RE Industries in Kovno and Vilna in 1900 #lithuania


Danielle Weiner
 

Hi Judith,

I can say with certainty that there were several soda-water factories
in Vilna in and around 1900. I have been researching this subject as
our Vaynerovich family supposedly owned one that bottled soda, mineral
water, lemonade and beer! (or some combination of these.)

My father's first cousin (sharp as a tack until her death at 96) who,
like my father, was born in Vilna and lived there until her teenage
years, said the name of the factory was Berger. I have spent some
time (and money) investigating this factory and have received 17 pages
of documents on it >from the Lithuanian Central Archives in Vilnius.
According to the documents, the owner was a Meer Berger. Nowhere did
I find the Vaynerovich name mentioned in the file.

All of us 'younger' cousins grew up hearing about our family's soda
factory in Vilna, so I do believe they owned one, but I am still
confused about cousin Minnie's statement. I guess it is possible that
she just remembered the name of that factory >from her youth and simply
misspoke.

As an aside to your shoe business question - my father, who came to
the US >from Vilna at the age of 13, got into the shoe business early
in his working life in America, eventually becoming the successful
proprietor of a number of women's shoe stores in Texas. Now I, too,
am wondering if Vilna may have played a role in his choice of
professions!

Danielle Weiner
Dallas, TX
VAYNEROVICH, GELER/GELLER, TAUB, GURWICZ, SHIBOVSKY, KOTLOVSKY,
CYKINSKI, KHAIMOVICH, SZEJMAN, WINOGRUN, BURSHTEIN >from Vilna and
vicinity, Rudamina and Butrimonys

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