Aaron L Goldston

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full ,,. us that by by the announced it - the sys or of a Aaron Goldston Has Full Life, In Retirement Montgome'rion Is One Of 202 Descendants ; Mother Died At 103 Great-Grandpapa Aaron - Luis Goldston, at 85,. has a right to look forward to a lone full life of retirement in Montgomery. His mother, Libby. was noted in Rip ley's "Believe it or Not" column when she died at the age of 103. She had 202 descendants. Aaron is the eighth of her 11 children She was the leading gold star mother of World War I. World traveller, ; a Mason and a Shriner, Aaron Goldston's career started as a blacksmith, w a s change tj tailoring, then to owner of a resort hotel and finally to the cultivation of ah orange grove in Israel. In retirement, he makes his home with his youngest son, Harold M. Goldston on Gilmer Avenue. Much of his time is spent in the workshop he built in his son s garage, and resting and reading on the enclosed terrace. He did the carpentry work on this porch himself, even the roof, says his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Goldston He is never seen without his head covered. In the house the skull cap is the covering because he says, "According to Jewish law, a man should not be bare headed at any time His Vandyke beard is neat and cut close. "The Bible says the end of your beard you shall not shave. It does not say that cant be cut," he explains.; , Return to OrCiodox Law He is happy to return to the orthodox Jewish law which he could not always observe as business man. 'Sabbath." he says "means rest and is observed by the Jews from sundown . Friday night to the first star of Satur day night. It is wrong, according to the Hebrew Bible, for a man to write on the Sabbath. A man should not pick up a match and light a cigaret on the Sabbath, he declares. - But he has not always been able to do this. ,1 had to make living au tnese years and pay days come on sa-arday (which is the Sabbath). Asked if he was as strong and neaitny as he appears, he said "ine ouraen ot .the years are heavy but my daughter, is trying to Keep me young." He shows great affection for this daughter in-law who 'works with her hus band at Professional Center Phar macy which they own. Born In Border City The elder Goldston was born in a border city of Russia and Poland When he left at the age of 20 it was under Russian control He says. "I did not want to be sold into service in the Rus sian army where five years serv ice was required. My uncle was forced to serve 25 years and others of my family serve ten., Chil dren aged ten and 1 12 were kid napped from their homes and brought up in the army. Ihis trip to America was his honeymoon with his bride Sarah Eva. They went to Rochester, N.Y., and lived with her two brothers there after landing at Castle Gar den m New York. He couldn't follow his black smithing trade which he hil learn ed with his father in Poland. The language difficulty prevented it and he went into tailoring. The firm he worked with contracted with Stem and Bloch and Michael Stern, the big names of that day . We worked at the foot-run machines all day until sir at night," he says. "Some eights we worked until ten without any overtime pay but to make an impres sion on tne boss.; ' Job Paid Six Dollars That first job paid six dollars a weec and was raised to seven when the first child was born and Aron Goldston worked at it for seven, years. But with three chil dren, he needed more money and moved to Pittsburgh and -went into pants manufacturing with his brother and brother-in-law. "I was always trying to better myself. changing lines of work." he savs uy now he had spent a number or years- at hard work and 11 children hadieen born. The doctors sai he must rest and sent him to Cambridge Springs, Penn. His wife and children followed later and all the 'relatives i began to visit tnem at this summer resort. Sarah, Eva was a good cook, so Aaron took in paying guests and as this was successful . he ventured .again. -He bought a rundown old hospital building and repaired it himself. This developed into a resort hotel with guests from all over the United States and 'Canada. It was here he made the money that made travelling and retirement possible. , Sold Before Crash He sold the hotel before the crash of 29 and he says that now it is a Catholic convalescent home. During all these 30 years in Cambridge Mr. Goldston learned t ' K't !.. x ( V " ' J : 58; S IK- i4 it fa' I J? 3? V V5 X I GONE AND FORGOTTEN Autauga County's earliest settlers lie forgotten in an overgrown neglected grove some 4 1-2 miles south of Prattville. Graves record dates around 1830-50. Many markers have fallen over on their faces, brick walls around "family plots have crumbled and monuments once so stately and ; tall lie in pieces in the underbrush. Shown decipering one of the monuments in better than average condition is Craig Aiken, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Aiken of Prattville. (Photo by' Boone Aiken.) s his children who were in school English replaced the spoken Jewish in his home. He reads eight languages and speaks six, Polish, Lithuanian, Russian, Jewish, Hebrew and Eng lish. "We had no schools in Poland,' ha savs. "We had a tutor but that was against the law and when the policeman came by the tutor ran into me Diacusmua auup uu pretended to work at the anvil. The schools were for the rich," he savs. He explains that Hebrew is to the Jewish people what Latin is to the English speaking people. Jewish is not a language of the Jew he says, but. was picked up in Germany as the people left other countries and came there during the Spanish Inquisition. He treasures his grandfather's Book of King David which is in Hebrew And was published in 1839. He carries on regular corre spondence with friends in Israel. Of the modern Israel, he says, "It will grow and develop as America did. The people from alii parts of the world are bringing their cultures and ways of life there. When the children born there grow up. things will work out. Hebrew is the official language there, but according to Mr. Gold ston English is a required course . J , . 1 1 1 1 1 ' 1 oi siuay in me scnoois. r.nsnMi, he believes, will be the common meeting grounds of all nationali ties.. Made Six Trips Abroad He has made six trips abroad since 1929 and travelled all coun tries but Japan. China and India. In that first year he bought land and planted an orange grove-in Afule, Israel. He returned to Amer ica at intervals to keep up his citizenship. World War II caught him there.. After his wife's death there, he returned on the exchange ship Gripsholm m 1945. His orange grove became a com post heap, he says, turned into the soil for fertilizer. There was no export and no money for ir rigation. Israel Is a fine country, he says. ' The atmosphere and the scenery are good. The climate is hot but you can step in the shade of a tree and it is cool . Both Aaron Goldston and his son Harold are Masons and Shriners. Papa Aaron visited many ceremo nies of these groups in his travels 'The Masons in Arabia are of high integrity," he says. They took him to the meetings and treated him royally. In Arabia there are no Masons above 32nd degree Aaron now has eight children living, 16 grandchildren . and 16 great-grandchildren. He doesn't ex pect to be" mentioned in Time Magazine as his mother was at her death. She had 11 children, 61 grandchildren and 118 great grandchildren, according to that publication. Ripley, in "Believe It ' or Not" said of her, "Mrs. Libby Gold ston of Pittsburgh. Pa., had 20 grandsons in active service in the World War. The Gold Star Matri- ch, leading . Gold Star mother died in 1932 at the age of 103. 'She was signally honored by her hftme town for. having had 20 grandsons ; in active in active service to read and write English from 'during the World War fighting in five different armies. "In addition, 14 of her grandsons had been drafted either the. U. S. or in England, awaiting their call to the-front when the Armistice terminated hostilities The 20 combatants all returned alive, two having been wounded in action. "Her grateful townsmen in Homestead. Pa.,' honored her witn a plaque in the building, of the local Carnegie library . Aaron says that his mother was 89 when. she marched five miles with a nag on her shoulder the Armistice parade, at the end of World War I. Special .trains had been scheduled - tomorrow to take several thousands of Trieste's Mav sym pathizers to hear the Tito speech. There still was no indication from Belgrade of what Tito's "new policy" on Trieste would embrace. Some observers said he might ask the. Western .Big Three to rescind their 1948 decla ration calling for return of all of Trieste to Italy. Others : said he would risk the United Nation Jto review the whole Trieste issue, or that he might demand some sort of a plebiscite. ... '.'.:--.:.':v-v' j

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  1. The Montgomery Advertiser,
  2. 01 Oct 1953, Thu,
  3. Page 22

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