Fonds consists of news clippings; an advertisement for Rideau Plumbing and Heating; and 2 photographs : b&w
Abe Palmer, son of Moshe and Rose Palmer, was born at Billings Bridge, Ottawa. When he was ten or eleven, the family moved to Ottawa and he attended Rideau Street Public School.
Bertha Palmer was born in Navazibkoff, White Russia and came to Ottawa in 1927 as a young woman of 16 or 17 years of age with her senior matriculations and a fine singing voice. Her Uncle Louis Leiken, who had come to Ottawa in 1910 with her father, Joseph Leiken, sponsored her. Bertha Palmer was first UJA Women's Division chair, in 1972.
Abe Palmer was a successful businessman. Early in his business life he had a partnership with his cousin Abraham Held, in a business called Rideau Plumbing and Heating Limited. Then he established a wholesale plumbing and heating business called Palmer’s Plumbing and Heating Supply Limited. He sold this business in the 1960s to a Calgary firm called Westburn Industries Ltd. He was a “mover and shaker” in that industry and was Plumbing Division Chairman of the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating.
The Palmers were always active and highly respected in the Ottawa Jewish community. They were founders of the Ottawa Modern Jewish School. Abe served two terms as chairman of Israel Bonds in the late 1960s and President of the Jewish Community Council of Ottawa from 1970-1972.
1. Quotation and family information from the Palmer’s daughter, Sunny Tavel, July, 2006. Her Uncle Louis and her grandfather Joseph Leiken came to Canada in 1910. Joseph died in 1914 and is buried in Ottawa. Bertha came with her sister-in-law Zena Leiken, and two nieces, Libby Katz of Ottawa and Ethel Kesler of Montreal. Zena, Libby and Ethel were sponsored by Harry Leiken. When Bertha arrived in Ottawa, she lived with her Uncle Louis.