This accession consists of textual and graphic records relating to the personal and professional lives of Samuel and Gertrude Kronick. The records include correspondence, congratualtory cards and letters, family photographs, naturalizaton, birth and marriage records, plaques and a Soboloff oil painting, commissioned by the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies, the Toronto Hebrew Free Loan and possibly the Canadian Jewish Congress. Of note, is a photograph of Sam Kronick which was taken for the UJA campaign in 1944 as well as the accompanying flyer in which his photograph appeared.
Samuel Kronick was born near Kovno, Lithuania in 1880. In 1900 he moved to London, England for nine monthes before immigrating to the United States in 1901. He lived in Chicago and Minneapolis for a short time, working as a Singer sewing machine salesman. The following year he moved to Toronto and started the American Hat Company with his brother-in-law Max Manson.
In 1912, he married Gertrude Willinsky, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Willinsky. They had four children together: Miriam, Moses, Leah and Joseph.
Samuel was one of the founding members of the Federation of Jewish Philanthroipies. He founded the Hebrew Free Loan Association and was involved with the Brunswick Avenue Talmud Torah, the Zionist Organization, the Jewish Old Folks' Home, Mount Sinai Hospital, Folks Farein and the United Jewish Welfare Fund. Gertrude was involved with the Rose chapter of Hadassah-WIZO.
In 1933, the Kronicks made aliyah to Israel, and Samuel retired from the millinary business upon his return in 1934. He passed away in 1962 and Gertrude passed away in the mid-1980s.
Joe Kronick is the son of Samuel and Gertrude.
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