1915 - Fourth Floor, Front
Rubinsky Family
Bessie Rubinsky (age 25), along with Morris (age 35), who is carrying boxes of matzoh into the kitchen, are "Americans;" their naturalization papers, proudly framed, hang on the wall in the front room. Bessie, whose name will appear in the City's 1918 voter's register, which she signs in Yiddish, will not be able to vote in presidential elections until the 19th amendment is passed in 1920. Meanwhile she keeps up with the progress made on women's suffrage. Libby, their daughter, is allowed to play with the silk flowers her mother is making. Abraham Un, a boarder, is reading the "Forverts," one of the most influential Yiddish newspapers.