Occupation: Volunteer worker for several Brooklyn hospitals
The Eltons and the Revzins were a bit better off than the rest of the family. They had cars while others did not, and they had the largest apartments.
Spouse: Barney Elton103
A grandson describes Sarah and Robert as “living simple lives… in a very small three room apartment in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn. The furniture was very old, and the coffee table, I was told, was something my father had constructed in a high school wood shop class. They had an old black and white TV in the kitchen that they turned on when my brother and I would visit. While I remember thinking they were very poor, I also recall some very fond memories there. For some reason, they had saved many of my dad’s old toys, including a metal Dick Tracy cap gun…. They were very different than the toys my brother and I played with, and I knew instinctively that they were special.
“Two of my grandmother’s sisters, Frieda and Lilly, would stop in on my grandmother’s apartment when my brother and I visited. I liked Frieda quite a bit; she was very warm and friendly, and always happy. Lilly was very beautiful when she was young, but she suffered from throat cancer and, by the time I entered the world, she had had a tracheotomy. As a child, I did not understand her mechanical voice and confess I was a bit frightened by it.”
Spouse: Robert Pincus103,108,106,29,49
Birth: 5 Dec 1905, Brooklyn NY
Death: Jun 1982, Brooklyn NY
184.108.40.206b.8.3.1 Theodore “Ted” Pincus103,32
Spouse: Max Mansfield103 Ida’s nephew Ted’s son, Andrew recalls, “In my last year of college, my father made arrangements for me and a close friend to stay with them [Ida and Max] during Spring Break. By that time, they were easily in their 70s – imagine that, two seniors hosting two college kids in LA for Spring Break! They were very gracious hosts – they let us sleep late and took us to a different buffet brunch every day. Even though I knew they both came from Brooklyn, they seemed born to California. They were laid back and stress free.”
220.127.116.11b.8.6 Lillian Sutin103,49,108,29,109
Joseph came to New York with his family in 1904 and to Cleveland at age 19, where he liked it and stayed. Their daughter Elaine notes that both Joseph and Henrietta spoke “perfect midwestern English,” with the result that Elaine didn’t realize she was a first generation American until she was about 40 years old.
In the mid-1980s Joseph wrote a letter to his great grandson, Ricky, in which he described his native Belarus and immigration to the U.S.: “Some day I will tell you about our big farm house. We had a cow, chickens and geese, horse, and covered wagon just like the ones we used to see in our own West… lots of woodland and a lake for fishing and swimming, and bird nests in the hayloft, an orchard and garden…. I always wanted to go back there, but it was a long, long journey and I just grew up dreaming about it. My mother and six of the younger children left there in 1906. We traveled across Poland, Germany and Belgium and left for America from Antwerp for 16 days across the ocean to Ellis Island.”
Spouse: Henrietta Tishkoff5,108,49
Birth: 1898, Russia
Death: Jun 1981, near Kharkov
Henrietta (whose birth name, Slava, was changed by her older sister) left Kharkov at age 16 for a six-month visit to her older brother in the Cleveland area. However, Henrietta’s was the last German ship allowed to dock in New York before the war, so she could not return home. She finished high school in Ohio where she and Joseph met and married.
18.104.22.168.5.1 Lawrence Sutin5,115,116,116,124,108,34,49,32
Lawrence joined the army and served during World War II in Australia, New Guinea, the Philippines, and Japan. He then joined the foreign service and worked in West Africa, Haiti, and Brazil where he met and married Barbara Ford. They moved to Great Falls MT in 1954 and lived there until he joined the U.S. Customs Service in 1960. They moved to Rouses Point NY in 1965, where he continued to work for Customs until retiring in 1985 after several years as supervisor of the Port of Champlain. In retirement at Saranac Lake he continued to enjoy the latest technology and play the piano for sing-alongs at his apartment complex.
Spouse: Barbara “Butch” May Ford125,116,124,126,29
Birth: 28 Sep 1928, Boston MA
Death: 17 Nov 1994, Las Vegas NV
22.214.171.124.5.1.1 Deborah Jean Sutin124,127
Occupation: Violinist, founder and director of The Sutton Ensemble
Education: Case Western Reserve, Juilliard School of Music
Elaine is a violinist who says she “…can’t seem to stop working, at least in the New York Pops which has had a regular series of eight or so concerts at Carnegie Hall since 1983….” She played for many summers at the Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center; for the summer international Dance Festival; and in orchestras for the New York Choral Society, Martha Graham annual Dance Festival, the Caramoour Arts Center, and other groups. Elaine is founder and director of The Sutton Ensemble, notes, “it keeps me practicing way past the time when most of my contemporaries have stopped playing altogether.” In 2015 she left the New York area to live near her daughter.
Spouse: Louis Teicher5,8,115 Elaine and Louis divorced. Louis, a New Yorker, was a professional piano player and harmony-theory teacher when they met, and had just started playing two-piano repertoire with Arthur Ferrante. They had been Juilliard students from elementary school age and became a successful piano duo, retiring some years before their 50th anniversary and dying about a year apart.
126.96.36.199.5.2.1 Richard Teicher115,116,29