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Hyman BOBBE

M, #I11101, b. 30 December 1870, d. 20 December 1944

Family

Marriage 1 : Bessie Ida CHON m. 14 August 1900 Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA, b. 06 April 1875, d. 28 December 1955

  1.    Henry BOBBE, b. 16 June 1901, d. 12 March 1942
  2.    Elliot BOBBE, b. abt. 1910
  3.    Wilhelmina BOBBE, b. abt. 1904
  4. Rosalie BOBBE, b. 10 November 1912, d. 25 October 1947

Sources

  1. FamilySearch.org, LDS Family search website
  2. Levie Kanes Genealogy, http://levie-kanes.com/default.htmGenealogy website

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Henry BOBBE

M, #I11102, b. 16 June 1901, d. 12 March 1942

Sources

  1. 1930 Census online,

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Elliot BOBBE

M, #I11103, b. abt. 1910

Sources

  1. 1930 Census online,

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Wilhelmina BOBBE

F, #I11104, b. abt. 1904

Sources

  1. 1910 Census online,

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Rosalie BOBBE

F, #I11105, b. 10 November 1912, d. 25 October 1947

Family

Marriage 1 : Fred TAGLIERI

Sources

  1. FamilySearch.org, LDS Family search website

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Fred TAGLIERI

M, #I11106

Family

Marriage 1 : Rosalie BOBBE , b. 10 November 1912, d. 25 October 1947

Sources

  1. FamilySearch.org, LDS Family search website

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Hartog BOBBE

M, #I11107

Family

Marriage 1 : Roosje KOEKOEK

  1. Hyman BOBBE, b. 30 December 1870, d. 20 December 1944

Sources

  1. FamilySearch.org, LDS Family search website
  2. Levie Kanes Genealogy, http://levie-kanes.com/default.htmGenealogy website

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Roosje KOEKOEK

F, #I11108

Family

Marriage 1 : Hartog BOBBE

  1. Hyman BOBBE, b. 30 December 1870, d. 20 December 1944

Sources

  1. FamilySearch.org, LDS Family search website
  2. Levie Kanes Genealogy, http://levie-kanes.com/default.htmGenealogy website

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Benjamin W CHON

M, #I11109, b. abt. 1864

Family

Marriage 1 : Annie BRANSKY m. 17 December 1889 Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA, b. abt. 1867

  1.    Myron E CHON, b. abt. 1903
  2. Melba CHON, b. abt. 1894
  3.    Nelson CHON, b. abt. 1898
  4.    Harold CHON, b. abt. 1892
  5.    William CHON, b. abt. 1908

Notes:

BERNARD LEVINE * BOX 2404 * EUGENE OREGON 97402 USA * 541-484-0294

http://www.knife-expert.com/ brlevine@ix.netcom.com

FROM "KNIFE LORE," NATIONAL KNIFE MAGAZINE, NOVEMBER 1988

JACK KNIFE BEN

I brought home one real treasure from the Hawkeye knife
show in Des Moines. It isn't a knife; instead it is a piece
of knife lore. Club member Jim Reinert collects Jack Knife
Ben pocketknives, and he succeeded in tracking down a March
1927 issue of The American Magazine with a great article
about Jack Knife Ben himself, written by a journalist named
Neil M. Clark. Club member Harold Tucker very kindly allowed
me to make copies of the copy that Jim Reinert had given to
him.

Jack Knife Ben was really named Benjamin W. Chon. In 1887,
when he was twenty-four years old, Ben Chon "reached Chicago
by box car busted and broke. It was late fall and cold."
His most recent job had been as an actor in a traveling
theater company playing Uncle Tom's Cabin." He had played
"nearly every role but the bloodhound," but the company had
not earned enough money to pay the actors' salaries.

In Chicago Ben Chon did odd jobs until he had saved eight
dollars. Then he went to visit the giant Union Stock Yards,
then the most notable attraction in the Windy City. "I was
amazed," said Ben, "at the number of farmers, stock-raisers,
cowboys, and cattlemen who came there from all over. The
thought occurred to me that every one of those men needed a
first class jack knife. I asked myself why they shouldn't
buy knives of me, and get good ones!

"Next morning I was on the job. My store was a barrel, my
display case a cigar box, and my entire stock a few dozen
knives I had been able to pick up at a bargain with my eight
dollars. I offered the knives for sale at a quarter apiece.

"At first it was pretty tough, sticking to it through cold,
rain, snow, sleet, and sun. But people got to know me. I
had a line of talk, guaranteed my knives, and took care to
sell good knives, built the way farmers wanted them.
Customers at my barrel store soon included all sorts and
classes, from laborers to millionaire packers and commission
men.

"But I was only a peddler. The policeman on the beat did
not understand my ambitions and hated peddlers -- me
especially. Day after day he'd order me away; and I'd come
back, as sure as the next sun rose. ...

"It was about eight years [1895] before I finally got my
first little shop. Mr. John Ashby was then Vice President of
the Stock Yards Company. That company owned the real estate,
and leased it out, and they wouldn't let me rent any space,
even after I could afford it. But Mr. Ashby noticed I was
persistent, and he had a little shack put up for me. It was
just about big enough to turn around in; but I settled in it,
and made money faster than ever!

"Later on the elevated lines were built and the steam
railroad was abandoned. I rented the old station, and fitted
it up as a store. We're still in it."

In 1927, Jack Knife Ben's store was doing several hundred
thousand dollars a year in business. Besides the old
standby, pocketknives, it also sold razors, diamonds,
jewelry, clothing and men's furnishings, rain coats, leather
goods, and optical instruments. As Ben said, "We aren't
grand, like some of the stores downtown. But that's real
mahogany in those showcases; when a jeweler wants to close
out and quit, I can give him cash for his stock -- twenty,
thirty, fifty thousand dollars if need be -- and get bargains
for my customers.

"One of my sons now manages one side of the store, and
another has charge of the other side, but I still prefer to
stand out in front with my tray of knives, and sell them to
all comers in all weathers. Seldom a day goes by when I sell
less than fifty knives. I have sold as many as seven and
eight hundred in a single day.

"I pride myself on knowing more farmers than anybody else
in the country. ... I have done business with a lot of
famous people, too. Everybody who comes to Chicago comes to
the Stock Yards, and they pass my place of business. The
Prince of Wales has one of my knives. President Harding had
one, and President Coolidge has one."

Benjamin Chon, the little man in the gray business suit and
the blue yachting cap, and with the carnival pitchman's
mesmerizing voice, was for more than half a century almost as
much of a Chicago institution as the Stock Yards themselves.
"Quality, sir?" he often said. "Just read that, if you
please; it says 'Jack Knife Ben' on the blade, doesn't it?
That never goes on a knife unless I stand behind it."

* * *

FROM "KNIFE LORE," NATIONAL KNIFE MAGAZINE, APRIL 1989

JACK KNIFE BEN REVISITED

Mr. John E. Thompson of Illinois read my write-up on Jack
Knife Ben Chon of Chicago in the November installment of this
column, and it brought back some fond memories for him. He
writes, "I enjoyed this issue, my first, especially the piece
on Jack Knife Ben. I have done business with Ben, or with
one of his sons -- a pocketknife or two, but mostly tools of
the stockman's trade, like canes and sorting poles. My dad
bought my mother's engagement ring from Ben about 1919."

* * *

also see: ATLANTIC MONTHLY, APRIL 1998 pp 71-87
for a biography of Ben Chon's youngest son, William Shawn
(1907-1992), long time editor of the New Yorker Magazine.

One of the sources for this article was the book:
Men Meat & Miracles, 1952, by Bertram Fowler.

According to this story, Ben Chon was born in Canada in
1863. His wife, Anna Bransky, was born in Manchester, England,
and her family emigrated to Detroit, where they met.
Ben Chon retired in 1928, leaving his son Harold in charge of
the business. Jack Knife Ben died in 1952.

Sources

  1. Canada Census of 1881 on FamilySearch.org,

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Dora CHON

F, #I11110, b. abt. 1866

Family

Marriage 1 : Joseph DAVIS m. 04 December 1888 Toronto, Ontario, Canada, b. abt. 1864

Sources

  1. Canada Census of 1881 on FamilySearch.org,

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Annie BRANSKY

F, #I11111, b. abt. 1867

Family

Marriage 1 : Benjamin W CHON m. 17 December 1889 Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA, b. abt. 1864

  1.    Myron E CHON, b. abt. 1903
  2. Melba CHON, b. abt. 1894
  3.    Nelson CHON, b. abt. 1898
  4.    Harold CHON, b. abt. 1892
  5.    William CHON, b. abt. 1908

Sources

  1. FamilySearch.org, LDS Family search website

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Myron E CHON

M, #I11112, b. abt. 1903

Sources

  1. FamilySearch.org, LDS Family search website
  2. 1930 Census online,

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Melba CHON

F, #I11113, b. abt. 1894

Family

Marriage 1 : Abraham COHEN

Sources

  1. 1910 Census online,

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Nelson CHON

M, #I11114, b. abt. 1898

Sources

  1. 1910 Census online,

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Harold CHON

M, #I11115, b. abt. 1892

Sources

  1. 1910 Census online,

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William CHON

M, #I11116, b. abt. 1908

Sources

  1. 1910 Census online,

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Joseph DAVIS

M, #I11117, b. abt. 1864

Family

Marriage 1 : Dora CHON m. 04 December 1888 Toronto, Ontario, Canada, b. abt. 1866

Sources

  1. FamilySearch.org, LDS Family search website

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David DAVIS

M, #I11118

Family

Marriage 1 : UNKNOWN

  1. Joseph DAVIS, b. abt. 1864

Sources

  1. FamilySearch.org, LDS Family search website

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Nn KLEIN

M, #I11119

Family

Marriage 1 : Rachel (Ray) CHON , b. 01 October 1881, d. 12 September 1959

Sources

  1. FamilySearch.org, LDS Family search website

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Abraham COHEN

M, #I11120

Family

Marriage 1 : Melba CHON , b. abt. 1894

Sources

  1. Sentinel, The, Chicago Jewish magazine, online version.http://hannah.spertus.edu:8881/R Online version from Illinois State Library

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Abel ENGELMAN

M, #I11121

Family

Marriage 1 : Bertha (Bertie) CHON , b. abt. 1878

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Simon SINGER

M, #I11122

Family

Marriage 1 : Nat KNAUER

  1. Elizabeth SINGER, b. 15 February 1845, d. 03 June 1925

Sources

  1. FamilySearch.org, LDS Family search website

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Nat KNAUER

F, #I11123

Family

Marriage 1 : Simon SINGER

  1. Elizabeth SINGER, b. 15 February 1845, d. 03 June 1925

Sources

  1. FamilySearch.org, LDS Family search website

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Morris BRANSKY

M, #I11124, b. abt. 1825

Family

Marriage 1 : Minna LEVY , b. abt. 1850, d. 03 March 1926

  1. Annie BRANSKY, b. abt. 1867
  2.    Samuel BRANSKY, b. abt. 1870
  3.    Sarah BRANSKY, b. abt. 1872
  4.    Alex BRANSKY, b. abt. 1875, d. 14 July 1880
  5.    Harry BRANSKY, b. abt. 1876
  6.    Benny BRANSKY, b. abt. 1880, d. 21 July 1880
  7.    Joseph BRANSKY, b. 25 December 1880

Sources

  1. 1880 Census online,

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Minna LEVY

F, #I11125, b. abt. 1850, d. 03 March 1926

Family

Marriage 1 : Morris BRANSKY , b. abt. 1825

  1. Annie BRANSKY, b. abt. 1867
  2.    Samuel BRANSKY, b. abt. 1870
  3.    Sarah BRANSKY, b. abt. 1872
  4.    Alex BRANSKY, b. abt. 1875, d. 14 July 1880
  5.    Harry BRANSKY, b. abt. 1876
  6.    Benny BRANSKY, b. abt. 1880, d. 21 July 1880
  7.    Joseph BRANSKY, b. 25 December 1880

Sources

  1. 1880 Census online,
  2. FamilySearch.org, LDS Family search website

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Samuel BRANSKY

M, #I11126, b. abt. 1870

Sources

  1. 1880 Census online,

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Sarah BRANSKY

F, #I11127, b. abt. 1872

Sources

  1. 1880 Census online,

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Alex BRANSKY

M, #I11128, b. abt. 1875, d. 14 July 1880

Sources

  1. 1880 Census online,

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Harry BRANSKY

M, #I11129, b. abt. 1876

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Benny BRANSKY

M, #I11130, b. abt. 1880, d. 21 July 1880

Sources

  1. 1880 Census online,

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Samuel LEVY

M, #I11131

Family

Marriage 1 : UNKNOWN

  1. Minna LEVY, b. abt. 1850, d. 03 March 1926

Sources

  1. FamilySearch.org, LDS Family search website

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Joseph BRANSKY

M, #I11132, b. 25 December 1880

Sources

  1. FamilySearch.org, LDS Family search website

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Joseph ARONSON

M, #I11133, b. 07 August 1864, d. 01 September 1928

Family

Marriage 1 : Selma BAMBERGER , b. 07 December 1874, d. 06 January 1911

  1. Alfred ARONSON

Sources

  1. Kester family tree online, www.thekesters.net/genealogy

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Selma BAMBERGER

F, #I11134, b. 07 December 1874, d. 06 January 1911

Family

Marriage 1 : Joseph ARONSON , b. 07 August 1864, d. 01 September 1928

  1. Alfred ARONSON

Sources

  1. Kester family tree online, www.thekesters.net/genealogy

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Gabriel BAMBERGER

M, #I11135, b. 03 June 1845, d. 09 January 1903

Family

Marriage 1 : Lina Wohl BAER , b. 10 June 1849, d. 01 February 1911

  1. Selma BAMBERGER, b. 07 December 1874, d. 06 January 1911

Sources

  1. Kester family tree online, www.thekesters.net/genealogy

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Lina Wohl BAER

F, #I11136, b. 10 June 1849, d. 01 February 1911

Family

Marriage 1 : Gabriel BAMBERGER , b. 03 June 1845, d. 09 January 1903

  1. Selma BAMBERGER, b. 07 December 1874, d. 06 January 1911

Sources

  1. Kester family tree online, www.thekesters.net/genealogy

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Abraham BAER

M, #I11137, b. 1797, d. 21 November 1856

Family

Marriage 1 : Fanny WOHL , b. 14 August 1841, d. 10 September 1869

  1. Lina Wohl BAER, b. 10 June 1849, d. 01 February 1911

Sources

  1. Kester family tree online, www.thekesters.net/genealogy

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Fanny WOHL

F, #I11138, b. 14 August 1841, d. 10 September 1869

Family

Marriage 1 : Abraham BAER , b. 1797, d. 21 November 1856

  1. Lina Wohl BAER, b. 10 June 1849, d. 01 February 1911

Sources

  1. Kester family tree online, www.thekesters.net/genealogy

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Joseph KATZ

M, #I11139, b. 01 June 1821, d. 15 February 1892

Sources

  1. Hessian Regional History Information System (LAGIS), http://www.lagis-hessen.de/en/subjects/index/sn/jufHessian Regional History Information System (LAGIS)LAGIS Flyer (PDF)Introduction (taken from the website)The Hessian Information System on Regional History (the German acronym is LAGIS) is a digital information portal created by the State Office for Regional History of Hesse (Hessisches Landesamt für geschichtliche Landeskunde) in Marburg. It aims to provide historically accurate information on the history and geography of Hesse to a broad readership with a variety of possible questions and informational needs. To that end we provide digital texts, maps and images that were prepared by the State Office for Regional History of Hesse or our partners.

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Max COHEN

M, #I11140, b. 02 September 1857

Sources

  1. FamilySearch.org, LDS Family search website

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Jetta COHEN

F, #I11141, b. 11 May 1855

Sources

  1. FamilySearch.org, LDS Family search website

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Moritz COHEN

M, #I11142, b. 01 April 1855

Sources

  1. FamilySearch.org, LDS Family search website

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Eva COHEN

F, #I11143, b. 29 November 1847

Sources

  1. FamilySearch.org, LDS Family search website

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Samuel ROOMBERG

M, #I11144

Family

Marriage 1 : UNKNOWN

  1. Leizer (Lewis) ROOMBERG, b. 15 March 1831, d. 15 November 1909

Sources

  1. FamilySearch.org, LDS Family search website

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Abram Z. ZIETLEIN

M, #I11145, b. 10 September 1881

Family

Marriage 1 : Esther Gertrude GOODMAN m. 05 September 1911 Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA, b. abt. 1884, d. 18 August 1932

  1. Shirley Mildred ZIETLEIN, b. 03 December 1912
  2. Adela ZIETLEIN, b. 14 October 1915, d. May 1988
  3.    Jerome ZIETLEIN, b. 18 July 1917, d. September 1972

Sources

  1. FamilySearch.org, LDS Family search website
  2. 1920 Census online, From FamilySearch.org

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Shirley Mildred ZIETLEIN

F, #I11146, b. 03 December 1912

Family

Marriage 1 : Norman RACUSIN , b. 12 November 1909, d. 31 May 1994

  1.    Gale RACUSIN, b. abt. 1935

Sources

  1. FamilySearch.org, LDS Family search website

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Adela ZIETLEIN

F, #I11147, b. 14 October 1915, d. May 1988

Family

Marriage 1 : Arthur WOLLNER , b. 03 July 1911, d. 19 November 1981

  1.    Anthony WOLLNER

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Jerome ZIETLEIN

M, #I11148, b. 18 July 1917, d. September 1972

Sources

  1. 1920 Census online, From FamilySearch.org

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Norman RACUSIN

M, #I11149, b. 12 November 1909, d. 31 May 1994

Family

Marriage 1 : Shirley Mildred ZIETLEIN , b. 03 December 1912

  1.    Gale RACUSIN, b. abt. 1935

Sources

  1. FamilySearch.org, LDS Family search website
  2. 1940 census online,

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Gale RACUSIN

F, #I11150, b. abt. 1935

Sources

  1. 1940 census online,

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