Most of the remaining pages of the Milton Goldsmith’s album are devoted to his many siblings and their spouses. For example, this page includes photographs of and news clippings about Milton’s sister Emily, who was also a writer, and her husband Felix Gerson, who was a writer and one of the founders of the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent.
I want to highlight the photographs of Emily and Felix, as seeing the faces of those about whom I have written is always a thrill for me:
Mrs. Gerson was most widely recognized as a writer for children. In addition to writing books and editing pages for children, she is the author of a number of playlets, published in pamphlet form, for holiday entertainments in Jewish religious schools. In the last few years adult stories from her pen have appeared frequently in Jewish papers and magazines…
Yet, perhaps in the Young Readers’ Department of the Jewish Exponent, which she originated in 1892, Mrs. Gerson came closest to the hearts of her little readers. The children themselves had a hand in building up this department, and feel that it really belongs to them. They write prize poems and stories, articles and jokes; they give entertainment for charity and send the proceeds to Mrs. Gerson in prettily worded notes; and they contribute about a thousand dollars every year to the Country Week Fund in the department for sending poor Jewish children to the country during the summer.
This page also includes an obituary of Emily’s husband Felix, who died in 1945, almost thirty years after Emily’s death.
The page that follows in Milton’s album includes a biography of Felix Gerson, written presumably by Milton:
Finally, the page below includes several obituaries of Emily, who died in 1917 when she was only 49 years old.
There is also an article about the farm that was named in her honor and used as a summer retreat for poor Jewish children from Philadelphia as well as another photograph of her.
Here are some excerpts from this article and one more photograph of Milton’s beloved sister Emily:
In one of the other albums, I found this additional photograph of Felix.
These pages demonstrate how proud Milton was of his sister Emily and how devastated he must have been when she died in 1917.
This is Part XVI of an ongoing series of posts based on the family album of Milton Goldsmith, 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, Part X, Part XI, Part XII, Part XIII , Part XIV and Part XV at the links.