Respondent
Half, Ivan
Interview Date
1990
Abstract
Ivan Half, a local businessman who was vice president of the National Bridge Association and Pittsburgh's first Life Master in Bridge; birth year, 1903;
[T1S1] family history; parents, immigrants to U.S.; mother's family in sales; father's partnership in business with brothers; manager of family business; expansion of business to warehouse in Greentree area of Pittsburgh; beginnings of family business in wholesale floor covering called Felix Half and Brothers, Inc; early family life on Pittsburgh's North Side;
[T1S2] great grandparents and grandparents, grandfather original member of Concordia Club established in 1874; interest in bridge;
[T2S3] life on Euclid Avenue, 1908; graduate, Brown University; confirmation at Rodef Shalom; 65th Brown Reunion; Percy Marks, instructor at Brown University and writer; marriage in 1930 and divorce five years later; grandfather present at Lincoln's assassination; Civil war veteran's pension; father's furniture business in Ohio; maternal grandfather's immigration to Philadelphia and German newspaper, Der Sontag's Blatt; early floor covering business; construction of warehouse in Greentree; absentee member of Concordia;
[T2S4] valedictorian of senior class at Schenley; business connections with Israel; bridge and bridge tournaments; observations on German families.
Subjects
Bridge (Game); Business; Industries; Felix Half and Brothers, Inc.; North Side (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Length (hours)
3
Interviewer1
Balter, James
Interviewer2
Simon, Jean
Indexer
Balter and Simon
Collateral Materials
Box 102 FF 17
Identifier
ais196440.183
Rights
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