Accession consists of photographs and textual records related to the personal and professional life of the Wise family. The records, primarily photographs, document the early life of Rose Wise née Offstein living on Cameron Street and working in Toronto’s garment industry. The family photos from Paris, Ontario share views of Paris' main street where Harry Wise owned and operated his men's and boys wear shop. Included in this series are photographs of the interior and exterior of the shop located on Grand River Street, the family apartment located above their retail store, street scenes, school athletic teams, the local Rebekah chapter and Rose and Harry’s Brantford home. In addition, there are report cards from Paris public schools (1933-37), middle school examination results (1943-45), central school graduation certificates (1936-1940), a certificate of recognition for completion of a course in Gospel of Mark (1939), pages from a high school yearbook, a stag invite (1958) and a B'nai B'rith citation award for service (1970), all belonging or awarded to Leonard Wise, eldest son of Harry and Rose Wise.
01 Harry and Rose Wise gather with children Leonard, Melvin (front), Florence and Paul (right) in their living room parlour, 78 Grand River St. North, (Paris, ON), [1941?]. Photograph by Ernie Goose.
02 Harry and Rose Wise seated in living room parlour, 78 Grand River Street North, (Paris, ON), [1941?]. Photograph by Ernie Goose.
03 Rose Wise standing next to the Grand River, (Paris ON), ca. 1940s
04 Studio portrait of Rose Offstein, (Toronto, ON), [192-]. Photograph by L. Surdin, Photo Studio, 16 Cameron St., Toronto.
05 Rose Offstein, [32 Cameron St ], (Toronto, ON), [1918?].
06 Rose Offstein holding small dog, [32 Cameron St ], (Toronto, ON), [192-].
07 Rose Offstein (left) at work, Spadina District, (Toronto, ON), [192-].
08 Harry and Rose at the beach, [Crystal Beach, ON], [195-].
09 Harry and Rose in living room, (Brantford, ON], [196-].
10 Rose and Harry Wise visiting their grandson Stephen, Wise, (Montreal, QC), [196-].
11 Rose Wise (left) pours tea for Mrs. Mead, [Paris, ON], [196-].
12 Rose Wise stands at front door to her home, 24 Kingsway Crescent, [Brantford, ON], 1958.
13 Portrait of Rachel “Rachellie” Offstein, (Toronto, ON), [192-?]
14 Harry and Rose wise with their boys Melvin (left) and Leonard, (Paris, ON)[193-].
15 Portrait of Harry Wise, [Paris, ON], [192-].
16 Harry Wise stands with his children Melvin (left), Leonard and Florence (seated in pram) in front of his clothing shop for men and boys, 73 Grand River Street North, (Paris, ON), [193-].
17 Wise family gathering with Leonard Wise (standing), and his parents Harry (seated centre) and Rose, (Brampton, ON), Sep. 1959.
18 Melvin, Florence and Leonard Wise, (Paris, ON), [193-].
19 Melvin (left), Leonard (right) and Florence Wise, Grand River Street North, (Paris, ON), [194-].
20 Paris High School graduating class, Leonard Wise (back row, 4th right), Grand River Street North, (Paris, ON), 1945.
21 Paris High School hockey team, Leonard Wise (standing, 2nd left), (Paris, ON), [1945?]. Other identified on the reverse of photo, Arnold Palmer, “Turk” Robinson, John “Punk” Cochrane, and Solly Rutherford.
22 Grand River Street North, (Paris, ON), [193-].
23 Paris High School athletic event with Leonard Wise holding bullhorn, (Paris, ON), [1945?].
24 Leonard Wise baby portrait, (Paris, ON), 1926. Inscription on the reverse “To Aunt and Uncle Yager & family. From Leonard Wise. “
25 Wise baby in wicker pram, (Paris, ON), [192-].
26 Portrait of Leonard Wise, (Paris, ON), .
27 Daughters of Rebekah, a.k.a. Rebekahs, [Brampton, ON], [195-?]. Photograph by Bob. Brown studios.
28 Leonard Wise stands on the running board of his local gas station’s sweepstake prize, (Paris, ON), [193-].
29 Interior view of Harry Wise’s newly established men’s and boy’s clothing store, (Paris, ON), [192-].
Born in Pietrow Poland, Harry Wise (1896?-1977) immigrated to Toronto with his parents Leon Wise and Rebecca Wise (née Greenstone) in 1911. Although apprenticed as a tailor, Harry attempted farming and then peddling to locations as far north as Madawaska, Ontario. He eventually settled in Paris, Ontario and opened a retail clothing store for men and boys. In 1925, Harry met and married Rose Offstein (1903?-1970). Rose, the daughter of Phillip Offstein (1858-1937) and Rachel Rachellie Offstein (née Cavalerchion), immigrated to Toronto with her mother and siblings in 1912 from Russia. The family resided at 32 Cameron Street and Rose worked as a seamstress and finisher in Toronto’s garment district prior to marrying Harry Wise. She raised her four children Leonard (1926-1994), Melvin, Florence and Paul, in an apartment above the family business at 73 Grand River Street. In the 1950s, Harry and Rose Wise moved to 24 Kingsway, Brantford, Ontario.
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.