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Fannie (Fayge) Hecker (Schmidt)

Also Known As: "Hebrew name:Faigah B'sahnder", "Fage", "Fayge"
Birthplace: Otik Molov, Russia
Death: Died in Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Sander Zilberschmidt and Leah Zilberschmidt
Wife of Louis Hecker
Mother of Sam Hecker and Elizabeth Williams
Sister of Meyer (Mayer) Schmidt
Half sister of Marcus Schmidt; Esther Trust; Gloria Spero; Diane Schmidt Wolk; Clara Miller and 9 others

Occupation: Worked in a grocery store after Louis Hecker's death, later owned real estate and operated a chicken and fresh fish market in Squirrel Hill.
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About Fannie (Fayge) Hecker

There is some confusion regarding the dates of Fannie's birth, immigration and marriage.

The 1910 US Census has her age as 25, making her birth year 1884 or 1885, and states she had been married 7 years at that time, making her marriage year 1902 or 1903. Her year of immigration is noted as 1906, when she would have been 20 or 21.

But the 1930 US Census states she immigrated to US in 1903.

Some records support 1884 or earlier birth:

According to the manifest of the SS Cassel, her brother, Meyer "Silberschmiedt" entered the US on August 20, 1913, when he was 30 years old. This would make his birth year c1883. So Meyer around 5 years older than his sister Fannie, if her birthyear was 1888 - or only 1 or 2 years older than Fannie if her birthyear was 1884 or 1885.

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Fannie (Fayge) Hecker's Timeline

Otik Molov, Russia
September 1904
Age 19
October 15, 1904
Age 19
Pittsburgh, PA, United States

No City of Pittsburgh Birth Certificate is known to exist. An affadavit, dated Sep. 21, 1940, signed by his mother, Fannie Hecker, attests to his birth at Center Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA. A second affadavit, dated Jan. 30, 1952, signed with the mark of Edith Trust, his aunt, also attests to Sam's date of birth, and that Edith was 28 years old at that time.

November 27, 1905
Age 20
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

Alternate birthdate: 11/24/1905.

Age 21

Per 1910 US Census

April 15, 1910
Age 25
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

Family residence at 52 Linton, Pittsburgh, PA

Age 28

According to the manifest of the SS Cassel, Meyer "Silberschmiedt" entered the US on August 20, 1913, when he was 30 years old. (This would make his birth year c1883 and Meyer around 5 years older than his sister Fannie, who had been thought to be the first-born, in 1888, although there is confusion about her birthdate.) - Meyer's previous residence was in Ataky, Bessarabia, Russia, where his wife remained for the time being. The manifest entry shows his profession as locksmith, and states that his brother-in-law, Louis Hecker, paid his passage, and that Meyer's final destination was the home of his sister Fannie and Louis at 4701 Wakefield St. in Pittsburgh.

April 17, 1930
Age 45
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

Residing at 1532 Asbury Place, 14th Ward, Allegheny County PA (Owned residence, valued at $20000),all adults English-speaking :
Fannie Hecker (Head of Household), age 42, married at age 16, immigrated to US in 1903;
Samuel, Nora and Bernice Hecker;
Elizabeth Hecker Feldman and William Feldman (age 27, married at 24, Grocery Salesman)
Also, 2 lodgers: Ruth & Ellen (surname illegible), both department store saleswomen

June 29, 1941
Age 56
Pittsburgh, PA, United States