My questions relate to family origins/shetls. The handbook of JewishIn 1891 20,000 Jews living in Petersburg without the right to do so were
expelled. By then the Pale restrictions were clearly breaking down.
There was a substantial and wealthy Jewish community living there, even
in Tsarskoe Selo, the imperial suburb which was by then a bourgeois
bedroom community, the first fully electrified town in the world, with
a commuter train running into Petersburg. A Jewish girls' school was
founded there in the 1880's. Do you know what he actually did in
Petersburg? Perhaps he owned a milk delivery service.