Accession consists of nine scanned copy photographs of the donor's parents, relatives, and community events in Kitchener, Ontario.
Photographs are the following:
01. Bessie and David Roseman.
02. Bessie and David Roseman.
03. Beth Jacob Centre ribbon-cutting ceremony, Feb. 18, 1961. Left to right: Alex Orzy, Jack Rosen, and Rabbi Rosensweig.
04. Kitchener gang at Joe Roseman’s daughter, Helene’s wedding, 1978. Bottom row, left to right: Burk and Rennie Brown, Fred and Nettie Steinhouse, Jules and Beatrice Speigel, Alex and Alice Orzy, Raymond and Shirley Cohen. Top row, left to right: Roy and Rose Klein, Jack and Eve Gordon, Morris and Freda Gartenberg, Murray and Mrs. Walman.
05. Kitchener Jewish community picnic near Petersberg, ca. 1920s.
06. Left to right: Sholom Brown (no relation), Al Brown (cousin) and Sam Moldaver (brother-in-law), Trafalgar Square, 1940s.
07. Port Carling, 1950s. Left to right seated: Norman Orzy and wife,Alice Orzy, Bill Kosky with daughter on lap and Dora Kosky, Bessie Roseman and Sheldon Kosky. Left to right standing: Alex Orzy, Jean Roseman and Joe Roseman.
08. Ruth Roseman Katz and Joe Roseman, 1940s.
09. Sam Roseman, Sam Moldaver (brothers-in-law), 1940s.
Joe Roseman's parents, Bessie Baranski and David Roseman, came to Canada separately from Poland in 1918. Bessie had siblings already in Ontario: her sister Channah and brother-in-law Charles Glass, living in Kitchener at the time; brother Gordon; and brother Joe. All three brothers worked in second hand furniture and eventually switched to new furniture. They Anglicized the family name from Baranski to Brown.
Settling in Kitchener by 1920, David Roseman had a job running the tuck shop at McBrine Baggage. By 1922 he had joined his brother-in-law Charles Glass in his store, Central Furniture on King Street East. David's wife Bessie helped deliver furniture until her brother Joe came on. Joe died in 1945 after being hit by a car in front of the store.
David and Bessie had five children: Samuel, Esther (who married Sam Moldaver), Max, Ruth (married Henry Katz of Hamilton), and Joe. Samuel served and was killed in action in the Second World War. Joe began working at the furniture business in his second year of high school (1938) and stayed there until 1962 with his father retired and the business was sold. After this, Joe's brother Max opened his own store in Brantford; Joe opened one in Stratford; and Sam remained in Kitchener, opening his own small furniture store next to the original Central Furniture.
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