WEBPAGE NEWS!!! While ushering in the New Year, we will be adding more information to this page occasionally, so be sure to check back every month or so, until you see this announcement disappear. We just posted an updated version of the Kasle tree in January and have now also added a page about our Kozel relatives. See our new page about Benjamin Kozel and the family tree section below for more family tree details.

Our Kasle family matriarch and patriarch are Feige Kaminsky and Efraim Hyman Kasle. Efraim's surname was originally something like Kozel or Koziol. He was born in Russian Poland about 1861 and his father's name was Shleime according to his tombstone, or Samuel according to his death certificate. His wife Faiga Gittel Kaminsky, who was born in Russia about 1861, was the sister of Rachel Kaminsky and Tevye Kaminsky. You can find out more about Feige's parents and the Kaminsky family by clicking to go to our Kaminsky Family Genealogy page.

Efraim was known as Chaim Kasle by the family, but, according to the 1920 United States Census records in Toledo, Ohio, Efraim also went by the name Henry Kasle after he immigrated to the United States about 1913. At that time, he was living as a boarder instead of with close family members, and working as a laborer in a junk shop.

Before they immigrated, Efraim Chaim Kasle and his wife Feige (Fannie) had eight children, all born in or near Osova, Russia in small Polish villages now in the Rowno District of the Volhynia Gubernia in Ukraine, and not that far from Minsk, Belarus, between the years of 1887 and 1909. One child, a daughter, died shortly after birth. Their other children were Samuel, Abraham, Joseph, Bella Blanche, Dorothy, Jacob, and Louis.

If you have come here because you are a family member hunting for Kasle ancestry information, we would love to hear from you! Please contact us if you would like to be kept up to date on our Kasle and Kozel family research.

The story of the Kasle family as they came to America and established themselves here is truly amazing, I never cease to be impressed by the accomplishments of the first family members who came here, young men driving junk wagons to earn enough to bring more family members to the United States, and eventually founding the Kasle Steel Company.

Efraim, Feige, and their children came to the United States bits and pieces at a time as money became available. And, because of World War I, Feige and the youngest children were not able to join Efraim in Toledo until after the war was over, arriving about 1921. Feige was then also able to reunite with her sister Rachel Kaminsky Tennebaum, and you can see a picture of the two sisters by clicking here.

Hyman Kasle passed away on January 4, 1929 and Fannie Kasle passed away later that year, on December 31, 1929, both in Toledo, Ohio. Both were buried in the Anshai Sfard Cemetery at Eagle's Point, in Rossford, Ohio.

If you know or are a member of any of the families mentioned here, please note that we are not listing the names of people if they or their siblings are still living, in order to protect the privacy of the living. If you find any errors, or have more information you would like to see added to this page, please do contact us.


Kasle is a very unusual surname, so unusual that it is easy to believe that all the people bearing the Kasle surname in the United States are members of our family. Unfortunately, while almost everyone who is a Kasle here is a member of our family, not all Kasles in the United States are members of our particular Kasle family. Furthermore, the surname was Kozel in the old country, whether you call it Russia, Poland or Ukraine, and the family of Hyman Kasle's brother who came to the United States use the surnames Kozel and Kozle rather than Kasle.

How can the author be so sure that not all Kasles in the United States are our relatives? For one thing, the first of Hyman's children who came to the United States, came around 1900, and his Kozel and Kozle relatives started coming in 1902, with most coming in 1910 or later. And, as far as we know, they all lived in Michigan, Ohio, and New York. But if you search the 1900 Federal Census records, you will find men listed under the Kasle surname who are most likely not members of our Kasle family, who were adults born in Germany and Wisconsin, living in Missouri, Maryland and Minnesota. There are many more examples in the 1910 census.

The Kasle surname in these censuses may be the results of transcription errors, and it would require significant research to ascertain for sure. But, whether or not they represent transcription errors, there are definitely quite a few people shown in the Social Security Death Index with Kasle as their surname, who do not appear to be members of Hyman Kasle's family. These records reflect legal names, and the people's obituaries confirm the Kasle surname.

Some of these are people who immigrated after 1900. whose surnames were changed to Kasle after arrival. One excellent example of this is the Kasle family from in and around Lynn, Massachusetts, whose surname was originally Kisielewski. Kraatan (aka Kenneth) and Dominica Anna Kisielewski are shown in the 1930 census as Karrol and Dominicka Kassal, living in Lynn, Massachusetts, and as having immigrated in 1905 and 1908. Mr. Kisielewski was from Lithuania according to the 1930 census, so clearly these people are not members of our family. You can find obituaries for some of their children online by putting "kasle kisielewski obituary" into a web search engine, or view the obituaries for their son Edward Kasle and daughter Joan (nee Kasle) Geary.`

The Kozel cousins mentioned above are relatives of Hyman Kasle's brother Benjamin Kozel. His sons immigrated here around 1900-1910, and lived in Rochester, New York. There also is another family somehow related, who took the surname Kozle, and moved to Monroe and then Tecumsah, Michigan. For more information about our Kozel cousins, see our Kozel family page.

The answers to some of our Kasle family history questions may well lie in the census records from Osowa for the 1850's to 1860's, or in the other records being indexed from Rivne (Rowno). If you would like to participate in or contribute towards the community efforts of the Ukraine SIG at JewishGen for getting these records indexed, please do email us.


Jewish families in Eastern Europe and the area our Kasle family came from in Volhynia Gubernia typically stayed in the same town or shtetl for many, many years before moving elsewhere. However, the children of Hyman and Feige Kasle were born in a variety of places. According to an older Kasle family member, this was because the family had to keep moving from shtetl to shtetl to keep from being killed.

So, while we have not been able to find the exact places for all of them, Hyman and Feige's children were probably all born in Rovno District of Volhynia Gubernia. We have included links below to the specific communities where records indicate each of them was born, but for some, we have not been able to find the exact locations. Passenger Lists and mandatory draft registration cards are the best sources for this information, but in these cases, the records either do not list specific towns or have not yet been found. So, if you know of any specific birth locations, names of the ships they travelled on, or the ports of entry for family members that we have not included below, please do contact us so we can share that information here.

As you read the vignettes below, please remember that we are not mentioning, in the narratives, the names of people if they or their siblings are still living, in order to protect the privacy of the living. If you find any errors, or have more information you would like to see added to this page, please do contact us.

Note that there are some inconsistencies between family stories about where everyone was born and when they immigrated, and information found in official records. We are continuing to research any data that is suspect, and will post corrections and clarification as soon as any significant data is found. Please feel free to email us if you want to keep posted about the progress of our research.

Please bear in mind that these are just vignettes. There are so many notable members of the Kasle family, that we cannot do full justice to any of them in this brief summary. Their obituaries are generally the best sources for getting a full picture of their accomplishments. But, unfortunately, most of these are not available on the open web. However, many of them are available for free at home through public libraries in their databases to card holders, so we strongly encourage you to check out the databases at your local public library, and which you can find more about by reading the Public Libraries section of our free genealogy resources page. We also would be happy to help you locate a library in your state that would provide access to Newsbank's America's Obituaries and Death Notices database for you, if you need help doing so and live in the United States.

Samuel Kasle

Samuel Kasle's WWI Draft Card says he was born in Osova, Wolin, Russia on January 8, 1887. He entered the United States via Ellis Island, travelling from Liverpool on the S.S. Caronia and arriving on June 13, 1906.

By the time of the 1910 Census, he was a "wholesale junk dealer" living in Monroe, Michigan. He worked hard to earn enough money to bring the rest of his family to the United States from Russia, and his scrap metal and iron business was a success. Samuel Kasle married Hannah Tuschman, who was born on August 2, 1893, in June 1911. They had five children, in Toledo, Ohio, who married and had children: Phyllis, Shirrel, Travis, Louise, and Irwin. Sam Kasle passed away in December 1965, and his wife Hannah Kasle passed away in February 1968.

Jacob Kasle

Jacob Kasle was born in "Osarboi", which is probably Osova, Wolin, Russia, on January 15, 1891. According to the 1920 US Census, he came to the United States in 1908, and was working as a "junk dealer" at the time of the census. He married his first wife, Jennie, somewhere between 1910 and 1912, and they had five children, after which Jacob and Jennie were divorced. Jake Kasle then, in 1921, married Rachel Neifeld, who was born on September 25, 1893, and had three more children. Most of Jake Kasle's children married and have had children. Jacob Kasle passed away in February 1987, and his wife Rae Kasle passed away in November 1978.

Joseph Kasle

Joseph Kasle was born on April 1, 1893. According to his son, this was in a Polish village near Mitsk, in a village with a name sounding like Mits'k'yitty, or Mitskai-itty. Since he wrote he was born in "Mitsck" on his World War 2 Draft Registration card, but "Osova" on his World War 1 Draft Registration card, Mitskyitty was likely very near Osova, Wolin, Russia, and simply too small to have been listed on most maps. He arrived in the United States at the port of Baltimore on the S.S. Main on March 30, 1910, listed under the name of Schulein Kessel. This passenger list entry is clearly his, he mentions his father back home is Froim Chaim Kessel, and brother in the United States as Sam Kasle in Monroe, Michigan.

Joe Kasle married Rebecca Baer about 1918. They had two sons, both of whom married and had children. Joe worked with his brother Sam in setting up scrap metal businesses and helping the rest of the family to immigrate to the United States, and was a major benefactor in the Jewish community in Toledo. Joseph's wife, Rebecca Kasle, passed away in 1964, and Joe Kasle passed away on October 29, 2000 at the age of 107.

Abraham Kasle

Abraham Kasle was born in Stepan, Wolyn, Russia, which is also very close to Mitsk, on March 18, 1895. He arrived in the United States on July 17,1909 at the Port of New York on the S.S. Amerika, under the name Abram Kessel.

Abe Kasle's wife was Pearl Silverstein, who was born on Jan 14, 1897. They were married in 1914 in Detroit, Michigan, and they had four children, each of whom married and had children. Esther and Robert were born in Michigan and Leonard and Ted were born in Ohio. For more details, see the Kasle section of our Kaminsky Family Tree. Abraham Kasle passed away in Highland Park, Michigan in July 1969, and his wife Pearl Kasle passed away in Southfield, Michigan in July 1982.

Dorothy Kasle

Dorothy Kasle was born in Russia on December 27, 1899 and married Joseph Palinsky in Monroe, Michigan in 1918. They changed their surname to Pollens at some point after that, and they had three children. Their daughter Betty and son Harold were born in Michigan, and their son Louis was born in Ohio. All three of these children married and have passed away.

Joseph Pollens passed away on November 11, 1975, and Dorothy Pollens passed away on May 26, 1989, both in Southfield, Michigan. For more details about everyone, see the Kasle section of our Kaminsky Family Tree at Rootsweb and our Kasle Family Tree at theunixplace.

Bella Blanche Kasle

Bella Blanche Kasle was born in 1903, and passed away in 1988 in Detroit. She had married Oscar Sakols, who was born about 1897 in Ohio, in 1926. They had one child before Oscar Sakols passed away in 1931. Their son Edward Sakols was born on June 14, 1928, and passed away on December 1, 2000.

Louis Kasle

Louis Kasle was born on December 10, 1909, in the Rowno area of Russia, and immigrated to the United States in 1921 with his mother Feige and sister Bella Blanche. Louis was a very successful accomplished businessman and an important figure in supporting Jewish causes. He married and had five children, and passed away on February 17, 2001 in Flint, Michigan.

Family Tree

Our Kaminsky Family Tree here at Rootsweb, which contains both our Kasle family and the families of Feige Kaminsky Kasle's siblings, was taken offline temporarily by Ancestry for security enhancements in December 2017, and has been back online but in read-only status since January 2018. So, for the Kasle family, we recommend you visit the updated family tree for our Kasle family, which is now available at http://thecohens.theunixplace.com/trees/kasle/. And you may also wish to visit our original Kaminsky Family Tree here at Rootsweb because of the enhanced reports and better information about sources that it contains.

We will continue to make corrections and additions when we can to this page as well as to our Kaminsky Family Tree here at Rootsweb and the independent Kasle tree at http://thecohens.theunixplace.com/..

So, while we are not yet able to add information or make corrections to the Rootsweb tree, we can update this page and our separate Kasle tree, so please do let us know if you have any questions, find any errors, or can help by sharing information about your branch. We would love to hear from you!


  1. Interviews with family members
  2. United States Federal Census Records for 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930, available online (by subscription and at some Public Libraries) at Ancestry.com and at Public Libraries through the Heritage Quest Census database.
  3. World War I Draft Registration Cards, available online at https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6482 by subscription, and occasionally for free from Ancestry.Com's special offers
  4. World War II Draft Registration Cards, available online at https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1002 by subscription, and occasionally for free from Ancestry.Com's special offers.
  5. Ohio Death Index records for 1908-1932, 1938-1944, and 1958-2002, available by subscription to Ancestry.com and online for free from some public libraries
  6. Border Crossings: From U.S. to Canada, 1908-1935, available online (by subscription and at some Public Libraries) at Ancestry.com.
  7. Social Security Death Index, formerly available online for free at http://ssdi.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com, now available by paid subscription on Ancestry.com's Social Security Death Index or for free from subscribing public libraries.
  8. Marriage certificates for Dorothy Kasle and Joseph Palinsky, and Abe Kasle and Pearl Silverstein, from https://familysearch.org.
  9. Death certificates for Hyman Kasle and Fannie Kasle from https://familysearch.org.
  10. Obituary for Joe Kasle in The Toledo Blade, October 31, 2000
  11. Obituary for Louis Kasle in The Flint Journal, February 20, 2001
  12. Pedigree Chart created by Steven and Daniel Oppenheimer

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