Text: April 1930 census shows age as 38, which would imply a birth date between April 1891 and March 1892, inclusive. Rootsweb.com (ssdi) gives birthdate as 06/20/1890. Jewishgen Burial Registry gives birth date as 22 June 1893.
Text: Marriage License No. 40971, Jackson Co., Missouri. Image retrieved from http://records.co.jackson.mo.us
Note: N5 My mother, Doris Shapiro, better known as Dasha, was the 4th daughter and 5th of seven children (5 girls and 2 boys) of Norman (Notie or Note) and Debbie (Dobe) Shapiro, nee Lubinski.
They had a little tea/sandwich/cookie shop as their livelihood, and Mama helped in the shop.
After my father had sent money for all his family to leave Russia, he sent money for my mother.
My mother was glad to go: there was little opportunity of any kind there. She left Russia in 1911, at age 19[?]. She always said she had no fear and looked forward to coming... but many years later, she said there was great sadness in leaving her family.
Mother said she spent two days in Germany coming to the U.S. Her trip was five weeks duration. At this time, the New York harbor and Ellis Island were overpopulated--there was a quota. She arrived in Philadelphia, but that port too was overburdened, and the new immigrants were diverted to Galveston, which the U.S. Government had recently designated as another port of entry. That is why during this period of time that Mom came to the U.S., most of the boats came through Galveston.... and added to the length of time she was on the boat.
So it was through Galveston my mother arrived in the U.S., where she was met by the Jewish Federation. My mother said she wore a large hat with a feather in it when she stepped ashore, and also had long pigtails (we have a picture of her in pigtails).
My mother immediately went to St. Joseph, Missouri, where her cousin Elke Chernicoff had settled. Mother looked forward to seeing Elke. After Mom was here, she sent after Auntie Anna & Sophie. They all lived for a while with Mrs. Chernicoff, until Auntie and Sophie found other quarters or an apartment. For some time, Auntie Anna was not happy here, but after a while she got used to it. Mom stayed on with Mrs. Chernicoff, who, though particular and exacting, was good to the girls, and Mom had a lot of respect for her. Mom said Elke treated her and her sisters with love and care.
In February, 1916 my parents were married in Kansas City, Missouri.
My mother worked in a candy factory. (Years later she said the strong sweet smell of the candy had almost made her ill, and in later life she didn't care much for candy.) She also ironed shirts for a living.
Mom's mother was killed during the Revolution. Before my dear mom died, she sat on the edge of the bed and cried about her own mother.
--Hannah Brahinsky, daughter of Doris (Dasha) Shapiro Brahinsky
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