David arrived in the U.S. in 1900. He was the only of his siblings to leave Albany. He moved to Kansas City where he had a grocery store. When he was older he lived with his daughter Ethyl and her husband.
Spouse: Anna Brady447,448
Occupation: Undersheriff of Cook County IL 1960s-1970s; alderman
Marriage: 14 Oct 1939, Jackson MO
At one point Ethyl Axelrod and Bill Adelstein/Ardell offered Ralph a job/partnership in a bar/liquor store in Chicago, so the family moved from Kansas City to Chicago.
On 29 Jun 1989 the Chicago Tribune reported, “ Chicago police were investigating the arsenic poisoning of Ralph Axelrod, formerly the No. 2 official of the Cook County sheriff’s department and a former North Side alderman. Axelrod, 71, has been unable to walk for a week and was brought into Louis A. Weiss Memorial Hospital in a wheelchair to be treated for severe dehydration. ‘It’s a completely bizarre incident’ Axelrod said from his hospital bed Wednesday. ‘I find it difficult to believe this is happening.’ We’re trying to figure out where it came from. It’s a complete mystery. Axelrod said he has no idea who might have given him arsenic. Police investigators stressed the poisoning could be an accidental one. Detectives have shipped samples of hair follicles to a California laboratory to determine when Axelrod was exposed to arsenic, and how often.”
Spouse: Anna Rose Horowitz181,463,34,404,81
Birth: 5 Aug 1919
1.2.2b.4.2.3a.1 Barry Alan Axelrod181,458,463,465,469,32
Bertha arrived in the U.S. in 1902. After Ike died she went to live with daughter Becky in Arlington VA.
Spouse: Isaac “Ike” Brody181,477,421,106,109,173
Birth: 1881, Russia
Death: 1930, Albany NY
Ike’s dairy is described by his niece, Ruth, as “more like a bottling plant,” on Ferry Street in Albany. Milk was pasteurized and bottled, and they made cottage cheese and sour cream, which sustained them during the depression. Ruth has collected some of the old dairy bottles. The building in which the Brodys lived still exists on the site.
1.2.2b.4.3.1 William “Willie” Brody181,166,477,421,176,106,173
Spouse: Rose Neifield181,478,29,173
Birth: 8 Dec 1908, Toledo OH
Death: 9 Feb 1991, Albany NY
Willie’s sisters were estranged from him after he inherited his father’s dairy and apparently shut them out. According to Fran Axelrod, Harry Sutin and Willie took over the dairy and excluded Bertha, who had worked in the dairy. Fran added that the family reconciled after Willie became ill.
1.2.2b.4.3.2 Rebecca “Becky” Brody5,181,166,477,421,479,109,429,49
Occupation: Administrator in the Office of the Surgeon General of the Navy
Becky moved to be near her sister, Dutsy, when Dutsy went into a coma after a botched hysterectomy. Becky later moved to Saratoga and took care of Henny until just before Henny died, and eventually went to live near her niece, Ruth, toward the end of her life.
1.2.2b.4.3.3 Henrietta “Henny” Hannah Brody181,5,166,429,29,109,106
Occupation: Artistic director, the Exchange (theatre company in Manhattan); with Julia operates an Internet site, Culture Craver, a way to select theatre, movie, and art venues
Education: BA Yale, Master’s in dramatic arts; Royal Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow Scotland
Marriage: 24 Jul 2011
Spouse: Julia Claire Levy482,477
Birth: 26 Apr 1980
To propose, Ari took Julia to their favorite bakery where she found more cookies than usual in the display case. She noticed cards atop the cookies, which together read, “Julia, will you please marry me?” Her favorite, chocolate-chip walnut, had a “yes” sign in all capital letters, her least favorite, oatmeal raisin, smaller and overdone, read “no.”
1.2.2b.4.3.4 Dorothy “Dutsy” Brody5,181,166,477,421,245,109,29,49
Occupation: With Morris owned and operated a jewelry store, Gordon’s Jewelers, in Schenectady NY for 46 years, 1951-1997.
Spouse: Morris Gordon181,106,166,477,421,483,29
Birth: 3 Nov 1919, Duchess County NY
Death: 10 Jun 2001, Savannah GA
Morris is buried next to Dorothy in Schenectady NY. His father, Jacob Gordon, came to the U.S. from Russia through Scotland around turn of century. His mother, Jennie Weinstein, came from Kiev, Russia. They met and married in the U.S.
1.2.2b.126.96.36.199 Jess A. Gordon181,166,477,421,32
Spouse: Sadie Brown Bogan181,422,108,388,173
Birth: 17 May 1900, Bialystok, Poland
Death: Nov 1974, Albany NY
Sadie’s naturalization certificate was issued 11 Feb 1943, Brooklyn NY.
Gedalia and his sister Sadie were either twins or triplets, depending on accuracy of information about Unknown Axelrod below.
1.2.2b.4.4.1 Esther Axelrod181,108,32
Birth: 7 Jul 1925, Albany NY
The 1930 Federal Census lists Joe and Sadie’s daughter as Jane E, age 4 9/12, which would have been correct for Esther. All information for her parents matches other data. Thus it is possible that her name was Jane Esther, and she used her middle name, or that the census name was in error.
Spouse: Arthur Goldband181 1.2.2b.188.8.131.52 Elaine M. Goldband181,32,34
Marriage: 1910, Manhattan NY
Sadie arrived in the U.S. in 1895.
Sadie and her brother Gedalia were either twins or triplets, depending on accuracy of information about Unknown Axelrod below.
1.2.2b.4.6 Unknown Axelrod487
An Axelrod Gedcom file indicates that Unknown Axelrod child of unknown gender was born in 1894, died in 1906. If date of birth is correct, this child, Gedalia (Joseph) Axelrod, and Sadie were triplets.
1.2.2b.4.7 Matilda “Tillie” Axelrod5,181,29
Moishe, the youngest of Nachum’s children, was raised by a Chasidic rabbi and became a Hebrew teacher. After marrying Esther, he remained in Lapitz for the rest of his life.
Spouse: Esther Phagie Dubov5
Education: Graduated from high school
Rose reportedly came to the U.S. from Minsk in 1905 (although her naturalization record says 24 Mar 1906) as a very young girl, with her family of six. She was naturalized 8 Mar 1932
Spouse: Moische (Morris) Mardiks5,194,196,29,154,151,491,108,492
Birth: 25 Apr 1895, Poland
Death: 13 Sep 1978, Kansas City MO
Ellis Island records indicate that Morris was from Goruski, Russia; he told his grandchildren he was from Poland, which probably reflects political/border changes. He was one of 12 children in a poor family, living in a single room house with a dirt floor. As a teenager, finding his family’s poverty unbearable, he set out by himself for America, where he became a tailor and owner of two Kansas City department stores. When Kansas City was flooded in 1951, one of the stores was lost and Rose and Morris sold the other. Having enough savings, they retired young, but soon Morris began making custom men’s suits and altering clothes from a spare room in their house. Rose and Morris moved to Roeland Park/Shawnee Mission KS in 1939 after daughter Helen left for college.
Morris immigrated to the U.S., leaving Hamburg 22 Nov 1913, arriving in New York 2 Dec 1913. For reasons that have not be found, his application for naturalization was denied 6 Jun 1924.
1.2.2b.184.108.40.206 Helen Mardiks5,489,493,494,495,491,108,29,81
Occupation: Social worker, probably left the work force when she married
Education: Attended University of Kansas for one year, graduated from University of Wisconsin in social work.
Marriage: 22 Aug 1943.
Spouse: Morris Kanter5,489,495,29,81
Birth: 3 Nov 1913, Brooklyn NY
Death: 26 Jul 1984, Kansas City MO
Morris owned an upholstered furniture and mattress factory, Empire Furniture & Bedding, 809 E. 23rd Street, Kansas City MO. In 2011 it was the site of a parking garage, part of the Truman Medical Center.
1.2.2b.220.127.116.11.1 William Stephen Kanter5,200,496,497,493,32,34