Fonds consists of biographical material, a poster of Jewish hockey players and officials including Martin Rosenthal (see 1-993); a partial set of Rosenthal stamped silver cutlery.
Aaron Rosenthal arrived in Ottawa during 1878.
The name Rosenthal in Ottawa is synonymous with silver.
Aaron was born in Lobsenz, Germany in 1831. At the tender age of thirteen and by way of India, Ceylon, he eventually reached Australia and was there at the time of the 1859 gold rush. He was in the jewellery business for a number of years in Australia and also met and married his wife Bertha Lehman in that country. By way of England, the Rosenthals moved to Montreal in 1875 and on to Ottawa three years later.
Three years after that, Aaron Rosenthal set up his jewellery business. Around 1903, his four sons; Adolphe, Samuel, Martin and Harry all joined the business and the firm became known as A. Rosenthal and Sons Ltd.
Upon the death of Aaron Rosenthal on October 1, l909, The Ottawa Evening Journal reported that “ the Capital lost one of its best citizens and a man with active business interests of this city for the last 31 years." While Mr. Rosenthal died in Ottawa, he was buried at the Shar Hashomayim Cemetery in Montreal. Rabbi Herman Abramowitz officiated and said, “with his removal from our midst, there has been removed one of the old landmarks, as it were, in Canadian Jewry”.
Bertha Rosenthal (Lehman) was born in Berlin around 1850 and died in Ottawa in 1922. She was a Jewish communal leader and founded the Ottawa Ladies Hebrew Benevolent Society, became its president and served in that capacity until her death. Her other charitable and philanthropic activities included the Perley Home for Incurables, the Ottawa General Hospital and the Disraeli Chapter of the IODE. She is also buried in the Shar Hashomayim cemetery in Montreal.
1. Cutlery, with a Rosenthal stamp, includes 6 dinner forks, 6 dessert forks, 4 dessert spoons, 4 smaller spoons, 3 serving spoons and 1 ladle. Located with other artifacts.
2. Hockey poster located in over-sized certificate box, donated by Joe Osterer, 2004.
3. Extensive Rosenthal genealogy supplied by a researcher, Betty Tomback, a grand daughter of Martin Rosenthal. She lives in Sarnia, 519-899-2803.