Respondent
Ellovich, Philip
Interview Date
November 2, 1969
Abstract
Interviewer provides Respondent's biographical details and outlines Respondent's father's work. Respondent mentions contention for synagogue seats and illiteracy of Jewish women in Romania. Father's first wife's reaction to father's freemasonry is recounted; father's response to Jews' renunciation of citizenship is related. Respondent indicates route to, and destination in, U.S. Respondent's bypassing of Ellis Island is related. Respondent indicates unsanitary practices in Franklin School and abuse received from classmates. Accommodations and neighborhood of first residence are discussed. Location of brother's drugstore is noted; Respondent's wages, hours and work as pharmacist are discussed. Respondent reports overcrowding of Letsche School. Cultural pursuits are enumerated. Respondent recounts additional lessons from Ms. Kieler at Letsche School. Respondent's wages as newspaper boy are detailed. Respondent notes parents' synagogue affiliation. Respondent recounts fission of the Romanian Shul downtown over use of Jewish cemetery.
[T1S2] Respondent reports work on Sabbath and names doctor in family. Respondent discusses activities of clubs at Irene Kaufmann Settlement and recounts debate between Respondent and Ben Lenchner. Interfaith athletic competitions are mentioned. Origins of Workmen's Circle cemetery and financial difficulties of Romanian Shul are related. Parents' organizational affiliations are mentioned. Impetus for Baby Home's establishment and its early fundraising are recounted. Sound quality of Respondent's first talking movie is reported. Recreational activities and organizational affiliations are noted; early restaurants where people gathered are specified. Seldes' Socialism is discussed, as is soapbox for Socialist speakers outside Seldes' Pharmacy. Respondent's friends and relatives in Pittsburgh are enumerated. Citizenship and marriage information is provided. Respondent comments on daughter's intermarriage and characterizes parents' relationship. Children's secular and Jewish educations in Sharon, Pennsylvania are noted. Father's kindnesses are mentioned.
Subjects
Jewish orphanages; Jewish Home for Babies and Children (Pittsburgh, Pa.); Synagogues; Congregation Ohel Jacob (Pittsburgh, Pa.); Workmen’s Circle Cemetery (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Birth Date
1898
City
Botosani
Country
Romania
Emigration Date
1903
Profession
Pharmacist
Work
May Drug Company
Residence
Hartford, Connecticut; Hill District, Wiley Ave.
Occupation (father)
Gabbai, Funeral director (Eu)
Length (hours)
1
Interviewer1
Selavan, Ida
Indexer
Beck, Maureen A.
Collateral Materials
Box 88 FF 1
Identifier
ais196440.113
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh