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Max Ginsburg (Zilberschmidt)

Also Known As: "Marcus", "Mordecai Max", "Silberschmidt"
Birthplace: херсон, Суворовський район, Херсонська область, Ukraine
Death: February 20, 1923 (61)
Huntsville, Muskoka District, Ontario, Canada
Place of Burial: Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Immediate Family:

Son of Israel Zilberschmidt and Ruva Zilberschmidt
Husband of Pearl Ginsburg
Father of Morris Ginsburg; Private; Israel Ginsburg; Albert Ginsburg; Private and 1 other

Occupation: grain merchant
Managed by: Michael Shalom Fagan
Last Updated:

About Max Ginsburg

Michae Fagan has a photo of the family from Norman Track, although not sure which person is which.

  • birth - death certificate says in "Cherson, Russia"
  • great article about him and his children including "who had been the Odessa agent for Massey Harris agricultural machinery"
  • Norman Track says "Probably before 1900, Max had a Massey-Ferguson dealership. At this time, the family name was Zilberschmidt, or Silberschmidt. Between 1900-1910, Max spent one year in New York 'doing business'."
  • Norman Track says "In 1913, Israel received his call-up papers for the army. Max organised through Sonya's husband Yasha to purchase passports (Ginsburg) for the family. My great grandparents and grandparents left for Hamburg to purchase visas and boat tickets. Visas were obtainable if you agreed to live on a farm for two years. The remaining family traveled as a separate group to Hamburg. They arrived in Halifax and took the train to Toronto. A farm was purchased in Nobelton and the family lived there 1913-16. They lived in Toronto 1916-1917 and Huntsville from 1917-1953. These latter dates are for my grandparents."
  • more details about the family may be found at the Ontario Jewish Archives -

Great granddaughter Barbara Track says "My grandfather's family were supposed to go to Winnipeg but when they heard how cold it was there, they got off the train in Toronto."

Great grandson Norman Track says " From what my mother, Dora Ginsburg Track, was told her family lived in Beresalv in Kherson Gubernia"


Mr. Max Ginsburg died as his home here on Tuesday morning, after a lingering illness. The body was taken to Toronto for burial. The forester will give a more extended report of the sad event next issue.

Mr. Max Ginsburg's Death
After many months of very painful illness, Mr. Max Ginsburg, father of the Ginsburg Brothers, of the Huntsville Trading Co., died as his home here on Tuesday, February 20th, aged 62 years. Death came as the result of a major operation performed at Toronto during the past summer in the hope of relief from a chronic ailment from which Mr. Ginsburg had suffered for many previous months. The body was taken at once to Toronto, where service was held in the McCaul Street Synagogue, of which deceased was a prominent elder. The funeral service in the city was very largely attended. In the procession were not less than 60 automobiles. As the procession passed the Old Men's Home, a halt was made and a brief service held. Mr Ginsburg was a liberal contributor to this Institution, and this tribute to his memory was paid by request of the inmates. Internment took place in the McCaul St. Synagogue Cemetery. All the members of the family were present for the obsequies. The late Mr. Ginsburg was a native of Cherson Province, Russia, where he was born on February 25th, 1861. For many years he was a grain merchant at Odessa, the great grain port on the Black Sea. After a successful career at Odessa, Mr. Ginsburg finally emigrated to Canada, arriving here in September 1913, with his wife, four sons and two daughters. He bought a large farm in York County, where he carried on operations for a time afterward moving into Toronto, and re-entered the grain business. In 1917 the family moved to Huntsville, and entered the mercantile business, which they have successfully carried on as the Huntsville Trading Co. Mr. Ginsburg was a quiet unassuming man, with a keen business instinct, and always enjoyed a reputation for honesty and straightforward dealing among his patrons. He was devoted to family life and found his chief enjoyments with is wife and children about him in his home. The surviving immediate relatives besides the grief-stricken widow, are, Maurice and wife; Israel and wife; Abraham, Samuel, Miss Sarah of New York, and Miss Esther.

buried Section 102, Line 6, Plot 26, Dawes Road Cemetery / Bath Hamidrash Old McCaul Section 102, Scarborough / Canada


Questions and theories

  • relationship to Solomon Levoff (Michael Fagan to add details)
  • any relation to the Ginsburg family in Ottawa?
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Max Ginsburg's Timeline

February 25, 1861
херсон, Суворовський район, Херсонська область, Ukraine
September 27, 1887
February 20, 1923
Age 61
Huntsville, Muskoka District, Ontario, Canada
February 21, 1923
Age 61
Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada