150 Years Ago
The Rev. B. Muscowitz, Hazan of Adath Israel Congregation here, having been given four weeks’ vacation by his congregation, travels East to recruit his health and attend to private affairs. We wish him a happy journey and recommend him to our brethren, he having been quite a popular and respected Hazan here for the last three or four years — July 4, 1862
125 Years Ago
The engagement of Miss Bertha Wallenstein, of this city, to Mr. Lewis B. Solomon of Wichita, Kan., is announced.
Mr. Alex P. Pappenheimer presented the Zoo with a Mexican horned frog.
Tell all the children that the fish pond at the Strawberry Festival, Thursday afternoon, May 26th, will be immense.
Mr. Julian Mack, the son of Mr. William J. Mack, has been chosen to deliver the oration at the Harvard Law School Commencement. Mr. Julian Mack has received many honors at Harvard. He carried off the scholarships in 1885 and 1886, and now to crown all he has been from a class of 200 to deliver the graduating address.
The rooms of the Y.M.H.A. were the scene of a most pleasant and happy occasion, on Monday evening last. The Rev. Raphael Benjamin, who has, throughout the winter, conducted the Litereary Class, closed the course on that evening. At the close of the lecture Mr. Edward N. Calisch, on behalf of the class, presented the Rabbi with an elegantly framed, lifesize crayon portrait of himself. The likeness is a striking one, most admirably executed, and is the work of Miss Newman, a talented young artist of this city. Mr. Benjamin responded in a neat speech, expressing his thanks, and his satisfaction with the rapid progress the class has made. Thus the Y.M.H.A.scores its first literary victory, and may there be many to follow. — May 13, 1887
100 Years Ago
Mr. and Mrs. Felix Kahn have left for a four-month trip abroad.
At the Centenary Celebration of the poet Robert Browning, which was given by the Women’s Club, Tuesday, Dr. Grossman delivered the oration.
Dr. H.E. Englander, whose betrothal was recently announced, was the recipient of handsome engagement presents from two Bible Classes which he has been leading.
The Jewish Settlement will convert the Nicholas Longworth property on Providence Street and Central Avenue into a tennis court for the benefit of the poor of that district. The old shacks that stood there were ordered dismantled by the state building department, and as the property is no longer profitable as a rental revenue the poor of the tenements will secure a breathing spot and playground that will be under the supervision of the Jewish Settlement.
In one thing at least Cincinnati lags behind in the march of progress. She is one of the few cities that still tolerates the abomination of Hebrew impersonators in its theaters. This is what is now taking place at Keith’s Colombia. It is to be hoped that all self-respecting people will give this theater the wide berth until it falls in line with the course adopted by practically all of the decent theaters in the country, which is to banish the Jewish, Irish and other offensive caricaturists from their houses. — May 9, 1912
75 Years Ago
In honor of Irwin M. Krohn’s 25 years of gratis service on the Cincinnati Board of Park Commissioners, the Eden Park Conservatory was re-named “Irwin M. Krohn Conservatory” at a public reception tendered him Monday evening, May 10th, in the park. He has headed the board since 1926.
John D. Ellis, acting city manger, appointed Dr. Alfred Friedlander superintendent of Cincinnati General Hospital, Tuesday, May 11th, to succeed the late Dr. H.H. Langdon. Dr. Friedlander is dean of the College of Medicine of the University of Cincinnati and will head the hospital until the city can find a superintendent to receive Dr. Friedlander of then added duties.
Mrs. Effie Wise Ochs passed away Thursday morning, May 6th, at her home at Hillandale on North Street in White Plains, N.Y. She would have been 77 Friday, May 7th.
Mrs. Ochs was the widow of Adolf S. Ochs, late publisher of The New York Times. He died April 1935, during a visit in Chattanooga.
She was born in Cincinnati May 7, 1860, the daughter of Rabbi Isaac Meyer Wise and Therese Bloch Wise. — May 13, 1937
50 Years Ago
Cincinnati’s second annual Night of Stars is virtually a sell-out according to Dr. A.W. Brown, general chairman.
The event will take place Saturday, May 12, at 8 p.m., at the Jewish Community Center.
The program, sponsored by the Cincinnati Committee, State of Israel Bonds, will celebrate Israel’s 14th anniversary.
Honored guests will be 66 13- year-old youngsters.
Stars at the dessert-supper will be Alan Gale, comedian, and Ron Eliran, Israeli guitarist and folk singer.
Mrs. A.W. Brown is woman’s chairman. Mrs. Sam Friedlander is telephone chairman. 1962 campaign chairmen are Isidor Schifrin, general chairman, and Mrs. Sid Gottlieb, women’s division chairman
Each child to be honored will receive a memento. They are, in addition to those announced previously.
Robert Brant, Michael Brenner, Louis Claybon, Martin Faust, Gregory Fish, Cynthia Goodman, Samuel Guttman, Rita Joy Hyams, Judi Levine, Cheryl Sue Linder, Arlene Mayerson, Barry Miller, Karen Joy Miller, Barbara Shapiro, Ruth Simons, David Stern, Scott Stern, Allison Warner, Charles Weisman, Claudia Werner and Namcy Youkilis. — May 10, 1962
25 Years Ago
Shirley Werthaiser will be installed as president of Adath Israel Sisterhood at the annual luncheon, Wednesday, May 27, at 11:30 a.m. in the Lerner Auditorium.
Frani Stein of 6713 East Farm Acres Drive passed away May 9. She was 20.
Frani was a graduate of Cincinnati Hebrew Day School and Walnut Hills High School. She was a junior at Stern College for Women of Yeshiva University in New York City, where she was a Dean’s list honor student. Frani was greatly admired by her parents, Jacob and Esther (Malman) Stein; two sisters, Leah Rosenberg of Cincinnati and Lori Moore of Anaheim, Calif.; a brother, Robert Stein of New York City; numerous nieces and nephews, Chaim Moshe, Russi, Yehuda Leib and David Aryeh Rosenberg and Jason Moore; an aunt and uncle, Arline and David Reinhard; and cousins, Felisa, Jay and Jennifer Reinhard, all of Miami Beach, Fla.
She was the granddaughter of the late Louis and Marie Malman and Morris and Anne Stein. — May 14, 1987
10 Years Ago
Miriam O. Smith, 86, nationally recognized clinical social worker, died April 29 of complications after being struck by a vehicle. For more than five decades, Ms. Smith was an integral part of the social work profession, making her mark in many social service agencies and in private practice. While she had previously done casework for family service and adoption agencies when living on both coasts, from 1963-1992 she served on the professional staff of Jewish Family Service, both as a therapist and coordinator of adoption and early childhood development. In 1960, she received the Miriam H. Dettlebach Award for “outstanding service.” On retirement, she served on the JFS board of directors. She was widely known for her wisdom, creativity, and vision which frequently resulted in the development of new programs.
She met her husband, the late Cantor Judah L. Smith, in California during WWII when she was the social director of a USO Club and he was in the armed forces. He predeceased her in 1966.
Born to Dr. Abraham and Anna (Kobacker) Osness, Ms. Smith grew up in Dayton, OH and later moved to Toledo. Survivors include children Deborah, Brandon, and David Smith of Rhinelander, WI, and a son-in-law Benjamin Blackmer of Cincinnati, OH. — May 9, 2002