Monday, September 13, 2010

Amanuensis Monday: Pearl Feinstein's 18th Birthday Party

Amanuensis: A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.

I continue my project to transcribe family letters, journals, audiotapes, and other historical artifacts. Not only do the documents contain genealogical information, the words breathe life into kin - some I never met - others I see a time in their life before I knew them. If you choose to join me in Amanuensis Monday and post your transcriptions, feel free to add a link to your post in the comments.

This week I transcribe some "Society Notes" from the January 10, 1909 St. Louis Post Dispatch

Miss Pearl Feinstein, 1941A Burd avenue, entertained a number of friends at dinner Jan. 8 in honor of her eighteenth birthday.  Those present were:
E. Rosenberg,
S. Kellner,
A. Kellner,
A. Rosenberg,
S. Rosenberg,
D. Augustine,
W. Wiess,
E. Nury,
Mr. and Mrs. --
F. Feinstein,
H.S. Feinstein,
B. Wiess,
M. Oberman,
B. Bluffstone.
L. Ozelsohn,
H. Bluffstone,
J. Kottlus,
B.L. Feinstein,
H.M. Feinstein,
M. Feinstein.
Mr. and Mrs. --

1) Pearl Feinstein was the sister of my great grandfather, Herman.  I don't have an exact birth date for her.  The 1900 census says Nov 1890.  Her tombstone says 1891.  This newspaper article implies she celebrated in early January.

2) The address matches information for the family in city directories from the time.

3) I can identify some, but not all of the guests at her party.  Her brothers Harry S., Herman M., Benjamin L., and Morris, are easy.  Her father, Selig, is likely misreported here as F. Feinstein. Since the party was at the Feinstein home, Pearl's younger siblings, Rose and Aaron were almost definitely there.  It must have been decided they weren't old enough to name.

4) M. Oberman and L. Ozelsohn are likely Pearl's first cousins, Minnie Oberman and Louis Odelsohn.  Why they are the only cousins from those two families who showed up is unclear.  Minnie's mother, Toba, and Louis's father, Julius, were the siblings of Selig.  Julius and Selig both changed their surnames from Dudelsack upon arriving in America.

5) I am also slightly curious as to the identity of Mr.and Mrs. Gruber.  Likely they are friends of Pearl's -- not uncommon at age 18, especially during this time period.  However, it is also possible the wife of this couple is a relative.


Travis LeMaster said...

Decided to join in the fun of Amanuensis Monday at

John said...

Travis - interesting postcard. I wonder what the 'squares' referenced.