Fonds consists of one large ledger book; 2 files of mortgages involving Applebaum, Greenberg and Shenkman businessmen, 1896-1959; 1 file of family history/ biographical material, regarding Sydney Appleton b. 1919, Pinhey Applebaum and Fay (Azaroff) Applebaum; and a Ketuba between Rebecca Rubenstein…
Fonds consists of one large ledger book; 2 files of mortgages involving Applebaum, Greenberg and Shenkman businessmen, 1896-1959; 1 file of family history/ biographical material, regarding Sydney Appleton b. 1919, Pinhey Applebaum and Fay (Azaroff) Applebaum; and a Ketuba between Rebecca Rubenstein and Jacob Applebaum,1911.
1930 - 1953
Founded by Boruch Applebaum prior to 1930, B. Applebaum & Son was a tinsmith and sheet metal business located at 306 Murray Street, Ottawa. The business specialized in making garbage cans with corrugated sides, stove pipes, and furnace metals.
The business was family run, at times employing Baruch’s brother Pinhey (Pinchus) Applebaum as well as Baruch’s daughters who worked in the office, including daughter Ann who is remembered as having good business sense. The Applebaums lived in an apartment above the business which was a very noisy arrangement.
Boruch's son Harold Applebaum eventually became a partner and inherited the business. Harold Applebaum married Goldie Reva Budovsky. Overtime the business declined due to new technologies in metal work and manufacturing.
Boruch Applebaum’s parents were immigrants to Ottawa. Moses Applebaum was a junk dealer, carpenter and a shamus at Machzikei Hadas Synagogue, 259 Murray Street. He and his wife Edith (Baker) Applebaum had five children: Jacob Gershon Appelbaum, Boruch Applebaum, Rachel Baker, Pinchus Applebaum and Motel Applebaum.
Jacob Gershon Applebaum married Rebecca Rubenstein on September 3, 1911. They had five children: Harold (Harry) N. (Applebaum) Appleton, Sydney Herbert (Applebaum) Appleton, Eva Ruth (Applebaum) Wexler (b. Ottawa 1912), Norman Micheal (Applebaum) Appleton and Beatrice Joyce (Applebaum) Rodman.
Pinchus Applebaum married Fay Azaroff in 1926 or 1927. They had three daughters; Dorothy (Applebaum) Hymes, Ethel, and Rose. Fay Azaroff was a Ukrainian orphan rescued by Lillian Freiman's group. Photographs of Fay and brothers Isaac and Harry appear in Ukranian orphans photograph album in Freiman fonds.
1. Family business history provided by Sylvia Budovsky Kershman, winter 2002.
2. Ledger donated by Stanley Kershman, January 2002.
3. Mortgages donated by Sharon Edelson, January 30, 2007.
4. Ketubah donated by Ron Appleton of Vancouver in November 2009.
5. Mrs. Dorothy Hymes donated obituaries and other family history material related to her parents in June 2011.
1. Ketuba indicates that Jacob Applebaum (age 21, tinsmith) married Rebecca Rubenstein (age 18, tailoress) in 1911. Jacob's father is listed as Moses Applebaum (janitor) and mother Edith Baker Applebaum as being of 264 Murray Street, Ottawa. rebecca's father Noah Rubenstein (merchant) and mother Bella Gordon Rubenstein. Jacob had been a resident of Ottawa for 8 years at the time of his marriage.
2. Notes from a conversation between L. Dougherty and Sidney Appleton (November 2009) about his life in Ottawa and his military service are included in this fonds. Sydney Herbert Appleton changed his name from Sydney Applebaum when he went to the United States after the war.