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Thankful Thursday: Find A Grave and New Broida Memorials

Headstone of Pincus/Peter Broida and Sarah Malke "Mollie" Broida in Beth Hamedrash Hagodol Cemetery, McKees rocks, Allegheny, Pennsylvania.
Headstone of Pincus Noah “Peter” Broida and Sarah Malke “Mollie” Karklinski-Broida in Beth Hamedrash Hagodol Cemetery, McKees Rocks, Allegheny, Pennsylvania.

➡ Broida Family

I am very thankful for the kind people who spend their valuable time creating memorials on Find A Grave (FAG) for the cemeteries they visit. A number of Broida family members have recently been transferred to me (without the hassle from some FAG members who are just into amassing empires of memorials, even though they are not related). So I got to work to quickly get more information on each of the memorials.

These are family lines that I am not as familiar with as they are not as closely related. Cousin Mitch has a great Broida tree on Ancestry, and I have done further research to create what I hope are accurate biographies. (Please do let us know if here are any parts that should be clarified or revised.)

Here are the new Broida FAG biographies:

Harry H Broida

Birth: 1882, Lithuania
Death: Jun. 6, 1908
Pittsburgh
Allegheny County
Pennsylvania, USA

Harry Broida was born in 1882 in Russia, likely in Lithuania. He immigrated to the United States in 1892, per the 1900 US Federal Census.In 1900, Harry was living with his parents, 5 siblings, and two boarders (also b. Russia) at 38 Federal Street, Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. He was working as a shoe salesman, and had not been unemployed recently. (The crash of 1893 caused a big depression but by 1900 more people were working.) He could read write, and speak English. Sadly, Harry passed away at the young age of 24 or so on 06 Jun 1908. (His birth year varies by sources.) He had been living with his father in his last days at 65 Miller St. in Pittsburgh, PA.
Parents:
Michel Lazer Broida (1846 – 1926)
Anna Horowitz Broida (1848 – 1916)

Inscription:
Beloved Son and Brother

Burial:
Beth Hamedrash Hagodal Cemetery
McKees Rocks
Allegheny County
Pennsylvania, USA
Find A Grave Memorial# 96657462

(An image of his headstone has been requested but we will probably need to wait for the snow to melt.)

Michael Lazer Broida- Headstone- in Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Cemetery, McKees Rock, Allegheny, Pennsylvania.
Michael Lazer Broida- Headstone- in Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Cemetery, McKees Rock, Allegheny, Pennsylvania.

Michael Lazer Broida

Birth: Mar., 1846, Lithuania
Death: Nov. 9, 1926
Pittsburgh
Allegheny County
Pennsylvania, USA

Michael Lazer Broida (also ‘Michel Lazear,’ ‘Michael Lazaris,’ or Michael Lazario’) was born in Esiskes, Lithuania, which was under Russian control time and again throughout history. (Thus birthplace is sometimes listed as Russia.) His parents were Joseph and Chaneh “Jennie” Broida, both b. abt 1820. It is not known if his parents immigrated to the US also. Michael was one of their 9 children who came to the US.Michael married Emma/Anna/Hannah Horowitz in 1863, likely in Lithuania. Their first seven children were also born there.

Children:
Jennie “Shaina” Broida, 1867-1937, marr. David Shaeffer, d. Louisiana
Joseph J. Broida, 1868-1934, marr. Mary Elpern, d. Pittsburgh
Lillie S. Broida, 1871-1927, marr. Joseph L. Hirsch, d. Miami FL
Samuel Broida, 1876-1960, marr. Bertha Gilberg, d. Louisiana
Anna R. Broida, 1880-1947, marr Benjamin Silken, later __Hoffenberg, d. CA
Katie L Broida, 1883-1978, marr. Harry Benjamin Elpern, d. Pittsburgh
Jacob Broida, 1885-1928, never marr., d. Pittsburgh
Bessie D. Broida, 1892-1966, b. in Pittsburgh, marr. Louis R. Fields, d.Ohio

Michael immigrated to the US in 1887, after son Jacob was born, and it is presumed Hannah immigrated around then too. He filed his ‘First Paper’ or Declaration of Intention to become a citizen on 25 Sep 1890, and his Petition for Naturalization was signed on 3 Jan 1902. In 1900, Michael and his wife of 37 years are found in the US Federal Census at 38 Federal St. in Pittsburgh, PA, with their 3 daughters and 3 sons; they also have 2 married boarders living with them. Michael was a ‘Peddler [of] Dry Goods.’ In 1908 their son Harry died, and Michael was the informant on the death certificate; they were living at 65 Miller St. in Pittsburgh. The family was still in Pittsburgh in 1910, with Michael listed as a peddler “on road” but they owned their home and had a mortgage. He could read and write.

Anna/Hannah/Emma (Horwitz) Broida died 05 Dec 1916, leaving Michael a widower. His son Joseph’s family lived with him in the Miller Street house and Joseph was listed as the Head of Household in the 1920 census. Michael died six years later, on 09 Nov. 1926.

Burial:
Beth Hamedrash Hagodal Cemetery
McKees Rocks
Allegheny County
Pennsylvania, USA
Find A Grave Memorial# 108660454
Anna Horowitz Broida- Headstone- in Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Cemetery, McKees Rock, Allegheny, Pennsylvania.
Anna Horowitz Broida- Headstone- in Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Cemetery, McKees Rock, Allegheny, Pennsylvania.

 Anna Horowitz Broida

Birth: Apr., 1848, Lithuania
Death: Dec. 6, 1916
Pittsburgh
Allegheny County
Pennsylvania, USA

The parents of Emma/Anna/Hannah Horowitz are unknown.

[The remainder of Anna’s memorial is the same as her husband Michael’s.]

 

Notes, Sources, and References: 

1) Harry H. Broida FAG Memorial: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=96657462

2) Michael Lazer Broida FAG Memorial: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=108660454

3) Anna Horowitz Broida FAG Memorials: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=108660520

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Workday Wednesday- Samuel Broida and Broida Brothers Dry Goods

Samuel A. (Karklinsky) Broida (1887-1973) with two unknown men in Broida Brothers Dry Goods, St. Louis, Missouri. Taken between 1910-1929.
Samuel A. (Karklinsky) Broida (1887-1973) on left with two unknown men in Broida Brothers Dry Goods, Manufacturers and Mill, St. Louis, Missouri. Taken between 1910-1929. (Click to enlarge.)

➡ Broida Family

Samuel A. (Karklinsky) Broida was born in Eišiškes, Salcininkai, Lithuania on 01 August 1887. His parents were Jacob Zev Karklinsky Broida (1857-1932) and Anna (Sonya) ___ (1857-194).

Sam immigrated to the US in 1905 at age 18. He married Ida Leah Deborah Oscherwitz (1888-1975) in Cincinnati, Ohio on 03 April 1910. When the 1910 US Federal Census was enumerated on 04 May 1910 in St. Louis, Missouri, Sam was in St. Louis, living with his parents but noted as married for 0 years; his wife is not enumerated with the family. Sam is listed as a peddler of dry goods, working on his own account. The same occupation is given for his brother Max and his father.

Employees in an early picture of the Broida Brothers Dry Goods.
Employees in an early picture of the Broida Brothers Dry Goods. (Click to enlarge.)

Sam and his younger brother, Max Broida, became partners in Broida Brothers Dry Goods in St. Louis, Missouri. In the 1920 US Federal Census, Sam was living with wife Ida and their 4 children and a servant in St. Louis, Missouri. Sam is listed as owning his own dry goods store. In the same census, brother Max was also listed as a dry goods merchant, working on his own account.

By 1930, Samuel and family had moved to Chicago to run the Oscherwitz family business, Best Kosher Meat Company. Max remained in St. Louis, and in the 1940 US Federal Census he is listed as President of the Broida Brothers, a wholesale dress jobber.

Thus the above photos were taken sometime after the 1910 census, but before the 1930 census. A check of St. Louis City Directories would help to narrow down the time period of the beginnings of the partnership.

In the first photo, note the old phone, name of company on window, and the still-lit cigar on the chair, waiting for the photo to be taken so it can again be enjoyed.

 

Notes, Sources, and References: 

1) Thanks to Cousin Mitch for sharing this photo and information on his Broida line, and Cousin Jane for her photo above that was posted on Ancestry.com.

2) 1910 US Federal Census, Jacob Broida Head of Household: Year: 1910; Census Place: St Louis Ward 4, Saint Louis City, Missouri; Roll: T624_812; Page: 22B; Enumeration District: 0064; FHL microfilm: 1374825, Lines 98-100 and family continued on following page.

3) 1920 US Federal Census for Samuel Broida: Year: 1920; Census Place: St Louis Ward 22, St Louis (Independent City), Missouri; Roll: T625_959; Page: 12B; Enumeration District: 423; Image: 55, Lines 91-97.

4) 1920 US Federal Census for Max Broida: Year: 1920; Census Place: St Louis Ward 23, St Louis (Independent City), Missouri; Roll: T625_959; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 457; Image: 1015.

5) 1940 US Federal Census for Max Broida: Year: 1940; Census Place: St Louis, St Louis City, Missouri; Roll: T627_2207; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 96-635

 

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Travel Tuesday: Migrations to Jasper Co., Iowa

Covered wagon pulled by oxen. Wikimedia Commons.
Covered wagon pulled by oxen. Wikimedia Commons.

McMurray Family, Roberts Family

Ancestors who took up residence in Jasper County, from earliest to latest:

Sylvanus Rufus Benjamin and Sara Ann Palmer in 1865 or 1866 (from Ohio)

Jonathan N. Benjamin and Hannah E. Ford in 1867 (from Ohio)

John S. Roberts and Elizabeth Ann Murrell by 1868 (from Illinois)

Robert Woodson Daniel and Margaret Ann Hemphill by 05 Aug 1870 (from Virginia to Pike Co., Missouri; then to Warren Co., Illinois, thence to Jasper County, Iowa)

Frederick Asbury “F.A.” McMurray and Hannah “Melissa” Benjamin by 1870 (from Pennsylvania to Cedar County, Iowa to Jasper County, Iowa.)

We know the Daniel-Hemphill family came by covered wagon, and the remaining families probably did as well.

 

Notes, Sources, and References: 

1) Grandma Edie stories and family oral tradition.

2) Census returns, newspaper articles, obituaries, etc.

 

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All because two people fell in love…

Gerard William "G.W." Helbling and Anna May Beerbower- tintype, c1904.
Gerard William “G.W.” Helbling and Anna May Beerbower- tintype, married 1904. Parents of Mary T. Helbling McMurray

➡ Beerbower Family, Helbling Family, Lee Family, Cooper Family, McMurray Family, Whitener Family

My mother always told me that I was here on earth because two people fell in love, but Brad Paisley’s hit song said it in a slightly more catchy way:

“There ain’t nothin’ not affected
When two hearts get connected…

Wedding Photo of Joseph and Helen Cooper
Wedding Photo of Joseph and Helen Cooper, married 1901. Parents of Irving I. Cooper.

Every one of us is here
All because two people fell in love.”

John Brandenberger and Christina Funke, married 1854. Great-great grandparents of Robert Eugene Lee.
John Brandenberger and Christina Funke, married 1854. Great-great grandparents of Robert “Bob” Eugene Lee.

The Brad Paisley song, “Two people fell in love” is delightfully sweet, whether one is a country fan or not.

William Elmer McMurray and Lynette Payne, married 1899. Grandparents of Edward A. McMurray, Jr.  c1950s?
William Elmer McMurray and Lynette Payne, married 1899. Grandparents of Edward A. McMurray, Jr. c1950s?

Brad Paisley goes on to sing:

“I’m glad your dad could not resist
Your mama’s charms and you exist
All because two people fell in love.”

John Newton Whitener and Ethel Emily Adiline Underwood, married 1925.
John Newton Whitener and Ethel Emily Adiline Underwood, married 1925.

Take a look at the full lyrics here. They are very sweet- as are these pictures of ancestor couples.

Thank you, dear ancestors, for falling in love.

Have a love-ly Valentine’s Day!

 

Notes, Sources, and References: 

1) “Two People fell in Love” by Tim Owens, John Lovelace, Copyright: Emi April Music Inc., Sea Gayle Music, Love Ranch Music- http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/bradpaisley/twopeoplefellinlove.html

Portions of the lyrics posted for educational use only.

2) Photos from family treasure chests.

 

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Treasure Chest Thursday: Roberta P. Beerbower Wertz

 

Roberta Pearl Beerbower, c 1920?
Roberta Pearl Beerbower, c1920? Posted with permission.

 

Beerbower Family, Helbling Family

Roberta Pearl Beerbower was the only child of Robert Warson Beerbower (1874-1900) and Anna Josephine Reiffel (1876-1965) who married 23 August 1898. Roberta was born 16 October 1900 in Indiana (likely Indianapolis) less than a month after her father died at age 26 in Colorado. Robert had gone to Denver for health reasons, and died of consumption there.

“Cousin Roberta” was a beloved older cousin of Mary Theresa Helbling. Mary looked up to her beautiful cousin and wanted to be like her. Roberta would have been 25 when Mary was born, which surprised me as I always thought they were closer in age, maybe just 5-10 years difference.

Recently I received a note from a Find A Grave member requesting I change Roberta’s middle name to Pauline on her memorial, as that was what Roberta’s daughter-in-law thought the name was. The family bible owned by her aunt, Anna May Beerbower Helbling, lists Roberta’s middle name as ‘Pearl’ so I am using that name here, but it needs further research. The new collaboration is wonderful though, as this researcher was able to provide the above beautiful portrait, and more information about Roberta and her marriage and family that I did not know.

 

Following are some photographs that Mary Helbling McMurray thought would be Roberta, or that were labeled with her name, and some of my notes. Please let us know if you have additional information or corrections.

May or Viola Helbling, possibly with Cousin Roberta Beerbower, Helbling home in St. Louis, Missouri, 06 June 1915.
May (age 4) or Viola Helbling (age 2), possibly with Cousin Roberta Beerbower, Helbling home in St. Louis, Missouri, 06 June 1915.

This is Roberta per Mary Helbling; Roberta would have been 15 in 1915 so this is likely correct. (Note ‘G.W. Helbling Undertaker’ sign in front of the Helbling home in St. Louis, Missouri.)

Possibly Roberta Beerbower with her mother Josephine Reiffel Beerbower? October 1910
Possibly Roberta Beerbower with her mother Josephine Reiffel Beerbower? October 1910
From left: Viola Helbling, Edgar Helbling, May Helbling, and possibly Roberta P. Beerbower? October 1910
From left: Viola Helbling, Edgar Helbling, May Helbling, and possibly Roberta P. Beerbower? October 1910

The above two photos could be Roberta, as she would have been 10 in 1910. Not sure about the date though, as Edgar was born in 1908 so 1910 for the photo cannot be correct if that is him with his younger sisters in the image. Will need to review photo album again. Maybe the girl on the right is another cousin? Maybe these are not Helbling children, though they do look like Edgar, May, and Vi, and were identified as such by their youngest sister Mary (but she wasn’t there as she was not yet born).

Roberta P. Beerbower with her cousin Edgar Helbling. August 1920
Roberta P. Beerbower with her cousin Edgar Helbling. August 1920

Edgar would have been 12 in 1920 and Roberta 20, plus these people were positively identified in photo album, so this identification should be accurate.

Roberta P. Beerbower with her paternal uncle Edgar Springsteen Beerbower. August 1920.
Roberta P. Beerbower with her paternal uncle Edgar Springsteen Beerbower. August 1920.

This photo was a game changer when I realized the date and the identification of the man with Roberta. The man was “Ed” per the caption in the album. Mary Helbling did not know if the man was her uncle, Edgar Springsteen Beerbower (1876-1940) or her grandfather, Edgar Peter “E. P.” Beerbower (1849-1916), both with the same nickname. Looking at the dates though, and the age of the man, lets us know it must be Edgar S. Beerbower, since  his father (E.P.) died in 1916 and had been born 71 years before the photo was taken. So now we can use this positive identification for other images of this man. (Sadly, though, it means we do not have a picture of Edgar Peter Beerbower.)

Roberta P. Beerbower with her paternal grandmother, Anna Missouri Springsteen. Summer 1927
Roberta P. Beerbower with her paternal grandmother, Anna Missouri Springsteen. Summer 1927

The photo album belonged to Anna May Beerbower Helbling, and her mother lived with Anna and her family in her later years. Love how cute ‘flapper girl’ Roberta is! No wonder that Mary Helbling, born in 1925, looked up to her glamorous cousin.

About 1930- May Helbling on left with her sister Mary Theresa Helbling in front. It was thought the girl in the picture was Roberta P. Beerbower but the age is not right- Roberta would have been 30 when this photo was taken.
About 1930- May Helbling on left with her sister Mary Theresa Helbling in front. Unknown girl on right.

It was thought the girl on the right in the picture was Roberta P. Beerbower but the age is not right- Roberta would have been 30 when this photo was taken because of the approximate age of Mary. Maybe it is the same girl as above that we are not sure about?

Robert Eldon Wertz, son of Roberta P. Beerbower and James I. Wertz. August 1935, age 3 yrs 1 mo.
Robert Eldon Wertz, son of Roberta P. Beerbower and James I. Wertz. August 1935, age 3 yrs 1 mo.

Robert Eldon Wertz was born 30 July 1932 in Indiana to Roberta and James F. Wertz (1895-1979). He was their only son, and he had no children with his wife, Halina Ulrych. He is such a cutie with that smile!

 

A special thanks to Shelley for sharing what she has to help us extend our tree.

Please do let us know in the comment section if there are any correction or if you have more information about these folks.

➡ Beerbower Family, Helbling Family

 

Notes, Sources, and References: 

1) Family treasure chest of photos.

 

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