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Group photo at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa.

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn84432
Collection
Abraham Shaffer fonds
Description Level
Item
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w
Fonds No.
I0009; OJA 1-855
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
  1 image  
Collection
Abraham Shaffer fonds
Description Level
Item
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w
Date
[193-?]
Fonds No.
I0009
Item No.
OJA 1-855
Storage Location
vault
Acquisition Source
Melton Shaffer
Notes
L-R: Leon Fine, Mary (Baslaw) Shaffer, Abraham Shaffer, Rachel Fine, Barney Weiss, Henrietta Weiss.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Ottawa Jewish Archives
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Abraham Shaffer fonds

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn80461
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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Mr. and Mrs. Abraham Shaffer surrounded by their grandchildren during their 50th wedding anniversary celebration.

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn84493
Collection
Abraham Shaffer fonds
Description Level
Item
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w
Fonds No.
I0009; OJA 1-885
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
  1 image  
Collection
Abraham Shaffer fonds
Description Level
Item
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w
Date
1957
Fonds No.
I0009
Item No.
OJA 1-885
Acquisition Source
Frances Shaffer
Notes
L-R back row: Howard S., Ingrid Shapiro, Dr. Jon Zagon, Stanley S., Rhea Whol, Stephen Shaffer. Front row: Wendy Gross, Leslie Palmer, Dorothy S., Marilyn Kimmel, and three unidentified boys in the centre.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Ottawa Jewish Archives
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A framed certificate commemorating the silver wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Shaffer, presented by the Board of Directors of Ottawa Talmud Torah.

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn85311
Collection
Abraham Shaffer fonds
Description Level
Item
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 certificate
Fonds No.
I0009; OJA 4-724
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
  1 image  
Collection
Abraham Shaffer fonds
Description Level
Item
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 certificate
Date
June 1922
Fonds No.
I0009
Item No.
OJA 4-724
Notes
The document is gilded or decorated with silver paint.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Ottawa Jewish Archives
Images
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