Tuesday, January 22, 2019

City Directories Tell a Story for Herman Handler

Herman Handler appeared in a few city directories after he immigrated to America. Although I don't find him every year, I find him in enough directories that I can see that he moved several times and worked at a variety of occupations to support his family.

These city directories tell a story of a man whose occupation was affected when Prohibition was enacted, but he continued to do what he could in order to make a living and support his family.

All of these city directories were found at Ancestry in their U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 database.

Because I could find no Herman Handler in any other city directories in 1906-1908, I am only guessing that these two entries may be for Herman Handler:

CityYearNameOccupationAddress
Cleveland1906Herman Handlerporter2554 (old 436) Woodland av
Cleveland1907Herman Handlerclk [clerk]4735 Woodland av SE

Once he married Sarah in February 1909, when I see [Sarah] next to his name, I know I've got the right one:

CityYearNameOccupationAddress
Akron1909Herman Handler [Sarah]Goodrich Co897 S Main
Detroit1910Henry Handlertailor1031 14th av.


From the 1909 Akron, Ohio, City Directory.

He appeared to have moved to Detroit for a year or two, because that's where he was found in the 1910 census. This directory listed him as Henry Handler, tailor, living at 1031 14th Avenue, which was the same address as in the 1910 census. The occupation here was tailor; the occupation in the census was presser (a specific job in the tailoring industry).

From the 1910 Detroit, Michigan, City Directory.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Herman Handler Moved Between 1930 and 1940

Previous posts about Herman Handler:

Herman Handler ~ Naturalization Record
Herman Handler ~ Birth Record
Herman Handler ~ Passenger List
Herman Handler ~ Marriages and Divorces 
Herman Handler ~ Draft Card WWI 
Herman Handler ~ Census Records, 1910 and 1920

There were big changes in this family between 1930 and 1940 and the U.S. Census records reflect the changes, as well a few similarities, helping to confirm that I have the same family.

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By 1930, Herman Handler's family had moved again, to 629 Minerva Place in Akron.


1930 U.S. census, Summit County, Ohio, population schedule, Akron, enumeration district (ED) 77-60, sheet 11B, dwelling 155, family 176, Herman Handler; image, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com : accessed 20 November 2018); citing NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 1876.

Herman Handler, age 48, rented this property for $40 a month. His wife, Sarah was 41 and they had been married about 20 years. The entries for place of birth for him and his parents had Croatia crossed off and Austria written in, though at that time the area he was from was in the country of Yugoslavia (see Mappy Monday ~ Where the Handlers Were From). Wife Sarah was from Galicia - Austria. His original language was German and hers Polish, but I wonder if their original language was perhaps Hebrew. Herman reported immigrating in 1904 and Sarah in 1906 and they were both naturalized citizens. He worked as the proprietor of a produce company.

The family also happened to have a radio in the house.

Children, Arthur, Irwin, Milton, and Shirley were born in the U.S.: Arthur in Michigan (in about 1909-1910) and the younger three in Ohio. The younger two were in school. Arthur worked as a Manager in a dry goods store and Irwin worked as a clerk in a restaurant.

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At first, I had trouble finding the family in 1940, but remembering that Sarah divorced Herman in 1931, I determined that yes, Herman Handler living at 3326 East Street in Hallidays Cove, West Virginia, was the same man who was in Akron, Ohio, in 1930.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Herman Handler - Census Records, 1910 and 1920

Previous posts about Herman Handler:

Herman Handler ~ Naturalization Record
Herman Handler ~ Birth Record
Herman Handler ~ Passenger List
Herman Handler ~ Marriages and Divorces 
Herman Handler ~ Draft Card WWI

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At first I couldn't find Herman Handler in the 1910 U.S. Census. He was easy to find in the 1920 census with wife and children, so I did some creative searching in 1910 and found his young family in Detroit, Michigan. It's no wonder I couldn't find Herman Handler; for some unknown reason, he was enumerated as Wilbur Handler.


1910 U.S. census, Wayne County, Michigan, population schedule, Detroit Ward 10, enumeration district (ED) 155, sheet 12B, dwelling 253, family 279, Wilbur [sic] Handler; image, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com: accessed 30 August 2018); citing NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 684.

Although the head of this household was "Wilbur," everything else matches the expected information for Herman Handler. He was 27 years old (implying a birth year of about 1882-1883) and born in "Hun. Magyar" (Magyar is another term for ethnic Hungarian), as were both his parents. He immigrated in 1903, had his papers (the first step to becoming naturalized), and was able to speak English. He worked as a Presser in the clothing industry, working for himself. He had not been out of work for the entire previous year. He could read and write and he rented his home at 1031 Fourteenth Avenue, which appears to have eight apartments in it, based on what is seen on the full census page.

Wife, Sarah, was 20 years old (implying a birth year of about 1889-1890) and born in "Aust. German" as were both her parents. "Aust" would refer to the Austrian-Hungarian Empire which, before World War I, covered a large area of Europe. Sarah and Wilbur / Herman were in their first marriage (M1) and she had one child who was living. She immigrated in 1905 and spoke English. Note that as a woman, she didn't have any notation by her name for citizenship because her citizenship status derived from her husband's status.

They had one child, a "daughter" named Arthur. Note that all subsequent records reported Arthur as a male so this one instance where he is listed as a daughter is an anomaly. Arthur was listed with an age of 4/12, which suggests a birth date in December 1909. The birthplace was Michigan, implying that soon after Herman and Sarah married in Akron in February 1909, they moved to Michigan.

This is not the Arthur (born January 1910) who was the oldest son of Joseph and Lena Handler of Akron, nor was he Arthur (born January 1912), son of Sam and Sadie Handler of Cleveland.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Herman Handler ~ Draft Card WWI

The World War I Draft Card for Herman Handler confirms some information that I have previously found for him and adds to that information.

"World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," digital image, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com : accessed 12 November 2018), Herman Handler, serial no. 3604, order no. A7187, Draft Board 5, Summit County, Ohio;
citing World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, NARA microfilm publication M1509; Family History Library Roll No. 1819623.

Herman Handler lived at 107 S. Portage Path, Akron, Ohio. He was 36 years old, born 10 February 1882 and is a naturalized citizen. His occupation is Saloon Business and he lists "none" for employer's name, suggesting he was the owner of a saloon, which was located at 1223 Sweitzer Ave., Akron. Herman's nearest relative was Sarah Handler at 107 S. Portage Path, Akron. The description of Herman notes that he was tall, with blue eyes and dark hair.

Herman's draft registration was part of the third registration, in September 1918, just a couple of months before the war ended.

Out of curiosity, I looked back at Joe Handler's World War I Draft Card. (He also lived in Akron at this time.)

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Herman Handler - Marriages and Divorces

This is a continuation of posts about an immigrant Handler relative and I will ultimately provide analysis of the evidence to show how he is related to my husband's family.

Herman Handler married twice in America and his marriage records provide additional information about who he was.

FamilySearch has wonderful records for Ohio. The Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013 collection includes records from the early 20th century, four marriage records on a page:

     Cuyahoga County Marriage records 1908-1909 vol. 72, p. 35, application number 61140, record for Herman Handler and Sarah Dick, 24 February 1909; digital image, “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org : accessed 25 September 2018).

A closeup of the record for Herman Handler and wife Sarah Dick reports that the license was issued on 20 February 1909 and that they were married on the 24th.


Herman Handler, age 27, residing in Detroit, Michigan, married 19-year-old Sarah Dick of Cleveland. He worked as a Presser and she as a Dressmaker, both in the clothing manufacturing industry. Sarah Dick was the one who applied for the license and she appeared to know the name of Herman's father: Philip Handler, but not his mother's name.

A little more than twenty years later, they divorced. A notice of the divorce was found in the Akron Beacon Journal, a newspaper found on Newspapers.com.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Herman Handler - Passenger List

Herman Handler's Naturalization Papers reported that he arrived in New York on the Vatterland. Ancestry happens to have images of some of the early 20th century passenger ships.

Image of S.S. Vaderland, Passenger Ships and Images, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : viewed 30 August 2018);
Original data: Various maritime reference sources.


What can a passenger list tell you? Quite a bit. Herman managed to travel to Antwerp, Belgium, to depart on December 28, 1903, and he arrived in New York City on January 8, 1904, just as his naturalization papers reported.

Herman Handler is on line 19 of the following passenger manifest.


New York, Passenger and Crew Lists (including Castle Garden and Ellis Island), 1820-1957 (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010), Ancestry.com, Year: 1904; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm Serial: T715, 1897-1957; Microfilm Roll: Roll 0425; Line: 19; Page Number: 52. Record for Hermann HÃ¥ndler.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Herman Handler - Birth Record


JewishGen's Hungary Database is a treasure, despite there not being digitized original source images available. These indexed birth records from the Historical archive Srem in Serbia have helped tremendously with piecing together the Handler family ancestors.

Following are search results after searching for Herman Handler and Erdevik:


There were two Herman Handlers who had their births registered in Erdevik during this period. Herman Handler, son of Filip [Philip] Handler and Jetti Hubert (born in Erdevik) and Herman Handler, son of Adolf Handler and Katrina -- [Fuchs] (born in Ljuba).