An American Family History

Manes Tuller

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Manes in front of his store
A tenement is an overcrowded, substandard, multi-family city dwelling occupied by the poor who were often recent immigrants.

Manes Tuller was born in Matsiov, Kovel, Volhynia, Russian Empire which is now Lukiv, Ukraine on November 15, 1889 (1892 on union papers, 1887 on driver’s license and 1893 on death certificate). 

He was the son of Motel Tuller. He was 5’5" and had gray eyes and brown hair.  He immigrated to the United States and was naturalized on February 24, 1916. He married Bella Levine. Their children and life together are described in detail in the section on Manes and Bella Tuller.

He had a grocery store in Coney Island, New York. He had several other jobs including as a conductor on the street car and as a painting contractor.  He was initiated into the Brotherhood of Painters, Decorators, and Paperhangers on April 9, 1934. His son, Morton, remembered that his hands were always rough.

He became a widower when Bella died in 1940. In 1944 he worked for Western Pipe & Steel in San Pedro, California for a short time. From 1949 to 1950 Manes lived at 5014 N. Hanlin, Chicago, Illinois.

He died on November 20, 1950 in Mt. Sinai Hospital of a cerebral hemorrhage and is buried in Westlawn Cemetery, 7801 W. Montrose in grave #14, lot 8, block 7.

1945 Manes in LA

Tuller-Manes Tuller, late of 5823 N. Christiana, beloved husband of the late Bella, fond father of Ethel Sperling, Milton, Morton, and Robert, seven grandchildren. Funeral Wed. noon at chapel 3021 Lawrence Ave. Interment Westlawn.

Before World War I it was Matsiov in Kovel, Volhynia in the Russian Empire. Between the wars it was Maciejów, Kowel, Wolyn in Poland. After World War II it was Lukov in the Soviet Union. Today it is Lukiv in the Ukraine. It has also been called Motchiov, Matzif, Matseev or Matsiv (Yiddish), Matseyuv, Matseyev, and Matseyiv.

Manes in Arizona

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.

Between 1880 and World War I about 2,000,000 Yiddish-speaking, Ashkenazi Jews immigrated from Eastern Europe to the United States.



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