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Elias Jacobowitz

Also Known As: "Poppop", "Pop-pop", "Pop", "Eli"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Humenne, Austro-Hungary, Humenné, Prešovský kraj, Slovakia
Death: Died in Englewood, Bergen, NJ, USA
Cause of death: after dimer chocolate
Place of Burial: Riverside Cemetary, Fair Lawn, Bergen, NJ, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Wolf Jacobowitz and Miriam Jacobowitz
Husband of Leah K Jacobowitz
Father of Ruth Sheba Brenner; Miriam Tamases; Eugene (Buddy) Jacobowitz; Norman B Jacobowitz; Toddy Rosenstein and 1 other
Brother of Tillie Diamond; Aaron Jacobowitz; Morris A Jacobowitz; Max Jacobowitz and Cecile Jennie Treuhaft

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About Elias Jacobowitz

Leah Kreinik Jacobowitz wrote, ' Pop had a running fight with Mayor "I am the law" Haig. Pop wrote letters to the editor and stood up for civility. He rented Fairmount Hall to Norman Thomas, the socialist candidate for President when nobody else would.

In shul, Eli would sit on the east wall and sing out the Hebrew "Bom" when it came up in the text. He was an individual. (Note from personal communication with Walter Jacobowitz, Feb 10, 2010. DWJ)

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Elias Jacobowitz's Timeline

1879
July 23, 1879
Humenné, Prešovský kraj, Slovakia

Born 211 Kilometers from his future bride, Leah Kreinik, in Zblobien, Poland:
http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Zg%C5%82obie%C5%84,+Poland&da...

1883
1883
Age 3
Humenné, Humenné, Prešov Region, Slovakia

Did she die in childbirth?

LKJ As I Remember: " She was devoted to her scholarly husband, more suited for study than business; worked hard all her life, helping with dairy produce to sell, and died at an early age (37) after a miscarriage,..."

1884
1884
Age 4
Hungary

Did she already have a child, Beni/Benny, age 14 at the time of this marriage?
Was there another child Isaac born in 1885? Yes, and Morris Eichler as well.

1887
1887
Age 7

From the 1930 U.S. Census.

1899
August 9, 1899
Age 20
New York, NY, USA

Elias Jacobowitz Naturalization Hearing, August 9, 1899, New York, NY (New York County) [Thanks to Sol Krongelb and Charlie Hollander for the documents.]

Supreme Court,
Special Term, Part II.

In the Matter of the
Application of Elias Jacobowitz, by occupation, a segar-maker (sic), to be admitted as a citizen of the United States of America.

Examination of applicant and witness before
HON. DAVID LEVENTRITT, Justice;
New York, August 9, 1899.

Elias Jacobowitz, the applicant called and sworn, as a witness in his own behalf, examined by the Court as follows:-

Q How old were you when you left Austria? A. 10 years old, nearly 11.
Q How old are you now? A. 21 and a month and 7 days.
Q Do you live with your parents? A. Yes, sir.
Q Father and mother? A. Father alone, my mother is dead.
Q What business is your father in? A. He is a rabbi.
Q Where? A. By a congregation.
Q Rabbi? A. Yes, sir.
Q What congregation? A. In Hebrew Rofomm (?) Congregation.
Q Are you acquainted with the constitution of the United States? A. Yes, sir.
Q Have you studied it up? A. Yes, sir.
Q Are you familiar with it? A. Yes, sir.
Q And do you know how the Senators are elected? A. Yes, sir.
Q How are they elected? A. By the Legislature.

Jacob Gottsegen, called and sworn and as a witness on behalf of the applicant, examined by the court as follows:-

Q How long have you known Mr. Jacobowitz? A. I know him since 1892.
Q Man of good moral character? A. Yes, sir.
Q How old was he when he came to this country? A. When he came to this country?
Q Yes. A. I couldn't say how old he was; I know him 7 years.
Q You know him 7 years? A. Yes, sir.
Q And how old was he when he (sic) became acquainted with him? A. He was 14 years old.
Q 14 years old? A. Yes, sir.
Q And do you know he is a straight-forward, respectable man? A. I know him as a gentleman, and straight-forward young fellow.
Q And will make a good citizen? A. Yes, sir.

The judgment of the Court is that the applicant be admitted as a citizen of the United States of America.

The Court swears the applicant and the applicant repeats the oath of renunciation as follows:-

I, Elias Jacobowitz, residing at no. 125 Cannon Street, in the city of New York, do solemnly swear that I will support the constitution of the United States, and that I do absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegience (sic) and fidelity to every foreign prince, potentiate (sic), state or sovereignty whatever, and particularly to the Emperor of Austria, of whom I was before a subject.

The stenographer is ordered by the court to make a copy of the proceedings taken on the foregoing application and to file said copy.

1902
1902
- 1906
Age 22
New York, New York, United States

"The years from 1902-1906, when Pop and I were married (1906), were happy ones. My old friends rallied round me, I resumed my membership in 'The Circle' nof the YMBA, (Anna was an active member by this tim), and we had week-end gatherings at home, with music, games, camera parties; no cards needed. Pop was in the crowd, of course, most of them remaining friends after marriage. Pop began courting me in earnest then. The YMBA ran a dance (Ball, as it was called) at the Armory in midtown, and Elias invited me. He came in a horse-drawn Hansom Cab (a left-over of the old horse and carriage days before autos, then used for lovers' rides in the park). When he escorted me down, he expected me to be overwhelmed (as he told me afterwards), but to his secret disappointment I took it in stride, hiding my surprise, and entered the cab as if to the manner born. Had a wonderful time, but danced with the Redhead most of the evening, while Elias looked on. But he never gave up, thank God, though he was warned against me by members of his own family, that I was a TB, would make a sickly wife. We became formally engaged on my birthday (the 23rd [June 13, 1904]), with a big family party.
Eli startled me soon after with the proposition that we move to Denver; he would get a job there, and if the climate was better for me, there we would live."

Leah Kreinik Jacobowitz, As I Remember, 1962, pages 31-32

Lorber's Restaurant in Grand Street, near the Bowery

1902
- 1906
Age 22
Jersey City, New Jersey, United States

LKJ: " Morris and Max entered the cigar making field, I believe, and Aaron the garment business. Elias also learned the cigar making trade, working for nothing quite some time before he received 25 CENTS a week. Morris got married and opened a cigar store in downtown Jersey City. Max joined him in the business, and later Elias, the three brothers eventually becoming a partnership, Elias getting a reluctant Fourth part, though he contributed an equal part of successful effort I do not mean to be bitter about this -- it's too far back in the past, but it irked Pop and caused him to break with them and go into business for himself." As I Remember, p. 77.

Jacobowitz of Jersey City
1902 -1906 City Directory

Jacobowitz Bros. Cigars 7 & 61 Montgomery St.
Jacobowitz, Max 358 York St. (1902)
" 88 Sussex St (1903)
" 341 Montgomery St (1904 - 6)
Jacobowitz, Morris 358 York St (1902)
" 88 Sussex St. (1903-5)
" 63 Grand St. (1906)
Jacobowitz, Elias, mgr 7 Montgomery, home 88 Sussex St (1903)
" mgr h 88 Sussex St. (1904-5)
" mgr h 63 Grand St, (1906)

"Elias is your grandfather, I suppose. Max and Morris were his brothers?(yes). I seem to recall they may have been in Brooklyn before NJ." Charlie Hollander, 17 December 2004

1904
June 13, 1904
Age 24
New York, NY, USA

We became formally engaged on my birthday (the 23rd), with a big family party. LKJ As I Remember, p. 32.

"After I became engaged to Pop (we lived on W. 81st St. in N.Y. and I had my own room),..." LKJ Addendum p. 6. See Leah's dream under Miriam Rivkah Jacobowitz

1906
February 18, 1906
Age 26
New York, NY, United States

Marriage Certificate says Leah is Age 20. She is actually 24. Her name is spelled "Lea Kreinick."
http://www.uvm.edu/~djacobow/images/family/elias_leah_jacobowitz/el...

Katubah:
http://www.uvm.edu/~djacobow/images/family/elias_leah_jacobowitz/el...

"Wedding invitations were issued one to a family in those days, and that meant the whole family, with just a prayer that the small fry would be left at home. Father Wolf Jacobowitz performed the ceremony, just as in due time, he performed the ritual ceremony for Bud and Norman. The reception was in Manhattan Lyceum on E. 4th St. Over six hundred people came (four hundred invitations issued), besides many gate crashers, and the tables were set four times, yet Mother had some chickens to take home." Leah Kreinik Jacobowitz, As I Remember, 1962, pp. 34-35.

"... our marriage was started with the covenant that we would never go to sleep angry; we would talk things over, make peace. There was no domineering, only cooperation." LKJ As I Remember, 1962, p.79

December 24, 1906
Age 27
Jersey City, Hudson, New Jersey, United States