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Out of the Clock Tower

Hello and welcome to the Greene County Archives' blog, "Out of the Clock Tower".  Please join us as we share information on archival issues, news, special events, and highlights from our collection.

Before the archives program began in Greene County in 1996, permanent records were stored in every conceivable space, in basements, garages, and closets. Usually they were in boxes of various shapes and sizes, although seldom adequately labeled, but occasionally they were just in loose piles of books and papers. Most notable were the old records stuffed into the clock tower of the County Courthouse, where they shared their home with pigeon droppings.

Now, there is a clean, environmentally controlled, well appointed location for the county archives, where our historical records are housed in standard sized boxes on steel shelves. We have taken note of their journey in the name for our blog.

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Jan 13

The Mourner's Kaddish

Posted on January 13, 2017 at 12:12 PM by Elise Kelly

In the Jewish faith, a Kaddish is a hymn of praises to God. The term Kaddish is regularly referred to as the Mourner's Kaddish and is often said during funerals.

Right Image: Jewish Cemetery

On December 13, 1950, the Mourner's Kaddish was said for Samuel Engilman who was a long-standing Xenia merchant.

                                      Samuel Engilman's Estate File

Engilman was originally from Poland and arrived here in the United States in 1887. His wife, Minnie arrived eight years later in 1895. As a young man, Engilman worked as an optician at a dry goods store in northern Kentucky. He later migrated north and settled in Xenia. While in Xenia, Engilman owned a store called the People's Bargain Store. (See Below)

                                              1913 Xenia City Directory

The bargain store would have been located next to the Steele Building.


In 1914, Engilman ran into some bad luck when a man used a forged check to pay for his merchandise.
                                        Xenia Daily Gazette, May 6, 1914

The forger was caught and Engilman received restitution.

More bad luck followed a year later, when the roof of the Engilmans' house caught on fire. Luckily Engilman's luck turned around and in 1917, the family moved into their newly built home which was also located on West Main Street in Xenia.
View of West Main Street in Xenia. Can you see the courthouse and the Steele building?

Engilman was one of the most well-known and successful merchants in Xenia during the early part of the twentieth century. By 1940, he had retired from the business. His daughter Sarah, was married to Solomon Arnovitz. Arnovitz, also from Poland, was similarly a successful merchant in Xenia. Do you remember Sol's Department Store?
Solomon and Sarah Arnovitz's 1930 Marriage Record - Greene County Marriage Book 18

Engilman attended Beth Abraham Synagogue in Dayton. When Engilman died in 1950, several individuals presided over the burial service.
                                    Samuel Engilman's Estate File

Samuel Engilman is buried at Beth Abraham Cemetery in Oakwood.

                                         Image courtesy of Find A Grave.

This is the Kaddish prayer that would have been said at his funeral.

Until Next Time!

This Week's Trivia Question: What street was Sol's Department Store located on in Xenia?
Answer to Last Week's Trivia Question:
What Greene County physician came up with a very popular method of treating the "cold plague?" Answer: Dr. Joshua Martin


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