Fonds jhse-145 - Laskin family fonds

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Laskin family fonds

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JHSE jhse-145

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1 cm of textual records. -- 2 photographs. -- 2 audiocassettes

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William Laskin was born in Russia in 1893. He came to Canada at age 13, in 1906. He first stopped in Winnipeg, Manitoba, then moved to Goodeve, Saskatchewan in 1917, where he set up a general store. There, he married Sarah Dachis, who was born in Yorkton, Saskatchewan in 1900. Their five children are: Charles, Leo, Merle, Shimon and Mervin, all born in Yorkton. In 1921, Leo became ill in Goodeve, and they were unable to obtain medical help for him, so he died. That prompted a move back to Yorkton, where they opened a clothing store on Betts Avenue. In 1929, because of the Depression, they were again forced to move back to Goodeve, where they remained until 1921, and then on to Rosevalley. In 1941, their general store burnt down, but they later rebuilt. In 1946, the family moved to Edmonton. Merle married Dr. Morris Weinlos that same year and had three daughters. Mervin became a doctor. Shimon worked for Garfin's Department Store, until he opened up his own store, Laskin's, which he ran until 1961. Shim married Shirley Bernstein. He was active in the Menorah Curling Club, the Beth Israel Synagogue and the Chevra Kadisha. William Laskin helped bring his brother Max over from Russia. He and his wife Dolly had three sons, including Bora, who became Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada; Saul, who became Mayor of Fort William; and Chuck, a businessman. William Laskin passed away in 1957, and Sarah in 1993.

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Rose Chica Einesman Bernstein was born in Bodzentyn Poland on Dec. 20, 1903. Joseph Mayer Bornstein was born in Wzdol Poland, November 22, 1895. Max came to Canada in 1919, eventually settling in Edmonton. He and Rose were married in Edmonton on November 13, 1921. They opened a dry goods store on Jasper Avenue and 97th St. Their daughter Shirley Leah was born in 1928. They eventually moved to the South side, where they ran a business called Service Department Store. Rose was a founding member of Edmonton Pioneer Women and a member of the Magen David Club for 50 years, which raised funds for Talmud Torah. They were both members of the Chevra Kadisha (Jewish Burial Society), and the Beth Israel Synagogue. They also had two sons, Phillip and Martin. Max passed away in 1983, and Rose died in 1990.

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The fonds consists of materials collected and created by the Laskin family from 1946-2000, including photographs and a family history of the Laskin and Bernstein families.

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The material was donated by Shim and Shirley Laskin in 2000.


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  • The material is in English.

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Additional materials may be found in the First Century of Jewish Life Editorial Committee fonds and the Oral History Committee fonds held by JAHSENA.<br><br>Record No. LAS.00.1<br><br>

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