Minnie Bloomfield (Crane) (1896 - 1981)

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Nicknames: "Minucha Kranowitz"
Birthplace: Belitsa, Belarus
Death: Died in Houston, TX, USA
Cause of death: Cardio Respitory Arrest due to hypovolimic shock due to ruptured abdominal aortic aneurism
Occupation: Book Keeper
Managed by: Smadar Belkind Gerson
Last Updated:
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Immediate Family

    • William
      husband
    • Ethel
      daughter
    • Sam
      husband
    • Louis
      husband
    • Moshe Aaron
      father
    • Faygah
      mother
    • Braina
      sister
    • Lazar
      brother
    • brother
    • Harry
      brother
    • William
      brother
    • Bernard
      brother

About Minnie Bloomfield (Crane)

Minnie's story is available in her book / Stored Treasures, A Memoir

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Minnie Bloomfield's Timeline

1896
April 30, 1896
Belitsa, Belarus
1912
1912
- March 1913
Age 15
Lida, Grodno, Belarus

Minnie was sent to Lida for Dental Surgery. The dentist, removed the infected tooth, along with three health teeth, not from the inside of the mouth, but rather, cutting the skin from the cheek, leaving a horrible scar. The surgery was complicated by a serious infection and she was sent to Vilna, the state capital where they broke her jaw as treatment for the infection in the process severing a nerve, leaving her bottom right lip paralyzed. Then she went to Koenigsburg, Germany with a distant relative whom she was entrusted to. The relative pocketed the money, originally, sent from the US by her brothers, to bring her to the US, but need to for her medical treatment. He spent the money to hospitalize his own wife in a mental institution where she died not long after. Minnie was sent to the Jewish section of a charity ward in a private hospital to convalesce. There she was treated well, and learned to read and speak German. She returned home, feeling ugly from her disfigured face. Gone for almost a year, she found she was replaced by her younger sister Sara Esther as both her father's assistant delivery mail and the main care taker for their ailing mother. She therefore decided she was no longer needed at home and followed her brothers to America.

1913
December 28, 1913
- January 7, 1914
Age 17
Bremen, Germany

According to the 1920 US Census she arrived in 1913
According to her memoirs she sailed from Hamburg
In her memoirs Minnie describes her joining an elderly couple who was heading to Canada where their children had immigrated. Being a teenager and a woman, she could not travel alone. This couple helped her cross the Russian border claiming her as their daughter and then she boarded the boat with them in Hamburg, again as their daughter.
This information helped locate her Ellis Island record which was badly mistranscribed. Searching all the ships arriving on Jan 7th, 1914, there was only one which arrived from Germany. Minnie entered the US, claiming to be 18, under the name Menuche Krejnowtiz (badly mistranscribed). Note in Russian or Polish, a J is pronounced as an i or a Y. She had $25 dollars with her, reported her occupation as a dress maker. She was listed her brother Hillel as her relative in the US and was heading to Hartford, CT. She was 5 foot 2 Inches tall.
She actually was accompanied by a woman who took her to Atlantic City to meet her brother Max.


1914
1914
- 1920
Age 17
Hartford, CT, USA

Minnie moved to Connecticut on her brothers' urging. When their younger brother Bernard arrived in America to study medicine with the goal of helping cure their ailing mother, all the siblings pitched in. They decided that instead of each boarding with family or friends, they should set up a small house, where it would be quiet and Bernard could study. The three older brothers Max, Harry and Will went to work, while Minnie was in charge of the apartment, cleaning, washing, shopping, cooking. She went to night school to study English and book keeping. Minnie lived with Harry and Sara Crane and their son Herbert according to the 1920 US census, shortly before she moved to NYC.

1914
Age 17
New York, NY, USA

Minnie first lived with her brother Max Crane in New York City until he moved to Philadelphia and then Atlantic City.

1918
1918
Age 21
CT, USA

Minnie, like most everyone, caught the Spanish Flu in 1918. She spent 4-5 weeks or even longer in bed. For the rest of her life, when ever she cuaht a cold, her chest bothered her, a legacy of the 1918 Flu

1920
January 1920
- October 22, 1920
Age 23
New York, New York, United States

Since in the 1920 US census minnie was living in CT with her brother Max and his family and working as a book keeper there, we assume that she moved to NY that year, and worked as a book keeper for the Interior design company until she got married and moved to NH and opened a grocery store.

January 1920
- October 22, 1920
Age 23
New York City, New York, United States

Since in the 1920 US census minnie was living in CT with her brother Max and his family and working as a book keeper there, we assume that she moved to NY that year, and worked as a book keeper for the Interior design company while she was studying accounting, until she got married and moved to NH and opened a grocery store

October 23, 1920
Age 24
New York, New York, United States

The William and Minnie Story (taken from Minnie's memoirs):
William (Will) met Minnie (Moma) his wife in New York City in June 19th,1920 where she was working as a book keeper for an interior decorator and was friends with a cousin of will's (Mary Kastelonsky?). They had heard about each other from friends & family before they met. Will had been working in Texas for 4-5 years but was returning to NYC for a visit and staying in the Bronx. Moma was helping Will's cousin Lilly find shoes in NYC & invited her for lunch at her room (she paid 50 cents to have Lilly over for lunch on a Saturday). Will called looking for his cousin, but was polite & invited Moma to join him & his cousin Lilly for dinner in China Town. At 1st Moma refused, but Will urged & she went.

They dated for a while until Will got cold feet & moved to Pittsburg where he had aunts & cousins in the wholesale produce business. He had been a bachelor for 33 years determined never to marry before he met Moma. His aunt told him to go back to NY & his Minnie or he'd never be happy if he didn't. The corresponded by mail almost daily. Moma also wrote him a letter "thanking him for teaching her the meaning of real love. Until then she had mistaken infatuations for love, but this time it was the real thing. She told him she would never love any other man ever again." A weeks / months later he wrote back & told her he was coming back & wanted to marry her.
Will wanted to go directly to City Hall, but Minnie refused to get married without her brothers & their wives present. Will did not want to wait & did not understand why she cared, but they waited a week until her family could be present. She wrote that in his family they were not as close so he could not understand her need to have them there.
They were married on Oct. 23rd 1920, four months & four days after they met! So much for a long engagement!
On their honeymoon, Minnie met her mother-in-law in NH, whom she liked and whom convinced them to move to Lakeside NH (now part of Laconia) were they ran a grocery store, about 9-10 miles away from Will's parents grocery store. Will's grandmother was still alive back in Europe & was pleased to hear about their marriage.

November 1920
Age 24
NH, USA

After their honeymoon, they moved to NH to open a grocery store near Will's parents.