Meyer Weinzimmer was a tailor and retail clothier who was born in September 1867, probably in Mishnitz, Poland. His father was Yitchok Labe Weinzimmer, who had at least nine children, and his grandfather was Yisroel Hirsch Weinzimmer, who had at least four children. Quite a few of their descendants were born in Mishnitz and in Kolno, and many of them immigrated to the United States. To see a chart showing the descendants of Yisroel Hirsch Weinzimmer, click here.

Our Meyer Weinzimmer immigrated to the United States about 1880, and was naturalized in about 1883. He married his wife Rose Feldberg about 1891. For information about her siblings and her other relatives, click here. Rose Weinzimmer was born in Russia or Poland in November 1872 and had immigrated about 1885.

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Their first child Samuel Edward was born in St. Louis, Missouri on January 15, 1892. Sam was a tobacco salesman. He married and had a family with Bessie Rose Berger, who was born in New Jersey about 1893. Samuel and Rose's first son, Franklin Weinzimmer (1915-1971), married and had three children. Their other son, Leonard Weinzimmer (1923-1999), was a respected art collector. He married and had six children. Samuel Weinzimmer passed away in 1946, and his wife Bessie passed away in 1980.

We do not know where Rose and Meyer lived before they went to St. Louis, or when they went there, but we have noticed that three of our families, the Weinzimmers, the Feldbergs, and the Barusch's, were in St. Louis and had children there around 1891 before moving elsewhere very soon thereafter. In the case of Meyer and Rose, they had moved to Cleveland, Ohio by 1893, and were living at the same address as Meyer's brother Samuel Weinzimmer at that time.

Rose and Meyer's second child, Louis Weinzimmer, was born in March 1893. His wife was Ruby Pitlack Weinzimmer, who unfortunately passed away in childbirth. Their child also passed away shortly thereafter. Louis Weinzimmer passed away in November 1972.

Mildred Weinzimmer, their third child, was born in February or August 1894 in Cleveland, Ohio. She married Sol Rudy, and they were the proud parents of the "thrift stamp triplets", Blanche, Sylvia, and Lester Rudy, who were born March 6, 1918. Their birth was so well known and celebrated that the children were given U.S. Savings Bonds by President Woodrow Wilson.

The Weinzimmer's fourth child, Rebecca Weinzimmer, who also was known as Beatrice, Bessie and Bea, was born about August 1896 in Ohio. She married Otto Bernard Lauer, who was a well-known golf-course designer. Otto Lauer passed away in 1964, and Bess Lauer passed away in November 1979.

Meyer and Rose Weinzimmer remained in Cleveland until at least until around 1902, but we know from the birth of their next child, Yetta, that they had moved to Chicago by 1903. If you would like to see where they lived in Cleveland from 1893 to 1902, and what other Weinzimmer family members lived nearby, read our page listing the Weinzimmer Cleveland city directory entries for 1890 through 1923.

Yetta Weinzimmer, who was also known as Etta and Edna, was born on August 21, 1903 in Illinois. She married Saul Barusch in 1930 in Chicago, and passed away on May 21, 1986, in San Mateo, California. They had no children. However, for more information about Saul Barusch's parents Morris and Molly (nee Vishnick) Barusch and their family, you can click here.

James Morris Weinzimmer, the Weinzimmer's sixth child, who also went by Michael J. Weinzimmer, was born on January 5, 1900 in Chicago, Illinois. He married Lanece Braudt Herrick, who had had two children by a prior marriage. LaNece Weinzimmer passed away in March 1972, and Michael Weinzimmer passed away in August 1975.

Harold Robert Weinzimmer was born about 1904 in Illinois, and became a physician. He married Elizabeth Mary Hampston, and had two daughters with her. His wife, Elizabeth Mary Weinzimmer passed away in 1952, and Harold Weinzimmer passed away in 1963.

The Weinzimmers' eighth child, Lillian Weinzimmer, was born about 1906 in Illinois. She married Jay Robert Jenkins, who was a furrier. She apparently was an attorney, as she belonged to the Chicago, Cook County, and Illinois Women's Bar Associations and seems to have had no children. Lillian Jenkins passed away in 1966, and her husband Jay Robert Jenkins passed away in 1981.

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  1. Interviews with family members
  2. Private family trees
  3. Cleveland and St. Louis City Directories, available online for a fee or by subscription at Fold3.com (note that a transcription of Weinzimmer entries is on our Weinzimmers in Cleveland page).
  4. United States Federal Census Records for 1900, 1910, and 1920, available online (by subscription and at Public Libraries) at Ancestry.com and at Public Libraries through the Heritage Quest Census database.
  5. Iowa State Census Collection 1836-1925, http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1084, available by subscription to Ancestry.com and for free at subscribing public libraries.
  6. World War I Draft Registration Cards, available online at https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6482 by subscription and for free from public libraries, and occasionally for free from Ancestry.Com's special offers
  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. California Death Index 1940 to 1997, formerly at http://vitals.rootsweb.com/ca/death/search.cgi?cj=1&o_xid=0000584, now available for free at https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/2015582
  9. Obituary for Bess Lauer published in The Chicago Tribune on December 2, 1979
  10. Obituary for Bessie Weinzimmer published in The Chicago Tribune on February 19, 1980
  11. Obituary for Elizabeth Mary Weinzimmer published in The Chicago Tribune on October 11, 1952
  12. Obituary for Franklin S. Weinzimmer published in The Chicago Tribune on October 24, 1971
  13. Obituary for Harold R. Weinzimmer published in The Chicago Tribune on March 08, 1963
  14. Obituary for Jay Robert Jenkins published in The Chicago Tribune on November 6, 1981
  15. Obituary for Lanece Marie Weinzimmer published in The Chicago Tribune on March 28, 1972
  16. Obituary for Lillian Jenkins published in The Chicago Tribune on May 12, 1966
  17. Obituary for Louis R. Weinzimmer published in The Chicago Tribune on November 22, 1972
  18. Obituary for Michael J. Weinzimmer published in The Chicago Tribune on August 21, 1975
  19. Obituary for Mildred Rudy published in The Chicago Tribune on January 11, 1965
  20. Obituary for Otto Lauer published in The Chicago Tribune on August 16, 1964
  21. Obituary for Samuel Weinzimmer published in The Chicago Tribune on October 11, 1946
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