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Monthly Archive for December, 2012

100 Years Ago, Today

December 12, 2012 marks the 100th anniversary since my grandmother, Sophie Klebanska Neff, arrived in the United States on the SS Finland (grandma’s on the lower right, wearing the white head scarf). From New York Harbor she took a train to Chicago. She was 17. Had she not made the decision to leave Slonim, Belarus, [...]

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In June of this year, I read the history column in my local paper, that’s written by my friend Mike Lawler, head of the Crescenta Valley Historical Association. The column described how a Dr. Max Gecht had owned a sanitarium in La Crescenta on a site that I can see from my kitchen window. I [...]

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