March 6, 2009

    100 Years Ago in the forward: On Manhattan’s Lower East Side, near the corner of Essex and Grand streets, policemen dragged and shoved Ida Levinskovitz, a Jewish peddler, after arresting her for selling tomatoes on Hester Street without a license. After one officer arrested Levinskovitz, another came to help him push her down the street to the police station. When another woman, Fanny Marcus, protested the officers’ treatment of the peddler, she was arrested, as well.

    February 27, 2009

    100 Years Ago In the Forward: A man walked into the offices of the Forward and told us the following: “My name is Sam Engelman, and I come from Toronto, Canada. Every Sunday for the past two weeks, my picture has appeared in your Gallery of Disappeared Men. I felt very bad upon seeing my photograph in the Forward. I couldn’t sleep. So I decided I would have to travel to New York, show up in the offices of your paper and let you decide what should be done. I want to support my wife; that is the purpose of my trip.”

    February 20, 2009

    100 Years Ago In the Forward: Reports from Turkey indicate that Jews are suffering pogromlike attacks on their communities — not on the part of Muslims, but perpetrated by Christians. This all began a few weeks ago, in the wake of an election for governor in the Janina region of Turkey. The Christians fielded one of their own to oppose the candidate of the Young Turks

    February 13, 2009

    100 Years Ago In the Forward: Jacob Greenfield, the boss of a Manhattan pants maker shop on East Second Street and Fifth Avenue, was arrested for the murder of Solomon Cohen, an employee of his who participated in a strike. A week ago, Cohen was found dead in the shop, with two gunshot wounds to the head.

    February 6, 2009

    100 Years Ago In the Forward: “Don’t pay rent, be your own landlord,” a banner advertisement screams. “A rare chance for anyone who has just a bit of capital to have a beautiful, quality and comfortable home in the most beautiful and best section of East New York, just 25 minutes from Delancey Street. Handsome and massive, these homes have been built with the latest improvements. With two steam heat furnaces in every house, they also feature wide sidewalks, gardens, and a fence. With the rent that you pay your landlord each month, you could be paying for your own house. If your situation doesn’t permit you to buy, find an honest partner and buy it together!”