Respondent
Wertheimer, Herbert G. II
Interview Date
May 9, 1997
Abstract
Respondent. businessman; born 6/17/19.
[T1S1] Respondent describes various pieces in living room; furniture and heirlooms. Gives family background, starting with great grandparents (1796-1866). Details arrival from Germany and extensive lineage of family tree. Father graduated University of Pennsylvania medical school; dermatology. Comments on mother and her family; residence in Squirrel Hill. Grandfather, building chairman for Rodef Shalom. Provides information on wife, children; their careers, grandchildren. Introduces additional family background, move to north side. Recounts many aunts and uncles, their families, burial places in West View cemetery. Attended Shadyside Academy, Taylor Allderdice, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; degree in economics. Spent 4 years in Air Force, photographic officer. Returned to Pittsburgh., worked for Singer. Dean, Scribner; 4 years. Friend, Stanley Hahn, suggested going into furniture business. Respondent worked as manufacturers representative; 1950 to present; has no desire to retire. Reflects again on various pieces of furniture and heirlooms in living room; who they belonged to.
[T1S2] Introduces Rauh family, their background; relationship to Respondent. Comments briefly on Rodef Shalom affiliation, his limited background of Jewish education. Married 5/19/49 to Sima Solomon; reminisces on courtship, wedding. Not active in civic organizations. Head of furniture division, United Jewish Federation, 2 years. After marriage, lived in Brentwood, 25 years. Repeats children's names and careers. Discusses mother's activities; involvement in industrial league.
Subjects
Business; Industries; Furniture industry and trade; Hahn, Stanley; Rauh family; Synagogues; Rodef Shalom Congregation (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Birth Date
1919
City
Pittsburgh, PA
Profession
Furnature manufacturer
Residence
Northside, Brentwood
Occupation (father)
Dermatologist
Length (hours)
1
Interviewer1
Karelitz, Bess
Interviewer2
Winer, Ruth
Indexer
Berger, Betty
Collateral Materials
Box 107 FF 22
Identifier
ais196440.496
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh