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The Pine Bluff connection

The family of my maternal grandfather, John Rhine Bloom (1864-1935) had been in Pine Bluff since the 1850s. His wife was Emma Marie Block (1895-1980). John and Emma were married in Pine Bluff on 17 December 1917. Their daughter was … Continue reading

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Strauss & Altschul from Germany

Tracye Altschul married Alvin Weil Strauss, Sr. Their son, Alvin Strauss, Jr. married Leslie J. Marks, who was my 2nd cousin 1X removed. Alvin Strauss Sr and Tracye Altschul lived in Pine Bluff, Arkansas which was also the birthplace of my … Continue reading

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(Emile) Levy from France & Bloch’s

Abraham and Sarah Block were my 3X great grandparents; Emile and Emma Levy were my 2X great grandparents. Abraham Bloch married Sarah ? Emma Bloch married Emile Levy Alexander Levy (1872-?) Fanny Fay ‘Dannie’ Levy (1873-1925) married Joseph F Block … Continue reading

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Jewish communities – Camden & Pine Bluff

In the 1800s, Jews settled in rural Arkansas near rivers, which provided reliable shipment of goods. Camden (Ouchita River) and Pine Bluff (Arkansas River) are significant for our family. Our early ancestors were merchants as were many early Jewish settlers. … Continue reading

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US Census – has been a principal source of research

In the U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 2 states “Representatives and direct taxes shall be apportioned among the several states which may be included within this Union according to their respective numbers…”.The first enumeration of the US population occurred in … Continue reading

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‘Circuit Riders’ .. Rabbis that is

Part of the training for American Rabbinical students at all three Hebrew Union College campuses is to travel to under-served Jewish communities to conduct worship services. The Jewish Archives in Cincinnati has letters dated in the 1890s from the Hebrew … Continue reading

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Lenny hoofed it to meet Jean

Frances Jean Bloom, whose home was Little Rock, Arkansas, attended school at Nashville’s Ward-Belmont College, a very prestigious ‘finishing school’ for girls, mostly from Middle Tennessee. It’s likely Leonard Cooper Ghertner was still living at his family’s home at 1702 … Continue reading

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Given (first) names

In Jewish families, it was customary to name children after their ancestors and we have continued that tradition. In our family tree we have deceased Solomon’s (4), Eduard’s (2), Avraham’s (2), Emile’s (3), Emma’s (2), Samuel’s (2), John’s (2), Lynton’s … Continue reading

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