As I was posting some of the 6,000 photos I came across one that caught my eye. It is the tombstone for Leo Yarmulnick:
|3237 W. Hirsch Street, Chicago|
Sarah was a widow and not employed, Morris worked as a salesman for a fruit store and Leo as a salesman for a dry goods store. They paid $65 per month rent for their apartment and said that they had immigrated to the U.S. in 1928.
According to the death certificate, Leo "Yarrow" died on July 11, 1934 at Michael Reese hospital of injuries he sustained when he was "struck by auto while driving his automobile." The cause of death was "traumatic laceration of the stomach and bowel, local peritonitis, complications of May accident." His accident had taken place May 23, 1934, but he did not die until July 11, 1934.
I checked the Chicago Tribune archives for information about the accident that ultimately killed Leo Yarmulnik, but could not find anything. The same day as Leo's accident, May 23, 1934, a water tower collapsed in Chicago, killing six people, so most of the local news reporting was given over to that tragedy as opposed to reporting on Leo's car accident that caused no immediate deaths.
Leo was buried at Jewish Waldheim Cemetery in Forest Park on July 13, 1934. He was buried at Gate #265 - Ziditshover:
And what or the rest of Leo's family? Big brother Morris died in Chicago on April 23, 1942.
Leo's little sister Dina started calling herself Vanya, and she married Alex Straus (1892-1974) from Chicago on November 4, 1936. By the 1940 Census, Alex, Vanya (now calling herself "Tanya"), and Tanya's mother Sarah, had all relocated to Los Angeles. They rented a house at 363 N. Stanley Avenue - near the intersection of Crescent Heights and Beverly Boulevards. Alex opened a store in Glendale called "Al's Swap Shop."
Sarah Kirsch Yarmulnick died in Los Angeles on July 18, 1952. She was 75 years old. Dina/Vanya/Tanya Yarmulnick Straus died in Los Angeles on January 20, 1962. She was 55 years old. There is no record of Tanya and Alex having any children.
So, that's the story of Leo Yarmulnick and his family. From Russia through Chicago to Los Angeles. A lifetime of adventures that took them more than half-way around the world.
May Leo Yarmulnick (God's Greatest Gift Taken) rest in peace.