Sherrod / Schatz / Itzler Family History

 

 

 

Prepared by Alex Press (Itzler) and

Updated by A.  Tim Sherrod (Schatz)

 

 

As of

Friday, August 06, 2004

 

Tim Sherrod

 

Phone: (970) 377-9512

FAX:    (970) 377-9519

Cell:     (970) 420-2415

www.savantsolutions.com

 

 

 

 

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Table of Contents

 

I.     OVERVIEW............................................................................................................................................ 3

II.    POSTOV................................................................................................................................................ 3

III.      THE NAME ITZLER............................................................................................................................. 3

IV.      SCHATZ.............................................................................................................................................. 4

V.   FAR-FLUNG ITZLERS?.......................................................................................................................... 6

VI.      LOST ITZLERS................................................................................................................................... 7

VII.     THE DESCENDANTS OF MOSHE ITZLER.......................................................................................... 7

VIII.    Updates as of Feb. , 1999................................................................................................................ 11

A.   Russian Passport of Lazer Itzler – Feb.  1, 1902............................................................................... 11

B.   E-mail Correspondence with Keith Itzler - January, 1999........................ Error! Bookmark not defined.

IX.      Other Data Available......................................................................................................................... 12

A.   Schatz / Itzler family Tree.................................................................................................................. 12

B.   Passports.......................................................................................................................................... 12

C.   Pictures............................................................................................................................................. 12

D.   Letters.............................................................................................................................................. 12

E.   Oral histories..................................................................................................................................... 12

F.    Historical artifacts.............................................................................................................................. 12

G.   Research.......................................................................................................................................... 12

X.   Itzler’s in Reference Documents............................................................................................................ 13

A.   WHO'S AN ITZLER: ITZLERS IN THE NYNEX LISTINGS FOR GREATER N. Y. C.  (1993)................ 13

B.   BOSTON AREA................................................................................................................................ 13

C.   WHO'S AN ITZLER: ITZLERS ON PHONEDISC (1993)...................................................................... 13

XI.      Notes and Things To Do................................................................................................................... 14

A.   Add  1998 and 1999 research.......................................................................................................... 14

B.   Send to Alex, Keith and lady who knew an Itzler............................................................................... 14

C.   Catalog major pictures and research artifacts.................................................................................... 14

D.   Follow up on researchers with same family names or Postov area..................................................... 14

 

 

 


 

I.              OVERVIEW

 

The  Itzler Family lineage has been traced to the middle of the 19th century, to the town of Postov,  currently in Belarus.   The  town is 89 miles north, northwest of Minsk and approximately 35 miles northeast of Vilnius (Vilna), Lithuania, 89.0 miles NNW of Minsk.

 

Facts about Postav: (Postov)

Š      Postavy, Disna uyezd, Vitebsk gubernia

Š      Latitude: 55ľ07' Longitude: 26ľ50'

Š      Also known as PASTAVY, and POSTAWY

Š      Pastavy is the centre of the Pastavy district, Viciebsk region (Belarus), 250 km West of Viciebsk, a station on the railway line Viciebsk-Vilnius (Vilnia) in Lithuania.

Š      Population: 23,900 (1995)

Š      Before the first World War part of the Russian Empire, 1921- 1939 part of Poland,

Š      1939- 1941 part of the Soviet Union, 1944 - 1990s part of the Soviet Union. 

 

The family patriarch was born about 1820 and had seven sons.   At least two of the sons, Moshe (the deaf son) and Yehudah each had families.   Moshe had a son, Lazer Itzler, who emigrated to the USA  (Lower Manhattan or Brooklyn) about 1902.   Yehudah had a son, Nathan Schatz (Itzler) who was sponsored by Lazer and emigrated to the USA and did so in about 1903 or 1904.  A third brother, Chiam Roguv had a least one son, Paul (Roguv) Gerber.

 

Lazer and Nathan were the only sons and families to have emigrated in the early twentieth century.   Paul Gerber (Roguv) emigrated in the 1920s.   Most of the remaining Itzlers and Schatz ‘s are believed to have been holocaust victims.

 

The town of Postav was emptied of its Jews (and many of our relatives) by the Nazi’s on November 25, 1944.   At least one cousin, survived the night.

 

II.            POSTOV

 

Listed as Postavy in Where Once We Walked, by Gary Mokotoff (Avotaynu).  Also known as Podhaitsy, Postav, Postavi, Postawy and Postow.  It's now in Belarus, 150 kilometers north-northwest of Minsk.   According to Mokotoff, its population of Jews was 368 after World War I.

 

III.          THE NAME ITZLER

The name Itzler is extremely uncommon: With the exception of a family of three who landed in New York in 1907 (see "Lost Itzlers," below), every person known to have that name in the United States is a descendant of Lazar Itzler.   In view of that fact, it is quite surprising that not just one, but two, directories of Jewish names list it.   According to Jewish Family Names & Their Origins, by Heinrich and Eva Guggenheimer (Ktav), Itzler is a diminutive of Itzel, itself a sobriquet for Isaac.  The Dictionary of Jewish Surnames From the Russian Empire, by Alexander Beider (Avotaynu), which lists the name as "Itsler" (the variant spelling is irrelevant since it's a transliteration), also says it's derived from Itsel (Itzel) but that the -er ending means "son of. . . " Interestingly, Beider places the name in the Disna district of Czarist Russia, which apparently is where Postov was located.

 

Itzler is also an archaic (Medieval) German word for “Court Jester. ”

 

The earliest Itzler whose name we know was Lazar Itzler's father, Moshe, who was married to Rachel Levine.  Both were handicapped: He was deaf and dumb; she had lost sight in one eye through an accident.  Family legend, as passed down by Jack Sherrod (a. k. a.  Schatz), the grandson of Moshe Itzler's brother Yehudah, says there were actually seven married Itzler brothers in that generation.  In the second half of the nineteenth century, apparently, it was common for Jewish men to change their last names to avoid service in the czar's army (by creating new names for themselves, they became, in effect, fatherless--heads of households--and thereby exempt).  Yehudah, for example, changed his name to Schatz.  (See "Schatz," for more on this branch of the family. ) Moshe, however, kept his name because he was already exempt from service on account of his deafness.  As for the other five brothers, we know nothing of their fate, though it's possible one or more of them emigrated to South Africa.

 

Max Itzler emigrated to South Africa in approximately 1902 and has two surviving children.  One is Barbara Itzler Schafer, a professional actress in the theater in Johannesburg.

 

IV.           SCHATZ

Yehudah Schatz was one of seven married Itzler brothers of whom six are believed to have changed their names or emigrated around the time of the Russo-Turkish War in the 1870s, according to Jack Sherrod, Yehudah's grandson.  Yehudah's wife was probably named Hinde Rosen(?).  They lived in Vilna, and their children included Nathan Schatz (b.  1871); Chaim Rogov; who had a son, Paul Gerber; Rubin Szac; a number of daughters, including a Mrs.  Alpert, who had a daughter named Reina Posner; a Mrs.  Kotler, who had two sons named Abe and Louis; a Mrs.  Kolton, who had sons named Joe and Julius; and another sibling who had two children. 

 

Nathan also had a pair of nephews or cousins, half-brothers named Casper Sobel or Seidel and "Meshuggener" Goldstein.  Sisters or half-sisters of Nathan had daughters named Zarnitsky and Alpert.  Chaim and Rubin stayed behind in Europe; Chaim had a son named Paul Gerber, who lived in Montclair, N. J. .

 

Nathan came to America in 1904 according to Jack Sherrod, to avoid service in the Russo-Japanese War.  Seven of his children survived to adulthood: Celia (1895-April 13, 1945), Rose (b.  1899), Jay (Jennie, b.  1901), Al (Abraham, b.  1907), Helen (b.  1909), Jack (Jacob, later John Sherrod, October 9, 1911) and Norma (b.  1916).  A set of twin boys died in childhood; a set of twin girls died en route to America. 

 

Nathan, a cobbler in Europe, became a housepainter in the U. S.  He was naturalized in 1914.  At the time of the 1920 U. S.  Census, he was living at 915 Blake Avenue, site of the Itzler family paint store (see "Itzler"), where he also worked.  His wife, Rebecca (Brina) Rosnitsky, had emigrated in 1906.  Nathan Shatz died on June 13, 1938.  According to his death certificate, his usual residence was 621 Linwood Street in Brooklyn; his wife was "Beckie," 64 years old; he worked as a painter; he was in this occupation thirty-six years; and he was in the U. S.  for thirty-five years.  His father was "Julius" Shatz and his mother, "Celia" Rosen.  He's buried in Mt.  Hebron.

 

Celia Schatz, the eldest daughter of Nathan and Rebecca, married Abe Bergman and had four children: Rose, Jack, Ada and Hilda.  Rose Bergman married Hy Kanter and has one daughter, Karen, in Lakewood, N. J.  Jack Bergman married Margie and has two daughters, Loretta Gressy, in Long Island City, and Celeste.  Ada married Lester Clarke and has two children, Charles and Sharon.  Hilda married Tony Verdura and has five children: Libby Fisher, Marian, Sarah, who died at age 16, Joey and Celia.

 

Rose Schatz married Sam Frank and had one son, Richard.  Richard married Kathy Perotis and has one son, Sam.

 

Jay married Charles Diener, who at one time served as president of the Postover Benevolent Association (a burial society).  Both are now deceased.  They had no children.

 

Helen married Sol Reiss and had one son, David.  David married Norma and has two daughters, Jennifer and Leslie.  They live in Seaford, Long Island.

 

Al married Dotty Berlin and had one daughter, Beatrice, who herself has two sons.

 

Norma Schatz married Julius Lefkowitz and had three daughters: Ruth-Ann, Susan and Carol.

 

Jack Schatz, who changed his name to John (Jack) Morley Sherrod in March 1936, was the source of much of the information we have on the early Itzlers.  He worked for the post office and as an Assistant principle in JHS 73, Maspeth Queens, NY.  He and his wife, Lee Lebowitz, whom he married on May 30, 1936, had three sons: Neil, Earle (Buzzie) and Arthur (Tim), your author of this document.  Lee was a Registered Nurse (RN), having graduated from the Brooklyn Jewish Hospital School of Nursing in 1934.  Her friend in nursing school was Helen Blumenreich, mother of Barbara Bluminreich. Neil, who attended Brooklyn Tech and City College, married Barbara Blumenreich, who has written a number of romance novels under the name Barbara Sherrod and Barbara Neil.  Neil was a geologist and VP of Engineering of a construction consulting company, Empire labs, bought by Teracon. They now live in Ft.  Collins, Colorado, and have two daughters, Nancy and Ruthie. 

 

Earle married Susan Sharoff and has two sons, David and Bradley.  Earle retired as VP, R &D of Kimberly – Clark. He lives in Appleton, WI. His second wife is Chris. 

 

Arthur (Tim) married Linda Wolfe and has two children, Bruce and Lisa.  My wife, Linda and I, are originally from New York.   I was born in Brooklyn, but raised in Queens at 6173  80Th Street, Rego Park, (Queens) NY.  I have a Masters in Computer Science, from the University of Michigan, Dec., 1969.  We lived in Northern California (Silicon Valley) for 20+ years, and moved to Lake Tahoe, (Incline Village, NV) in June, 1992. I was born August 29, 1947 and I am president a Information Technology  management consulting company, Savant Solutions  (Please see www. savantsolutions. com, if you are interested.)  Linda and I have two grown children, Lisa , born April  8, 1974, currently a lawyer in San Fransisco, and Bruce, born November 9, 1971, VP of Engineering for a  computer games company in Menlo park, CA

We now also resides in Fort Collins, Co, where my brother Neil and his wife, Barbara and my mother, Lee, aged 91, reside.

 

Jack died in January 1993. 

V.             FAR-FLUNG ITZLERS?

Years ago, when Peter Itzler, a great-great grandson of Moshe's, was in Israel, a classmate, upon hearing his name, asked if he was related to the South African stage actress Barbara Itzler.  This query raised the tantalizing possibility of an undiscovered, possibly even famous, branch of the family. 

 

Barbara Itzler Schafer, daughter of Max Itzler is a stage actress residing in Johannesburg, South Africa.  Her brother is Percy Itzler.  In 1979, a friend of Sidney Itzler, a great-grandson of Moshe's, saw the name Itzler in an advertisement while traveling in India.  Through the ad, the friend came in contact with Percy Itzler.  Percy said his father, Max (Mordechai), had emigrated from Warsaw to South Africa, dying when Percy was only 7 years old.  Percy also said his father had brothers in Poland, one of whom came to America.  Percy's mother, Masha, later corresponded with Sidney and his wife, Blanche, telling them that she had met Max in 1936 and that he died ten years later, at the age of 39.  She said that Max had an older brother Abraham (Avram) who might have died before Hitler's time and that Max's parents were Basia andd Pesach-Gershon.

 

In 1996, an Internet search uncovered Marc Itzler, the proprietor of a design firm named Unicorn, in London.  He turned out to be none other than Percy's son.  In a brief E-mail message that arrived six months after an electronic query was sent to him, he said that he has an aunt, Barbara Shafer (possibly the stage actress our family had heard about many years earlier), who lives in Johannesburg, as well as two sons, Jerome and Leon.  The message thus seemed to tie together a number of loose strands concerning Itzlers in South Africa and India. 

 

However, it left open the question of whether in fact the descendants of Max Itzler are related to the descendants of Moshe Itzler.  Because the one person who might have been able to shed some light on this question, Max himself, died more than fifty years ago, leaving no clues for his descendants, we may never know the answer.

 

Tim Sherrod has been in contact with Barbara Itzler Schafer and will be visiting with her in Johannesburg, South Africa in September, 2004.  More information to come.


 

VI.           LOST ITZLERS

The only record of an Itzler in America who isn't a descendant of Lazar Itzler is a passenger arrival list entry for a couple with a small child--Davis Itzler, age 27, a cabinetmaker; his wife, Milly Itzler, age 25 or 26; and their daughter, "Reichel," age three months--from London.  They came over on the Steamer St.  Louis, arriving in America on March 18, 1907, and were en route to meet Milly's brother, Mr.  Fogel, at "103 Willabe St. , NY, NY. " Their place of birth is listed as "Wilensky Gub.  [Guberniya--i. e. , province], Russia. " From there, the trail is lost, as attempts to locate Mr.  Fogel in the 1910 U. S.  Census were unsuccessful.  Interestingly, Lazar's son,  Abraham Itzler,  remembered staying with "landsmen" in London before his family went on to Liverpool for the boat ride to America.  Could these "landsmen," who Abraham remembered hearing had been in London for several years, actually have been cousins--the lost Itzlers? One can only guess.

 

VII.          THE DESCENDANTS OF MOSHE ITZLER

Moshe and Rachel Itzler are known to have had two children: Lazar Itzler (Eliezer Yitzchak) and Zelda.  Zelda, the older child, married Moshe Penzel (for more on their descendants, see "Penzel").  Around the turn of the century, she was living in an apartment in Vilna (which is also, apparently, where the Schatzes were based).  In her later years, she came to America.  However, Lazar lived in Postov.  A shoemaker with two apprentices, he was sold on the concept of coming to America by his brother-in-law, Abraham Salit, who had emigrated in 1900 (for more on him, see "Salit").  Lazar himself emigrated in 1901 or 1902, after his youngest child, Elsie, was born.  In America, he became a housepainter.  Like other pious Jews of his generation, he never really assimilated into American life.  He remained a citizen of Russia until his death in 1944, and the only English he spoke, according to his granddaughter Gloria Jackel, was a heavily accented "Get out of here," which he directed at wayward cats on the front stoop.

 

Lazar brought his family to America in several stages.  Morris (Moshe), was first, sailing on the Steamer Adams, arriving in New York on Nov.  29(?), 1902(?).  He was followed by Louis (Lippe or Lipman) and Nathan (Rachmiel?), who both sailed on the Steamer Zeeland, arriving in New York on Sept.  29, 1903.  Lazar was living at 80 Attorney Street, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, at the time.  In October 1904, Lazar's wife, Chai-Rivka, was told to prepare for the trip to America.  After stops in Vilna, London and Liverpool, and then a fifteen-day sea voyage on the Steamer Philadelphia, she and three of her children--Minnie, Abraham and Elsie (b.  1900)--arrived at Ellis Island or Castle Garden on New Year's Day 1905.  The family's first apartment was at 18 Pitt Street (no longer in existence), on the Lower East Side.  After a year, they moved to Brownsville in Brooklyn, opening a paint store on Blake Avenue in 1908.  The streets were just mud at the time.  Louis and Lazar later purchased a property next to the paint store for $4,000.  Louis got married and took the rear apartment; the rest of the family lived above.  Lazar gave Louis a half-interest in the building as a wedding present.  Later, Louis was given the paint store.  In the 1920s, Lazar bought a three-family dwelling on Sutter Avenue and converted the ground floor into a store, with living quarters in the rear.  The top-floor apartment was rented to the Adler family, famous for their work in The Forward, a Yiddish newspaper.  The store was unoccupied for a long time until Lazar sold the building to a furrier and purchased a home at 504 Ashford Street.

 

Lazar died on August 19, 1944, at the age of 83, and was buried in Beth David cemetery, in Elmont, Long Island.  Chai-Rivka died on September 6, 1949, at the age of 93, and was buried next to her husband.

 

Lazar Itzler's oldest son, MORRIS (b.  1883), became a citizen on July 25, 1912.  According to his brother Abraham's autobiography, he became a junk dealer.  Eventually, he opened a plumbing store with living quarters on Myrtle Avenue in Brooklyn.  He was living on Riverdale Avenue in East New York/Brownsville at the time of the 1920 U. S.  Census.  In 1921, according to Abraham Itzler, Morris bought a farm in Connecticut with his uncle Abraham Salit, but they dissolved the partnership shortly afterward.  Morris then returned to Brooklyn to go into the shoe business, which he quit after a year.  Later, he settled in the Bronx.  With his wife Sarah (Sure Leah), he had three sons: Ralph (b.  1908), David Henry (b.  1912) and Sidney (b.  1914).

 

Ralph Itzler had two children with his first wife, Gertrude: Nickie and Martin, a showbiz lawyer.  His second wife was Frances.  Martin has two sons, Mark and Neal.

 

Sidney Itzler, a music teacher, married Blanche and later settled in New City in Rockland County.  They have two children: a son and a daughter, Louise (named after "Louis"--i. e. , Lazar Itzler), who went to Italy to become an opera singer.

 

David Itzler and his wife, Caroline Spielberg, have a son, Ronald (b.  April 17, 1937, in the Bronx), and two daughters: Lois, in Nanuet, New York, and Barbara Reback.  Ronald, the only Itzler ever to make it into Who's Who in America (1986 and 1988), is a partner in the prestigious law firm of Fischbein Badillo Wagner and Itzler.  He married Ronnie Lubell and has two children: Jason, who lives in Florida, and Jane.

 

Lazar's second son, LOUIS (b.  1886), married Rose and had two children, Pearl (b.  1912) and Albert.  He was naturalized on July 25, 1912, and living at 915 Blake Avenue in East New York, site of the family paint store, at the time of the 1920 U. S.  Census.  Later, doing well in real estate, he sold the paint store to his brother Abraham.  He was a realtor living at 1631 Carroll Street in Brooklyn at the time of the 1933/34 N. Y. C.  Directory.  Louis died on November 5, 1950; his wife, Rose, on March 12, 1952.  His daughter, Pearl, married Louis Diamond and had a daughter, Barbara, who married a Mr.  Lupoff.  Albert Itzler married Eleanor and had two children, Larry and Robbin.

 

NATHAN married Rose (b.  1890, or January 27, 1888, according to Social Security records) and had three children: Leonard (b.  1920), Stanley and Marion.  He was naturalized on July 12, 1913, at which time he was living at 908 Sutter Avenue in Brooklyn (although the 1925 New York State Census seems to say he was naturalized on June 19, 1921).  In 1917, at age 27, he had a plant for the production of boys' clothing.  At the time of the 1925 New York State Census, he was still in the business of children's clothing.  At the time of the 1933/34 N. Y. C.  Directory, he was a tailor living at 237 E.  55th Street in Brooklyn.  Nathan died in September 1974.

 

Leonard Itzler married Gloria and had two daughters, Cindy and Bonnie.  After his death, the family settled in Israel.

 

Stanley Itzler married Cynthia and has three sons--Keith, Roy and Lee.  Roy married Marlene.

 

Marion Itzler married Joel Steinberger and has two children, Robert and Susan. 

 

MINNIE (b.  1896, or March 4, 1894, according to Social Security records) was the intellectual in the Itzler clan; she wrote Yiddish poetry.  Her husband, Isidor Fishkin (born November 20, 1891, according to Social Security records), owned a store in Astoria, Queens.  In 1920, they were living with her parents at 504 Ashford Street in East New York along with their eldest son, Theodore.  Unlike the other members of the household at the time, the Fishkins had already been fully naturalized (in 1912).  Isidor was working as a paper hanger.  They later had two more children, Norman and Jean.  Minnie died in May 1970, Isidor in July 1970.  They're buried in Mt.  Ararat Cemetery on Long Island.

 

Theodore Fishkin married Ruth Mandler and had three children: Steven, Elliot and Sue Ann.  Steven married Vivian Polgar and has two children, Andrea and Nathaniel.  Elliot married Barbara Greystone and has two daughters, Melissa and Jennifer.  Sue Ann married Michael Hurwitz and has three children: Miriam, Max and Goldie.

 

Norman Fishkin married Shirley Wassing and had three children: Edward, Douglas and Gary.  Gary married Debbie Sue and has three daughters: Stacey, Amanda and Emily Fae.

 

Jean Fishkin married Edward Sadowsky, who served on the New York City Council.  Jean herself currently works as head of the department of publications at Hunter College.  Jean and Edward have three children: Richard, a lawyer, who married Mary and has a son, Eric; Nina, a filmmaker, who married Paul Kleinman; and Jonathan, a history professor, who married Laura Stern.

 

ABRAHAM (b.  October 25, 1897, according to his cemetery monument, or February 18, 1896, according to Social Security records), the youngest son, had a bit of a rebellious streak in reaction to his father's strict Jewish orthodoxy.  He finished school and got his working papers at age 14.  In 1914, at age 17, he ran away from home to New Jersey, then Boston, then Liverpool.  During World War I, Abraham, though under the draft age, 21, enlisted in place of an older brother.  In 1918, he set sail for France, where he was hit with mustard gas and taken to a hospital in Paris.  In April 1919, he returned to the United States and took over Louis's paint store at 915 Blake Avenue.  From Blake Avenue he moved to Sutter Avenue.  His future wife, Sylvia Ehrlich (see "Ehrlich"), was a secretary and stenographer working for an importer in Manhattan.  They married after about four months, on March 24, 1925.  At the time of the 1925 New York State Census, they were living at 915 Blake Avenue, behind the paint store.  Their first child, Gloria, was born in May 1926.  One year into the Depression, Abraham's savings were exhausted and he gave up the paint store and moved in with his parents at 504 Ashford Street--a "temporary" stay that lasted 20 years.  Abraham, together with his son, Dan, and his son-in-law Melvin Jackel, would later found Daljack, a plumbing supply company, in the basement of the house on Ashford Street.  In the '50s, Gloria and her husband, Melvin, moved to Queens Village, and Abraham and Sylvia sold the house and moved in with them.  After Dan, was discharged from the army, Daljack moved to Manhasset, on Long Island.  Abraham and Sylvia lived thirteen years in Uniondale, Long Island, and then three in nearby Freeport before retiring to Ft.  Lauderdale, Florida.  Abraham died on December 27, 1980.  Sylvia died in 1996.

 

Abraham and Sylvia had three children: Gloria, Dan and Rita.

 

Gloria Itzler married Melvin Jackel and has two children, Larry and Madeleine.  Larry married Janet Lehr and has two sons, David and Robert.  Madeleine married David Arnow and has two sons, Noah and Adam.

 

Daniel Itzler married Elese Weinstein and has four children: Peter, Janna, Jill and Jesse.  Peter married Ellen Stein and has two daughters: Hannah (b.  Oct.  25, 1991) and Gabrielle (b.  Nov.  1994).  Janna married Yoram Amihud and has three children: Keren (b.  June 2, 1984), Yoni (b.  Aug.  17, 1986) and Tali (b.  June 2, 1991).  Jill married Ze'ev Lieberman and has one son, Adam (b.  1991).

 

Rita Itzler married Martin Press and has three children: Sharon, Stacey and Alex (see "Press").

 

ELSIE, the youngest of the Itzler children, was working as a bookkeeper in a fur house at the time of the 1920 U. S.  Census.  She later married George Atkins and has one daughter, Zelda.  Zelda married Al Herbst and has two sons, Richard and Leslie.

 


VIII.         Updates as of Feb. , 1999

A.             Russian Passport of Lazer Itzler – Feb.  1, 1902

We obtained the original Russian passport for Laser Itzler, dated Feb.  1, 1902 and had it translated as follows:

1.    Issued by:                                                             Postov Village Governor

2.    Faith (Religion) :                                        Jewish

3.    Time of Birth or Age:                                  40 years old                                                              

4.    Profession:                                               Shoemaker (High Boots)                                

5.    Is he or has he been married:                  Married

6.    The bearer of this document:                   Laser Moschev Itzler (Ishler)

            (Of)  Postov Village of  the Vilensk Province of the Yushinsk District

            has been dismissed <<Correct word?>>to various (Jewish ) towns and                             villages of the Russian Empire

7.     from the date given below until:                          the first of February, 1903

8.     Issued, stamped:  Year:              One thousand, nine hundred and two            Date: The first of February

9.    His Relation to Military Duty:                    Drafted in 1882 in Special Troops

10. Signature of Bearer:                                 Illiterate          

11. Signed:                                                      Postov Meschan, Village Govenor                

12.  Since the bearer is illiterate, his appearance qualities are:

13.  Height:                                                      Taller than average                                       

14.  Hair:                                                         Dark Brown and Fair (Mixed)                                    

15.  Special Appearance:                               Dark, Mixed


 

IX.          Other Data Available

Alex Press and I have done significant research and have collected as much memorabilia as possible.   The following documents and materials are available to any interested family member:

A.             Schatz / Itzler family Tree

1.              800+ member family tree, reaching back 7 generations

B.             Passports

1.              Passports - Lazer Itzler,  Russian (Translated) Feb.  1, 1902 – Issued Postav, Russia

2.              Passports - Byrina Schatz,  Russian (Translated) , 1904  – Issued Vilnius (Lithuania), Russia

C.             Pictures

1.              Schatz family – 1904

2.              Schatz family – 1936 – All siblings and spouses

3.              Itzler Family – 1904

4.              Rosnoscnic Family – 1854  (Becky Rosnesczic Shatz – marred Nathan Schatz)

5.              ….

D.             Letters

E.             Oral histories

1.              John Sherrod (Schatz) – July, 1976

2.              Charlie Diener  (Married Jay Schatz) – approximately 1980

F.              Historical artifacts

1.              Ellis Island letter commending donation and plaque:

2.              

G.             Research

1.              Yizkor books about Postav

2.              Maps of Postav and area

a)              Imperial Russian map – 1890

3.              Social Security Death Indices

a)              Many

4.              Names of researches interested in Postav or various family names

a)              Many

H.            Books

1.             Three Travelers to Postavy – Lawernce Avrom Thomson, et al

2.             Pilgrimage to Postov -  Charlotte Gerber (Roguv) Turner

3.             My Little Town – Postov – Israel Reichel


X.             Itzler’s in Reference Documents

A.             WHO'S AN ITZLER: ITZLERS IN THE NYNEX LISTINGS FOR GREATER N. Y. C.  (1993)

F. W.  Itzler, Yonkers: Frances Itzler, wife of Ralph, daughter-in-law of Morris

J.  Itzler, Manhattan: Jesse Itzler, son of Dan, grandson of Abraham

J.  Itzler, White Plains: Judith Itzler, wife of Martin, daughter-in-law of Ralph

Keith Itzler, Commack: son of Stanley, grandson of Nathan

L.  Itzler, Nanuet: Lois, daughter of Dave, granddaughter of Morris

Nathan Itzler, Brooklyn: deceased; wife Rose still at that address

Ronald S.  Itzler, Manhattan: son of David, grandson of Morris

Sidney Itzler, New City: son of Morris

Stanley Itzler, Seaford: son of Nathan

 

B.             BOSTON AREA

Mark Itzler, Somerville: son of Martin, grandson of Ralph, great-grandson of Morris

Neal Itzler, Boston: son of Martin, grandson of Ralph, great-grandson of Morris

 

C.             WHO'S AN ITZLER: ITZLERS ON PHONEDISC (1993)

Blanche Itzler, New City: wife of Sidney (see above)

Cynthia Itzler, Seaford: wife of Stanley (see above)

Daniel Itzler, Boca Raton: son of Abraham

David Itzler, Yonkers: son of Morris

Frances Itzler, Yonkers: (see above)

Jane Itzler, Brookline, Mass: daughter of Ronald, granddaughter of David, great-granddaughter of Morris

Judith Itzler, White Plains: (see above)

Keith Itzler (see above)

Lee Itzler, Massapequa: son of Stanley, grandson of Nathan

Lee Itzler, Seaford: ditto

Lois Itzler, Yonkers: daughter of David, granddaughter of Morris

Lois Itzler, Nanuet

M.  Itzler, Princeton

Mark Itzler, White Plains: son of Martin, grandson of Ralph

Nathan Itzler (see above)

R.  Itzler, Brooklyn: Robbin, daughter of Albert, granddaughter of Louis

Ralph Itzler, Yonkers: son of Morris

Robbin Itzler, Long Island City (see above)

Ronald Itzler, Yonkers (see above)

Ronald Itzler, Cliffside Park, N. J.  (see above)

Ronald S.  Itzler, Miami (see above)

Roy Itzler, Milford: son of Stanley, grandson of Nathan

Roy Itzler, Seaford (see above)

Sidney Itzler, New City (see above)

Stanley Itzler, Seaford (see above)

Susan Itzler, Commack: wife of Keith, daughter-in-law of Stanley


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XI.            Notes and Things To Do

A.             Add  1998 and 1999 research

B.             Send to Alex, Keith and lady who knew an Itzler

C.             Catalog major pictures and research artifacts

D.             Follow up on researchers with same family names or Postav area