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The Jewish herald. (Houston, Tex.) 1908-1914, December 10, 1908, Image 2

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preliminary measures requisite
to the formation of an associa
tion for the object contemplated
and to that end entrusted the
work to an Executive Committee
of twentyone members selected
from those present at the meet
ing with Mr Gershom Kur
sheedt as Chairman and David
C Labatt as Secretary
And at a meeting held in the
rooms of the Howard Associa
tion on the first day of March
1855 the members present sub
scribed the charter and thereby
formed themselves into the As
sociation for the Relief of Jewish
Widows and Orphans The fol
lowing are the names of the in
corporators viz
Gershom Kursheedt
D C Labatt
L B Cain
M M Simpson
Benjamin Florance
Joseph Magner
Joseph Cohn
Joseph Simon
James K Gutheim
E Solomon
M Stievel
Daniel Goodman
Isaac Hart
L L Levy
Samuel Friedlander
Louis Rose
Joseph H Marks
This charter is recorded in
Records of Mortgage Office in
the Book of Societies No 3 Fo
lio 273 and following March 14
1855 It was to continue for 25
The first meeting of the cor
porators inviting theretof all
those who had subscribed to
wards the establishment of the
Association was held by a call
of the Executive Committee on
Sunday the 18th of March 1855
in the Masonic Hall with the fol
lowing gentlemen present viz
Messrs L Friedlander James
K Gutheim Geo Jonas L L
Levy J Sartorius M Goldman
L Hertz A J Ezekiel D C La
batt L B Cain M M Simpson
Benjamin Florance Joseph Mag
ner G Kursheedt Jos Cohn
Jos Simon E Solomon Daniel
Goodman L Goldsmith S For
cheimer E Forcheimer B B
Hart J Abrahamson B Da Sil
va J H Marks Isaac Hart L
Rose and H M Hyams
> The Chairman of the Execu
tive Committee Mr G Kur
sheedt presided with Mr David
C Labatt
at the Secretarys
After the charter of incorpor
ation had been read the follow
ing resolution was adopted
Resolved That such Israelites
as are present who have paid the
sum of five dollars or more for
the benefit of this Corporation
be and they are hereby elected
members of the Association
On motion duly carried the
meeting went into an election
for officers of the Association
wihich resulted in the unanimous
choice of the following
M M Simpson as President
Isaac Hart as First Vice Pres
H M Hyams as Second Vice
Joseph Cohn as Secretary
Daniel Goodman as Treasurer
Directors for one year Joseph
Simon M Goldsmith L L Levy
L Rose
Directors for two years B
Florence J H Marks L B
Cain E Solomon
It is just to state in this con
nection that the Chairman of
the Executive Committee Mr G
Kursheedt had declined the nom
ination for President being
obliged to accompany Sir Moses
Montefiore to Jerusalem to carry
out certain bequests of the late
Judah Touro
The election of officers having
been effected and the organiza
tion completed the Constitution
ByLaws and Rules of Order
which had been prepared by the
Executive Committee were sub
mitted to the meeting but in
view of their importance and the
discussion to which they would
have to be subjected the meeting
of the Association was adjourned
to March 25th 1855 when after
a long debate and some amend
ments they were adopted only
one member voting in the nega
Article II of this Constitution
speaking of the object of the As
sociation reads
The object of the Corporation
shall be to establish a Home or
Asylum to receive under its
care and support indigent He
brew widows also to receive
foster provide for maintain and
instruct Jewish orphans and half
orphans of both sexes
The reader will in perusing
this article perceive that there
is no mention nor meaning to
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confine or limit the benefits of
the Home to the population of
the City of New Orleans The
originators of the movement
animated by the most liberal
spirit desired to extend these
benefits beyond its limits though
they well knew that the burdens
resting upon our Jewish citizens
in pursuance of this policy would
be heavily increased
And thus the Association was
born that was to be a blessing
to humanity and a glory to our
Jewish community
At its inception it had but
thirtyfive members and every
effort was put forward by the
Board to increase this number
so that on April 27 78 members
were on the rolls as the funda
mental basis of its future suc
The first meeting of the Board
of Directors was held on the 27th
day of March and at once a com
mittee was appointed to ojptain
subscriptions towards the pur
chasing of ground and the erec
tion thereon of a Home
The original Executive Com
mittee had before this succeed
ed in collecting a considerable
amount of subscriptions so that
they were enabled to turn over
to the Treasurer of the Board the
sum of 571350 On the tenth
day of April the Treasurer re
ported the receipt of 200000
from the Hebrew Benevolent As
sociation which that body voted
towards the purposes of the new
Association and 100000 from
the Hebrew Ladies Benevolent
Association generously donated
by this Society
It is a noteworthy fact that
the subscriptions came alike
from Jew and Gentile The idea
of the establishment of a Home
for Widows and Orphans had im
pressed itself upon the hearts of
the community in responsive
sympathy and for the glory of
the city let it be said that ever
since in any enterprise of a char
itable character undertaken by
the Israelites therein this sym
pathy has come down from fath
er to son from mother to daugh
ter and in hundreds of in
stances has been revealed in
shining glory
As soon as the B oard had or
ganized and the several standinp
committees had been appointed
the Committee on Application
i m jfwt tjwS F i
of such widows and orphans as
had formerly been relieved by
the Hebrew Benevolent Associ
ation and stipends were paid to
them until a Home could be es
tablished for their reception
At the meeting of the Board of
Officers held on the first day of
May 1855 Mrs Ann Depass
was elected matron and Dr I
L Gracour was elected physician
On the eighth day of May the
Board resolved upon the pur
chase of 3ix lots of ground sit
uated corner of Jackson and
Chippewa streets at a cost of
about 400000 These lots
measure sixtysix and onehalf
feet front on Jackson street by a
depth of 141 feet on Chippewa
street A motion was also adopt
ed directing the Committee on
Building and Repairs to invite
proposals and plans for the build
ing of a Home
On the 13th of May following
the Board of Directors went into
an election for Honorary Ma
trons to serve for six months
with the following ladies being
Mrs Widow E Abram3 Mrs
Widow C Hyams Mrs A Ha
ber Mrs George Jonas Mrs M
Goldsmith Mrs Isaac Hart Mrs
D Goodman Mrs Benjamin
Florance Mrs S J Wellman
Mrs L Goldsmith Mrs Samuel
Harby Mrs Joseph Simon Mrs
loseph Cohn Mrs Klopman
Mrs G Stadeker
At a meeting held on the 20th
of June the plan of Mr W A
Freret for a home was adopted
aud on the 10th of July the
Building Committee reported
having contracted with Mr G P
McConnell for the building at a
cost of 10700
The corner stone was laid on
the 7th day of August Rev
James K Gutheim delivering the
oration In a masterly manner
he set forth the obligation of a
community to provide for the
poor widow and orphan he de
scribed all that had been done up
to the present time by the He
brew Benevolent Association and
the Hebrew Ladies Benevolent
Society to meet the calls of dis
tress he alluded to the strenuous
labors performed by the Board
of Directors in the furtherance
of the object of a Home he
lauded the benevolent spirit of
Judah Touro who after a life of
noble deeds thought of bestow
and Relief took in hand the cases ing a Jewish Hospital upon our

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