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The founding of Cullom & Ghertner

I’m reposting this because I just received a picture of J.A. (John) Cullom  Joseph Alexander Cullom (name updated based on his death notice here) , co-founder of the printing company and have information about the date of the founding. Simon … Continue reading

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Lewis Cooper and family

Lewis (or Louis) Cooper, the father of my paternal grandmother Dora Ella Cooper, was born January 1859 in Russia. He emigrated to the United States in 1881 and was naturalized. His wife was Dena (or Americanized Dinah) Marks. Dena had … Continue reading

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Em was the “Head of Household” in 1940

In the center of this page header photo is Lynton “Pappy” Scharff (1897-1985) agt the time of his Bar Mitzvah in Germany circa 1910. As I said earlier, the 1940 US Census became available to the public last April. However … Continue reading

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Announcing a Tombstone photos page

I’ve gathered photos of over 25 ancestor tombstones and created a permanent page under the menu item “Miscellany… —>Tombstones” which you can see here and read about my ‘extensive travels’ to gather them. Here are four.  

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Mud-slinging, Mayhem & Murder

In January 1865,  teen age brothers Charles &  Michael Henry De Young and an elder brother Gustavus (who were all uncles of Edward Rhine, 1st cousin 2x removed of Jean (Bloom) Ghertner started a San Francisco entertainment slanted newspaper, The Daily … 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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Nashville blizzard 1951

In 1951, my family lived at 1702 Ashwood Avenue in Nashville, Tenenssee, which was the house where my father and his brothers were raised (Simon and Dora Ghertner had lived there since at least 1920). When the storm struck we ran … Continue reading

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Xmas break at Club Ozark

Little Rock, Arkansas was ground zero for the Block family in the 1950s as all the children of Joseph & Fay Block (Raymond, Samuel, Emma, Lewis and Grace) lived there. During Christmas break, the great grandchildren, the Block family Baby … Continue reading

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