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Sam (Samuel-Shmul) Harry Grusin

Sam (Samuel-Shmul) Harry Grusin[1, 2]

Male 1886 - 1964  (78 years)

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  • Name Sam (Samuel-Shmul) Harry Grusin  [1
    Born 20 Sep 1884 or 1886  Glazmanka (Gostini), Latvia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Reference Number 10141 
    Buried May 1964  Evansville, Vanderburgh, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died 7 May 1964  Miami Beach, Miami-Dade, FL Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I10141  aojd
    Last Modified 11 Nov 2011 

    Father Yankel Mutel "Motel" Grusin,   b. 1 May 1856-1860, Glazmanka (Gosti), , Latvia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jun 1925, Birmingham, AL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Family ID F2537  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • BIRTH: Abt 1884. Shmul Gruzin, son of Motel Jankelev Gruzin, born in Glazmanka. Based on age of 12 in 1896. [Source: See 1897 Census below.]BIRTH: 20 Sep 1886. Samuel Harry Grusin, in Glazmanka, Latvia. [Source: Alan Barasch email of July 1998, taped interview with sister, Celia Danenberg, March 1977, and Social Security Application.]NAME: Sam Grusin, son of Yankel Mutel Grusin. [Source: Family Tree drawn up by Ben Grusin and daughter, Celia, in Jan 1977.] CENSUS: 1897: Shmul Gruzin, son of Motel Jankelev Gruzin, 12 years old, born in Glazmanka. Lives with parents. Residence: Lesnaja (Forest) I St, Apt 2, in the house of Gruzin. Age is stated approximately for 1896. [Source: 1897 Latvian State Census List, Latvian State Historical Archives, Fond #1706-1-99-759.] FAMILY NOTES: Went to religious school in Tukom, Latvia on the Baltic. He studied with Avrom Dovid Zelekman until he was Bar Mitzvah. He belonged to the Socialist party before the Zionist movement. Before he was 21 [before 1907], when he would have had to go into the Russian army, he immigrated to Birmingham, Alabama. He came with a large family from Latvia [Glazmanka?, Latvia] called Hamburg. He worked for the City Paper Company. Two years later, his brother, Henry, came to the U.S. and later moved into an apartment with Sam in Birmingham. They lived with his landlady, Rebecca Jaffee. [Source: taped interview with sister, Celia Grusin Danenberg, March 1977.] IMMIGRATION: 24 Mar 1906 Samuel Gruzon [Grusin], age 19, single. Occupation: Clerk. Arrived in New York City having sailed on the SS Cedric, steerage class, from Liverpool, England on 14 March 1906. Last residence was Dublin, Ireland. Nationality is Russia; Race is Hebrew. Final destination: Birmingham, AL to uncle, Gaison [Gerson] May, Post Office Dora/Birmingham. Passage paid by self. Has $17 in possession. Never before in U.S. Does not have a ticket to his final destination. [Source: Ships Passenger List, 24 Mar 1906, Group 2, List 7, LDS Microfilm #1399364.] FAMILY NOTES: Sam travelled by ship from Latvia with a large family named Hamburg. He went to Birmingham because his relatives named Meilach (known in the US as May) lived there. About two years later, Henri, his brother, came to the U.S. and lived with Sam in Birmingham, AL. The Hamburgs settled in Evansville, IN, and that's how Sam came to move from Birmingham to Evansville. They offered Sam a job in their retail store, and later promoted him to manager of one of their stores. Sam eventually went into the retail business for himself, opening a store called: Grusins at 800 N. Main St, Evansville, IN. Henri, Sam's brother, was living with Sam and Jennie and their family in Evansville, IN, until he and Rosabelle eloped and were married. [Source: Phyllis Weinstein email of Jan 2001 and Sam Danenberg's Social Security Application naming his employer.] RESIDENCE: 1914: Lived in Birmingham, Jefferson Co, AL and worked for the City Paper Company. [Source: Ship's manifest, SS Dvinsk, 28 June 1914, when parents and sister, Jankel-Motel, Chana, and Czernia [Celia], arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia.] MARRIAGE: 2 Feb 1919. Samuel H. Grusin and Jennie [Jennye] Witt, in Birmingham, AL. Sam Grusin, 34 years old. Jennie [Jennye] Witt, 22 years old. Marriage Bond cosigner: Julius Goldstein. Performed by Rabbi Jacob J. Mendelsohn. [Source: Alabama Marriage Records, Vol 593, Pg 593, LDS #106440, Item #2.] FAMILY NOTES: When Sam came to the United States, he traveled with a large family called Hamburg. They settled in Evansville, IN. Later Sam moved to Evansville to work in the Hamburg's retail store. The Hamburg's took Sam and Jennye under their wing. Sam was later promoted to manage one of their stores and eventually went into the retail business for himself. [Source: Phyllis Weinstein email Nov 2000.] RESIDENCE: 1920: Moved to Evansville, IN. [Source: Birth of daughter, Phyllis, in 1921 in Evansville, IN. Phyllis Weinstein email of Nov 2000, and 1920 Census of Indiana.] CENSUS: 1920. Sam Grusin, 34 years old, born in Russia. Rents home at 703 Division St, Evansville, Vanderburgh Co, IN. Occupation: Owner, Department Store. Came to the United States in 1906. Naturalized 1912. Lives with wife, Jennie, 23 years old, born in Pennsylvania. Sam and Jennie [Jennye] can read and write. Sam's parents were born in Russia; Jennie's parents were born in Pennsylvania [actually born in Lithuania and Russia (?), but married in PA]. [Source: IN Census 1920, Evansville, Vanderburgh County, ED 123, Vol 102, Sheet 1B, Lines 75, Supervisor's District 77, Roll 470.] RESIDENCE: 1925. Lived in Henderson, KY. [Source: Sam, living in Henderson, KY, was the informant on his father's 1925 Death Record; confirmed by Phyllis Weinstein email of Nov 2000 .]RESIDENCE: 1924/25. Moved back to Evansville, IN before birth of son, Gerald in 1928. [Source: Phyllis Weinstein email of Nov 2000. Phyllis went to 1st grade in Henderson, KY, but skipped 2nd grade and entered 3rd grade in Evansville.] CENSUS: 1930, IN: Samuel B. Grusin, 45 years old, born in Danka [Dankere], Russia. Married when he was 34 and his wife 22 years old. Residence: 928 Lodge Ave, Evansville [Knight Township], IN. Owns own home; value $16,000. Has a radio. Occupation: Proprietor, Dry Goods Store. Immigrated in 1890 [actually 1906]; Naturalized, and able to read & write. Living with wife, Jeannie, 33 years old, born in PA, parents born in Covono [Kovno, Lithuania?]; and with children: Phyllis, 9 years old, born in IN, Student; Judith, 6 years old, born in KY, Student; and Gerald, 1 year 8 months old, born in IN. Also living with them is Lucy Pierce, Servant, 21 years old, born in IN. [Source: 14 Apr 1930 Census: Reel 626-632, ED 41, Sheet 29A, Lines 47-50, Spvr District 12, Ward 7; image 57.]

      DIRECTORIES: City Directories of Evansville, IN 1930: Samuel H. Grusin, Treasurer, General Sales & Commission Co, Inc. Wife Jennye. Residence: 928 Lodge St, Evansville, IN. [Source: Evansville, IN City Directory, 1930, Page 301, National Archives Film #IN-010.] 1931: Samuel H. Grusin, Secretary-Treasurer, General Sales & Commission Co, Inc. Wife Jennie [Jennye]. Residence: 928 Lodge St, Evansville, IN. [Source: Evansville, IN City Directory, 1931, Page 269, National Archives Film #IN-010.] OCCUPATION: Merchant. President of the Evansville, IN, chapter of Zionists Organization of America. A leader of Temple Adath Israel, 3600 Washington, Evansville. Lived at 418 Runnymeade, Evansville,IN. [Clipping from an Evansville newspaper article, date unknown.] FAMILY NOTES: Sam was an elder of the Washington Ave Temple, Adath B'nai Israel Sysnagogue, 100 Washington Ave, Evansville, IN. There is a photo of Sam at the mortgage burning ceremony in 1944. [Source: 'Uncovering Our Story', archives of temples and churches in Evansvile, Evansville Courier & Press, 29 Sep 2001.] RESIDENCE: 3 Mar 1952. Samuel Henry Grusin, 740-13[?] S. Norman, Evansville, IN. Self-employed. [Source: Social Security Application.] DEATH: May 1964, last known residence was Indiana. Born 20 Sep 1886. Applied for Social Security in IN. [Source: Social Security Death Index, Social Security #308-34-8860.] DEATH: 7 May 1964 in Miami Beach, FL. Buried in Evansville, IN. [Source: Phyllis Weinstein letter of Aug 1998.] [1]

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