Name: Hyman KEMPLER
Given Name: Hyman
Change Date: 23 Nov 2007
According to Grandma Sally, it was about 1915 when her father Hyman beg an to call himself Herman to sound more American. He spoke Polish, Germ an, Yiddish, a little Hungarian and some rather "atrocious" English (00 4).
Birth: 27 MAR 1879 in Podegrodzie, Bachma, Galicia, Austria
Note: Today, Podegrodzie is in Nowy Sacz Province in Poland.
Death: 9 FEB 1959 in New York, New York, NY
Note: Hyman died at a nursing home called Home of Son's and Daughters of Isra el on the Lower East Side. The informant on the death certificate was H yman's son, Joseph KEMPLER, but some of the information that he provide d was incorrect. Hyman did not live at 1144 Stratford Avenue in da Bron x for 50 years. He was not 78 but a week short of 80. He was born in Au stria, not Poland. He knew his mother and father.
Burial: 10 FEB 1959 Mt Lebanon Cemetery, Cyprus Hills, Long Island 2
NATU: 25 FEB 1915 New York, New York, NY 3 4
Census: 1910 New York, New York, NY
Note: Living at East 80th St
Census: 1920 New York, New York, NY
Note: Living at 585 East 84th Street
Census: 1930 Bronx, Bronx, NY
Note: Residing at 1150 Lawrence St (off White Plains Road).
DSCR: having brown hair and brown eyes, weighing 163 pounds, standing 5'8" 1924
Note: Grandma said that he also had light skin.
DSCR: was tall and nice looking with brown hair, brown eyes and light skin 7
Note: According to Grandma Sally, Herman often bought his paint from a partic ular hardware store run by a father and son team. Grandma remembers on n umerous occasions her father would call the store and say, "Hello. Is t his you or your father speaking?"
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Residence: 434 East 76th street 1904 New York, New York, NY
Note: The KEMPLER family always lived on the Lower East Side of New York City , but moved within that neighborhood frequently. Hyman purchased his fi rst telephone in 1904.
Residence: 408 East 74th street 1905 New York, New York, NY 10
Residence: 28 East 80th Street 1910 New York, New York, NY
Note: Hyman was working at 355 East 77th street. In addition to his wife and c hildren, living with him were"cousin" Samuel Tieberger and "nephew" Jac ob (Drolich?).
Residence: 444 East 85th street 1915 New York, New York, NY 12
Residence: 73 Willet Street 1920 New York, New York, NY 13
Residence: 1144 Stratford Avenue BEF 1946 Bronx, Bronx, NY 14
Event: Native tongue was either Hebrew (1920 Census) or Polish (1930 Census)
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Event: aboard the Saint Paul
Arrival 1896 New York, New York, NY
Note: Family lore is that Hyman was from Krakow. If he lived there at all, it w as not for long because he was still only 17 when he immigrated to Amer ica. Hyman found his way from Poland to Southampton, England, where he l eft for America aboard the steamship Saint Paul for a week long voyage a cross the Atlantic. Nearly 9 years later, Hyman claimed that he left on 1 4 October 1896. Records at the National Archives confirm the existence o f a steamship Saint Paul, however, the Saint Paul did not depart that w eek. Hyman probably remembered the date incorrectly. It was 1896 accord ing to the 1910, 1915 state and 1920 census, but it was 1897 according t o the 1930.
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Grandma said Hyman was very artistic. Grandma, a professional cellist h erself, says Hyman played the violin very well even though he could not r ead music. Sally said Hyman could hear something by Jascha Heifetz just o nce and play it well. He could paint any object so that it looked like w ood, grains and all, and could make it look like walnut or cherry or wh atever they wanted. Apparently his house painting could be rather artis tic as well. He was once hired to paint a ceiling and spontaneously pai nted a flying bluebird in the comer, then another and another until he h ad covered the whole ceiling with flying bluebirds. When the lady who h ired him saw what he had done, she screamed, so he promised to paint th e ceiling over but she liked it and would not let him. She showed off h er ceiling to the neighborhood. The woman had been very lonely. Her cei ling became a neighborhood attraction. Herman's phone did not stop ring ing that night because all of the people who visited the lady's house t o view the ceiling then wanted their ceiling painted, but Hyman would n ot do it again. Grandma says her father did more than simply paint a ce iling. He brought a lonely woman friends and changed her whole life.
Hyman's had a fondness for animals and would bring many home, especiall y birds. He liked to sketch flying bluebirds while talking on the phone . Hyman owned a minorbird and also bred and sold canaries (he owned ove r 30 of them). Grandma once said he was sent out to buy an overcoat and c ame home with a parrot. My mother remembers that the bird liked to slee p with a blanket over its cage to make it dark. If you forgot to put hi s blanket on, he would whisper, "Goodnight, goodnight ..." until you di d. Hyman loved to play practical jokes and Clap ladies' asses." Grandma s aid Jennie told her that Hyman had threatened to kill himself unless Je nnie married him.
Grandma says her father was a very uneducated man but very artistic. He d id not know who Michelangelo was, but loved birds and painted beautiful c eilings. He remarried two years after Jennie died, but was "alone soon a fter." Grandma was not specific as to what happened.
Grandma said Hyman remarried two years after Jennie died, but he was so on living alone again.
Father: Abraham KEMPLER
Mother: Sarah GIETEL
Scheindel SCHLACHET b: 25 DEC 1885 in Nowy Targ, Austria
5 JUL 1902
in New York, New York, NY
- Note: The date is an estimate. Grandma Sally says her father Hyman met Scheid el in NYC, and did not know her in Austria. She says that they married o n July 5 on the Lower East Side of Manhattan a year after Jennie came o ver. The 1915 New York State Census reports Jennie had been in the US f or 14 years. This would likely make the year of her emigration 1901 and , if Sally was right, they were married 5 July 1902. 8 7
- Anna KEMPLER b: 29 APR 1904 in New York, New York, NY
- Sadie Gertrude (Sally) KEMPLER b: 29 MAR 1906 in New York, New York, NY
- Joseph KEMPLER b: 2 APR 1908 in New York, New York, NY
- Eve KEMPLER b: 26 APR 1910 in New York, New York, NY
- Abbrev: 0030 Declaration of Intention: Hyman Kempler
Title: Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization, 6 Jul 1907, Declaration of In tention for Hyman Kempler
- Abbrev: 0064 CB: Hyman Kempler
Title: City of New York Department of Health, Certificate of Birth for Hyman K empler (9 Feb 1959)
- Abbrev: 0032 Certificate Natualization: Hyman Kempler
Title: City of New York., Certificate of Naturalization for Hyman Kempler (25 F eb 1915)
- Abbrev: 0882 1920 Census of Manhattan
Title: Bureau of the Census, 1920 Census for New York, New York, NY (16 Jan 19 20)
- Abbrev: 0845 1910 Census of New York
Title: Bureau of the Census, 1910 Census for 19th Ward of New York, New Yor, N Y. ED #1036. (17 Apr 1910)
- Abbrev: 0883 1930 Census of da Bronx
Title: Bureau of the Census, 1930 Census for Bronx, Bronx, NY (Apr 1930)
- Abbrev: 0004 Interviews with Sally DAMESEK
Title: Sally DAMESEK, Interviews with Sally DAMESEK (16 Dec 1996 and 29 Mar 19 97)
- Abbrev: 0009 1915 NYS Census
Title: New York State Census 1915
- Abbrev: 0087 1904 NYC Telephone Directory
Title: New York City Telephone Directory (1904/1905)
- Abbrev: 0088 1905 NYC Telephone directory
Title: New York City Telephone directory (1905/1906)
- Abbrev: 0089 1910 NYC Telephone directory
Title: New York City Telephone directory (1910/1911)
- Abbrev: 0090 1915 NYC Telephone directory
Title: New York City Telephone directory (1915/1916)
- Abbrev: 0091 1920 NYC Telephone directory
Title: New York City Telephone directory (1920/1921)
- Abbrev: 0053 DC: Jennie Kempler
Title: City of New York Department of Health, Certificate of Death for Jennie K empler (10 Aug 1946)
- Abbrev: 0031 Petition For Naturalization: Hyman Kempler
Title: Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization., Petition For Naturalization f or Hyman Kempler (12 Mar 1914)