An American Family History

Bella Levine Tuller

“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists."
― Franklin D. Roosevelt
Chicago, Illinois saw a major expansion in industry in the 1920s and prohibition led to the Gangster Era from 1919 until 1933. It was the nation's railroad center.

Bella Levine Tuller was born about 1893 in Vilna, Lithuania (Russia).  Her parents were Mendel and Riva Levine.

She married Manes Tuller. Their children and life together are described in the section on Manes and Bella Tuller. Bella changed her name to Becky because she thought it was more American.

She used to sing Russian songs to her children. She did not have any free time for hobbies, but would sit with the other women and talk. When she worked in the family store she would write down the prices on the paper sack and could add really fast.

She died on June 9, 1940 when she was about 47 years old in Chicago according to her death certificate. She had had a gall bladder operation and seemed to be recovering until she slipped and fell. She spent ten days in the hospital, but did not recover. She is buried with her husband at Westlawn Cemetery.

Vilna in Lithuanian and Yiddish, Vilnius in Polish, Wilno in Russian
Vilna is the capital city of Lithuania. It was part of Poland and Poland was part of the Russian empire. In 1861 a restriction limiting Jewish residence to certain streets was repealed. In 1881 there were anti-Jewish riots. The 1897 census showed 63,831 Jewish inhabitants. Congested conditions and increasing unemployment led to large-scale emigration.


Bella Levine in a red coat
with brown fur trim.




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