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Frank Oxman and The Case of the Found Securities

If the name of Frank Oxman sounds familiar to you it may be because you are a Perry Mason fan and not because I had written about him. One of those classic Perry Mason stories was – “The Case of the Dangerous Dowager” with Gene Blakely as Frank Oxman. This show first aired in 1959. I am a huge Perry Mason fan with memories of watching this with my grandparents. Once again I love the connection that seems to go full circle when connecting and researching our story.

On January 4th I received one of those wonderful surprise emails from a gentleman who had come across my blog post  “Who Was Frank Oxman?” which sparked my need to revisit the post I had written back in Oct of 2017.

I had not revisited this post since the original posting but it appears to be on my to-do list for this year now. I have ruled out the possibility of Ida Blum being an Oxman before marrying Jacob Blum. From their marriage record, I learned her maiden name was Laskey. This was not the connection.
I have posted four of the ten security copies I received. (All pertain to this same division and are all similar)  Aren’t they lovely?



The question remains, coincidence with the last name of Oxman or family connection?


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Posted in Austria, Dornfest, Genealogy, Goldstein/Kessman, Poland, Steinman/Oxman

A 23-year-old launches a 1909 labor revolt

After reading this outstanding post by one of my favorite blogs, I decided I would really like to share it with you. In light of election day, a right we must never take for granted, let us not forget that our fore mothers fought for our rights, right to vote, right to fair wages, right to fair working conditions so in honor of them it was easy peasy to click the reblog button and here we go…I hope you enjoy it as much as I did ~ Sharon

Ephemeral New York

In the early 1900s, Clara Lemlich’s life resembled that of thousands of other immigrant girls.

Born in the Ukraine in 1886, she came to New York with her family in 1903. Still a teenager and barely five feet tall, she toiled at a job as a draper in a waist factory.

“We worked from sunrise to sunset seven days a week,” she wrote in a 1965 letter. “The shops were located in old dilapidated buildings, in the back of stores . . . the hissing of the machines, the yelling of the Foreman made life unbearable.”

Strikes were frequent, and Lemlich didn’t shy away from the picket line. “However every strike we called was broken by the police and gangsters hired by the bosses,” she wrote.

From 1906 to 1909, Lemlich was arrested more than 17 times and was beaten up by hired thugs who broke her ribs and…

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Rose Steinman nee Ochsman/Oxman

I simply love when documents sent away for begin coming in, especially when they provide beautiful insight and glimpses into our ancestors lives. Today I received the social security application for Rose Ochsman and it did not let me down. Rose was the wife of Joseph Steinman, son of Abraham Steinman and Shirley Gold.


The application is dated August 10th, 1944 and her address was 2869 W. 27th St., Brooklyn. I was surprised to see that she had written her maiden name as Axman and not Oxman as we know it. We learned her fathers name was Shmuel and her mothers maiden name Fruchtman. Even more exciting is the name of her dress shop and the address. We knew she was a master dressmaker and had her own shop, now we know it was called Minnie’s Dress Shop! We also learned from earlier documents that her husband Joseph was from Berdichev, Russia. We have learned that Rose too was born and from Berdichev/Berdicher. I feel like this document really gives me a better launching pad to move further in learning about this Ochsman/Oxman/Axman family. Now I have a better starting point for locating her sister who perished in the Shoah, and perhaps discover who her brothers were.  * After hearing from Allen Steinman regarding this post (see comment below) he has cleared up some information for me. Rose did not own the shop but worked for Sam Fruchtman and his wife (owners; who was his wife, Minnie?) as their seamstress. Fruchtman was a new name for Allen and he did not know how ‘Fruchtman’, a name he did know tied in with Rose. Possibly a brother? uncle? cousin? New questions deserving new answers. 

Joseph and Rose Steinman 

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Who was Frank Oxman?

As I continue to work on researching the Steinman family with all the many branches that make up this tree, the documents I have sent away for have started to come in. Yesterday I received the death certificate for Joseph/Joe Steinman, husband of Rose Ochsman/Oxman, father of Morris/Murray and Shirley Steinman. Joe was born Sept. 15, 1894  Berdichev, Russia and died May 26, 1936 at age 41 (death cert.) The death certificate seemed very mundane and revealed little information I hadn’t already known, the name of his father, Abraham and mother Shirley Gold, where he was buried, Montefiore Cemetery, but something very interesting jumped out at me which opened up a whole new question and line for research. Who was Frank Oxman?



Frank Oxman was the undertaker who attended Joe Steinman. Not just any undertaker but an Oxman, the same last name as the maiden name of Joe’s wife Rose. That of course prompted the question, who was Frank Oxman, were they related, if so how? Oxman was not an uncommon name and it could simply be coincidence. I am off on another rabbit trail to try and discover the connection, if there is one.

My initial research led to the following information. Frank Oxman (1902) was the youngest son of Aaron (1865)  and Annie Oxman (1867). The age of Frank would line him up as a possible cousin to Rose. I have not uncovered Rose’s father’s name, only her mother’s, Sarah. The first possibility for a relationship that I am tossing around is that Rose’s father and Aaron could be brothers (if they are related at all) or they could even be cousin’s themselves.

Aaron arrived in June of 1889. I first located the family in the 1900c living at 18 Pitt Street, NYC. Aaron’s occupation was a cigar maker. Living in the household was wife Annie, son Morris (1887-Russia), Ida (1889-Russia), Max (1894-NY), Lillie (1896-NY), and Abraham (8/12)

By 1905 Frank had joined the family born in 1902. What was interesting about this census was Aaron and Annie were not listed. Living at 189 4th St, NYC were Ida (16) working as a saleslady, Moses/Morris was 18 and making caskets, Max (11), Lillian (9), Abe (6) and Frank (3) My guess is that the census worker simply missed listing Aaron and Annie.

Still at the 189 4th Street address, Aaron and Annie are again listed on the census for 1910. Working in a cigar factory/manufacturer it appears as if Aaron may be the owner or co owner as it was noted that he was the employer and not employee. Morris/Moses has again morphed and became Henry on this record and was employed as the commissioner of deeds in a law office. Ida was 21 and working as a sales lady in a dry goods store, Max was 16 and working as a clerk in a dresshouse, Lilian (13), Abe (10) and Frank was (8)

By 1920 Aaron (55) has moved his family to 446 146th Street, Brooklyn. Annie (52), Abe (20) was still home and working as a salesman in a cigar stare. Frank (18) is a chauffeur – driving truck. Daughter Lillian (23) had married Frank Marcus (29) who was working as a manager in a Telegraph Co. They had 1 daughter, Ruth (1)

It is in 1930 that Frank Oxman crosses over to the career that will support him for many more years. At 28 years old he was working in an undertakers parlor. The street address was listed as 210 East Broadway, NYC. He was listed as a boarder in the home of Jacob (40) and Ida (38) Blum, along with their daughters Sylvia (18) and Harriet (10). Jacob is an undertaker in a independant parlor and daughter Sylvia was listed undertaker – typist. The age of Ida was off by about 7 years (older). I can not be sure that this was Frank’s sister and husband but for now, it’s possible and if so then it appears Jacob Blum may have given Frank his start was an undertaker. In fact he most certainly did.

Doing a general google search for Oxman, Blum, funeral parlor, etc, I came up with quite a few interesting sites, one of which was extremely interesting. It has a link to reblog the post and so I think I will do just that. Fingers crossed this will work as I have never tried this before.

****It did repost, it follows this post…Arlyne Weiss Brinkman Part 1, when you come to the end, click on   view original post and it will take you to the whole story****

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Arlyne Weiss Brinkman – Part 1

This was an amazing blog post that shed quite a light on Frank Oxman and Jacob Blum. If Frank Oxman is related he may be one relative we want to keep on wraps 🙂

Joe Bruno on the Mob

Brinkman, Arlyne Weiss – She spent more time on her knees and on her back servicing mobsters than Michelangelo did painting the Sistine Chapel.




Arlyne Weiss Brickmanwas a slut and a sometime-prostitute. She dispensed blowjobs like the Salvation Army doles out free meals. But what made Arlyne the consummate dirtbag was that she became a rat who ate cheese for several government agencies, including the FBI.

            In 1933, Arlyne Weiss was born in a Manhattan Lower East Side tenement to a privileged Jewish family with connections to organized crime. Her father, Irving Weiss, ostensibly was the owner of a car dealership – Chester Motors on 116th Street and Pleasant Avenue in Manhattan. But Irving made most of his money doing what Jewish gangsters of his time did: bookmaking, shylocking and the occasional labor union shakedown. Irving Weiss was friends with Jewish gangster mastermind, Meyer…

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What’s a nice Jewish boy doing with a name like Gustave?

In my first post about the Steinmann family, I wrote about Joseph Steinmann born in Berdichev, Russia (1894). Joseph and his wife immigrated from Budapest, Hungry with a stop in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Before arriving in America to make their home in Brooklyn,  (1924) they waited for 7 years before getting their papers to leave for America in 1924. When writing that first post I was unable to find Joseph and family in the 1925 census.

I first found the family in the 1930 census. Joseph was listed with the misspelled name of Styman, his occupation was listed as ‘shoes’ and son Morris born in Brazil also helped confirmed the correct family. Along with the few other documents posted with the shoe industry his occupation, my mind instantly went to picturing Joseph working in a small cubby hole type cobbler shoe shop, fashioning and repairing shoes and boots.


Imagine my surprise when I finally located the 1925 census for Joseph under the name of Gustave. What was a nice Jewish boy doing with a name like Gustave? We most likely will never know but it was most certainly our Joseph and more likely a census worker error not understanding or interpreting Joseph as Gustave (?) The 1930 census indicated the language in the family was Yiddish but does not tell us whether they spoke, read or wrote in English.



Most importantly this 1925 census listed his occupation as ‘leather stitcher’ and above that it says shoe factory’. My vision of Joseph was shattered.

I follow a fantastic blog and family blogger named  Amy Cohen, who actually inspired me to begin blogging my family story. You can find her blog at    Amy had commented on the post suggesting that ‘operator’ on a census often refers to a worker in a factory. This of course got me thinking and made more sense to me. With that incentive I decided to take another look at Joseph to see what I could discover which led me to finding the 1925 census.

Joseph Steinmann was indeed working in a shoe manufacturing factory plant confirmed by this 1925 census. This information led me to discovering 2 very large operating shoe manufacturers in Brooklyn. Hanan & Son’s and J&T Cousins. I decided to go back and look at the records for the witnesses on Joseph’s naturalization papers to see if I could discover anything that could identify where the men may have worked. When looking at   Bernard Rackover’s naturalization papers I looked at his witnesses and they both listed either shoe fitter or shoe operator as their occupations. This led me to a gentleman named Zelif Leff. On his 1917 WWI enlistment record he wrote J & T Cousins – a clue but not confirmation that this is where our Joseph worked in 1925. It does point to this company as being a possibility.

The J & T Cousins manufacturing building was located at Grand and DeKolb Ave. A search on google maps brought me to the location but the building does not seem to be there anymore. I was able to find photos and stories about Hanan & Sons @ 54 Bridge St – photo below


Discovery is always inspiring and its back to the hunt as I continue to look into the Steinman family. But before I leave you, a few fun shoe photo’s I have found.


shoes6found on the blog



above from the Museum of the City of New York 



photo of the Wessel Shoe Factory of Camden, NJ on Liberty Street. I imagine this might  actually be a more accurate glimpse into the life at the shoe factory for Joseph.

I have spent countless hours looking at photo’s of shoes, boots, shoehorns and shoe stretchers; the rabbit hole I fell into on this quest was informative and fun. My mind was swimming in everything shoe so on Tuesday morning when I left for work at 7am I slipped on what I thought were my most comfy slip ons. As I walked into school, I noticed my gate was off just slightly. That’s odd I thought and as I looked down I had to laugh out loud, I had slipped on two different shoe’s, not only was my gate off but I looked ridiculously silly. Thankfully I have a comfy pair of slippers in the classroom to put on!