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Solomon Block…

Solomon Block’s Antebellum home in Camden, Arkansas Solomon Block’s household

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‘Bompa’ bankrupted (?) by his embezzling brother

Solomon Block was a merchant and had tobacco and wholesale liquor businesses in Camden and other nearby towns. His elder sons, John Edward  Block (1856-1929) and Joseph Friedman “Bompa” Block (1860-1953), moved to Dallas, Texas and they manufactured cigars. (see … 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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Solomon & Mary Block’s memorial stones, Camden

I found records at Findagrave.com that Solomon Block and Mary Levinson Block (my great great grandparents) and Lena Grace Block, a younger sister of “Bumpa”, were buried at Jewish Rest Cemetery in Camden, Arkansas. (Also see International Jewish Cemetery Project). … Continue reading

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First names

Naming of children in the Block, Bloom, Gorden, Gruber, Scharff and Ghertner families (from Central and Eastern Europe) certainly seems to have followed a tradition of naming after an ancestor, although not necessarily one who had recently died as was … Continue reading

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Block’s jobs, some not so widely known

Many  family members know that Joseph Friedman “Bompa” Block and Raymond and Sam Block started Block Realty. Few of us have any clue as to Pappy’s jobs. Office Clerk – Wholesale dry goods (1920 Census in Harris County Texas) Real … Continue reading

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Mary Levinson Block’s interment

Mary Levinson Block (1837-1916), Solomon Block’s wife, passed away 11 July 1916 in Chicago. Census records show this likely was ‘our’ Mary Block and she had a journey in death.

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Charles Block was  four years old when he first appeared on a census roll and in 1880, the Solomon & Mary Block family were living in New Orleans, Louisiana. I found his full name was Charles Henry Block and he … Continue reading

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