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Anna Opper (Kreinik)

Nicknames: "Tianna", "0323"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Zglobnia, Galicia, Poland
Death: Died in Miami, Dade, Florida, United States
Place of Burial: Riverside Cemetary, Fair Lawn, Bergen, NJ, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of S Josef Kreinik and Fanny Kreinik
Wife of Isaac Opper
Sister of Leah K Jacobowitz; <private> Kreinik; <private> Kreinick; <private> Blatt (Kreinik); <private> Pepis (Kreinik) and 3 others

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About Anna Opper (Kreinik)

She was called Tianna, because in the old days aunts were called "Auntie." So, "Auntie Anna" became "Aunt Tianna"

About 1889? "Krakow reminds me of another incident which occurred when we were on our way back to America after two years in Europe. The train stopped for an hour, and little Anna, three years old, decided she'd go for a walk and disappeared. When the train was ready to start, no Anna. The alarm went out, all of us went looking for her. The train men were extraordinarily kind, agreeing to hold the train for fifteen minutes, but no longer. At last a policemen came along with her, just in the nick of time. But we missed the boat at Rotterdam, Holland."

Leah Kreinik Jacobowitz, __As I Remember_ 1962, pp 13-14.

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Anna Opper's Timeline

1886
June 4, 1886
Zglobnia, Galicia, Poland
July 1886
- September 1886
New York, NY, USA

"It must have been two years after that [stillborn baby boy in 1883], when Mother was carrying Anna, that Papa went to America. A few months later, when Anna was about a month old, he sent us tickets for our passage by boat, steerage, taking not less than three weeks to cross over."

1889
1889
Age 2
Cracow, Poland, Lesser Poland, Poland

"A year or so later Irving was born, and Mother’s health broke down. She not only helped in the shop, but always had boarders, “landsleit” who came to America and made our home their first stop until they found a place of their own. Papa decided to send us back home to our grandparents where Mother could get rest and fresh air. Irving was six months old then [April 1888], and not very strong either. Before long Mother rented a cottage, with Marinka, or Marishka as we affectionately called her, acting as our housekeeper. She had been Mother’s wet nurse, Grandma having been unable to nurse her – no bottles those days; was a sweet, cheerful, motherly person who adored Mother and us. She was like another Grandmother to us." As I Remember.

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"It is good to know your ancestry were people of some education, intelligence and refinement, according to the manner of their times and the laws of their religion. On the paternal side, Zvie Chaim and Rachel Kreinik, lived in a town (Sędziszów) larger than my village (Zgłobień). They were in the garment business (which Father really hated but wasn't trained for anything else) and once a year the sons, Nathan, Zalmon and Aaron, would take a load of finished garments to Krakow, where there was a Kirmash, a sort of Carnival and open market, to sell their stock. I remember that trip because it was the occasion also of Uncle Aaron's wedding to Tante Gittel in Krakow. Papa was in America, as I have already written, and Mama, Anna, Irving and I were back in Europe for Mother's health. Leah Kreinik Jacobowitz, As I Remember, 1962, pp 12-13

1889
- 1890
Age 2
Cracow, Lesser Poland, Poland

I remember that trip because it was the occasion also of Uncle Aaron’s wedding to Tante Gittel in Krakow. Papa was in America, as I have already written, and Mama, Anna, Irving and I were back in Europe for Mother’s health.
Grandma Kreinik was a tall, slim, lively person, who held herself very straight. She adored us, made much of me because I was so much older than Anna and Irving, and had American tricks to show off, like jumping double rope and other Americanisms, which had the native children goggle eyed. Uncle Nathan, the eldest, was the only one who remained in Europe.
The trip to Krakow, as I have mentioned, was for business and Uncle Aaron’s wedding. Marriages were made by parents, and they rarely turned out wrong; divorces were almost like a legend. The wedding festivities lasted a whole week, as was customary, at the end of which the “Sheva Broches” – seventh day blessings, were pronounced. May I point out that this was a tradition of “Family Cleanliness,” a whole week’s waiting, after the marriage, with ritual bath on the 7th day, to promote healing. There were no sex diseases when this law was obeyed. There was feasting and dancing every evening, the women getting together every day for their own klatches, and altogether it was a happy time. There is an old photo of Mother and the three of us, which pictures me in the costume I wore at the wedding: a beribboned white dress with a red velvet vest trimmed with gold braid, and scalloped edges. In that costume I danced with another cousin, doing a dance called “The Krakowianka,” a sort of Virginia reel, up and down the aisle, everyone applauding us. Leah Kreinik Jacobowitz, As I Remember, 1962

About Uncle Max Krantz: "While we were back in Europe, he (Uncle Max) and I took took a long walk to my other grandparents' home, about two miles away, on a very cold day in the winter. My hands froze, I was crying in distress and he picked me up and carried me on his back all the rest of the way. I was eight, he was twelve." p. 68

1893
1893
Age 6

"We moved to Buffalo about 1893, where Uncle Aaron had established himself with his family. He was afflicted with wanderlust too, for in later years he moved to the South. The struggle for existence never let up. Father opened a tailoring shop, Mother and I helped as usual. I attended school for half a term, then Papa needed me to run errands, and do some of the sewing. His work was beautiful, being a perfectionist."
Leah Kreinik Jacobowitz, As I Remember, 1962, p 26.

1898
1898
Age 11
Rotterdam, South Holland, The Netherlands

Krakow reminds me of another incident which occurred when we were on our way back to America after two years in Europe. The train stopped for an hour, and little Anna, three years old, decided she’d go for a walk and disappeared. When the train was ready to start, no Anna. The alarm went out, all of us went looking for her. The trainmen were extraordinarily kind, agreeing to hold the train for fifteen minutes, but no longer. At last a policemen came along with her, just in the nick of time. But we missed the boat at Rotterdam, Holland. The station was closed, it was late at night, and we had no place to stay. We had plenty of food along, however. Mama, with her usual initiative, started our small group walking and we came to a large estate, a big mansion, with outbuildings. We knocked, the gatekeeper went for “Herr,” who proved to be a kindly gentleman. He heard Mama’s story, and told her he had only one place where we could spend the night: the big stable where all the domestic animals were housed; but it was warm, and there were some empty stalls with clean straw. The one we occupied was next to a calf’s, which kept poking its head over the partition, scaring us kids. Mama reassured us, and finally we slept. In the morning this kindly gentleman brought us coffee and rolls.
We walked back to the station, and eventually boarded a boat to America, steerage again, with its horrible conditions: straw ballets on double tier boards, sanitary comforts strictly primitive, food handed out in tin plates on the upper deck. In my group I was the only one who could go up the first days, seasickness never bothered me on any of the trips, and I collected big boiled-in-jackets potatoes, glassy looking sweetened rice with big raisins in it, coarse black bread, and chickory (sic) coffee in tin cups—luxury! Of course Mama had her hardtack and spicy “gomelkes,” the dried cone-shaped cheese cakes I’ve mentioned, and other food. I climbed up on deck every chance I had, and folks in the second class treated me with fruit and other dainties.

1900
June 5, 1900
Age 14
New York, New York, NY, USA

55 Avenue D, Manhattan

1904
1904
- 1906
Age 17
New York, NY, USA

Leah Kreinik Jacobowitz: " Mother worked hard, what with all the cooking, baking, marketing once a week for the Sabbath downtown (we were living at W. 81st St. then), going by street car and bringing back large bundles. We helped with the laundry and weekly cleaning on Sundays. Mother rarely laid a hand on us; she tried her best with scolding, scolding. She was a woman without a "gall," the Jewish word for bitterness; charitable almost beyond the limit of her meager means, loved by the neighbors,m Jew or non-Jew." Page 33. As I Remember, 1962.

1922
1922
Age 35
Worcester, MA, USA

Here’s a picture taken at my Uncle Horace’s Bar Mitzvah in Worcester, Mass. in 1922. The first row is Eli Jacobowitz, Lillian Kreinick, Leah Jacobowitz. Second row: Billie Jacobowitz, Horace Kreinick, Florence Kreinick, Freida Kreinick (great-grandmother),Tianna Opper, S. Joseph Kreinick (great-grandfather). Third row: Ruth Kreinick, Gene Kreinick in sailor suite, and Sylvia Kreinick. I guess my grandfather, Irving, took the picture.

1922
Age 35
New York, New York, NY, USA

Anna Kreinik is listed in New York City Directory as P S Tchr and a home address as above.