150 Years Ago
To the Israelite, religion is not a book science or an intuitive acquisition, it is to him a living current of traditions that have become part of his being, so that his very instinct is religious. To the Israelite, the original languages of the Bible are no foreign tongues, which he artificially or imperfectly acquired; he inherits those languages generically, feels and thinks in them from his early boyhood, whatever the vernacular of the country may be in which he lives, and therefore, the Bible is not to him a foreign book or a translation, it is his own property, embodying his own feelings, his sentiments, his home thrills, the re-echo of his childhood and nature. — July 4, 1862
125 Years Ago
The engagement of Mr. Aaron Stix, son of Mr. Louis Stix, of New York, and Miss Belle Strauss, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ike Strauss, is announced.
Two of our well-known physicians met with runaway accidents last week. While Dr. and Mrs. Jos. Eichburg were driving home from Walnut Hills last Friday night, the girth strap of the harness broke and frightened the horse. The animal immediately ran away and the Doctor was thrown from the buggy, but fortunately, sustained no injuries. Dr. William Stark’s horse ran away and smashed his buggy into fragments. The horse seriously injured itself and will have to be killed. The Doctor was not in the buggy at the time of the accident.
The old and well-known banking house of Seasongood, Sons & Co. is no more, having been succeeded by the Equitable National Bank, with Messrs. F. X. Reno, President; J.R. Murdock, Vice-President, and J.M. Blair, Cashier. Messrs. A.J. Seasongood and Charles Mayer remain in the new bank as active directors. The other directors are I.M. Simon, Geo. Fisher, A.G. Erkenbrecher, Jacob Scheuer, A.E. Burkhardt, Edwin R. terns and David Gibson. This is a strong list of good names and we have no doubt that the new institution will prosper. — June 17, 1887
100 Years Ago
Mrs. S. Saloshin and daughter, Fannie of W. Fifth Stret, Covington, will leave on June 20 for an extended trip through the West. They will visit Mrs. Gus Hollander of San Francisco, and Mrs. I. Lewin of Chicago, both of whom are daughters of Mrs. Saloshin.
Dr. Alfred Springer, Jr., son of the well known Cincinnati chemist, Dr. Alfred Springer, Sr., of Norwood, was married on Saturday evening last to Miss Jeanne Mayer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Emil M. Mayer of Dana and Dakota avenues, Avondale, at the Sinton. Those forming the bridal party were Misses Clara Mayer, Irma Levy of Birmingham, Ala., and Edith Hoffeimer of this city. The best man was Edgar Menderson and the ushers were F. Millard Mayer, Jr., E.F. Shohl, George Fries, Robert Stark and Morgan Porter of Pittsburgh. Dr. and Mrs. Alfred Springer, Jr., have gone to Baltimore where they will attend to the commencement exercises at the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Springer is a post-graduate of that institution. Later they will go on to Yale University to attend the triennial at that college. Dr. Springer is a Yale man, having received his degree there. Early in July the couple will sail for Europe and spend nine months abroad. — June 13, 1912
75 Years Ago
Rollridge Farm, country estate of Mr. and Mrs. Justin A. Rollman on Ridge Road, Pleasant Ridge, will be the scene of the League of Women’ Voters’ “country fair,” Friday afternoon, June 18th. Mrs. Walter Pritz is League president. She, Miss Karline Brown and Mrs. Edward Parsons, Jr., have written a sketch for the afternoon. Other active in plans for the day include Mrs. John Wachman, Mrs. Henry Flarsheim, Mrs. Nathan Ransohoff, Mrs. Gilbert Bettman and Mrs. Mark Feder.
Mr. Hermann H. Zimmerman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Zimmerman, 3801 St. Lawrence Avenue, Price Hill, and now of 351 Sixth Avenue, New York City, has won a commission to paint murals in the Wilmington (Del.) Federal Building. He studied in Cincinnati and in France, Spain and Italy.
Miss Florence Rosenzwieg, of Los Angeles and formerly of Cincinnati, will arrive Friday, June 18th, for a visit with relatives and friends. — June 17, 1937
50 Years Ago
To recover documents on first phases of Jewish life in the Western Hemisphere and to complete its collection on the Zionist movement, the American Jewish Archives of HUC-JIR has organized an expedition to Europe and Israel beginning June 25.
Dr. Jacob R. Marcus, Archives director, will head the expedition — a continuation of one he made to the Caribbean and Latin American 10 years ago.
Mr. Robert E. Segal, formerly of Cincinnati and now of Boston, will be a delegate to the annual plenary session of the National Community Relations Advisory Council at the Terrace Hilton June 21-24.
Mr. and Mrs. Mayor Schuman, 7855 Newbedford Avenue, announce the engagement of their daughter, Rita Joy, to Mr. Louis Ivan Michaelson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Todd Michaelson of this city.
Miss Schuman attended Ohio State University and now attends UC.
Mr. Michaelson graduated from UC. and is doing post graduate work at Xavier University. He is affiliated with Sigma Alpha Mu. — June 14, 1962
25 Years Ago
Ray Solomon was honored by Yavneh Day School for his many years of service to the Jewish and secular educational communities at a dinner June 7 at Adath Israel.
This tribute marked Solomon’s recent retirement as principal of Yavneh and his 28 years of involvement with the school as parent, teacher and principal.
The home of Sidney and Miriam Peerless was the scene of a reception honoring the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel. Hosts were Dr. and Mrs. Peerless and Stanley Chesley.
Those gathered heard Professor Ron Na’aman, of the department of isotope research, speak of his work in laser technology. Na’aman also explained how the Institute functions and what it means to Israel.
The Weizmann Institute of Science, founded in 1934 by the Sieff Family of London, was the dream of Israel’s first president, Chaim Weizmann. Weizmann, himself a chemist who developed acetone, wanted a haven for scientists fleeing the Holocaust. — June 18, 1987
10 Years Ago
The Jewish Community Center facility at 1580 Summit Road may be sold to a local charter school. Under the terms of the sale, the Center staff occupying the lower level will maintain their presence in that portion of the building, continue to provide programming there and maintain the kosher kitchen to serve meals at the location.
Rabbi Morris E. Zimbalist will be joining Congregation B’nai Tzedek as its new rabbi beginning July 1. He moves to Cincinnati from his home in Teaneck, N.J., where he lives with his wife, Alison.
Rabbi Zimbalist earned his undergraduate degree from Boston University and received his ordination and master’s degree in Jewish studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in New York. He has served at a student pulpit at Congregation Sons of Israel in Amsterdam, NY, outside of Albany, for four years. Rabbi Zimbalist was ordained May 23. — June 13, 2002