|I have two seperate family trees for the Chicago Deckelbaums because I cannot connect Nathan and his wife Esther (described in Family #13 - B) to Sam, Harry, Jenta, Leha and Joseph (described in Family #13 - A.) My hunch is that they are related since they all chose to settle in Chicago, but I have no evidence.|
The passenger record for Solomon C Dekelbenn (#P16) shows him crossing the US-Canada border at the Port of St. Albans on (or around) August 18, 1905. At that time he was 28 years old, married, a tailor by trade. He arrived on the continent through the Port of Quebec, on the S.S. Tuiuisian. His destination in America was to his brother Aron on Frank Street in Chicago.
Aron Dekelbaum (#P41) arrived at the port of New York on February 17, 1910 aboard
the S.S. Potsdam. He was 32 years old, married, and his occupation was as a carpenter. His
birthplace and last residence was in Kolk. The name of his nearest relative he left behind was
Aron Leib Dekelbaum in Kolk. His destination in America was to his cousin Sam Geler at
1060 Pitkin Avenue in Brooklyn. The record states that has never been in the US before. His
passage was paid by his brother.
I am not sure if this is the brother Aron that Solomon referred to in 1905 when he immigrated. It would seem not, since Aron states here that he has never been to the USA before. Perhaps there is another brother, or perhaps I am mistaken in connecting these two as brothers - however, other evidence does seem to connect them, so I leave them as brothers until someone corrects me.
The Port of Philadelphia passenger list shows Ester Deckelbein (#P50), age 30, occupation housework, arriving on June 29, 1911 aboard the S.S. Brandenburg. The name of the nearest relative she has left behind was her father-in-law Abrum Leib Melben in Kolki. Her destination in America is to her husband Aron at 3547 Halsted Street in Chicago. Her last residence was in Kolki. Traveling with Ester are her children Jankel (age 8), Chaim (age 3), and Sore (age 10 months).
Jenta Dekelbaum (#P69) crossed the US-Canada border at the Port of St. Albans on (or around) June 6, 1914. At that time she was 17, single, earning her living as a millner. She immigrated to North America through the Port of Halifax aboard the S.S. Kurak. She was born in Trochenbront. Her destination in America was to her brother Aron at 3547 S. Holsted Street in Chicago. She has left behind her mother in Trochenbront.
On July 5, 1920, Sam’s three children arrived to the port of Philadelphia. Enta, Isa and Danke Dekelbain (#P70) were all born in and had their last permanent residence in Luck. Their destination in America was to their father, Mr. Decker, at 3549 S. Halsted Street in Chicago. Their passage was paid by their mother. They left behind their uncle Mr. Witter in Luck. The two girls, Enta and Isa, were 18 was 16 respectively; the boy Danke was 14.
Jozef Dekelbojm (#P80) was the last in this family to arrive. He arrived to the port of New York on October 25, 1923 aboard the S.S. Minnekahda. He was a 16 year boy making his living as a tailor. His birthplace and last place of residence was in Zofijowka, Poland. The name of his closet relative he left behind was his sister Lehka Rotaz in Zofijowka. His destination in America was to his brother A. Dekelbojm at 334 Grenshav Avenue in Chicago. Jozef also appeared on the "detained" list - the cause of his detention was written as "to TEL $" (which I assume means he needed to phone someone for money). His disposition was written as "RR Bro. Aaron at 1833 So. Spalding Avenue in Chicago" - which I assume means he was released to his brother Aaron. There is a notation on the passenger record indicating that Jozef was naturalized - the notation reads "11-35213 5/3692".
The following information was obtained from the naturalization papers of Sam Decker:
Sam’s Declaration of Intention was issued January 2, 1914. At that time he was 42 years old, and his occupation was as a peddler. He was born in Colk, Russia on June 2, 1871. At the time that Sam filed this Declaration, he was living at 3547 S. Halsted Street in Chicago. He emigrated to the USA from Montreal via the Canadian Pacific Railroad (CPR). His last residence was in Colk. He arrived in Chicago on July 15, 1905.
Sam’s Petition for Naturalization was issued April 25, 1916. It states that Salmon Deckelbam (aka Sam Decker) was living at 3547 S. Halsted Street in Chicago. His occupation was as a peddler. He was born on June 2, 1871 in Colk, Russia. He emigrated to the USA from Montreal on August 11 1905, arriving to the USA through Detroit on August 18 1905 aboard the CPR. His wife’s name was Rifka; she was born in Ludsk, Russia and was then residing in Colk, Russia. He had three children: Yenta (born July 2 1901), Etta (born April 15 1903) and Jake (born July 12 1905). All were born in Colk, and at that time were also residing in Colk, Russia. Sam’s witnesses were Joseph Katz, a merchant living at 3547 S. Halsted, and Louis O. Sobel, a draftsman living at 1553 S. Central Park Avenue in Chicago.
Sam was naturalized on June 24, 1918 in the US District Court in Chicago. At that time he was living at 3547 S. Halsted Street in Chicago. A Memorandum of Continuence was issued on September 26, 1916 - the reason given was "to bring family to this country." The certificate number is P4557 CN 1020712.Aron Dekelbaum (#P41)
In the 1928 Chicago City Directory, Harry Decker was a carpenter living at 1613 Ridgeway Avenue. Also living at that same address were Sarah Decker, a stenographer for Wm H Murphy; B. Decker, who was with Caneo Printing Corp; and Jacob L. Decker, who was an accountant with Golman Brookstone & Co.
Aron Deckelbaum appears in the 1937 Chicago Voter Registration, living at 1510 S. Ridgeway Avenue (code 22-34).
The death certificate for a Harry Decker states that he was born on September 15, 1883, and died November 20, 1972 in the Lake Shore Nursing Home. There was no mother, father or informant information given. He was widowed. His occupation was as a carpenter. He was born in Russia. He was buried at Westlawn Cemetery in Norwood Park, Illinois on November 11, 1972. Funeral home was Hartman-Miller.
Jozef Dekelbaum (#P80)
The following information was obtained from the naturalization records of Jozef Dekelbojm:
Jozef filed his Declaration of Intention on October 13, 1928. In that document he states that he was born in Sofieka, Poland on April 15, 1907. In 1928 he was living at 3147 W. Roosevelt Street in Chicago. He was not married.
Jozef’s Petition for Citizenship was signed on November 19, 1930. At that time he was living at 1818 S. Springfield Avenue in Chicago. His occupation was as a laborer. He was single, and he was born in Sofeevka, Poland. He was changing his name to Joseph Decker. His witnesses were Harry Buraek of 6027 Rhodes Ave (a box factory owner) and Isidore Saltzman of 2131 S. Harding Ave (an upholster shop owner).
The passenger record for Nusem Dekelbaum (#P67) shows him arriving on February 17, 1914 at the port of New York, having sailed from Buenos Aires aboard the S.S. Byron. At that time he was 22 years old and single. He was born in Berdowostky (hard to read), and his last place of residence was Buenos Aires. His destination in America was to his relative Joseph Katz at 3524 S. Halsted Street in Chicago.
The death certificate for Nathan Decker states that he died on April 3, 1967 at the age of about 71. At that time he was living at 6019 N. Central Park in Chicago. He was married. His occupation was proprietor of a gift shop. His father’s name was Jacob Decker, and his mother’s name was Beila Potash. He was buried at Jewish Waldheim Cemetery in Forest Park, IL. The information on the certificate was provided by his daughter Isabelle Bass. Nathan’s SS# was 357-14-7129.