Accession consists of two scanned photographs. The first image is an early photograph of the Tomarin family. Identified from left to right: Geraldine Woolfson, Rhona Tomarin, Rachael Shube, Millie Tomarin (née Rudolph), Harry Tomarin, Tillie Revzen, and Benjamin Newman. The second photograph is of Samuel and Millie Tomarin.
The individuals in the photograph were all members of the St. Catharines’ Jewish community.
The Tomarin, Revzen, and Newman families were junk dealers whose plants flourished during the war, and the three families, who were related by marriage, became leading Canadian steel manufacturers.
Abraham Newman emigrated to St. Catharines from Russia in 1909, living with his aunt and uncle and helping them with their junk business. His wife, Mary, arrived in 1914, and later their two children, Rhoda and Harry, arrived in 1919. They had four children in Canada: Norman, Benjamin, Rebecca, and Gordon. Benjamin took over the company after Abe’s retirement and turned it into one of the largest steel manufacturers in Canada.
Abraham was also responsible for bringing many of his family members to Canada from Russia, including Morton Revzen in 1914; his orphaned niece, Geraldine Woolfson, in 1926; his mother, Rachael Shube; and his in-laws, the Tomarin family.
Aided by Abe Newman, Samuel and Millie Tomarin, their children Harry and Rhona, and Geraldine Woolfson, all moved to St. Catharines in 1926. Harry later married Adele Slepkov, and Rhona married Max Alexandroff. Rhona and Max’s son, Alan Alexandroff, donated the photographs.
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.