Aaron Caplan wore a suit, white shirt and tie every day to his store in the produce yards because he was the owner of the business, not just a laborer. On May 1 every year, he bought a new straw hat and wore that all summer. _______________________________________________________ Part of the Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) Produce Yards, c1936.
Our Mothers did not have washing machines. They washed the clothes in double wash basins in the cellar. They rubbed them over a scrubbing board. There was a wringer on the edge of the tub that they could run the clothes through to get most of the moisture out. For diapers, underwear and sheets, they
In the early 1930’s, when we were children, women bought the chicken, the butcher would kill the chicken for them, but they had to scald it so they could defeather it, cut it apart so they could kosher it, use the fattest parts for chicken soup, and of course we ate all the parts, including
Back/4th Row: Great Aunt Tzepa (Mema Sepa) Kleban, Great Uncle Sorel (Srul) Kleban, Great Aunt Genendall (Wasserman) Kleban, Rose Kleban, Zalman (Sam) Kleban, Tseril Marcus, Great Aunt Rose Cleban, Morris Cleban 3rd Row: Uncle Ben (Benny) Kottler, Uncle Hymie Zeidenstein, Bronsie (Caplan) Zeidenstein, Uncle Joseph Gerber, Abe Gerber, Rose Gerber, Pearl (Perlman) Caplan, Uncle Sam
Sarah Kleban Caplan and Morris Moishe Yitchak Caplan were Aaron Caplan’s parents. They were born in Russia in the 1860’s, approximately, and died in America in the 1930’s, approximately. They are buried in the Adath Jeshurun cemetery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
We’re fortunate to have a few handwriting samples from Sarah Lederman Caplan (and others?). The images below show her handwriting — in Hebrew — written on the backs of photographs.
Abe cannot testify to the truth of these stories—only that as he sat under the dining room table on Saturday nights he heard the Aunts and Uncles telling them. The Caplan Family lived in a small village called Volochisk on the Zbruch River not far from the Black Sea in the Ukraine section of Russia.