Polish and Galitizianer Jews Who Settled in Providence, RI in the Late 1800s #general


Linda Shefler
 

According to a story told to me many years ago by an elderly relative, my gg
grandfather Haim Naftali (Henry) ROSENBLATT was responsible for bringing
many of the first Chassidic Jews to Providence, RI. >from an historical
perspective I would be curious to find out who some of these families might
have been and if they were actually relatives of Henry's.

Henry initially settled in Pittsburgh, PA in 1871 where his brother had
settled several years earlier. Sometime between 1883-1885 he moved to
Providence.

In 1889 Henry's first wife died and he went back to Europe for a new wife.
His second wife died in 1893 and he went back to Europe again for another
new wife. According to what I was told, the women in America weren't
religious enough for him.

Henry also had a problem with the merchants in Providence, as I understand
it, none of them were up to his standards of kosher, so on his trips back to
Europe, he encouraged various merchants to immigrate to Providence.
According to my relative, when she was young her mother would point out the
butcher shop and say; "Grandfather Henry brought that family to America to
be his butcher". The same was true with many other merchants.

I did manage to find one manifest for Yekhiel (Chil) Glickstein who
immigrated in 1901 and listed his destination as his cousin Henry ROSENBLATT
in Providence. Yekhiel was >from Olkusz, the town of Henry's mother's
family.

I would be interested in hearing >from others whose families were Chassidic
and settled in Providence anytime >from the mid 1880s until the early
turn-of-the-century. I am not exactly sure what towns they would have been
from, some possibilities include: Olkusz, Checiny, Bedzin, Sosnowiec,
Sobkow, Czestochowa and vicinity.

Thanks for your time.

Linda Silverman Shefler
Formerly of Cary, NC
Presently of Moshav Mishmeret
linda.shefler@gmail.com

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