Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Alhambra

A couple of weeks ago hubby and I went to the Ramona Flea Market and my eye spied this old book.  For a book to get my attention while walking up and down aisles in a flea market it has to look old.

If I buy a book from a flea market or antique store, it has to meet just one of the following criteria:

  • It has something to do with genealogy or history.
  • It is older than me.
  • It's something I recognize from my childhood.
  • It's included in the card game called Authors.
  • It has inscriptions from previous owners.

This particular book fits three of those categories.  It's (way) older than me, It has inscriptions, and it's included in the game Authors.

May I introduce you to THE ALHAMBRA, by Washington Irving.  It is an author's revised edition published by The Henneberry Company in Chicago. This publishing company was in operation as The Henneberry Company from 1901-1907.  This particular book was from one of many series that they published.  You can get an idea of what the book originally looked like from the Tom Brown Series.

Since the original owner dated this book 1904, I estimate it was published sometime between 1901 and 1904.

Lena Doerfler
605 Scoville Ave
Cleveland, O.
Feb 15 - 1904
There is also an inscription on the inside front cover probably from the person who gave it to her.  Unfortunately some juvenile neanderthal took it upon himself to write a vulgar rhyme underneath.

He who fights & runs away
Lives to fight another day
(Like Lena)
 I was able to find Lena in the 1900, 1910, and 1920 Ohio Census.

Name:Lena Doerfler
Birth Date:Jan 1889
Home in 1900:Cleveland Ward 13, Cuyahoga, Ohio
Relation to Head of House:Daughter
Marital Status:Single
Father's Birthplace:Bohemia
Mother's name:Bertha Doerfler
Mother's Birthplace:Prussia

Household Members:
Bertha Doerfler52
Samuel Doerfler24
Anna Doerfler21
Mollie Doerfler20
Lena Doerfler11

Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Cleveland Ward 13CuyahogaOhio; Roll: 1253; Page: 22A; Enumeration District: 51; FHL microfilm: 1241253.

Name:Lena Jacobs
Age in 1910:21
Birth Year:1889
Home in 1910:Cleveland Ward 25, Cuyahoga, Ohio
Relation to Head of House:Wife
Marital Status:Married
Spouse's Name:Phillip Jacobs
Father's Birthplace:Germany
Mother's Birthplace:Germany

Household Members:
Phillip Jacobs30
Lena Jacobs21
Philip Jacobs Jr.1

Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Cleveland Ward 25CuyahogaOhio; Roll: T624_1176; Page: 16A; Enumeration District: 0378; Image: 138; FHL microfilm: 1375189.

Name:Lena Jacobs
Birth Year:abt 1889
Home in 1920:Cleveland Ward 24, Cuyahoga, Ohio
Relation to Head of House:Wife
Marital Status:Married
Spouse's Name:Philip A Jacobs
Father's Birthplace:Bohemia
Mother's name:Bertha Doerflu
Mother's Birthplace:Germany
Able to Read:Yes
Able to Write:Yes

Household Members:
Philip A Jacobs39
Lena Jacobs31
Arthur Jacobs10
Josephine Jacobs7
Leonard Jacobs10/12
Bertha Doerflu72
Mildred Isoma16
Source Citation: Year: 1920; Census Place: Cleveland Ward 24, Cuyahoga, Ohio; Roll: T625_1371; Page: 16B; Enumeration District: 467; Image: 500.

I also found her marriage certificate:
Source Citation: Cuyahoga County Archive; Cleveland, Ohio; Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Marriage Records, 1810-1973; Volume: Vol 70-71; Page: 160; Year Range: 1908 Apr - 1909 Feb
And lastly, I found her burial information:

Name:Lena Jacobs
Hebrew Name:Leah bat David
Birth Date:Nov 1890
Death Date:Jun 1952
Age at Death:61
Burial Plot:Section K Row 5
Burial Place:Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Cemetery:Glenville Cemetery
Cemetery Burials:3724
Cemetery Comments:13009 Shaw Ave., Cleveland, OH 44108

Source Information:
JewishGen, comp. JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2008.
Original data: This data is provided in partnership with

My main objective is to get this book in the hands of a descendant of Phillip and Lena Doerfler Jacobs.  In the mean time, this book would be great for story time.

*Update - This book is now in the hands of a grandson of Phillip & Lena Doerfler Jacobs.

Leslie Ann

1 comment:

  1. Hi Leslie I am very interested in what you found about Bertha and Lena Doerfler. I am interested in that, it is my geneology. Thank you.


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