Name: Nathan Brahinsky
Birth: 15 JAN 1887 in Altynovka, Ukraine, Russia 1
Death: 19 AUG 1977 in Dallas, Texas
Note: Cardiorespiratory arrest
_FA1: Roof tinner, junk dealer, mechanic, draftsman, sheet-metal worker
_FA3: Ukraine; MO; Concordia KS; Marysville KS; Dallas TX
ALIA: Israel Noah /Braginsky/
Change Date: 21 DEC 2013
The following text is excerpted from remarks written in about 1976 by Hannah Brahinsky, daughter of Nathan Brahinsky:
My father's original name was Israel Noah Brahinsky; he changed his given name to Nathan upon coming to the United Stat es. He was born in 1887 [1886?], in Altynovka, Russia (in the Ukraine). He was the third son and fourth child of Cha im and Gertrude Rachel Brahinsky. My dad?s father was one of five brothers, all of whom lived 15 miles away and were m eat-market butchers by profession. My dad revered his father, calling him 'the greatest man [he] ever knew.'
As a boy of 13 or 14, my father was apprenticed as a tinner (roofs, primarily, as most roofs then were of tin). My fat her worked two years and received no salary whatever as he was learning this trade. After his two years of apprentices hip, he refused to work without pay, and for the third year he received $30 a month salary. At one point, my dad worke d on a train (roof), but was not allowed to go into Kiev without a permit. (I never did find out if he got the permit , but I doubt it.) My father eventually came to be an accomplished craftsman. When in later years he made stainless- steel carts (used as food carriers), they asked him in amazement how he put in the bottom of the barrel. My father sai d, 'I wouldn?t tell.' He made at least 8 of the carts, which today [1976?] sell for $3000 each.
My father registered for the Russian army as a 20-year-old, although hewas 18. He served the required three-week perio d in the army; then, as was the custom, once the three-week period was served (after which he was no longer considere d the responsibility of his father), a week was allowed at home before returning to be sworn in as a soldier in the Rus sian army at Konotop, 25 miles from Altynovka. However, because he was a Jew and did not desire to serve the Russian a rmy because of the way Jews were treated, my father had a plan. (Incidentally, the alternativet o service in the arm y was a fine of $300 cash--an enormous sum and almost impossible to get.) My father decided to run away during the on e week he was allowed at home. He contacted, in Minsk, an agent to whom he paid $50, who gave him the necessary dire ctions to get to the border. At the border a few dollars was given to some Russian soldiers who helped the runaways ge t over the border into Poland. My father said there were 10 other men and women at that time who were fleeing the coun try.
A fellow traveler needed money, and my dad lent him some. This man went on to England, and the day before my dad's boa t left Germany, he received repayment from this man... just in the nick of time. My father sailed from Germany on a bo at called Wittekind (white child). In England, my dad had to change boats, or there was a stayover. My father said h e hid in the ladies' room, on the floor, for the entire 3 weeks of the boat trip from England, and he was so seasick so me of the ladies took pity on him.
My dad arrived in the U.S. with 4 or 5 dollars in his pocket. When he came to Philadelphia, he looked up the man, Dost ov, who in Russia had taught him and his brother Motel the trade of roof tinning. My father worked in the shipyards i n Philadelphia during the period of time he lived in that city. Also in Philadelphia at this time were my aunt Feiga? s brother and sister. My father was the first of his family to leave Europe, and after he saved adequate money, he br ought first his brother Motel, then all his brothers and sisters and their families, as well as his mother, to the U.S . All my father's family came to the U.S. except my grandfather, who died before they emigrated to the U.S. They cam e into the U.S., all because my dad had sent money and hope to them.
My father and mother and their families knew one another, of course, in this small community. When my father left Russ ia, my mother was 14 or 15. My father and his brothers all were chums with Mother's brothers and family. When my da d was in Philadelphia, he wrote to my mother?s brother Ben Zion, who sent some money ($35) at a time when my dad reall y needed it.... After my father had sent money for all his family to leave Russia, he sent money for my mother.
After this, my father and his brother Motel came to St. Joseph. One reason my father settled in St. Joseph is that hi s (and Motel?s) tinner teacher from Russia, who also lived in Philadelphia at the same time they did, recommended St. J oseph. Also, Mrs. Chernicoff?s brother recommended St. Joseph: he had told my uncle Motel it was a city in which one c ould do 'well.'
In February, 1916 my parents were married in Kansas City, Missouri.
Later, my dad and his older brother Motel were in business many years together in Concordia, Kansas, and other places . My father and uncles also farmed in Kansas when the entire family lived together.
Father: Chaim Simcha Braginsky b: ABT 1854 in Ukraine, Russia
Mother: Rachel Karmia b: ABT 1853 in Altynovka or Krolovets, Ukraine, Russia
Doris Shapiro b: 20 JUN 1891 in Altynovka, Ukraine, Russia
11 FEB 1916
in Kansas City, Missouri 3
- Henry Joseph Brahinsky b: 6 JAN 1917 in Kansas City, Missouri
- Pauline Dorothy Brahinsky b: 23 MAR 1919 in Concordia, Kansas
- Hannah Brahinsky b: 31 JAN 1922 in Saint Joseph, Missouri
- Helen Brahinsky b: 31 JAN 1922 in Saint Joseph, Missouri
- David Brahinsky b: ABT 1925 in ?
- Living Brahinsky
- Text: April 1930 census shows age as 42, which would imply a birth date between April 1887 and March 1888, inclusive. . . WW I registration gives 15 June 1885. . . Birthday was always celebrated on January 15 later in life.
- Text: (personal knowledge)
- Text: Marriage License No. 40971, Jackson Co., Missouri. Image retrieved from http://records.co.jackson.mo.us