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Abraham Shaffer fonds

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Collection
Abraham Shaffer fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
1 file; 1 framed certificate
Fonds No.
I0009
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of biographical material; 1 framed document commemorating the silver wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Shaffer, June 1922, presented by the Board of Directors of Ottawa Talmud Torah (4-724).
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Abraham Shaffer fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
1 file; 1 framed certificate
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of biographical material; 1 framed document commemorating the silver wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Shaffer, June 1922, presented by the Board of Directors of Ottawa Talmud Torah (4-724).
Date
1932
Fonds No.
I0009
History Biographical
Abraham Shaffer was born in Albany, NY in 1885, son of Samuel Shaffer (b. date unknown - d. 1917) and Mushah Shaffer (b. date unknown - d. 1923). Samuel Shaffer immigrated to New York from Russia. After landing at Ellis Island he settled in Albany and became an agent for a soda water manufacturer. He travelled to Ottawa several times during the summers and while visiting boarded with Jewish families. He eventually moved his family to Gigues Street and worked as a peddler. As a young man, Abraham went to work for an uncle in Brooklyn who was in the bookbinding business, where he was tasked with applying gold leaf to books. In Brooklyn he met Mary Baslaw and they married in 1907. Mary’s family operated a small grocery business without refrigeration. The shop operated long hours. Mary, who by then had two small sons, Irving and Harold, was also working in the family business and became very run down. Abraham and Mary decided to leave Brooklyn and move to Canada and spent a winter in Buckingham, Quebec, before settling in Ottawa. They would have a daughter Beatrice, and two more sons, Milton and Sheldon. In February, 1911 they opened Shaffer's clothing shop on Dalhousie Street. Shortly afterwards they relocated the shop to Rideau Street as Mary realised shops on Rideau saw more business. Eventually they expanded to include 143 to 147 and 147 1/2 Rideau. The store remained there until it closed in 1967.
Notes
Biographical notes on Abraham Shaffer taken from Milton, in Florida, on the phone, February 3, 2003. He added that the Shaffer's lived over the store and Abraham played classical piano.
Related Material
Shaffer's Ltd. and Harold Shaffer fonds
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Ottawa Jewish Archives
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