Accession consists of records documenting the Hazza family and their connected branches, the Cohen and Cainer families. Included are photographs of Marshall Cainer and Ruth Cohen, and certificates for donations made in the memory of David Israel Cainer. Also included is material documenting the Flea-Free Pet Comb, which was patented by John Hazza and Sidney Marcus. Family lore maintains that Reuben Hazza is the comb's actual inventor. This material includes British and American patent applications, correspondence, two combs with one of the boxes in which they were packaged, advertisements, newspaperclippings relating to the comb's promotion at the CNE, use instructions, and printing plates (one metal and one paper) for an advertisement. Also included is one photograph of the comb being demonstrated at the CNE. This photograph appeared in the Globe and Mail newspaper.
Mark Hazza was one of the earliest Jewish immigrants to settle in Toronto. He was born in Russian Poland in 1845. To escape the draft he was smuggled into Holland and later went to England in 1866. He finally settled in Toronto around 1871. Soon after arriving in Toronto, Miriam (Marion or Mary) Barnett from Bristol, England joined him here and they were married in the small hall where Holy Blossom Synagogue's services were being conducted at the time. They settled in Yorkville and Mark ran a tailoring business in what was the north end of the city.
Mark and Miriam had six children together: Racheal (Rae), Annie, Phillip, John (Hyman or Imy), Reuben (Rubin or Bun), and Sadie. Reuben went to to become a sports trainer, Phillip worked in the film business as a general manager for Famous Players, and John opened the Rocky Mountain Polo Pony Ranch in Alberta and was the first manager of Capitol Theatre in Calgary.
Mark passed away in 1918.
Annie married Sam Cohen and they had a daughter named Ruth. Ruth worked in the Toronto office for Famous Players and won the Irish Sweepstakes with 12 of her colleagues. She suffered from Multiple Sclerosis and ran a nursing agency from her home.
Sadie married David Cainer. David worked for the Gelber Brothers. Their son, Marshall Cainer, was a salesman for a variety of companies, predominantly in the furniture business, and also worked as an accountant. He was a member of the Toronto Humber Yacht Club Limited.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION NOTE: Includes 5 photographs, 2 combs, and 2 printing plates
ASSOCIATED MATERIAL: Accession 2012-11/5
RELATED MATERIAL: John Hazza fonds at the Glenbow Archives in Calgary