Samuel Cohen - Frank Fried - Phyllis Rackow Family fonds
1 file, 5 photographs : b&w
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of the ketubbahs of Samuel Cohen and Ida Berezin, April 9, 1900, and Frank Fried and Lillian Cohen - 1927 (1-1011); engagement agreement of Samuel Cohen and Ida Berezin,1900; news clippings of marriage of Lillian Cohen and Frank Fried; obituaries of Samuel Cohen, 1959 and his wife Id…
Fonds consists of the ketubbahs of Samuel Cohen and Ida Berezin, April 9, 1900, and Frank Fried and Lillian Cohen - 1927 (1-1011); engagement agreement of Samuel Cohen and Ida Berezin,1900; news clippings of marriage of Lillian Cohen and Frank Fried; obituaries of Samuel Cohen, 1959 and his wife Ida,1957; Ottawa Hebrew Sunday School certificate of Phyllis Fried.
1927, 1957 - 1959
Samuel Cohen (b. 1874, Kovna, Lithuania - d. 1959, Ottawa) married Ida Berezin (b. 1876- d. 1957) in Russia ten immigrated to Ottawa ca. 1905 with their first daughter Lillian (b. April 12, 1904, Russia - d. July 16, 1979, Ottawa). They later had two more daughters, Doris and Rose, and two sons Arthur and Irving.
Samuel Cohen founded the Ottawa Kosher Meat Market sometime between 1905 and 1910. His first shop was at 349 Cumberland Street, then in the Byward Market Square, and subsequently at 81A Clarence Street. He had several business partners over the years, including Joe Roodman, Max Uditsky, a Smolkin and Misha Zbar. Samuel’s daughters Rose, Doris, and Lillian did his bookkeeping.
Samuel made weekly trips to local farms and his wife often accompany him. He would be up at four o’clock to drive to the farm suppliers and bring the cattle and chickens to the abattoir on Riverside Drive. He retired in 1948.
Misha Zbar and his son, Benjamin continued the Kosher Meat Market business until Misha and his wife immigrated to Israel. Benjamin Zbar then became a partner of United Kosher Meat & Deli. Samuel performed the duties of mishgaich for Beth Shalom Synagogue when it first opened in 1956 - 1957.
Samuel's daughter Lillian Cohen married Frank Fried in 1927. Frank Fried’s father owned a General Store in North Bay and had sent Frank to Ottawa to buy furs at Davidson’s where he met Lillian who was working as a bookkeeper. They lived in North Bay where their daughter Phyllis (Fried) Rackow was born.
The General Store was lost in 1929 and the Fried's moved to Ottawa where Frank worked in security at Freiman’s Department store. In 1937 Frank moved to Toronto and worked in a wholesale vegetable business until his premature death in 1939. Lillian and Phyllis returned to Ottawa and lived with her grandparents, Samuel and Ida Cohen.
Sons Arthur and Irving helped from time to time in the meat business but never worked there permanently. Arthur went into the furrier business and Irving became a salesman and later the manager of a men's wear store.
Daughter Rose went to Lisgar Collegiate and followed in her sisters footsteps working as a bookkeeper for Davidsons Furs. Rose married Louis Abramowitz, and after his death she married Maxwell Kalman. Rose and Louis operated Harper’s Dress Shop at 101 Bank Street across from the Capital Theatre and then moved to Rideau Street.
Donated by Phyllis Rackow
1. The shops in the 100 block of Bank included (Jake) Dover's Mens Wear, Zena and Maurice Goldberg's furrier store.
2. Ketubbah of Lillian Cohen and Frank Fried is in Aramaic, and was translated by Miriam Paghis, December, 2001.
3. Marriage agreement of Samuel Cohen and Ida Berezin translated by Cheryl Jaffee, August 28, 2002.
4. There was no competition among butchers because of the Kosher aspect of meat business. It was a hard but good living.
5. The Goldfields and Samuel Cohen were the first Jewish butchers.
6. Other Jewish furriers besides Davidson's (Mrs. Davidson was a daugther of Moses Bilsky) were the Caplans, Morris Goldberg at Chateau Furs, and Dave Futerel.