150 Years Ago
The ancient Israelites said “Truth is the seal of God.” The most deplorable miseries that befell mankind originated in religious fictions, errors and fanaticism. Truth is conciliatory and humanizing, error and fiction engender egotism, blindfold and fanaticize man against the merits and arguments of his neighbor. — July 4, 1862
125 Years Ago
Mr. and Mrs. Moses Hollender, of Columbus, O., leave for Europe on the 25th to visit relatives and friends. They will remain abroad two months.
A good story is told of a prominent Cincinnati young lady who was in attendance on the Myer-Rosenthal wedding in Indianapolis, Ind. On a prominent street corner stands an old street car minus wheels, etc., which is used to shelter passengers who transfer from car to another. The young lady in question entered this “transfer car” and for a long half-hour waited patiently for the car to move. People came and went and still the car failed to move. Only the timely interference of a car conductor saved the young lady from spending the entire afternoon in the “transfer.”
Mr. Joseph Weil, one of the oldest and most respected citizens of this city, died suddenly of paralysis at 12:10 o’clock, on Monday last, at his residence, 290 West Sixth Street. Deceased was in his 61st year, and in apparently excellent health. This sudden blow deprives a devoted wife and family of an exemplary husband and father. In lodge and charitable circles he was always a prominent figure, and numbered his friends by the thousands. He was actively engaged in business up until the hour of his death. The sympathy of the community is with the bereaved family. — June 10, 1887
100 Years Ago
Last Saturday the University of Cincinnati conferred upon Miss Frances Kohnky, a co-religionist, the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy. Miss Kohnky is the first woman upon whom that Degree was conferred by the University. She was born and has resided all her lifetime in this city, and from an early age has been engaged as a teacher in our public schools. She has been graduated from Hughes High School, the Cincinnati Normal School, the University of Cincinnati, with the A.B. degree, and afterwards obtained the Post-graduate Degree of A.M. She has studied at the Graduate College of the University of Cincinnati in its Physiological and Psychological Departments. She intends to spend this coming Summer in studying at Columbia College in the Department of Psychology. She taught drawing at our High Schools, which she afterwards abandoned for the purpose of giving instruction in the same schools in mathematics. The Degree of Doctor of Philosophy was conferred upon her for research work in psychology and in mathematics. Her thesis was “The Subjective Element in Mysticism.” The aim of the thesis as set forth in the preface is not to find an ultimate truth but to discover the field in which such truth lies hidden. This field is “subjective experience.” — June 6, 1912
75 Years Ago
Dr. Philip D. Bookstaber of Temple Ohav Shalom of this city received the honorary doctorate of literature Monday, June 7th, at Gettysburg College (Lutheran). The citation included recognition of his services to city, state and nation in behalf of youth and his good will and social welfare efforts. Dr. Bookstaber graduated at the Hebrew Union College in 1924.
Mrs. Bert Harris, of Miami Beach, Fla., is in Cincinnati.
For the eighth consecutive year, Willis D. Gradison was elected Tuesday, June 8th, as president of the Cincinnati Stock Exchange. This is a new record for service in this office. Mr. Gradison is serving his second term in City Council. Sidney D. Spritz was announced as a member of the Auditing and trading Committee.
Dr. Ruth Bernheim, until recently of New York City and now of 6816 Hamilton Avenue, North College Hill, will sail Wednesday July 7th on the S.S. Queen Mary with Mrs. Henry Morganthau Sr., of New York City. They will attend the Salzburg Music Festival and spend some time in Paris. — June 10, 1937
50 Years Ago
Adolf Eichmann was hanged at Ramle, Israel, Thursday midnight, May 31, for his part in sending millions of Jews to their deaths in Nazi camps during World War II.
Trustees of the Robert S. Marx Testamentary Trust will give the University of Cincinnati $400,000 “to be used solely and exclusively for the construction of a library building ajoining the present College of Law building” on the UC campus.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Stern, 1653 Summit Road, announce the forthcoming Bar Mitzvah of their son, David, Saturday June 23, at 9 a.m. at Roselawn Synagogue.
Friends and relatives are invited to worship with the family and to attend the kiddush following the services. David is the grandson of Mrs. Gertrude Pilder.
Dr. and Mrs. M.S. Osher, 6670 Glen Acres Drive, announce the forthcoming Bar Mitzvah of their son, Robert Henry, Saturday June 16, at 10:45 a.m. at Wise Center.
Friends and relatives are invited to attend the kiddush following the ceremony. Robert is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Sam Oscherwitz, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Pollack of St. Louis. — June 7, 1962
25 Years Ago
When Cincinnati Mayor Charles Luken wants to call someone, usually the call will go through. But that was not the case when Luken attempted to phone Soviet refuseniks Yivgeny, Rimma and Sasha Yakir on Monday, June 1.
The phone call, which originated from Luken’s mayoral office in City Hall, was to coincide with International Children’s Day.
Also present were Rabbi Abie Ingber, director of the Hillel Jewish Student Center of the University of Cincinnati; Sandy Spinner, chairman of the Cincinnati Council of Soviet Jews; Joanne Sudman, president of CCSJ; Edie Solomon; attorney John Cobey, and JoEllyn Davidoff.
The week of May 25 was dedicated to Vietnam Veterans. Rabbi Robert L. Reiner, who was the first Jewish chaplain to serve with the U.S. Marine Corps, spoke to fourth, fifth and sixth graders about his service as a chaplain. Reiner is the father of Rachel Reiner, a student in Yavneh’s sixth grade. — June 11, 1987
10 Years Ago
Neil Bortz, Chad Wick and Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth will receive the 10th annual Peace of the City Award from the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati and the Jewish Community Relations Council at its annual luncheon July 1 in the Hall of Mirrors at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel. The awards are presented annually to men and women who are active in their community and are dedicated to creating a fair, equitable and just society for all.
The following were installed May 18 as new officers for the Cincinnati chapter of Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity: Dr. Richard Shapiro, international president; Dr. Randy Sandow, president; Dr. Ben Kaseff, vice president; Dr. Rick Silverman, treasurer and secretary; and Dr. Michael Carl, past president. Alpha Omega, a Jewish dental fraternity, is the second largest international organization in the world. Through the Alpha Omega Foundation, grants have been distributed to numerous causes throughout the world, including major support for the two Jewish dental schools in Israel. — June 6, 2002