Posts Tagged ‘Simon Ghertner’

The founding of Cullom & Ghertner

March 12, 2012 Leave a comment

Simon Ghertner was working at the Delcher Printing company and Mr. Cullom was the plant foreman. They became close friends and Mr. Cullom taught Simon ‘American money’ , a ‘lot of the customs’ and ‘took a great interest in me’.

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Who put the ‘h’ in Ghertner?

January 11, 2012 3 comments

It’s a safe bet this wasn’t done at Ellis Island (Simon Ghertner may not have been there).

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Simon Ghertner’s autobiography (1st partial post)

December 1, 2011 Leave a comment

In the fall of 2011, a 13 page, typewritten ‘autobiography of Simon Ghertner’ was found in his son’s papers. Here are some interesting highlights. It was apparently written shortly before his death on 5 Feb 1945.

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Simon’s brother Smil-Lieb

November 29, 2011 Leave a comment
Smil Lieb Ghertner-from-wall-photo

Smil Lieb Ghertner

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

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

Smil Lieb Ghertner, born 1875 in Roman, Romania to Avram & Pescia Abramovici. As Simon Ghertner was also born in Roman, Romania in August 1882 to Avraham (another form of Avram or Abraham) and Pessie (likely the same name as Pescia). Smil and Fraga Frodel Cucosh had five children. Smil passed away in Targu’ Ocna, Romania, about 100 kilometers from Roman.

Smil-Lieb and Fraga’s five children
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my grandfather Simon … maybe I’ve learned something new

February 7, 2011 Leave a comment

Simon Ghertner’s World War I draft registration indicates his birth date was August 25, 1882. Leonard Ghertner, his son, had told me the name was originally spelled Gertner but was changed (perhaps at Ellis Island, NYC). Read this later post for a more plausible explanation of hte spelling of his surname. Unknown sources led me to believe original arrival in North America was Canada. Read more…