First, thank you very much for posting Sam Daniel z"l headstone at Waldheim. You even had his picture - how in the world did you obtain that? I found his tombstone last year, but it did not have the picture.
I do have an interesting question, but allow me to give you some background first: My maternal grandfather, Haskell Daniels z"l, is also buried at Waldheim. He was shot and murdered by burglars at the Liggett Drug Store at the Northwestern Train Depot in Chicago on July 28, 1935.
We don't know too much about the parentage of Haskell or Sam. In one death record, Sam's father is listed as "Ezuler" Daniel, and in another it is listed as "Ez?l?" Daniel. Nothing is known of their mother.
On a happier note, Haskell Daniel married Sophie, nee Glick (1900-1988) on August 22, 1920 in Chicago. Sophie Glick was born Bathshewa Shtiglick in Ruzin, in the Zhytomyr region of Ukraine. In 1891 the population of Zhytomyr province was 69,785 of which 24,062 were Jews. In later years Sophie related that her family left Ukraine to escape the constant pogroms like the one that occurred May 7-8, 1905 in which 10 Jewish children were murdered.
Haskell Daniels is not listed in the 1920 US Census, but the family has a business card that says:
A new apartment building stands at 1403 W. Roosevelt Road today. 1039 W. Roosevelt Road is now a park.
Haskell and Sophie were blessed with three children: Daniel (1921-2003), Reva (b. 1923), and Sybil (b. 1928).
Haskell Daniels and his family did participate in the 1930 US Census. It showed them living in an apartment at 3123 W. 15th Street in Chicago:
|3123 W. 15th Street, Chicago|
They paid $43.00 per month rent for their apartment. 35-year-old Haskell reported his occupation as "Elevator (Operator) in a Depot." There was also 27-year-old Sophie, 9-year-old Daniel, 7- year-old Riva, and 2-year-old Ceba. Haskell reported his mother-tongue as "Hebrew," Sophie said hers was "Jewish." Also living with them was a "Lodger" - 45-year-old Mike Jacob who was from Persia and was a porter at the depot. Mike Jacob's mother-tongue was also "Hebrew." They were not naturalized citizens yet, but had filed papers to start the process.
Police squads combed the west side yesterday and last night for three of a band of four gunmen who late Sunday night killed one man and seriously wounded a policeman in a robbery raid on the Liggett drug store in the Chicago and Northwestern railway station. The fourth bandit was fatally wounded during the revolver battle in the station lobby after the holdup.
Policeman James H. Frawley, 39 years old, 3851 North Kedvale avenue, of the homicide squad, who was shot in the right side of his jaw, was reported to have an excellent chance to recover at the Mother Cabrini hospital yesterday. At first his condition was considered critical, but a blood transfusion which physicians earlier considered vital for Frawley, was pronounced unnecessary.
Daniel Haskell, 38 years old, 1257 Washburne avenue, an elevator operator in the depot, was slain by the robbers when he inadvertently stepped into their paths of escape. Dozens of persons waiting for late suburban trains witnessed the gun battle between the robbers and Policemen Frawley and Franklyn Smith, 38 years old, 4259 North Hamlin avenue, of the bureau of identification.
Both policemen were in the station, awaiting the departure of trains, when they heard the robbers' first shot. They separated immediately to halt the gunmen's flight - at the Clinton street and Madison avenue entrances to the station. Frawley had started toward the Madison street entrance when he encountered the gunmen as they left the store and shot down Haskell.
Sam Manno, 22 years old, 825 South Marshfield avenue, the slain bandit, had been arrested several times previously as a robber suspect, police department records showed. Three known companions of Manno who were arrested several months ago as robber suspects were being sought for questioning yesterday. They are Louis Filecetti, Joseph Gallichio, and James Micelli.
Vincent Farrindino, 29 years old, 1009 Cypress street, was taken into custody when the police received information that he had been a close friend of the slain bandit. He denied that he had been with Manno Sunday night, asserting that he had been at a lake beach with a young woman until 3 o'clock yesterday morning.
Louis Herzer, 65 years old, 2143 Humboldt boulevard, manager of the drug store, was preparing to close the store for the night and was placing money in the safe when the four bandits sauntered in. One of the quartet had walked back of the counter and struck Herzer over the head with a pistol when one of the store employees sounded an alarm in the lobby of the station. This alarm, followed quickly by a shot as the frightened bandits fled, firing at Haskell, attracted the attention of the two policemen.
Policeman Frawley fired several shots at the scattering group before he fell wounded, and Policeman Smith, who had hurried to guard the Clinton street entrances of the building, shot down the fleeing Manno as the bandit fired twice at him.
It was first reported that the bandits had gotten $125 from the safe, but it later was found that in their fright and rush to escape they had obtained nothing.
An inquest into the deaths of Manno and Haskell will be held at the county morgue this morning.
Here is Haskell's death certificate, filled out after the inquest:
Haskell Daniels was buried on June 30, 1935, at Jewish Waldheim Cemetery in Forest Park, at Gate #37 - Progressive Order of the West - Section 44N, Row 77, Lot 314, Grave 3:
I have written before in this blog about the "other victims" when someone is murdered - the deceased person's family and friends. The widow, Sophie Daniels could not be immediately located by the authorities - this was before the days when one's every move could be tracked. Young Daniel Daniels was the one who found out first about his father's murder. He was at camp somewhere in Chicago and it was broadcast on the radio. Someone brought Danny into the camp office and he heard the radio broadcast about his father. What a way to hear about your own father's death! Someone from the camp gave him a ride to Sophie's parents' house and that's where he told Reva. Because of the crimes of Sam Manno and company, Sophie Daniels was left to raise her three children alone - but the shock was too much and shortly after her husband's murder, Sophie Daniels suffered a nervous breakdown.
Sophie died in 1988, and Daniel Daniels died in 2003, but Haskell's two daughters, Reva and Sybil are still very much alive as I write this story 81 years to the day after Haskell was killed. I'm sure that there is not a day that goes by when they don't think about their father taken from them when they were just eleven and six.
Here's what Haskell's granddaughter had to say about this:
What makes the story of my grandfather's murder even more sad (if that were possible) is that he was murdered the day before my mother's birthday. He was murdered Sunday, July 28, 1935. My mother's birthday is July 29; it was her 7th birthday. Family lore has it that he was carrying my mother's birthday present under his arm at the time of the hold-up and subsequent murder. I also have a copy of the coroner's report; the date on that is July 30, 1935.
For many years my mother thought her father was murdered on her birthday. About 25 or 30 years ago, I took her to Waldheim and showed her the true date of death. You could see mixture of relief and sadness on her face. I told her that between the date on the tombstone and the date on the coroner's report, there was absolutely no way her father was killed (or for that matter, buried) on her birthday.
Haskell Daniels, who came to this country hoping for a better life, instead had his life ended by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. May he rest in peace.