Sam Glicker was born on February 8, 1889, in Yedinitz, Bessarabia, Russia (now known as Edinet, Moldova). Sam was known by his Yiddish name Schaje. His parents were Israel Glicker and Bindel Rosenblatt Glicker (See Glicker Family Outline and Flo’s Family).
Sam most likely had at least five siblings:
A sibling whose name is unknown
Sam left Yedinitz and on December 18, 1909, he boarded Holland-America Line’s steamship Ryndam in Rotterdam, Holland. The ship’s manifest spelled Sam’s name as Schaje Glucker.
Sam joined 644 other steerage passengers for the trip. According to the ship’s manifest, Sam left his mother behind in Yedinitz and sailed alone to New York City. On board with him, though, was another young man from his hometown Yedinitz, Leiser Brand. Both Sam and Leiser said they were in the fur trade, although Sam did not pursue this occupation after he landed. Sam had purchased his own ticket for the voyage, and said he also had $12 in his pocket when he sailed. After a ten-day journey, he arrived in New York City on Tuesday, December 28, 1909.
A blizzard had blanketed the city with ten inches of snow during the preceding Saturday night. Some streets had been cleared with a path down the middle for streetcars to run, but snow was still piled up along the curbs. The steamship had met with hard weather on its approach to the coast, but was spared the worst of the storm. A freight steamer, the Thurman, had been wrecked off Toms River, New Jersey and the schooner Mary Ann Kirby had sunk in Long Island Sound during the snowstorm. The snowstorm is now known as the “Blizzard of 1909.”
As Sam traveled over the Brooklyn Bridge to reach his brother Joseph’s home in Brooklyn, he might have seen the truckloads of snow being cleared from the streets and dumped into the East River.
The Ryndam’s ship manifest shows that Sam’s brother Joseph (Yiddish name: Yossel) Glicker was living at 1766 Sterling Place in Brooklyn. The 1910 U.S. Census shows that Sam boarded with his brother Joseph, Joseph’s wife Tillie, and their six-month old son Sammy.
The census record also shows Sam working as a filer for brass beds in 1910. Sam was a skilled brassworker throughout his working life, working for brass bed manufacturers. The census taker listed Sam’s name as “Charles.” This makes sense since most Jewish immigrants at that time adopted Americanized versions of their Yiddish names, and Charles was a common variant for the name Schaje (pronounced Shaya). But Sam was never known by the name Charles after the 1910 Census. One can only speculate that the census taker wrote “Charles” to differentiate him from his six-month old nephew Sam (later always called Sammy in our family).
Sam had moved into an apartment at 341 Georgia Avenue in the East New York section of Brooklyn. Living in the same building at the time was the young woman who became his wife, Yetta Spiegel. On February 7, 1914, Sam married Yetta and they began their married life together, a marriage that lasted more than 55 years.
To be continued – Sam and Yetta Glicker
Sam Glicker, Petition for Naturalization, December 22, 1944, Petition #421848, U.S. District Court of Eastern District, National Archives – Northeast Region.
Year: 1909; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm Serial: T715, 1897-1957; Microfilm Roll: Roll 1394; Line: 9; Page Number: 111; Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service; National Archives at Washington, D.C.
“Shipping News. Port of New York, Monday, December 27, 1909. Arrived.” New-York Tribune, December 28, 1909, page 9, chroniclingamerica.loc.gov [accessed March 1, 2015].
“Many Wrecked Vessels Show Fury of Storm,” Gainesville Daily Sun, December 29, 1909, page 1, chroniclingamerica.loc.gov [accessed March 1, 2015].
1910 U.S. Census; Census Place: Brooklyn Ward 24, Kings, New York; Roll: T624_975; Line 68, Charles Glicker; Page: 13B; Enumeration District: 0664; FHL microfilm: 1374988. Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910 (NARA microfilm publication T624, 1,178 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.