Tuesday, December 27

Christmas and the cost of living

I found this Christmas ad in the Cupar Herald dated December 18, 1919 . 

World War I, The Great War, The War to End all Wars is over. It appears people have returned to their  concern for spending and saving money at Christmas, at least that is what retailers want to portray.

Friday, December 2

'Tis the Season

Small towns seem to have many Christmas Dinners. It is amazing how many volunteer, social and church groups exist and of course there is always an overlap to the point one can get confused as to which supper one has actually committed to. The table is well prepared but whose supper is it?
Actually it is the Cupar and District Heritage Museum's Christmas supper not the Legion's although we booked their space as we had over 40 participants. It was the same night as the Lion's ambulance Christmas Dinner. From what I have heard it is possible to have a turkey dinner every night for over a week. 

Sunday, October 30

Jewish Settlers continued

I posted in February 2015 information about Jewish settlers in Cupar. I had very little information at the time. This fall (2016) I received a comment from a G. Paulin which I am including here. I am repeating also the post not including the newspaper ads. Since then a relative of G. Paulin visited our museum in Cupar spending a couple of hours photographing maps etc. Mr. Drabinsky also visited the Jewish cemetery outside of Lipton. I contacted him and he didn't think he would be able to get back this way. Then I gave him contact numbers for the Dysart museum. Now he decided he might make another trip after all. We are all very excited that Mr. Drabinsky is researching Jewish settlers in the Cupar, Dysart and Lipton area and hope he will share what he finds with our museums. I unfortunately have only what I can find in the old Cupar Heralds, sometimes an ad or a reference to an event.

The Cupar Historical Committee made a valiant effort when accumulating information for the Cupar History book to contact Jewish settlers in the Cupar area. Unfortunately the results are minimal, but what they could find was included on page 509.
Since then the internet has come into being and there is information on Jewish settlers around Cupar, Dysart and especially Lipton, but in the future much more needs to be done. Today we are also able to access for free census records of this time.
Small town newspapers can be a wonderful resource, but too often they are overlooked. It requires time. They may contain only a kernel of information, a possible hint, that can lead to something bigger elsewhere. I was not looking for Jewish settlers in Cupar when I found some. They need to be included as part of our 110 years of history.
Sadly there is reference to a news article from 2 March 1910 which attests to the harsh conditions of an isolated farm life, especially for a woman.

I found in the 1911 and 1916 Cupar census a number of Jewish settlers in Cupar who were businessmen. I have included only 4 because I have ads or other information for their businesses. I do not know when they left. Also the census records are rather hard to read. According to the Cupar History book Mr. Nadler was a councillor 1913, and W. Pechet mayor 1921.

From the 1911 and 1916 census records I found the following:
Max Baratz: Roumanian, immigrated to Canada 1902, Hebrew, watchmaker.
William Pechet: Roumanian, immigrated to Canada 1902, Hebrew, merchant.
(for a time Max and William would be in business together)
Leon Nadler: Roumanian, immigrated to Canada 1902, Hebrew, taylor.
(I wondered did these 3 men know each other in the old country)
Samuel Freedman: Russia, immigrated to Canada 1906, Hebrew, liveryman.

Sadly the Pechet and Baratz store would succumb to fire in 1911, and Pechet's store would be destroyed by fire in 1921