Accession consists of one photograph of the Latchman family at the Richmond Hill Country Club, ca. 2004. Identified in the photograph are from left: Donald Latchman, Robyn Latchman, Dante Latchman, Lori Latchman (back row), Annette Latchman (front row), Billi Latchman, Leonard Latchman (back row), Daniel Latchman (back row), Rosalie Latchman, Victor Latchman, Howard Latchman, Russell Sherman (child in front), Mitchell Sherman (back row), Matthew Sherman (middle row), Jennifer Sherman (child), Faith Sherman, Linda Stein, Aaron Stein, Shirley Latchman (front), Eric ? (back row), Michael Stein, Marvin Latchman, Jeffrey Stein (back row), Shael Kalef, Carly Teperman, Stuart Teperman, Phillip Teperman, Wendy Teperman, Zachary Teperman, Laura Kalef, Jarred Kalef (back row), Karyn Kalef, Jennifer Kalef, Ryan Kalef, Randy Kalef.
Philip and Sally (Sugarman) Latchman were married in 1932. In November 1933, Sally gave birth to identical triplets Donald, Marvin and Victor. In celebration, they were sent the King's Bounty of 3 British pounds. The boys were interviewed every year on their birthday by Toronto newspapers until they decided to stop the publicity. The family lived in the Bloor-Markham St. area until the boys were 11. The family then moved to Montclair Avenue where the boys attended Forest Hill Public School. They had their bar-mitzvahs at the Hebrew Men of England Synagogue. The triplets' father, Philip Latchman, was a founding member of Beth Sholom Synagogue. Donald Latchman was on the board and Rosalie Latchman was active in the congregation.
Philip and his younger brother Morris Latchman started Federal Farms Limited in 1948 on 150 acres of Holland Marsh in Brantford, Ontario. They grew vegetables: potatoes, carrots, celery and rutabegas. They also had a potato chip company called Mad Hatter Snack Foods, which was Kosher for Passover. Federal Farms Ltd. went public in 1961 and Loblaws bought 51% of the shares.
Donald attended Ryerson business school and founded Latchman Insurance Brokers. He married Annette Bachst, a holocaust survivor who grew up in New York.
Marvin attended Ryerson business school then worked for Federal Farms at the Ontario Food Terminal. Later he became a real estate broker. He married Shirley Wolkofsky.
Victor worked on the family farm and at Federal Fruit Company at the Ontario Food Terminal. Victor took a business course at Shaw's Business School. In 1966 he bought Taylors shoes, a business at 2934 Dundas St. West in the Junction that was founded in 1920 by Sid Taylor. Victor helped start the Junction Business Improvement Area and was twice President of Junction Gardens BIA. He retired in 2009. Victor and Rosalie (née Greenspan) (d. 2014) were married at Beth Sholom in 1958 by Rabbi David Monson. Their children are Howard, and Faith and Mitchell Sherman. Their grand-children are Matthew, Jennifer and Russell Sherman. Victor and Rosalie were honoured at Beth Sholom Synagogue on 26 October 2013 for their 55th wedding anniversary.
In 2012 at age 78, the triplets believed themselves to be the oldest male identical triplets alive in Canada.
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RELATED MATERIALS NOTE: See the Federal Farms Limited fonds at the Simoce Country Archives.
ASSOCIATED MATERIALS NOTE: See accession 2016-12-45 (Victor Latchman), 2016-7-5 (Victor Latchman) and 2002-10-66 (Morris Latchman).