Category Archives: Old History

Imagination Plus Great Generosity

The following is the second in an occasional series of posts drawn from Generation to Generation, a website I helped compile for the Rauh Jewish Archives at the Heinz History Center. The website profiles more than 150 Jewish families in Western Pennsylvania. Baruch … Continue reading

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Freda Lazier’s Big Break

The following is the first in an occasional series of posts drawn from Generation to Generation, a website I helped compile for the Rauh Jewish Archives at the Heinz History Center. The website profiles more than 150 Jewish families in Western … Continue reading

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714 Fifth (1861-1937): J. & J. B. Milholland Co.

The businessmen who once operated along Fifth Avenue were primarily merchants and primarily Jewish, but not entirely either, as the J. & J. B. Milholland Co. proves. James and John B. Milholland were born in old Allegheny in 1836 and … Continue reading

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1400 Fifth (1892-1915): Herman Obernauer & Co.

Before Prohibition, the liquor trade was a popular occupation among German Jewish immigrants in Pittsburgh. The president and first vice president of the national Wholesale Liquor Dealers’ Association were both members of Rodef Shalom Congregation, and several early families of … Continue reading

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“Old” 215 Fifth (1883-1892): Abraham Shenkan

The following is part of the Fifth Avenue Project, an ongoing effort to document the world of wholesaling merchants who operated along Fifth Avenue in Uptown Pittsburgh from 1880 to 1980. This article explains the project. I’ll be giving a talk on the history … Continue reading

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1000 Fifth (1893-1901): J. Shapira, the Pittsburg Cheap Store

The following is part of the Fifth Avenue Project, an ongoing effort to document the world of wholesaling merchants who operated along Fifth Avenue in Uptown Pittsburgh from 1880 to 1980. This article explains the project. I’ll be giving a talk on the history … Continue reading

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1227 Fifth (1926-1955): Albert Cazen of Cazen’s Meat Market

The following is part of the Fifth Avenue Project, an ongoing effort to document the world of wholesaling merchants who operated along Fifth Avenue in Uptown Pittsburgh from 1880 to 1980. This article explains the project. I’ll be giving a talk on the history … Continue reading

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