This is Part X of an ongoing series of posts based on the family album of Milton Goldsmith, so generously shared with me by his granddaughter Sue. See Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, Part VI, Part VII , Part VIII, Part IX and Part X at the links.
The next two pages in Milton Goldsmith’s family album focus on his father Abraham. The first of those two pages consists of newspaper articles about Abraham.
Unfortunately I do not know the actual papers from which these articles were clipped, but this obituary was dated within the week after Abraham’s death on January 27, 1902, in Philadelphia:
Abraham was certainly active in his community. How he had the time while raising all those children and earning a living is bewildering.
The next article that appears on this page relates to a tribute paid to Abraham by United Hebrew Charities at the time of his death:
The next article must have been published while Abraham was still alive. It relates to a resolution adopted by United Hebrew Charities to honor Abraham at the time he resigned from his position as secretary of that organization. Unfortunately the clipping is not in good condition and some of the words are not legible.
The second page of Milton’s tributes to his father Abraham has some items that are more personal.
This biography appears on that page. Again, Milton did not indicate where or when this was published:
This note written by Abraham when his wife Cecelia died seems almost journalistic in tone except for the opening and the last sentence:
My dear Cecilia died on Nov 8th 1874 after a short illness.
She complained of not feeling well on Monday evening the 2nd [?] but did not get [?] sick until the 5th in the PM.
She was buried on Thursday the 12th November 11 o’clk am at Mount Sinai Cemetery.
Peace to her asked.
To the left and under Abraham’s note about his wife’s death, there is a poem by Milton written sometime in the 1890s, long after his mother died:
I assume this poem was somehow inspired by Milton’s experience losing his mother when he was just thirteen.
Under the poem he pasted this note written by his father Abraham in 1877:
My son Milton left from New York for Europe on the City of Richmond on Saturday morning Sept [?] 11:25
I do wonder whether there is some connection between the poem and the note. Anyone have any ideas?
The remaining two notes are in German. I turned to the German Genealogy group for help.
The first note is dated around the same time as the note about Milton’s trip to Europe, September 1877:
The members of the German Genealogy group transcribed this as follows, “Gott sei mit dir! Der liebe Gott behüte und beschütze dich und gebe dir seinen Segen. Amen”
And translated it as, “May God be with you! May the good God keep and protect you and give you His blessing. From your father, Abr(aham) Goldsmith.”
Alfred, Abraham’s first child with Francis, his second wife, was born on August 11, 1877, just 20 days before Abraham wrote this note. I assume this was a prayer for his newborn son. I wonder where it had been kept that Milton found it and preserved it for posterity.
And then finally there is this note:
This one was transcribed by a German Genealogy group member as, “Auf Alle deiner Wegen, bleib Tugendhaft und rein; dann wird der himmlische Segen, stets deine Begleiter sein. Dein Papa, Abr. Goldsmith”
That translates to, “In all your ways, remain virtuous and pure, then heavenly blessings will always be your companions. Your papa, Abr. Goldsmith.”
As this one is dated 1880, I think Abraham wrote this blessing for his daughter Alice, who was born on August 29, 1880.
I wonder whether Abraham wrote these notes of blessing for each of his many children and if so, why only these two have survived. And where did he keep them that Milton found them and preserved them so that they could be read on the internet almost 140 years later?