Respondent
Stollman, Anna
Interview Date
1968
Abstract
[T1S1] Describes engagement in Poland. Husband's job and wages in Poland are discussed; biographical details are provided. Respondent's wages and work as dressmaker in Poland are mentioned. Respondent extensively recounts wedding day and celebration. Rent arrangements and accommodations in Poland are indicated. Respondent enumerates gifts exchanged for wedding. Respondent explains husband's relocations to England and U.S. Husband's wages in the U.S. are mentioned, as is husband's store on Craig Street. First residence in Pittsburgh is mentioned; assistance of HIAS in New York is noted. Respondent describes food on ship to U.S. and amenities of first residence. Respondent's initial feeling of prosperity is expressed. First friends and neighborhood are described; lack of time to attend school is explained. Husband's reasons for establishing own store downtown are recounted. Respondent recounts going out with husband and entertaining at home. Children's secular education is detailed; Respondent's aversion to Irene Kaufmann Settlement is discussed.
[T1S2] Respondent recounts bringing father from Europe. Respondent notes Pittsburgh doctor consulted and midwife used for childbirth. Brother-in-law's dissolution, sister's dismal marriage and Respondent's falsified police reports are recounted. Husband's business is discussed. Respondent recounts financial support of sister and brother-in-law that maintained their marriage.
Subjects
Family Life; Clothing trade; Immigrants--Travel--Personal narratives; Manners and customs; Weddings--Europe
Birth Date
1885
City
Biala
Country
Russian Poland
Profession
Dressmaker
Residence
Hill District, Wylie Ave.
Occupation (father)
Leather store owner
Length (hours)
1.5
Collateral Materials
Box 99 FF 13
Identifier
ais196440.458
Rights
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