Fonds includes a 39th Boy Scout Troop shirt worn by Abe Hochberg in the early 1940's; a garment bag printed with “A. M. Hochberg Gentlemen’s Fine Apparel”; and a newspaper clipping.
Abe Hochberg (b. 1928- d. 2005) was the son of Yetta (b. 1896- d. 1977) and Nathan Hochberg (b. 1896-d. 1933). The Hochebergs immigrated to Canada from Poland in 1928, and first stopped in Montreal before settling permanently in Ottawa.
Five years after their arrival, Nathan Hochberg passed away suddenly, leaving Abe along with his mother, and siblings Hy Hochberg (b. 1923- d. 1985) and Rose (m. Harry Goldberg) to fend for themselves and to tend the family's small lunch counter on Nicholas Street.
As a teenager in the 1940's Abe became involved with the 39th Jewish Scout Troop (later renamed the 39th Henry Hank Torontow Scout Troop). Too young to enlist in World War II, he amassed 300 War Hours and more Proficiency Badges than any other of his fellow scouts. From the scouts he joined the Macabee Air Cadet Squadron. and later in the 1940's became a Scout Leader. In 1954, Abe took on the role of Director of the Sunday morning services for the Hanoar Breakfast Club.
Abe was first employed by Joe Feller where he first got his start in the tailoring business. Abe went on to open his own men's tailoring shop named Gentleman's Fine Apparel, which was located at 204 Rideau Street.
1. Boy Scout Shirt donated by Linda Kerzner, 2006.
2. Garment bag and newspaper clipping donated by Sharon Edelson, 2009.