Posted in Casriel Haimowitz, DNA, Genealogy, Haimowitz, Hyamovitch, Iasi, Jewish History, New York, Odessa, Romania

Mash Letters and Hot Dogs ~ A Haimowitz Connection

 

In my on going search for the sister of my great grandfather Samuel Haimowitz and his brother Marks Hyamovitch, some how I found myself combing newspapers.com for Haimowitz mentions. I had begun my morning going over all my DNA matches looking for a common thread and something must have triggered that plunge down the rabbit hole. It wasn’t long before I began spotting some interesting articles then cross checking on ancestry.

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This was a case of infidelity by Mrs. Belle Julian Lippner, accused by her husband, Jordan Lippner, described as a self made pure food monarch of Westerchester Co., He was accusing her of having an affair with her ‘six foot caddy’.

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Jordan was accusing his wife of being in the company of other men. But it was some of the terms that caught my interest and kept me reading in this 1929 Daily News article of Nov. 28th.

Jordan accused her of  being a “Pseudo-intellectual, a Bohemian, an advocate of free love. To high brow and “Freudian” in her conversations.”

Belle accused Jordon of having “amnesia when telling her about his life’s history” she went on to say “he was reading to many “hot dog’magazines”.

Justice Joseph Morschauser was not impressed with Belle’s testimony and denied her request for $100 weekly alimony and $500 in her attorney fees. Justice Morschauser reprimanded her on not stopping her lover from writing her “affectionate letters” and went on to say “a wife has no right to receive mash notes.”

Belle, now living with her mother, had been away at ‘summer camp’ and when she had returned home, she told her husband she was with child. It was then he accused her of the unfaithfulness. That is when she left him she said.

Added into evidence were three letters written to Belle by Sidney Haimowitz (b-1910). The 1st letter was dated 24 July 1929 from Island Camp, Craryville, NY; the 2nd from Lake George on 18th of August and a 3rd with no date. In letter number 2 Sidney was excited to be seeing her the following weekend. The letters to Belle seemed so simplistically sweet and I quote the last letter he had written from the article “all day Monday, after you had left, everything I saw and heard reminded me of you, and my heart missed a beat or two, and I thought the craziest things”

Reading the article I found myself routing for a love story between Belle and her caddy Sidney. Belle it seemed to me could be the poster girl for the Flapper generation and for that matter a poster girl for my hippie generation. Had anything really changed?

Getting back to the the ‘hot dog’ magazines that Belle accused her husband Jordon of reading. It’s context led me to believe she was referring to some racy men’s magazine of it’s time and I wasn’t let down. Below is an article that led me down an additional rabbit hole to some of the most interesting reading in some time.

Hot Dogs And Prohibition Smut: Jack Dinsmore’s The Regular Fellows Monthly (1922)

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What happened to Jordon Lippner, wealthy pure food monarch, his wife Belle Julian Lippner and Sidney Haimowitz?  Perhaps a tale for another time but what connects this story is multi DNA connections for me to the family of Sidney Haimowitz back to his grandfather

Casriel (Charles) Haimowitz b. 1844 Romania d. 24 Feb 1917 N.Y.C.  and his wife Ida or Yetta Greenberg b. Apr 1845 Romania d. 1915 N.Y.C.

Casriel’s father was

Hyman Haimowitz and mother Ida Moskowitz both born about 1820 – country unknown

I have long suspected that Casriel holds a key to our family and our MRCA for many of my DNA connections, which has not been easy to prove.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Ancestry, DNA, Familes, Genealogy, Haimowitz, Hyamovitch, Jewish History, London, New York, Romania

The 4th of July 2019

As I welcomed today, this 4th of July,  2019, it began as all others, the usual morning routine; I knew there would be no holiday picnic, no family close by to gather with. There would be late night tv mixed with the dread of bombs bursting in air over our evening sky and we would be up consoling our fur baby and keeping him calm. Then another thought began to surface.

This was the first 4th of July since finding my English ancestors, the first, knowing I had actual family who made their life there in England, the first time to think about the importance and impact of my ancestors choices on mine and my families lives. The first time I would be thinking of and looking at our separation and independence from Great Britain in a totally new light.

My great grandfather Samuel Haimowitz immigrated, arrived and settled in the United States of America sometime between 1900 and 1902 while his brother Marks Hyamovitch arrived in England in 1901 where he settled and established his family. Both of them immigrating from Romania.

 

Samuel and Marks

There are so many questions regarding these two brothers and their choices.  The most obvious for me is why had Samuel chosen America and why had Marks chosen England? Had they traveled from Romania together before Sam left for America? If so why had Marks remained? What had influenced their choices? Was it a financial or personal preference? What had been their relationship prior to their decisions? Both men were carpenters and perhaps they worked together at some point. Their age difference is about 5 years. Sam the oldest born about 1875 and Marks in 1880. It appears as with many families with great distances between them that over the years and generations information and contact between these two families was lost. All these questions and more remain now for those of us who have come after them.

Just last month a cousin, Arline, traveled with her husband from California to London to meet for the first time this branch of cousins. It has been about 70 years since a member of the English branch traveled here to New York. It had been through one lone photo taken at this meeting, that survived with the English branch, that connected us all together again. In just a couple of weeks, Arline, who I too have never met, will travel from her home to mine in Washington state and we will meet.

This 4th of July has taken on a very new and special meaning for me…the 13 colonies may have separated and declared their independence back in 1776 but I am declaring and my proclamation is no amount of time and distance or declaration by our forefathers can separate or divide me from my extended family. We are forever connected not only through DNA but the bond of humanity.

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Posted in Genealogy, Haimowitz, Hyamovitch, Iasi, Katanka, London, New York, Odessa, Romania, Weiss

~ Haimowitz ~ Hyamovitch ~ Hyams ~

Do you know me? 

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In an effort to keep my search for our missing mystery sister alive, I am again featuring her this month. The photo was taken sometime between 1949 and 1951 in the Bronx, N.Y. when Freda Katanka nee Hyams, made a trip to the states to meet her Aunt and Uncle.

This is the only known photo circulating in our family for her. She is the sister of my great grandfather

Samuel Haimowitz and his brother Marks Hyamovitch

The differences in the last names is also a mystery. I suspect that Marks kept the last name most closest to the original spelling and Samuel perhaps Americanized the last name. It’s just a guess. Many of Marks children would go on to change their name to Hyams.

Their parents were known as Hyman Haimowitz and Ida Greenblatt (also seen as Yetta or Gitel). The spelling of Hyman Haimowitz came solely from the records for son Samuel.

Sam appears at this point to be the oldest, born about 1975 in Odesa, Russian Empire/Ukraine. From there the family crossed into Romania, made there way up to Iasi, where and when Marks was born in 1880. Where their sister fits in age wise we do not know. If there were other siblings we do not know that either. Their immigration out of Romania also remains a mystery.

Marks and his wife Polly Weiss settled in London, England. They were the parents of 9 children; Samuel, Hyman, Phillip, Jack, Annie Joyce, Benjamin, Freda, Edith, and Harry.

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Samuel married Rebecca Srulowitz/Strulowitz and settled in New York, eventually in the Bronx. They would have 5 children Hyman, Pincus/Paul, Freda, Isidore, and Molly. 

Samuel Haimowitz

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Posted in Ancestry, Genealogy, Lifschitz, Lifshitz, Lipschitz, Lipshitz, Memorial, New York

In Memory Of Esther Estelle Joffe nee Lifshitz and her father Solomon Simon Lifshitz

In Memory of 

Esther Estelle Tonis nee Lifshitz 

8 November 1898, New York, New York ~ 26 Jan 1943, Bronx, New York 

Daughter of Solomon/Simon Lifschitz and Annie Dinofsky

Esther was my 1st cousin 2x removed. Daughter of my great grandfather Benjamin Lipshitz brother Solomon Simon. She was one of five children born to Simon and Annie. She was first married to Samuel Joffe on 28 Dec 1920 but by the 1925 census, she was back home with her parents with her son Charles born in 1901, most likely named after her brother Charles. Sometime between 1925 and 1930, Esther married Daniel Tonis. She was listed with him on the 1930 census while her son remained with her parent’s and continued to up until the 1940 census then 19. Esther died in 1943 at the age of 43. She is buried at Beth David Cemetery, in Elmont, New York.

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May Her Memory Be A Blessing

 

In Memory of

Solomon Simon Lifshitz  

Dec 1873, Russia ~ 27 January 1941, New York

Son of David Lipshitz and Ida Paley

I have written quite extensively on the Lipshitz/Lifshitz and all variants of spelling used by this family. From Russia, he arrived on the 5 October 1888 at about 15 years old. Simon married Anne Dinofsky on 24 November 1895, New York, New York. They were the parents of five children, Esther Estelle, who he is sharing this post with, Moses, Rachel, Doris, and Charles.

When I think about the fact that Esther Estelle died in 1943 at the age of 43, so young, I am comforted to know that Simon preceded his daughter in death and was spared this sorrow.

Simon was the brother of my great grandfather Benjamin Lipshitz. So much of their story was lost of so long. It is an honor to be able to know this family through the records that have been discovered, and remember them on the anniversary of their passing.

 

Solomon Simon was laid to rest at Washington Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York

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May His Memory Be a Blessing  

 

 

 

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