Sadie Krieger, 1922, Newburgh, Cleveland

Sadie Krieger, 1922

Sadie Krieger,

This website includes a picture of the 1922 second grade class at Holy Name Parish on Broadway on the southeast side of Cleveland. My mother was in that class and identified most of the children in the picture. She identified the sixth young woman from our right in the last row as Sadie Kruger. There was a Sadie Krieger living in the area who is most likely her. [The spelling of the surname stabilized as "Krieger" in Cleveland.]

Sadie Krieger was born on or about September 10, 1909,1 in New York City, the daughter of Charles and Sarah (Goldsmith) Krieger. By 1917 or so the family had moved to Cleveland. They were living at 8205 Central Avenue at the time of the 1920 Census. In the household were Sadie, her parents, two brothers–William Isadore and Joseph Morris– and two sisters–Rose and Mary. A sister Lena had died in New York at age two.

On June 22, 1929, Sadie Krieger married Jack Thomas. They were living with her mother on Parkwood Drive in 1930, but were on their own on Brackland Avenue by 1940. They had two sons on the 1940 census. After that I lost track of them on the records. I was unable to figure out when either Sadie or Jack Thomas died.

The Kriegers

Usually it is a challenge to trace these students' families back to where they lived before coming to America, so it was a pleasant surprise when the first record I found for the Krieger family said that Charles Krieger was born in Lumzy, Poland, which I took to be Łomża. His naturalization information provided his date of birth–July 11, 1873–and his marriage record, October 31, 1898, in New York City, added his parents' names: Morris and Leah. It probably would have added his mother's maiden name also if I had free access to the image, but I was relying on the transcription at familysearch.

I have a feeling that Charles Krieger is "findable" on the records in Łomża, if you know how and where to look. I took a quick look at and found nothing that matched, but Jewish genealogy is definitely not my area of expertise.

Note: If anyone should find this article while researching Charles Krieger, be advised that there is some misinformation on his naturalization papers. They state that he arrived in Philadelphia on the RMS Cedric in 1894. But the Cedric didn't make her maiden voyage until 11 February 1903, and only served the Liverpool to New York route. People usually remember the name of the ship and the port of entry of their arrival. I have a feeling that a record keeper somewhere copied someone else's arrival information into Charles' naturalization papers.

I didn't find Charles in the Philadelphia arrival lists at familysearch for the early 1890's, but that doesn't mean he isn't there.

The Goldsmiths

As with her husband Charles, Sarah Goldsmith's place of birth was named on the 1920 census: Jerusalem, Palestine. She was born there about 1882, the daughter of Iser and Selde (Kaufmann) Goldsmith. Selde and Sarah arrived in the United States, at the port of Philadelphia, on March 21, 1895, having left Liverpool, England, on the 9th. They stated that they had resided in London for the previous seven months.

There is an arrival from Southhampton, at New York, of an Iser and Morris Goldsmith a few months previously, on November 26, 1894. This could be Selde's husband and son, but I can't be positive.

Selde died a widow on May 14, 1908, in Brooklyn, and is buried in Silver Lake Cemetery, Staten Island. There is a death record for an Iser Goldsmith [transcribed and indexed for some reason as "Tsser"] who died on November 7, 1898, in Manhattan and is buried in the same cemetery. Again, this could be Selde's husband, but I'm not sure. Both death records give a street address, but I couldn't find the family at either location in the New York City Directories. Nor did I find Selde on the 1900 or 1905 censuses.


Most of the children in my mother's second grade class were Irish, and the usual research path is: find the siblings, find the passenger record, find the birth record, find the townland. So the Krieger and Goldsmith families were a refreshing difference. I only which I had enough knowledge of the records to do them justice.

Sources and further information are in the Ohio Families section of this website.


^1.I found a few of the birth records for the Krieger children in New York, but not Sadie's. Her birth date comes from her father's naturalization papers. He was off by a few weeks on his son Isadore's birth date, so I am not positive about Sadie's.

Most of the information here is about my family or my wife’s, or about families with ties to Cleveland, Ohio, or the area near Rostrevor and Kilkeel in County Down, Ireland. There are also some unrelated families included that I came across. Whatever the case, I hope the material is helpful in your own efforts.
-- Ed Hamilton