Simon Ghertner

Simon Ghertner

See 4 generations of Ghertner’s

My grandfather Simon Ghertner was born 25 August 1882 in Roman, Romania (on a Wikipedia page  here and more about Jews in Roman here). His parents were Avraham Ghertner and Pesia/Pessie Abramovici. See this post regarding the spelling of ‘Ghertner’.

Simon Ghertner

Simon Ghertner

He entered the United States around 1900 and moved to Nashville, Tennessee

On 23 June 1909 he married Dora Ella Cooper and the family resided at 1702 Ashwood Avenue in Nashville, Tennessee. The Ghertner family owned the home free of a mortgage (1920). He registered for the World War I draft on September 12, 1918,before which he had co-founded a printing business, Cullom & Ghertner in Nashville, Tennessee.

Alven, Gerald, Leonard and Dora Ghertner

Alven, Gerald, Leonard and Dora Ghertner

His children, all born in Nashville,  married and raised their families in Nashville, Tennessee and Atlanta, Georgia. Gerald Horace Ghertner married Janice M. Magid of Miami, Florida and Leonard Cooper Ghertner married Frances Jean Bloom of Little Rock, Arkansas. Gerald and Leonard served in the United States Army during World War II. Here they are with their mother Dora. They continued the Cullom & Ghertner printing business until it was sold in the 1960s to Victor Comptometer, a Chicago based company.

During World War II, Victor manufactured the Norden Bombsight (it was boasted wrongly that “they could hit a pickle barrel from 30,000 feet)., a B-24 turret gunsight and and aircraft compass.

Smil Ghertner
Natan Chiraru (Horenstein) & Anutza Hana (Ghertner) Chiraru

Natan Chiraru (Horenstein) & Anutza Hana (Ghertner) Chiraru

Smil Lieb Ghertner-from-wall-photo

Smil Ghertner

Simon’s brother Smil Arie  Lieb Ghertner, born 1875 in Roman, Romania to Avram & Pescia Abramovici. Smil and Fraga Frodel Cucosh had five children. At least one branch (and maybe another just discovered this week) immigrated to Israel by making ‘aliyah’.
Descendants of Smil-Lieb Ghertner (and his wife Fraga Frodel Cucosh) made their way from Romania to Israel. Smil-Lieb was born in Roman, Romania and moved to Targu’ Ocna, Romania (about 100 kilometers from Roman). where the children were born and where Smil-Lieb was buried in 1939.

Victor, Anootza, Oscar, and Avraham (and their familes) emigrated to Israel where they lived out their lives. Moritz Meir died in Romania, but his wife Rashela emigrated to Israel where she spent the remainder of her life.

  1. Victor Fraga Ghertner (1896-1992) married Surica Marcovici
  2. Anootza (Anuta) Chana/Ana/Hana Ghertner (1898 – 1990) Married Natan Ciuraru (Horenstein) (1898-1967)
  3. Moritz Meir Ghertner (1900-??) married Rashela ?
  4. Oscar Ghertner (1902 1905– 1983) married Anutza Meirovici
  5. Avraham Ghertner (1908 – 1988) married Amalia Mitza Haber
  1. Corina Schleisinger
    November 28, 2011 at 8:58 PM

    Gary,I am speechless.
    Nice job indeed!
    Corina (descendant of the same Ghertner family, I wish)

    • November 28, 2011 at 9:31 PM

      Thanks for the compliment Corina.


  2. Corina
    March 5, 2012 at 8:20 AM

    Hi Gary,
    1. In the picture you called “Smil Leib Ghertner & Fraga Frodel (Cucosh), the two persons are my grandparents Natan Ciuraru (Horenstein)and Anutza (Hana) Ciuraru, parents of my mother Frema Iancovici (Ciuraru).
    On the wall it is a picture of Anutza’s father “Fater Schmil” (Leib Ghertner) who was a “soifer” (idish) or “sofer stam” (Hebrew), his occupation was to write Thora (the Bible).
    2. There were two persons named Anutza (Hana/Ana was a common name in Romania): one is my grandmother Anutza Ciuraru (Ghertner), wife of Natan and sister of Oscar and Avram and the second is Anutza Ghertner (Meirovici), wife of Oscar Ghertner and mother of Benny.
    3.I have a new grandson!, child of my daughter & son-in-law, born on 20/02/2012, sorry I can not add him in my legacy tree because of our problem…

  3. March 6, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Terrific news for you, Mazel Tov!

    .. and priceless facts to have. I’ve save the names and date elsewhere because I’m paranoid about privacy of living individuals.

  4. corina
    March 7, 2012 at 1:16 AM

    Everything is very well described, except the name of my grandfather: Natan CIURARU. THANK YOU.

  5. Corina
    March 26, 2012 at 8:13 AM

    the 3rd picure: Rashela (wife of Moritz) and Anuta Ciuraru/b. Ghertner, DAUGHTER of Smil Ghertner and Fraga/Frodel Cucosh.

  6. Johnny Fields
    December 24, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    Edward Cullom was my Great Grandfather & it is very informative to see all of this information. John Fields

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