Monday, February 7, 2011

Amanuensis Monday: The Obituary for Maurice Newmark

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.

This week I am sharing the obituary of Moses 'Maurice' Newmark (1906-1949). He was a first cousin of my paternal grandfather.  I found his obituary mentioned in the St. Louis Globe Democrat Morgue, which is being indexed by the University of Missouri. [The Globe ceased publication in 1986 and donated its extensive clippings file to the University. The collection is nowhere near completely indexed, but covers the 1920s to the 1980s.]

St. Louis Globe Democrat
Feb 2, 1949
Maurice Newmark Dies
Typewriter Firm Owner

Maurice M. Newmark, 42, owner of the Marstan Typewriter Company, 104 North Seventh, died of heart disease yesterday at Jewish Hospital. He resided at 743 Radcliffe, University City.

Newmark was president of the St. Louis Office Machine Dealers Association and a former deputy athletic commissioner of Missouri.

Surviving are his widow, Mr. Anna K. Newmark, a daughter…and a son… Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Rindskopf Chapel, 5212 Delmar. Burial will be at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery.

1) Maurice ran for State Rep in 1932.  Born in London, England, son of Solomon and Sarah, his birth certificate indicates his given name was actually Moses.

2) The National Office Machine Dealers Association is now the Business Technology Association.

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