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Sunday, December 18, 2016

WRIGHT, Viola E.

taken in Ellenville, NY
circa 1910? at Wright Photography Studio

UPDATE -  this photo of Viola Wright has been claimed by her family and has gone home!

1910 Census, NY, Ulster, Ellenville
WRIGHT, Van Ness, head, 47, (March 1863) born in NY of NY parents, photographer in Studio
WRIGHT, Dora, wife, 46, (Feb 1864) born in Penn of NY and PA parents,
WRIGHT, Edith, daughter, 21, (March 1887) born in NY, Teacher at a school
WRIGHT, Edna N, daughter, 18, (July 1889) born in NY
WRIGHT, Viola E., daughter, 16, (Sept 1893) born in NY

The photo was undoubtedly taken by Viola's father VanNess Wright, as the 1910 census states he was a photographer at a studio in Ellenville NY.

1930 Census shows Viola is working as a Public School Teacher in Port Jervis NY and boarding with the Francisco family on Pine Street. Also boarding there was Public School teacher Lempi Erikon whose parents were Finnish immigrants.

Her sister Edith married S. Max Taylor.

Her sister Edna married Harold Herkimer.

Viola never married, dedicating her life instead to education. She died 5 Aug 1971 in Syracuse NY. The following obit was located in the Kingston Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) 7-Aug-1971, page 3.

PROSSER, Kathryn Louise

Kathryn Louise Prosser
age 6 months, 1917
photo taken at Wade Studio, Youngstown Ohio

This photo was located at the Highway 127 Yard Sale last summer, in Anderson County, Kentucky.

A quick peek into finds that this is Kathryn L. Prosser, born 1 Apr 1917, a daughter of William Robert Prosser and Emma Amelia Griffiths.

Her sisters were Charlotte (1918-2005, married to Stephen King Hawkins) and Rhoda (1924-2000, married to Robert Dale Gustafson).

At the age of 21, Kathryn married John J. "Jack" Walters (1914-1997), an excavating contractor. Jack and Kathryn lived in Hubbard, OH, a neighboring community to Youngstown. They had daughter Kathy Walters (1943-2013), who married M.B. "Ben" Mitcham.

Kathryn died 14 Nov 2005 in Sarasota Florida at age 88. I believe that after her husband Jack passed, Kathryn went to live with either her daughter Kathy who lived in Bradenton Fl, or her son Ken Walters of Sarasota FL.

Monday, December 5, 2016


taken in Beaver Falls, PA
circa 1925

This photograph of Leah Sakulsky was located at the Palm Beach County Fairgrounds Antique Show. It is a bit pale, and I tweaked it in Photoscape to bring out more definition.

Leah was born Dec 26, 1908 in Tarentum PA, daughter of Barnett Sakulsky (1883-1956, possible parents Samuel Sakulsky and Annie Shimmerman/Zimmerman) and Mollie Levin (1886-1957, a daughter of Yankf Baer Tcheplavotsky and Tamara Risha Levin).

1920 CENSUS, Westmoreland PA
SAKULSKY, Barnett, head, 36, born in Russia, machinist at a steel mill
SAKULSKY, Mollie, wife, 34, Russia
SAKULSKY, Leah, daughter, 11, Pennsylvania
SAKULSKY, Elhanan, son, 7, Pennsylvania
SAKULSKY, Grace, daughter, 3, Pennsylvania

1930 CENSUS, Aliquippa, PA
SAKULSKY, Barnett, head, 46, no occupation
SAKULSKY, Mollie, wife, 44, clerk in grocery store
SAKULSKY, Leah, daughter, 21, clerk in grocery store
SAKULSKY, Elkanan, son, 17
SAKULSKY, Grace, daughter, 13
SAKULSKY, Jerry, son, 4

Complete list of siblings:
Sophie (1907-1916)
Elhanan (1913-2005)
Grace (1916-1993) married Philip Gordon, Oct 29, 1941.
Jacob "Jerry" (1925-1976)

In the 1940 Census, father Barnett is shown as the proprietor of a retail grocery.

Leah married Martin Goldenfeld (1897-1988), an immigrant butcher from Romania.

They had the following children:
Toba Goldenfeld (born abt 1936), eloped in 1957 with Lt. Joel B. Levinson. Toba ran a used bookstore on Murray Avenue. She was affectionately known as the "mayor of Murray Avenue." They had sons Jeff, Eric, Drew and Mark.
Rita Goldenfeld (born abt 1939), married Joel Silverman. They had son Robert.

Leah died May 29, 1996, at age 87, and is buried at the New Light Cemetery in Etna, PA, next to her husband. This funeral notice was located in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette of May 31, 1996.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

WENK, Edward

Baltimore, MD
signed "Compliments of Edward Wenk"

Lovely penmanship, by the way.

This photo of Edward Wenk was acquired earlier this year in Eugene, Oregon, at an antique store named Hollywood Antiques. It was located in the same booth as the framed photograph for Edith (Heller) Rothholz who was previously researched and posted below. Edith Rothholz is Edward's sister-in-law by virtue of his marriage to Lillian "Lillie" Heller.

Edward J. Wenk (1876-1950) was the son of Germany immigrant butcher Jacob Wenk (1835-1896) and Sadie Alberg (1860-1921). He worked as a butcher in Baltimore.

1900 Census, Baltimore MD, Orleans Street
WENK, Sadie, head, Mar 1860, (age 40) widowed, born in Germany, owns a restaurant
WENK, Edward, son, Nov 1876, (23) born in MD of German parents, butcher
WENK, Joseph, son, June 1878, (21) Maryland, teamster
WENK, Carrie, daughter, June 1881 (18), Maryland
WENK, Matilda, daughter, Mar 1884 (16), Maryland, trouser factory
WENK, Amanda, daughter, Feb 1887, (13), Maryland, trouser factory
WENK, Louis, son, Oct 1890, (9) Maryland
WENK, Lilly, daughter, Apr 1892, (8) Maryland
MILLER, William, boarder, Aug 1877 (22) Maryland, butcher

Edward married Lillian Heller in 1902.

1910 Census, Baltimore MD, Fayette Street
WENK, Edward, head, (33), butcher
WENK, Lillie, wife, (33), assistant
The census indicates they had been married 7 years, and had no children to that point.

But they did have at least two children;
  Elizabeth Wenk-Cline (abt 1912-1997)
  Edward Wenk Jr. (1920-2012)

Sometime between 1910 and 1920 his occupation changed from butcher to commercial salesman.

WWI Draft Registration 1918
Edward lists his address as 2648 Guilford Avenue, Baltimore MD, and his occupation as "Traveling Salesman" for the Frances H. Leggett Company (a wholesale grocery and goods importer). His wife is Lillie Wenk.

March 2, 1945 Lillie Wenk died.

In 2012, his son Edward Wenk Jr. (born 1920)  died in Washington State. His obituary reveals him to have been a truly accomplished and remarkable man.