Max and Hilda Novomsky

Max Novomsky was born and died in Russia, and probably lived in the town of Panevezhys his whole life.   He married Hilda Novomsky (maiden name unknown), who probably also spent her entire life in Panevezhys.  Panevezhys is a small city in modern Lithuania, located at 54.933605, -24.822346.  It was known as a center of Jewish culture at the time of Max and Hilda’s residence there.  As Jews, their lives would be marked by prejudicial Russian policies and sometimes abuse as Russia approached its political revolutions.  In the aftermath of Russia’s 1905 Revolution their children would emigrate to America to avoid the persecution and poverty of Panevezhys.

Max and Hilda had the following children:

1. Joseph Novomsky (a.k.a. Jojne Nowomesko, a.k.a. Joe Novomsky).  Joe was born on 14 March 1886 in Panevezhys, Russia.  He died on 13 Mar 1950.  He married Bessie Shuman, daughter of Shuman in New Jersey, USA. She was born in 1890 in Panevezhys, Russia. She died in  1971 in Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.  Joseph’s parents are proven by his December 1936 SSN application, found in the US Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007.

2. Isidor Novemsky (a.k.a. Izick Nowomeiski, a.k.a. Izzy Novomsky). Izzy was born in Kovna, Russia (modern Kaunas, Lithuania), on 25 August 1896.  He arrived in America from Rotterdam, Holland on 25 September, 1920. He married Rose Finkel 15 February 1925 in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was born on 21 August 1891 in Libau, Latvia, and arrived in New York in 1924.

Izzy as he appeared in his 1935 naturalization application,

Izzy as he appeared in his 1935 naturalization application,

Izzy and Rose were living with her parents in Chicago with their one-year-old son, Seymour, according to the 1930 census. In 1940, they were living in Cincinnati with their 13-year-old daughter, Rita (Ressa) Novemsky, born 24 September 1926. Six years later, he registered for the draft at 1770 Walton Avenue in the Bronx. Izzy was in the jewelry business. His specialty was gems, especially diamonds. Rose died on 1 October 1953 and is buried in Mount Lebanon Cemetery in Glendale, New York. Izzy subsequently married Bessie Shuman/Schumann, the widow of his brother, Joseph Novomsky. She was born in 1890 in Panevezys/Ponevesh, Russia. Izzy died on 10 August 1996 in Brooklyn and is buried in Mount Lebanon Cemetery in Glendale, New York where his brother, Joseph, is buried. Bessie died in April 1971 in Miami, Florida, USA.

3.  Hymen Novemsky.  Hymen was a bachelor and might have been in the film business.

A 1914 photograph shows a suburb of Ponevezhys.

A 1914 photograph shows a suburb of Panevezhys.  The wood houses were typical of rural northwest Russia.

This family narrative was written and placed online by Narratio Vitae.