Respondent
Fried, William
Interview Date
1968
Abstract
Traveling salesman (suits, real estate, patent medicine) Manufacturing Co. Provides biographical details.
[T1S1] Respondent notes yeshiva studies and indicates synagogue's size and style in Hungary. Friendly relations with gentile Hungarians are recounted. Motivation for Respondent's immigration is related; papers for Respondent's exit from Hungary are discussed. Respondent's destination in U.S. is noted. Work and wages at grocery are detailed. Offer of employment in Pittsburgh by landsman is related; Respondent's first day and residence in Pittsburgh are noted. Respondent extensively recounts first sales trip to Irwin involving landsman's brusque instructions, reacquaintance with Hungarian gentile, and dinner at a gentile boardinghouse. Commission on, training for, income from and hours of, work are detailed.
[T1S2] Respondent recounts acquiring work in real estate and having a Hungarian woman explain the word "lot" during first sales excursion. Locations for and success of Respondent's real estate sales are indicated. Respondent relates wife's resistance to emigrate and circumstances of her emigration. First residences in Pittsburgh are indicated. Respondent notes synagogue attendance and differences in observance in U.S. Cultural pursuits are enumerated; children's secular educations in Hungary are noted. Son's work at Kaufmann's and change of profession are discussed. Respondent's work and wages selling patent medicines are recounted. Respondent relates son's purchase of store and success selling patent medicine. Wife's jealousy is mentioned; Respondent's organizational affiliations, in particular the Hungarian Club, are noted.
Subjects
Clothing trade; Judaism--Relations--Europe--Christianity; Real estate agents; Real property; Religious life--United States; Synagogues--Europe
Birth Date
1882
City
Kiralyhaza
Country
Hungary
Emigration Date
1913
Profession
Storeowner (Eu); Grocery delivery man, Traveling salesman (suits, real estate, patent medicine)
Work
Detmer Woolen Co.; Royal Manufacturing Co.
Residence
Donora, PA; Pittsburgh
Length (hours)
1
Collateral Materials
Box 88 FF 8
Identifier
ais196440.145
Rights
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