More notoriety

Perhaps not as famous as a significant rabbi, movie stars & moguls and newspaper moguls in the family tree or well known 1950s popular singer from Nashville , but Isaac Altchul (great grandson of David Altschul) achieved some notoriety. This information on Pine Bluff is stored at the website of the Institute of Southern Jewish Living in Jackson, Mississippi and used with the Institute’s permission.

Issac Altschul (1825 – 1898)

Issac Altschul (1825 – 1898)

Jews first arrived in Pine Bluff in the 1840s. By 1855, there were about ten Jewish families in town, and several Jewish-owned businesses in town. Isaac Altschul opened a dry goods store outside of Pine Bluff in 1852. The store was in the midst of several slave plantations, which Altschul catered to. In addition to serving plantation owners, Altschul would stay open on Sundays to be able to trade with slaves on their day off, working the counter himself. Altschul was a very successful businessman. In 1860, he had $10,000 in personal property, which included one slave. One of Altschul’s employees and boarders was Henry Morton Stanley, who later became a journalist and explorer famous for finding missionary David Livingstone in Africa (“Mr. Livingstone, I presume”).

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Hot Shot Pappy

This Luscome was Pappy’s first airplane. A story goes that Pappy had started the engine, set the brakes and got out. When the brakes let loose, Pappy grabbed a wing strut and the airplane swung around and dragged him along the tarmac. This tore his pants and shoes, and skin. An employee pushed the roll-up stairs used by an airline up against the plane to stop it. Pappy called the doctor who made a house call.

Over the course of the 40s, 50s and 60s, Pappy had three airplanes, the second was a two seater Swift (known well by my generation) and a Piper Comanche. Of the three, only the Luscome had a top wing and wing struts.

Pappy and his Luscome

Pappy and his Luscome

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EL’s formal Military portrait at the end of his career in the US Army

Lt. Col. Eduard Lynton Scharff,  U.S. Army, Ret.

Lt. Col. Eduard Lynton Scharff, U.S. Army, Ret.

Major Lynton L. Scharff

Major Lynton L. Scharff


Lt. Col. Eduard Lynton Scharff,  U.S. Army, Ret.

Lt. Col. Eduard Lynton Scharff, U.S. Army, Ret.

Major Lynton L. Scharff

Major Lynton L. Scharff

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Reposting with newly discovered pictures

Pappy was a pilot,a hunter and a sailor.

Here’s are two 1966 sailing pictures of Pappy and a 1965 photo of his Piper Comanche.

1966 El and Pappey on the Sheryl, Terry Lee Sailboat

Pappy scouting, EL at the helm of the Terry Lee

1966 Pappy (2)-Edit

More on the Comanche.

  • Tail number: N 5108P
  • Fixed wing single engine with landing gear Single Reciprocating engine
  • Manufacturer: PIPER
  • Model: PA-24-180
  • Serial Number:
  • Aircraft first registered in US:
  • Owner: VERLINS AVIATION LLC
  • Operator: VERLINS AVIATION LLC, at 7944 Cessna Dr # 9 in Peyton, Co.
Pappy's Piper Comance

Pappy’s Piper Comance

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Two Pappy’s ?????

Lynton & Emma Scharff

Lynton & Emma Scharff

Lynton Lazarus “Pappy” Scharff (1897-1985) was Emma Marie Block, my grandmother’s second husband. (see this page). There’s a problem with the on-line family tree at Ancestry as the software treats the descendants of Pappy’s first marriage to Jessie Grace Block, Emma’s sister, improperly. For example, Pappy’s son, EL Scharff (1923-2009) was my blood relative, a 1st cousin 1X removed. However when Pappy married Em, EL became my my mother’s step brother and thus my step uncle.

Jessie Grace Block

Jessie Grace Block

“Blood is thicker than water’ but Ancestry doesn’t consider that and the ‘step’ relationships are all that show. I had to create two Pappy’s, one for each marriage. Thus in the family tree there are two Pappy’s as Lynton Lazarus “Pappy” Scharff (1897-1985), as Jessie Grace Block’s husband,  and Lynton “Pappy” Scharff (1897-1985) as Emma Marie (Block) Bloom’s husband. Thus EL is now shown as my ‘1st cousin, 1X removed’.

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Jewishgen web pages

Kehila is is the local Jewish communal structure which was used in Central and Eastern Europe. Jewishgen.org  just published my Kehilalinks page for Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Pine Bluff was Frances Jean Bloom, my mother’s, birthpace (and her father and grandfather as well). There is still a small elderly, Jewish community there which observes Friday night Shabbat services bi-monthly. A retired rabbi visits from Little Rock to lead the worship.

Temple Sanctuary Circa 1967

Pine Bluff Temple Sanctuary Circa 1967

In late 2012, my Kehilalinks page was published for Roman, Romania, the birthplace of my grandfather Simon Ghertner. The Jewishgen.org website is dedicated to genealogical research; it hosts databases of Family trees, towns, JOWBR burial registry, Yizkor (Memorial) books, Kehilalinks (for towns that have/had Jewish communities. Many of the Kehilalinks towns are/were in Europe; here’s the Worldwide menu page.

Here are links to Yizkor book translations for Iaşi, Romania and Roman, Romania.

 

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Glenn Close, actress & a Taliaferro

Glenn Close

Glenn Close

The famous actress Glenn Close is a Taliaferro (see link), a family that emigrated to the Virginia colony before the Revolutionary War.

Ms. Close has been nominated for six Academy Awards. Her grandparents were Edward D. Close (1882-1955) and Elizabeth Taliaferro (1897-1988). Glenn Close’s father was Dr. William Taliaferro Close. Velma Pauline Tailiaferro Block (1926-2011) was her 7th cousin, twice removed. I’d expect these ladies to have been only one generation apart based on birth dates.

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Fleisman ‘industries’

Morris Fleisman

Morris Fleisman

Morris Fleisman (1852 – 1937) started a ‘hyde [sic] and wool’ business. The company bought animal hides from farmers and treated them for leather products such as shoes and purses. His son, Frank Samuel Fleisman (1892 – 1970), continued the business until a couple of years before his death when he sold to a competitor. Frank Fleisman was the father of Jean Fleisman Ghertner (1915-2005). A bit more on Fleisman’s here.

Frank Samuel Fleisman

Frank Samuel Fleisman

Jean Fleisman Ghertner

Jean Fleisman Ghertner

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