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WEINZIMMER, GOLDFARB, YAGODA
The Goldfarb story starts with Isreal (Yisroel) Goldfarb in Poland around 1840. He and his wife, Lea Gramievitz, had at least one child, Mordechai "Max" Goldfarb, (1865 Russia). Max married Hanna Shifra (Annie) Weinzimmer November 29, 1888 in New York. They had three known children, Moshe Yosef (Moses.Leon) 1889 New York, Zillia "Celia" (Schectman) 1890 NY, and Raschele "Lillie" (Spingarn) 1892 NY. Hannah died of cancer at age 33 and the children were placed at the Brooklyn Hebrew Orpahns Asylum. It is unknown what happened to their father, Max (sometimes known as Sam) as no records are around to indicate whether he left the area or possibly remarried and fathered more children.
Hanna's parents were Tzvi "Harris" Weinzimmer (abt. 1829) and Pessia (Bessie)(Yagoda). On the Weinzimmer line, Meyer Weinzimmer came from Rupeen, Poland to the US in the late 1800's. The family spread to St. Louis and Cleveland, Ohio. One of his brothers settled in Ireland. In 1910 there was a big scandal and a Weinzimmer was sentenced to prison after being captured driving the get-away car after a bank robbery where a bank guard was killed. Also in Cleveland there was a notorious bootlegger who eventually died in prison. He was known as Pony Boy Weinzimmer. Because of these events, many family members changed their names to Wymor, Wayne.
It is not known exactly where my Liebert line came from but it is believed to have been Russia/Poland (depending on what year and who won the most recent battle). Joseph Liebert and his wife (unknown) had three children: Maurice (1872), Shmuel (1875) and Katie (Abrams). The family came to America sometime before 1900 as Maurice and his wife, Dora Aliber, gave birth to my grandfather, Ruby, in St. Louis, Missouri. The Abrams line and Aliber line (Dora's siblings) were particularly prolific. Katie Abrams had 11 children and her husband died from a chicken scratch around the time the last was born.
SPECTOR SOKOLOFF SKOLNICK
The name Spector most likely comes from the Russian word "Inspektor" which means the same in English. They came from the shtetl of Kiblitch which was (presently still is) in the SW corner of the Ukraine, in the large Podolia Gobernia (state or province). Kiblitch was near the Romanian border, when the entire region was known as Bessarabia, and shifted frequently from Russian to Romanian control. The population was largely Ukrainian peasants. There were a large population of jews throughout the area, living in "Fiddler on the Roof" type villages. They were comparative newcomers, arriving in the 1500's from Poland and Germany. Kiblitch was not very far from Kishinev, capital city of Bassarabia, lately the Soviet Republic of Moldovia. A small river, the Byk, flows through Kishinev and eastward into the Ukraine to empty into the Dneister. About halfway between Kishinev and the Dneister, the Byk flows near Kiblitch - it was there that Shlomo Spector spent his boyhood years, and developed his fantastic swimming skills. The whole region is rich in history, the kind meant by the Chinese curse, May you live in interesting times." After endemic pogroms, Kishinev in 1903 was the scene of a major pogrom so brutal that it attracted international attention and set off the great wave of Jewish emigration to America. It was in this wave that Shlomo, around 1905, made it to Hamburg, Germany, and sailed diretly to Philadelphia. In the next few years, Shlomo (Sam) helped bring over his wife, Malka (Sokoloff) and four brothers, Moishe, Itzie, Yossel, Yankle (Jake), and his sister, Ita. Also, Malka's sister, Esther and her husband Elya (Elmer) Goldberg. They all remained in Philadelphia, except Elya, who was a big, strong, simple man who could not make it here and went to Detroit where he strick it rich.