A ~1935ce Visit to Monastir Remembered
- [??] Yousha -m. [??]
This was a large family—there were nine daughters, of which only Bohora, the eldest, emigrated to the US.
Two daughters of this couple married BenYakar brothers.
In 1935, Bohora returned to Monastir with her 10 year old daughter, Betty (and others), to visit Bohora's mother and eight sisters.
Read about the visit.
- *Hanna "Bohora" Yousha -m. *David BenYakar
David's brother, Peris BenYakar, was married to Bohora's sister, Rashel.
- Jenny Baker -m. Solomon A. Cohen
[Jenny now resides in the Sephardic Home in Brooklyn.]
Solomon was a Kastoriali.
Solomon was a cutter for Hazan Togs, one of the many Sefaradí-owned ladies' sportswear firms operating in the Garment District (centered on 35th Street and 7th Avenue) in New York during the period.
Solomon's son Al remembers that the area was known fondly as "Chinatown", not because of the ethnicity of any residents, but because the streets were always crowded with young men pushing racks filled with garments, and paid "coolie" wages.
- Al Collins (was Cohen) -m. (1) [??]
Al's ex-wife remarried.
Their children use their step-father's name.
- Sidney / Sandy Brody
- Stacy Brody
- [ Al Collins ] -m. (2) [??]
- David Cohen -m. Dorothy [??]
- Sidney Cohen
Sidney passed away untimely in an auto accident.
He was 21 days short of 21 years old.
- Sarah Baker
- Molly Baker
- Betty BenYakar -m. (1) Martin Young
Martin Young's sister had a hotel, the Ackerman, in Mt Freedom, NJ.
- Wendy Young -m.
- Robin Young -m.
- Andrea Young
- [ Betty ] -m. (2) Ralph Hasson
After the sudden passing of her first husband, Betty was encouraged by her friend Betty Nahmias to meet her friend's nephew, Ralph Hasson.
He had been widowed by the early passing of his first wife, and had two daughters.
Ralph's father was Baruch Hasson.
According to them, it was love at first sight.
One day, on a hospital visit to her ill mother, Bohora told Betty to have a child.
- David Hasson -m. Nicole [??]
- Howard Hasson
- Alexandra Hasson
- Morgan Hasson
- Nelson Baker
- *Rashel Yousha -m. (1) *Peris BenYakar
According to family lore, this couple could not have children;
He felt it was she that couldn't have children, and wanted to be separated and divorced.
After she divorced him, she married again (possibly someone from Palestine), and had "baby after after baby" perhaps as many as eleven children.
- [ *Rashel ] -m. (2) [??]
- Rebecca [??]
This daughter of Rashel, became acquainted with her cousin Betty, during Betty's childhood visit to Monastir.
She later settled in Israel.
Memories of a childhood visit to Monastir by Betty Hasson.
My mother wanted to see her parents, who lived in Monastir and whom she hadn't seen for maybe twenty-five years.
All she wanted to do was to see her mother, her father, and her eight younger sisters.
I don't remember their names, because I was only ten years old then.
But I do remember the way they lived there, because I was there for about two months.
We crossed over on the Ile de France—at that time one of the biggest ships.
The final leg was a bus ride of about four days.
The whole town was waiting for the bus to arrive, because they knew she was coming.
When she saw them waiting at the bus stop, she started to scream «A Dió! A Dió!» and she forgot she had children.
We were at the end of the bus, sitting like this, and she didn't even know to take us off the bus, she was so excited to see her parents.
From then on we were called las Americanas.
It was a big deal: «Ná, son las Americanas» and «Las Americanas, stá akí»
We also had [Lillie Calderon, later "Shortie" Rousso's wife] with us, with her parents, for the whole time.
She was my age.
I remember the way they lived, and I'll never forget, when my mother took me to see where she had worked, and the family she had worked for.
They were very comfortable; she had done housecleaning for them.
They treated her like a visiting dignitary—La Americana.
They welcomed her, seated her, they fed her, they treated her like she was a queen.
I was too young to be interested in my mother's family [the adults].
I was interested in her sister's daughter, who was my age.
I couldn't talk to her because she spoke spanish, and could only answer in english.
I see her now occasionally;
This section compiled July 2003ce from material provided by Betty Hasson, Al Collins.
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