Another Addition to Feldser Story #lithuania

Ann Rabinowitz

One of the things which researchers may neglect to look at when expanding
their family tree is how and where their families lived and where they
moved to. I have mentioned the moves of the Feldser family >from the tiny
Vienna, Georgia, to the larger Atlanta, Georgia, and Birmingham, Alabama.
However, the families they married into also did the same types of moves
from the smaller towns to the larger to enable their children a better
education and social amenities.

In one of the references to Max Feldser's granddaughter Jill, which
appeared in the "Southern Israelite", it mentioned she married Sam Filler,
who was >from South Dakota. Intrigued by this mention of a South Dakota Jew,
I found that his parents, Jossel Filler and his pregnant wife Riwke
arrived in New York on the Moskova, on May 31, 1907, >from Bendery, Russia
(now Tighina, Moldova).

Knowing that many Jews were sent away >from the crowded large cities on the
east coast of America to outlying small towns across the country by the
organization known as the Industrial Removal Office, I decided to find out
if Joe Filler was one of these. I looked at their online database, and, sure enough, on August 13, 1907, the
Industrial Removal Office sent Joe (formerly Jossel), his wife Rifka
(Rebecca) and their month old son Isidor, who was born in New York on
July 17, 1907, to Ashley, North Dakota. Whereupon, they then moved to
Rosenthal, North Dakota Whilst there, they had two more children, Harry
and Fanny, and then moved yet again to Hosmer, South Dakota, where their
youngest child Sam was born in 1921.

In 1923, Joe's wife Rebecca passed away and by 1928, the family was living
in San Antonio, TX, where Joe took a second wife, Mrs.Mary Z. Cohen. The
announcement of their marriage was found in the Houston Jewish Herald-Voice
newspaper. Checking out the plethora of local and Jewish newspapers and also
the City Directories which are now available online is another strategic
means of learning more about your family history. Eventually, Joe passed
away and Mary lived with step-son Sam until she passed away in 1958 in
San Antonio. Apparently, Sam then went to Atlanta, Georgia, where several
of his brothers were now living and it was there that he married into the
Feldser family.

Quite a saga for the Filler family as they moved >from New York City to
North and South Dakota then Texas then Georgia, but emblematic of the
travels of many Jewish families as they sought to set down roots first in
small town America and give their children a better life than that which
they had experienced in Europe.
Ann Rabinowitz


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