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The Green (Yigler) and Gradowitz Families

by Gloria Burney

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1334 E. 22nd Street  -  about 1912 - 1915

The Green family , according to my fatherís naturalization papers, originated from Branszczyk, Poland which was 36.6 miles NE of Warsaw (according to the ShtetlSeeker).

My father, Arthur Green, along with his parents, Hyman and Sarah Green, and his sister, Rebecca, arrived in the port of New York about November 1, 1899. They then lived in New York City. My grandfather was a tailor. Two sons were born in the family while they resided in New York City. About December 10,1908 the whole family arrived in Los Angeles. I know these dates from my father's Naturalization papers. It is my theory that the Industrial Removal Organization helped them in moving and settling in Los Angeles. They had no relatives out here. As far as I know, they had no other relatives in New York City.

By 1912,  my grandfather and his family had moved into this house (pictured above), which they purchased . My grandfather worked as a tailor at 203 Temple Street.  My father started working in 1912 as a bookkeeper for Leo Green (no relation) who had an art store according to information in the Los Angeles City Directory.

My grandfather died in 1918 or 1919. The family lived in the house until sometime in 1921. My cousin remembers the cow. She said they also raised chickens. The cow was called "The Kosher Cow." My grandparents kept a very strictly kosher house and what milk they did not use, they would sell to their Jewish neighbors.

Rebecca, the oldest in the Yigler-Green family was born about 1886 in Russia (Poland ). She married Benjamin Gradowitz in New York City probably around 1905. This family remained in New York when my grandparents and their three younger children moved to Los Angeles However, Rebecca and her husband later moved to Los Angeles around 1918 or 1919. Perhaps the Industrial Removal Organization helped them, too. Benjamin had a brother Max who preceded him to Los Angeles around 1915 or 1916.

According to the Los Angeles City Directory, all three families lived within a couple blocks of each other on East 22nd Street They started out as peddlers, and later had a wholesale produce business.

My father was the second sibling, born in 1892 in Russia (Poland). According to the Los Angeles City Directory he started working as a bookkeeper in 1912. He later became a salesman and sold furs and women's clothing. He was married to Helen Horwitz (who was born in Vilna, Russia) on June 25, 1918 according to their marriage license. They were married by Rabbi Louis Davidson of Congregation Teferas Israel, 488 Custer Avenue. The marriage did not last very long as my father is listed as living with his brother-in-law, Benjamin Gradowitz in the 1920 census. However, the marriage produced two children - Elliot and Pearl.

Helen Horwitz Green is listed as living with her brother, Herbert Harvey, along with her son, Elliot, in the 1920 census. I have been trying to trace Elliot and Pearl to see if they are still alive, but so far, I can find no trace of them. My father married my mother in January 1924 in Chicago. They then went on to New York City and lived there until 1931 when they moved to Washington D.C. That is where I grew up.

I found out from my father's naturalization papers that he was born Alter Yigler. He put in for a legal name change when he applied for citizenship on May 3, 1917. He took his Oath of Allegiance on June 6, 1921 and was granted the legal name change. I figured that the whole family must have changed their name shortly after arriving in this country. However, the two boys born in New York City also petitioned for legal name changes to Green. I do not think my grandfather ever bothered changing his name legally.

The third sibling was William, born around 1903. He grew up in Los Angeles and married Lena Schwimer. He graduated from Jefferson High School and then worked at the Norton Bros. & Morris clothing factory. He later became a salesman. Bill and Lee were very religious. Wherever they moved in Los Angeles, he became a pillar of the congregation to which they belonged to. First, it was the Beth Jacob Congregation in West Adams and then it was the Agudath Achim Congregation also in West Adams. Then they moved to the Beverlywood area and became affiliated with Judea Congregation. This congregation merged with B'nai David.

The last sibling, David, was born in New York City about 1906. He may have been a traveling salesman and nothing more is known about him.

Gloria and Stan Burney live in West Hills in the San Fernando Valley. Stan is a retired Civil Engineer from Bechtel Corp.  Gloria, also retired, was a Speech and Language Therapist in a Public School System.  We are both now involved in Archery as well as Genealogical research.




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