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The Jewish herald. (Houston, Tex.) 1908-1914, December 10, 1908, Image 3

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community and left a legacy to
that end He depicted the past
and pointed out the path of duty
to meet the increasing calls and
necessities in a spirit of unselfish
The ceremonies of the corner
stone laying were attended by
the civil authorities of the city
and by many prominent person
alities and a large number of
the members of the Aasociatior
and their families
At the first semiannual meet
ing of the Association held Oc
tober 7th the Finance Commit
tee submitted a very comprehen
sive statement The members
roll exhibited 135 at 1200 an
nually to which must be added
the yearly contributions of Mr
George Jonas 100 I L Flor
ance 100 and A Bloch 50
an annual revenue therefore of
1870 leaving a balance exceed
ing 1000 to be provided for
The following was the state
ment as to the estimated cost of
establishing the Home
Cost of lots 406500
Construction of the Home
building including Architect and
Superintendents fee or commis
sion 1127500
Probable cost of cisterns
fence grading etc 166000
Probable cost of furniture
stoves etc etc 150000
Total 1850000
Exclusive of the support for
widows and orphans pending the
erection of the Home building
amounting to about 800
At the Board meeting of Oc
tober 2 1855 Mr Joseph Cohn
tendered his resignation as Sec
retary which he had filled with
much zeal from the incipiency of
the organization which being
absolute was accepted with re
gret and Rev James K Gutheim
was elected in his place
On the 18th day of December
the Board of Offiicers decided to
dedicate the new Home on the
8th day of January 1856 and
adopted a programme for that
purpose Rev James K Githeim
to open the dedication ceremonies
with prayer and Mr B F Jon
as to deliver the dedication ora
tion The dedication took place
on the day designated and both
the prayer of the minister and
the address of Mr Jona3 pro
duced sa profound impression
Mr B F Jonas the eloquent
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orator of the day is thanks to a
kind providence yet amongst the
living one of the very few re
maining links that connect the
present with the past He has
lived to see his glorious prophe
cies and predictions at that dedi
cation more than realized It
may be of interest to state that
Mr Jonas in the course of his
prominent and distinguished ca
reer occupied a seat in the Unit
ed States Senate as Senator for
the State of Louisiana
The Dedication Day was also
the first anniversary of the Asso
ciation and such was the enthu
siasm that about 300000 were
donated during the collection the
Board of Directors had provided
for the guests thus enabling the
administration to meet the needs
of the institution for that year
for there were not as yet suffi
cient members to make good the
annual expenses which would
amount to 3500 or 4000
And as anniversary followed
anniversary it became as it
were an unwritten law a cus
tom for our men and women
and the children too to attend
them to meet our orphans face
to face and to gather the Jessv
aye the inspiration of the
moment All differences of rank
or station were forgotten on
these days all met upon the
same broad platform that of
generous sympathy for the un
fortunate and the forlorn The
poor widows mite the little sav
ings of the children all offered
at these anniversaries were of
the same precious value than
the offerings of the wealthy The
whole community became as one
And as time progresses inde
pendent of the grand lesson im
parted to both old and young
there was a material side to the
question For without the do
nations at these anniversaries it
would have become impossible
for the administrations follow
ing each other to meet the ever
increasing demands and costs
These donations were adboslute
ly necessary to the very life of
the Association
On the 1st day of February
1856 the Home was opened for
the admission of widows and or
phans an d to the number of
thirteen say one widow and her
five children and seven other
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