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Sunday, November 27, 2016

ROTHHOLZ, Edith Heller

(taken in NY, circa 1942)

This framed photograph of a WWII-era Red Cross member was located at Hollywood Antiques in Eugene Oregon.

There is an Edith Rothholz (maiden name HELLER), born 19-Apr-1894 and died 1-Jun-1974 in New York City. Daughter of August Heller and Lena Rosenthal. Married to William Rothholz (1886-1966)

1910 Census, John Street, Baltimore, MD
August H. Heller, 59, born in Austria, imm 1853, traveling saleman clothing industry
Lena R. Heller, 52, born in Pennsylvania
Carlotta Heller, 23, music teacher
Herbert Heller, 21, advertising writer
Wilhelmina Heller, 19
Edith Heller, 15
Sophie Ulrich, 30, private nurse

The 1900 Census lists three older siblings which were out of the house by the 1910 Census. These were Lillian "Lela" Heller (in some documents as Elizabeth, b. 1877), Ida R. (b. 1879) and Jacob William (b. 1881).

Edith's mother Lena died suddenly of a heart ailment on 6 Sep 1912, while visiting Atlantic City NJ, at age 54. I think the mention of "daughter Carolina" in this obit must be Carlotta. Her father August died in Baltimore on 16 Jun 1934.

This marriage announcement was printed in the Baltimore Sun, 28 June 1915. Edith and William are found on subsequent Census records.

1920 Census, Larchmont Ave, Mamroneck, NY
William Rothholz, age 33, born in NY, President of Textile Finishing company
Edith Rothholz, age 25, born in Virginia, no occupation

1930 Census, West 72nd Street, Manhattan, NY
William Rothholz, age 43, of German parents, textile finisher
Edith Rothholz, age 35, born in Virginia, of German father and Pennsylvania mother, music teacher

1940 Census, West End Ave, New York, NY
William Rothholz, 53, Pres. Textile Refinishing Company
Edith Rothholz, 45, no occupation
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In April 1933, Edith's Father-in-law, Gustav Rothholz died in Baltimore. The article above from the Baltimore Sun, 28 Apr 1933, says that he left a large estate and had been a highly successful "clothes sponger" for 45 years. He and his brother Solomon were the principals of the Rothholz Brothers textile company.

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The news article at left, found in numerous newspapers around 17 May 1942, appears to confirm that this is the correct person in the photo.

1974, March 8, Edith's sister Carlotta Heller died.

Edith would pass less than three months later. Apparently she had no descendants of her own, but many of her siblings married and had children. It is probably among these that I will find a recipient for the photo.

Lillian (1877-1945) married Edward Wenk.
Ida (1879- ) married Robert E. Owens.
Jacob (1881-1945) married Rhea Newman.
Carlotta (1886 -1974) unmarried.
Herbert (1888-1919) married Jessie Gischner.
Wilhelmina "Willie" (1890-1918) married Samuel Isaac Schafer.

UPDATE - Well imagine my surprise when filing away another photograph in the W's, I found that I have a photograph of a man named EDWARD WENK from Baltimore!  My notes on him indicate that I acquired him earlier this year at the same Hollywood Antiques in Eugene Oregon.  This is the man that Edith's older sister Lillian married.  Here is the photo, but I have done a full post on him above. Here is the direct link to Edward Wenk:

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