Respondent
Jandorf, Robert
Interview Date
November 7, 1983
Abstract
Robert Jandorf worked at Westinghouse Electric for forty years and is a member of the Pittsburgh Philatelist Society;
[T1S1] grandmother's birth in Bavaria; mother's birth in New York; father's birth in Baltimore, MD; great-uncle's wholesale liquor business in Pittsburgh, Weiler Brothers; his birth on Lawn Street in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh; his father's death when he was three years old; father's employment with Solomon and Rubin Department Store in downtown Pittsburgh; family moves to New York after father loses his job due to illness with tuberculosis; father's death in New York; mother goes into business with a cousin; returns to Pittsburgh after a year; mother's remarriage; an act of violence against him at Fifth Ward School; dropped out of school to work for a merchant tailor; employment at Westinghouse Electric for forty years; affiliation and some early history of Rodef Shalom; recollections of Rabbi Levy; recollections of his confirmation class, confirmation day; begins working for Westinghouse at age seventeen; works in the office of Westinghouse until retirement; becomes treasurer for credit union at Westinghouse; investing in New York Stock Exchange with five other men; the beginning of Forbes Field in 1909; meeting his future wife at Westinghouse; his wife's family background; story of a relative who ran away with an orphan from Gusky Orphanage; religion in the home; marriage in Cumberland, MD, in 1922 to Sadie Stern; story of meeting relatives in Frostburg, MD; opinion of his stepfather; death of his stepfather; early married life in mother's home; other residences;
[T1S2] birth of second child, a son; his career as a symphony musician; his wife's employment at Westinghouse; the neighborhoods of Edgewood and Brushton; recollections of his youth; grandmother's pension from the Civil War; moves to McKeesport, PA to be near son-in- law's furniture business, in which he has an interest; discussion of life in McKeesport; his involvement with B'nai B'rith, the Father's Club of his daughter's sorority, Pi Sigma Sigma; his stamp and bottle collection; member, Pittsburgh Philatelist Society; story of passing by a Zionist meeting in the Westin William Penn Hotel.
Subjects
Levy, J. Leonard (Joseph Leonard), 1865-1917; Oakland (Pittsburgh, Pa.); Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; Synagogues; Rodef Shalom Congregation (Pittsburgh, Pa.); Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company
City
Oakland, PA
Profession
Department store
Work
Westinghouse Electric
Length (hours)
1
Interviewer1
Moritz
Interviewer2
Joseph, Florence
Indexer
Reynolds, Jacqueline
Collateral Materials
Box 102 FF 40
Identifier
ais196440.210
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh