Besides Sol, two more of Yachet and Berko Goldsztern’s sons immigrated, Shimon and Meyer.
Shimon immigrated at the age of 27, leaving Hamburg on the SS Milano on May 15, 1901 and arriving in New York on May 31. He was listed as married, traveled in steerage and was identified as a “laborer,” with his most recent residence being in Ciechanowo, 47 miles north-northwest of Warsaw or 220 miles from Terespol. When Gittel Goldstein arrived on January 4, 1905 on the SS Statendam out of Rotterdam, Holland, she was 20 years old, listed as being single, and from Terespol; this would have made her 16 or 17 when she married Shimon, who would have been about 23 years old then.
Shimon was detained on Ellis Island for four days as being a “Likely Public Charge.” Passengers were expected to be able to support themselves or have a sponsor who would. He must have convinced them that this was the case because he was admitted.
In 1905 Simon and Gittel lived at 95 Henry St. in New York City. He was a house painter; she is described as being 22 years old and had been in the US for less than a year. Given that her age on the ship manifest was given at 20, you can see that these ages are not reliable.
Shimon and Gittel had two children that my father Isadore Goldstein knew of: Frieda and Sol. My father thought Sol was a Golden Gloves champion and then a hit-man for Murder, Inc. He said Sol was murdered by the gang when he wanted to quit. I have not been able to find anything to corroborate either of these stories. There is a hint that there may have been other children. However, I haven’t found anymore census records. My father also related that Gittel was “a nag” and that Shimon left her at some point.
Meyer immigrated in 1904, according to the 1910 US Census and worked as a building carpenter. He and his wife Ida and daughter Anna lived at 271 Prince St., Newark, New Jersey. Anna was about one and a half years old and had been born in New Jersey.
Meyer and his wife Ida were each married before; both are listed as divorced on their marriage certificate. They were married at Meyer’s residence, 104 Hester St., Manhattan, on May 12, 1906. The officiant was Rev. H.L. Gropinsky (?) or Chevre B’nai Rab Menachem Mendel. The rabbi lived at 18 Orchard St.
In the 1915 New York State Census Meyer is living at 126 Henry St. and Anna, now six years old, is known as Fanny. The family now includes son Isadore (aka Jack), age four and daughter Pauline, age two.
In 1920 they live at 190 Cauldwell Ave in the Bronx, daughter Mollie has been born and is one and a half. Now it says Meyer immigrated in 1906 and Ida in 1905 and that Meyer naturalized in 1917. He is still a carpenter in a “shop.”
In the 1940 US Census they live at 2111 Daly Ave, Bronx. All the children are gone except for Mollie (21), who lives there with her husband, Nathan Wittman (24). Interestingly, at the bottom of the page Mayer (sic) and one other person are listed for “Supplementary Questions,” having to do with status as a veteran, Social Security and a few other things.
Also in the 1940 US Census, Jack can be found living with his wife Helen and children Iris (four) and Barry (one). Barry is the cousin (once removed) who visited my father Isadore Goldstein in the hospital in Michigan, probably in the 1990’s. Jack is a radio mechanic and all are listed as having been born in New York.