Mike and Nancy and others,
I just hung up from my second phone call with Harry Griffin Shalett in North Carolina.
Harry's dad was Harry M. (no middle name) Shalett who married Haddie Bunion Hughes (d. 1992?)
of Manchester, England in New York City.Harry M. was a butcher by trade and moved to Pittsfield,
Mass where they had two children, Harry Griffith Shalett, born 1920, and Betty Elizabeth Shalett.
Harry G. married Duffy Haines and had one (?) child, Nancy Shalett, b. 1947 who married Paul
Schwidler.Betty married Paul S. Morgan, lives in Ft. Meyers, and have a son, Gregory Morgan who
lives in Vermont.
Harry M. Shalett, d. 12/10?/60, New London, CT, had brothers and sisters (this put together from
an older tree with my Aunt Dee and my conversations with Harry G.:
Joseph, married to Rose and had Edward, Sidney (who had John Shalett, also of New
Orleans) and Harold;
Nathan married Dora Woronock, my grandmother, and
Jacob "Jack" Shalett who married Fanny R??? , who had Melvin, Marie and Norman.
Harry G. noted that his father started the dry cleaning business in Pittsfield in 1914 with his
brother Jake.Eventually, Harry and Jake split up.Harry G. spoke to attending the dry cleaning
institute with his cousin, Norman, in Washington DC.So it seems that:
Harry G. (New London, CT),
Jacob and his son Norman (Pittsfield, MA), Nathan (in New Haven, CT),
my father, Harold, in Waterbury, CT (Shalett-Lux Cleaners sold to employees in 1955),
and perhaps others all were in the dry cleaning business.
Harry said his father never spoke Yiddish and, perhaps having married Haddie who was English, did
not raise Harry G. in the Jewish faith.
There is a lot more information, but the real guts are still missing - Harry does not know anything
about his grandfather, my great-grandfather, or where and when did the Shalett's come from?
Mike, how does this connect to your family is Alex related to any of these people - who was your
father and mother, etc. - any input on your side, like this, would be greatly appreciated.
Nancy, can you ever remember anything at all which would be a clue as to our
great-grandparents?????Also, perhaps by putting this on the Geneology site, we could cause some
others, unknown to us at present, to contribute information??
Please let me have your thoughts, memories, and most importantly, vital information about your