Thursday, September 15, 2016

Patrick Kearney After 41 Years


In late August of 1971, Sally Steinhardt and I were returning from a trip to New Brunswick, where we bought yarn and ordered sweaters. At the border with Maine we picked up a hitchhiker named Patrick Kearney, who was returning from a long hitchhiking trip around the US and Canada. Sally and I were driving in my red Alfa Romeo Veloce 2-seater, the one I bought in Chapel Hill and rebuilt in a garage in the back of our house in Carrboro.

This is a long story.

In the summer of 2011, Linda and I went to a Leslie family reunion where we met Les Jacobowitz's cousin Barb and lots of other cousins and family. I told the story of picking up Patrick which included this family connection: When we driving through New York on the Major Deegan, Patrick was talking about his school work at NYU in architecture and mentioned domes. That reminded him of a cousin who fell through a dome in a synagogue in New York. The cousin was named Robin.

Why, I have a cousin named Robin who fell through a skylight in a temple in Flushing. This is the same Robin Danziger. Here is how Patrick and I are almost cousins: Robin's mother Eva Leslie Danziger has a brother named Sam Leslie who married Peggy Kearney who is Patrick Kearney (Sr)'s wife. Patrick is Patrick's (and Rose's) son.

When Barb retold the story, Patrick recognized it and had been telling it from his point of view with other details. He remembered that there was really no room in the Alfa, but we got him in anyway. He said he was in a hurry to get home because he got ill while in Canada. I said I was driving back to North Carolina the next day and would drop him near his home in Pennsylvania across from Trenton.

So we stayed at Sally's, and in the morning we drove south. We made it Massachusetts and decided to call my friend Muffet who lived in the country nearby. She said they were invited to a barbecue that evening but we were invited to join them. So we got fed and stayed the night.

Here is the part of the story I forgot but Patrick filled in:
The next morning the Alfa front brakes started making noise, so I drove by doing a lot of downshifting and using the handbrake to stop. We headed for the Alfa distributor in Newark (where I used to pick up parts for Kingsfield Motors in Englewood). We got there a little before 5, when they closed, but the guys helped me out and sold me the parts the car needed.

Now that we knew we were cousins, I wanted to meet Patrick's family, and he invited me to come to their house in Levittown, PA, to use his dad's tools to fix the brakes. Now I remember coming in to dinner (large pasta dish) with greasy hands.

Patrick told me recently that he deliberately didn't ask for contact information because he thought we would run into each other again. It took only 41 years.

We have lots in common. We both ride Surly bikes and are inordinately interested in biking. I volunteer at Local Motion and take long rides. Patrick does distance touring and recently signed up to ride a randann... in late September -- 200 kilometers -- on his single-speed Surly Cross Check.


Sunday, August 28, 2016

Hardscrabble Road Bike Crash

Wednesday, August 24, 2016.

I was riding to meet Linda on the way to see Saul's family in Andover, VT.
From Thursday's note:
I am writing from the ICU at UVMMC. I'm recovering from a crash on my way to Bristol.

There was a power line down on the Bristol Roan so traffic  was rerouted to Hardscrabble Road.
The road turned dirt and that's the last I remember until I was in the Ambulance.
Dan Cogswell sat with me me in the road. I had a concussion even with the helmet.
Broken scapula, clavicle an ribs. I can type one finger.

I hope to be discharged today.

=== Here is an update. Sunday at home after a visit by Hazel, Saul and Laura.

I talked to Dan Cogswell, who had brought my bike to my house.
Bristol Rescue was on the scene in about 20 minutes and took me to UVMMC.

Dan told me that a young man was first on the scene and called 911.
There was no evidence that I had been run off the road or been hit by a car.
But there was a garter snake with a bike tire mark in the road next to me.
The current hypothesis is that I spilled after hitting the snake or trying to avoid it.
I have no memory of anything after a short stop to have half a sandwich.
Dan said the road was flat and I was on the right side.

The xrays confirm cracks in my scapula, clavicle and three ribs. You can see the pieces of my clavicle and the gaping fissure in my scapula. But that does not seem to be at an important junction of forces. I continue to improve. I can lift my left arm high with support.


The concussion continues to have effects. I'm napping a lot and slowly checking in  with friends and family. Thanks for all your good wishes.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Beth WRIGHT and Ted Bloch

I had a delightful couple of conversations with my third cousin Ted Bloch and his mother Beth née Wright.  Beth was given the name Beulah, but she changed it to Beth when she got married.

Beth is in an assisted living arrangement in New Orleans. She will celebrate her 90th birthday soon with a trip to Europe on a cruise which will pass near Colmar and Wintzenheim in the Alsace region where Emile Bloch, Ted's great-grandfather was born in 1824. Ted asked if I could help him use JewishGen to find more of the Bloch family there.

I found was the town page for Wintzenheim/Winzenheim, which is close to Colmar.

There are links on that page to other resources; JewishGen French SIG and JewishGen Ger SIG which may be helpful. (Nearby is the town of Turkheim, where Sally Steinhardt's husband David Turkheimer's family is from.)


While looking at FamilySearch I found a Louisiana Naturalization record for Emile Bloch which Ted may not have seen.

Hannah Banks is another researcher on Ancestry who has a record for Emile Bloch, but she does not show any ancestors. She does show his brother Leon Bloch and a link to his grave. Ted already his a photo of his gravestone.




Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Joe Kreinik in Toronto

Max Beer told me about the Jewish Archives in Toronto. I sent off for information about Joseph and Rena Kreinik and here is what I got.




Application gives birth and immigration information. Who were the immigrants? 
Jewish Immigrant Aid Society of Canada. 
This form has been prepared by the Immigration branch of the Department of Mines and Resources for the use of persons applying for the admission to Canada of immigrants.

"I KREINIK JOSEPH of 226 Markham Street, Toronto, Ontario, hereby make application for the admission of immigrants listed herein. (Subsequent pages missiing.)
I have resided in Canada 1 years, having arrived at the Port of Quebec, PQ, on the 19th day of August, 1949, by the SS Samaria, at which time the exact spelling of my name was Josef Kreinik.
I was born in Sedziszow, Poland. My age is 41. My citizenship is Polish. I am Married. My occupation is Tailor, ... I have a savings account at the Bank of Montreal 568 College Street, Toronto, in the amount of $531.74....
I am employed by Columbia Sportswear Limited, 125 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, and earn $40.00 per week. My wife, Rena Krenik (sic), is employed by the Ladies Wear Canada, Ltd., 563 College Street, Toronto, and earns $25.00 per week."

========== transmittal letter from OJA ==============
Hi David,

I hope you are enjoying your summer! We have retrieved the file from our offsite storage. It seems Joseph sponsored the immigration of some of his relatives. Although the case file is in his name, there is very little information about him. Sometimes these case files are under the name of the immigrant’s sponsor and not the immigrant. I’ve attached the one page with some information relating to him and Rena. I hope this is helpful!

All the best,

Melissa

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Melissa Caza  |  Archivist

Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre
UJA Federation of Greater Toronto
ph: 416.635.2883 x5110
em: mcaza@ujafed.org
Explore the OJA's new website and search our collections online! 

Monday, July 18, 2016

JRI-Poland Danziger Records Update

The Jewish Records Indexing - Poland continues to be updated. Here is an update to the records we found at http://davelindastourdefrance.blogspot.com/2013/10/danziger-records-in-poland.html.

Found: The marriage record for Abraham and Elka in 1910, not 1909 as we had guessed.
Radom PSA Births, Marriages, Deaths 1878-1904
WAJCMAN Elka 1901 M 18
DANCIGER Abram Icek 1901 M 18


I transcribed the records that seem to be our family. Elka is listed as the mother of Faiga (Frances) but the mother of the other children is listed as Chawa Eta, which is also Ethel's Polish/Yiddish name. Is this an error?
Here also Howard is Wulf Morcchaj and Moe was born in 1911, not in 1908, as he claimed. The 1911 date is consisted with his age on the SS Rhein manifest, too. The other birth dates do not always align with what we have been putting in the Geni records. (The slash dates denote before and after the adoption of the modern calendar, which was not done at the same time throughout the world.)
Question: If these are not our family records, then where are they?


SurnameGiven NameFatherMotherMother SurnameBornTown BornOccupationCommentsSygnaturaFondCard Number
DANCIGIERAbram IcekElja MajerRojza NechaGOLDBERG3-Sep-1878RawahandlarzGrandpa Abe9844AmR127
DANCIGIERFajgaAbram IcekElkaWAJCMAN5/18-Feb-1902Radomprzy rodzicachFrances9844AmR127
DANCIGIERChawa EtaAbram IcekChawa EtaWAJCMAN16/29-Jan-1909Warszawaprzy rodzicachEthel9844AmR127
DANCIGIERWulf MorcchajAbram IcekChawa EtaWAJCMAN4/17-Mar-1910Warszawaprzy rodzicachHoward9844AmR127
DANCIGIERMoszek ChaicAbram IcekChawa EtaWAJCMAN15/26-Jun-1911Warszawaprzy rodzicachMoe9844AmR127
DANCIGIERChudesaAbram IcekChawa EtaWAJCMAN1/14-May-1913Warszawaprzy rodzicachHelen9844AmR127

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Sedziszow Photos Update

Art and Ida (KREINIK) Friedlander sent a group photo labeled "Sed. Poland."

There was no identifying information. The faces seem to be young workers. They look familiar, but no person has been identified.

Other images from Sedziszow Malopolski are posted here. In order:

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Island Line Photos

 The Flood

The Cut now.
 Kiosk from the north.

 Kiosk side view.
 Kiosk from the path.
Thank You Sign.

Peg Signs Up
After