It’s been a few years since I wrote about the Rosen side of the family. I had been able to track them back to my 3x great grandparents Jakob Rozen b. abt 1830, Sompolno, Poland and Mirla Morgansztern b. abt 1830, also of Sompolno. The community of Jewish inhabitants at that time was about 320. The population had doubled by the time my great grandmother Kruse (Kate) Rosen had been born on the 10th of January 1889. Kate was one of seven children born to her parents.
Abraham Herschel (Harry) Rosen b. 1900 in Sompolno was Kates youngest brother. They were about 11 years apart and together, they had made the trip over to New York from Poland in June of 1911.
Kate Rosen married Benjamin Lipschitz in 1913 in New York City. This was an arranged marriage between 2 deaf adults, both deaf from a childhood illness, Benjamin from typhoid fever. Kate and Benjamin went on to have three daughters, Minnie, Esther, and Mary. Minnie was my grandmother.
Harry went on to marry Kate Brickman in November of 1924. They had one daughter Renee Annette Rosen.
I cropped this photo from the family photo below. With the help of the facebook group Genealogist Photo Restoration – Alan Spearman repaired this photo for us.
Photo courtesy of the Brickman/Posner Family
seated: Ben Brickman, wife Rose, Joseph Posner & Ann Posner, Anna Brickman wife of Joseph Brickman, matriarch Kate Brickman, Kate Rosen & Harry Rosen standing: Ben Posner & brother Murray Posner, Majorie & Alan (children of Ben & Rose Brickman), Bebe Posner, Renee Rosen, David Brickman and Jesse Brickman
It was the immigration record for (my) Kate and Harry (written Abram) that provided my original lead on this family. Kate (22) and Abram (11) were traveling together. They left behind their brother, written ‘Usther’ in Sompolno, traveling to their father Selig R., 217 E. 102nd St, The immigration record indicated Kate was ‘deaf and dumb’. It was with this record I learned of the brother left behind and the brother she had been traveling with.
Back when I had originally posted about Kate and her brother Harry, and learned he had married Kate Brickman, I discovered Kate was related and connected to the Brickman Family of the Hotel Brickman in the Catskills. One thing led to an other and I connected with 2 distant cousins off this branch, Patti Daboosh nee Posner and Rita Domnitz nee Brickman. And just recently I have been connected to Harry’s grandson Eric Amrine along with Jill Rotter nee Brickman, sister to Rita.
Patti shared with me that Hotel Brickman was purchased on May 10, 1912 by Abraham and Molly Brickman. The family has also graciously shared this wonderful family photo.
Abraham and Molly Brickman children Jehiel, Anna and Joseph
Photo’s courtesy of the Brickman/Posner Family
Again with the help of the facebook group Genealogist Photo Restoration – Candice Shaver Penna did a beautiful job restoring this photo for us.
Patti is the granddaughter of Anna (above), Rita and Jill granddaughters of Jehiel (above), Eric the great grandson of Jehiel (above)
The details of my grandmother’s life with Benjamin has been easily traceable with connections through our family line but Harry had been unknown and remained somewhat of mystery until a few years ago. Now with my connection to Eric, along with Patti, Rita and Jill the veil is lifting.
Abraham Herschel (Harry) Rosen traveled over aboard the Blucher from the port of Hamburg and arrived in New York Harbor on June 20th, 1911. At that time his parents, Selig and Rose were living at 219 E. 102nd St.. Selig was working as a Hebrew teacher, a profession he would keep his entire life. Living at home with them was son Jacob (16) working as an operator in a waist factory.
His oldest sister, Jenny b. 1886 was the first in the family to make the voyage over, arriving prior to Oct. 1903 when she married Alexander Reiner in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Father Selig arrived in 1904 followed by his daughter Rejle Rose (Rae) b. 1890 in 1906. Rose married David Smith sometime that or the following year of 1907.
Selig’s wife Rose came over arriving on the SS Pretoria on March 1, 1909. I found Rose on the list of detained aliens, going to her husband, name not mentioned, but released to her daughter Mrs. Reiner. (It was with this notation I was able to distinguish her from the almost hundred other Rose Rosen’s 🙂
Son Jacob b. Apr 1894 arrived July 17, 1909 At the age of 17 Jacob married in Dec. 1911 a woman named Sadie Schoenwetter.
There are two other children who it appears remained in Sompolno. The oldest child, a daughter named Mirla and son Usther. I have been able to confirm that Usther did remain and was murdered in the Holocaust.
Harry’s WW1 draft registration, 1918, gives up a more detail into his life. He listed his permanent residence as his parent’s E. 102nd St. address and at 18yrs old he was working as a waiter. Not quite sure of the restaurant’s name but it appears to be Hildreth’s, Nassau County? Hildreth’s is an extremely well know established family in Suffolk county (South Hampton) with many businesses associated with their name During this time frame perhaps Hildreth began or had some business in Nassau county as written on the document.
Harry’s (Abraham) WWI Draft Registration
On November 11th, 1924, Harry, using his proper name married Kate Brickman.
Notice the address of where they were married. Built in 1888 – 1889 ~ 80 West 126 St. was originally the dance studio of George W. Wallace with an adjoining home for his family. It also doubled as a rentable entertainment venue. Known as the Ellsmere by 1906 this venue was a very popular spot for large events. It was here that Kate and Harry married. By 1929 this became the popular Plantation Club in direct competition with the Cotton Club. Today it houses The Baptist Church of Prayer.
Google Maps Photo
But what was Harry up to those 6 years prior?
In an email between Eric and myself he shared “We did know when he was older he attended Emma Goldman’s salons in her house. Knew her well, at least as an admirer. Rode the rails as well. Then met Kate at the hotel, hearing the Moonlight Sonata coming through an open window and following the sound to the house piano.” The hotel was The Brickman Hotel ~ Catskills ~ South Fallsburg.
I mentioned that Patti had shared with me that the hotel was bought in 1912 , she also shared a copy of the original deed. The seller was Matilda A Rickard. It is amazing that the family actually has the whole document in tac and I was delighted to get to see the entire document. The Hotel Brickman deserves its own posting which I may attempt at a later date.
I was unable to find the family of Harry, Kate and Renee in the 1930, or Harry in the old man’s listing for WWII. I have found no evidence of him naturalizing. I am absolutely delighted we now know what Harry looked like.
I am fascinated by the fact that he attended the salons of Emma Goldman which really does give us a glimpse into his mindset for the times.
“Emma Goldman (1869–1940) stands as a major figure in the history of American radicalism and feminism. An influential and well-known anarchist of her day, Goldman was an early advocate of free speech, birth control, women’s equality and independence, and union organization. Her criticism of mandatory conscription of young men into the military during World War I led to a two-year imprisonment, followed by her deportation in 1919. For the rest of her life until her death in 1940, she continued to participate in the social and political movements of her age, from the Russian Revolution to the Spanish Civil War.” http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/goldman/
Abraham Harry Rosen was my 2x great Uncle and I am so thankful for the connection I have made with his branch of our family.
Harry past away in Feb. 1986 and is buried at Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington D.C.
May his and Kates memory be a blessing