1 photograph : b&w., mounted on backing board ; 16 x 21 cm on backing board 25 x 30 cm
11 Apr. 1919
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a photograph of the senior fourth class of King Edward Public School taken on April 11, 1919 and mounted on a backing board. Written on the back of the backing board is the following:
April 11th 1919
Senior Fourth Class
King Edward School
Boys of 1918-1919
Jolly Good Fellows
Left to Right.
(1) Alex Mosoff (Mozes)
(2) Sam Rosenbloom ([Liprosy?])
(3) Harry Isaacson (Eggs)
(4) Morris Heller (Heller ["Moishe" in Yiddish])
(5) John Burton (Farmer)
(6) Max Goldberg (Truck-Horse [illegible])
(7) Murray Cooper (Tony)
(8) Leo Friedman (Longzy)
(9) Sol Luxenberg ([Chalk?])
(10) Max Lexchin (Lexshit)
(11) Jacob Kaplan
(12) [Morris?] Stulberg (Koony)
(13) Coo-Coo Jessel
(14) Izzie Shapiro (Knowledge)
(15) Abie Soltz (Epson Saltz)
(16) Harry Bied[illegible]vitz (Bugsy)
(17) Alex Mosoff (Mozas)
(18) Leonard Stein (Shtinker)
(19) Max Mandel
Photo caption (001): Senior fourth class, manual training, King Edward [Public] School, boys of 1918-19, 11 Apr. 1919. Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre, accession 2017-10-6.
Gloria Roden (née Mosoff), the daughter of Alex Mosoff (pictured in photograph), donated the photograph.
Alexander Elliott "Alex" Mosoff (1904-1998) was born in Szydlowiec, Poland on 12 April 1904. Mosoff came to Toronto in 1906. It was there that he married his wife, Fay Layefsky, on 23 March 1924; the two would stay married for 74 years, during which time they had two children: a son, Harold, and a daughter, Gloria.
Mosoff worked for a wholesale groceteria for a time before joining Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in 1924, eventually becoming a manager at a time when it was unusual for a Jewish person to go beyond the position of salesperson. In all, Mosoff spent 44 years at MetLife, retiring in 1968.
Mosoff passed away on 27 April 1998. He was 94 years old.
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.