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The name Chernorudsky derived from Chernorudka, a village on the side of the Black Little River.

Ishiah Chernorudsky was a soldier in the Tsar’s army. Somehow he became known to a woman landholder in Berdichev, who hired him to be her estate manager. He was also a money lender and managed the community mikvah... Ishiah and his wife Essie (maiden name may have been Galli) had 4 children: Clara, Abe, Bertha, and Benjamin (my grandfather). The family was very strict about Jewish laws at home. The girls were not allowed to comb their hair on the Sabbath. The family was well-off enough to own a horse and carriage, and to pay for my grandpa Ben to have violin lessons. The girls never learned to cook because they didn’t have to – they had servants.

Ishiah stayed in Russia because he did not want to leave the Russian woman he worked for. He may have been in love with her and vice versa. But conditions in the early 1905- 1910 were very bad for the Jews and he sent his family away

Abe was the first to come to America, in 1905, where he settled in Baltimore.

Clara came to America about 1907, settled briefly in Chicago, and then moved to Detroit about 1918. She was a skilled midwife. Clara married Eugene Weisz about 1918 and her daughter Elsie was born in 1919. Elsie subsequently married Charles Vogt and had 2 sons, Charles and David.

My grandpa Ben (1895-1968) came to the U.S. in 1911 with Great-grandma Essie and Bertha. In the early 1920s he was one of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers negotiators at Hart, Shaffner and Marx who helped establish a 40-hour work week.

In Chicago, Bertha was always attending school. She got her U.S. citizenship on the first try. “You never saw a little lady with hair that was gray, and her bosom sticking out with pride, and she walked with such pride because she was going to be an American citizen.”

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  1. mitchell kriegman says:

    hi! this is so great! would love to know more and about your resources my grandmother was bertha!

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