Jacob Nathan Schiff (1889 - 1966)

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Birthplace: Belarus, Russia
Death: Died in Akron, Ohio, United States
Cause of death: Natural causes
Occupation: Greengrocer
Managed by: Greg Livshitz
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About Jacob Nathan Schiff

    Grandpa Jacob Nathan Schiff & Grandma Mary Horowitz knew each other in Russia. They met again after their immigrations to the United States, & married, in New York. They lived in the Bronx over their deli.   
    With family members in Youngstown, Columbus & Akron, Ohio, they moved the family to Akron in the 1940's. Grandpa spent the rest of his working years on the night shift at Morris Fine's (Yetta Cohen's husband) 'open air' fruit & vegetable market & attached enclosed grocery store. (On the long bus ride home, he often carried fresh produce, most memorably juicy watermelon in the summertime!) I remember vividly a night he was robbed. He was hit on the forehead by the robber, & carried a round raised bump there the rest of his years.
     At their two story home on Grace Avenue, Grandpa kept a lovely yard & garden. As a child, I ate fresh strawberries & tomatoes straight off the vines! Ahvah Zedak synagogue was two blocks from the house. The corner grocery was right on the corner. The elementary school was across the street. The bus stop was 2 blocks away. The zoo was a 20 minute walk. Grandpa once placed a rubber snake & a wooden owl on the roof of the house to keep the pigeons scared away! It worked! 
     After retirement, he became much more active at the nearby Anshe Sfard Orthodox Synagogue, attending minyans daily. Often, he could be found at a neighborhood service station, smoking Camel cigarettes & shooting the breeze with other retirees! He loved to play lively games of Pinocle with several friends (Aaron Gurin, Sam Freidman...) sharing a bit of Schnaps in the process! Kids were not to be heard during pinocle card games!! His pals also lay in Sherbondy Cemetery not far from him.)
     As his grandaughter, my most vivid memories are of Grandpa looking so dashing in his suit & tie, hat in place; him sitting in his big, mustard yellow leather chair, reading; giving me silver dollars at Passover for finding the hidden matzoh; and of his big Hershey bars & Tab sodas in the fridge!
     He kept a newspaper announcement of his marriage to my Grandma Mary, plus his citizenship paper, in his wallet through all of his life.
     I was at the hospital with him on the night he so peacefully passed away. It was Shabbos.
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Jacob Nathan Schiff's Timeline

1889
March 15, 1889
Russia
1908
1908
Age 18
1917
July 30, 1917
Age 28
New York, United States
1918
July 23, 1918
Age 29
Bronxx, New York, United States
1921
August 8, 1921
Age 32
New York, New York
1928
June 9, 1928
Age 39
New York, New York
1966
December 31, 1966
Age 77
Akron, Ohio, United States
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- present
Akron, Ohio, United States
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Akron, Summit, Ohio, United States