s occupation was listed as fur broker – own business.
Jean and Manny about 1954
That really brings me to the end of what I know about Jean and Manny.
Jean passed away on April 10, 1988 at 80 years old and Manny passed away on April 25, 1994 at 89 years old. They are buried at Memorial Park – Skokie, Ill.
May their memory be a blessing