In today's world, one can only imagine buying all of your household goods from a peddler's pack or a horse and cart. Young Aaron Belloff was only 23 at the time but he was soon traveling around Southern Jefferson County, NY with a pack on his back. He sold jewelry and dry goods and stayed with people in the area while establishing a route for his selling. To cover the cost of his "boarding" for overnight stays he would teach the children in the family about history, mathematics and read to them. To think that prior to his immigration to the United States, Aaron could not speak English.
Aaron was soon able to purchase a horse and wagon and increased the amount of merchandise which was offered to his customers. Leather shoes from $3 - $6.00, men's flannel shirts at .98 cents, silk slips $1.69, suede gloves for 69 cents. Prices from days gone by. Of course the cost of living was a bit less from today. This is the way Belloff's Department Store was started.
Aaron and his brother Morris opened stores in Mannsville and Adams, NY. In 1914 Aaron Belloff gave up his days as a pack-peddler trudging through the countryside and purchased his brother's interest in the Adams store. Belloff's Department Store opened on Main Street in Adams, NY and continues its business traditions in 2001.
While trying to establish himself in the United States, Aaron sent for his school sweetheart in Russia. Aaron and Nina were married in 1909. When Nina became pregnant for their first child she returned to Russia to be with her family for the birth. She returned to the United States in June, 1913 with their son Isadore who was 1 year and 6 months. Departing from Bremen, Germany Nina and Isadore arrived at Ellis Island on June 24, 1913 on the ship Kronprinz Wilhelm.
After Isador completed grammar school in Adams, NY, Aaron moved the family to Watertown where there were better facilities to maintain their Jewish religion and a school for Isadore to obtain his high school education. The Belloff's purchased a home in the city of Watertown and - - - with access to an automobile - - - Aaron commuted to Adams each day to run the department store. Two other children were born to Nina and Aaron while they resided in Watertown, Evelyn and a brother who died at age 11.
The great depression hit Belloff's Department Store much the same as it did other businesses throughout the United States. Isadore, who had graduated from Watertown High School in 1928, decided to attend Cornell University and borrowed money for the tuition. He worked for his room and board while in college.
Isadore was member of the Cornell track team for four years and held the record of 13'6" in the pole vault during the time when bamboo poles were used. The Cornell track team went to California in 1932 and while there partiipated in the tryouts at Palo Alto. Although he had planned to pursue a degree in electrical engineering Isadore, instead, enrolled in administrative engineering.
In 1933, during his last year of college, Isadore came home at Christmas and because his father needed him, stayed to help. His mother, Nina, had passed away in 1932 and Isadore's father and four-year old sister Evelyn, moved in with "Grandma" VanMeter. Isadore worked in the store earning $8 per week, lived in an apartment over the store and ate meals at the VanMeter residence.
Grandma VanMeter is well remembered by many Adams residents especially because she wrote to every Adams' serviceman during both World War I and II. She was also fondly remembered for taking in stray children and people and providing them with a temporary home.
In the meantime, Isadore decided to pursue a different career and when his uncle, a chemical engineer working for Clarence Birdseye, told him of an opening on the project, he sought the position. The developer of Birdseye Foods had sold his patents and rights to General Goods and was working on another business venture, developing the reflector electric light bulb.
Isadore traveled to the 32 room Birdseye mansion in Gloucester, MA, where he found the man clearing wood from a jungle next door. Working with axes for two hours, Birdseye offered Isadore the opening as assistant in research development of silver coating on glass for reflectors, now familiar in showcase lighting, heat lamps and ultraviolet lamps.
Isadore worked for three years with Birdseye but his employer was only interested in developing techniques, not manufacturing, so he sold the company to a New York outfit. Isadore helped move the company, set up the production lines and stayed on as foreman.
Prior to leaving Glouchester, Isadore married Agnes Peck of Watertown. He continued working in Brooklyn during the war years but hey moved back to Adams in 1946 and he returned to employment at Belloff's Department Store.
When Grandma VanMeter died, Aaron stayed on with her daughter, Lila, who worked as a bookkeeper at the store. "My father thought it would look better if they got married. He was 75 and she was 70. They were married by Justice of the Peace Charles Kellogg," according to Isadore's memory.
Aaron died in 1971 but by that time Belloff's had become a very successful department store. The same employee's remained with him over the years and each one had their own department to oversee.
Aaron was interested in education and served on the Adams School Board from 1938 to 1961. Many of those years were spent as president of the board of education. He also established contributions to area libraries and was the recipient of the Adams Rotary Club's award for outstanding community service in 1955. Aaron was a charter member of the Adams Rotary Club and a 50 year member of the Rising Sun Masonic Lodge in Adams, NY. The Leuze-Reardon -Belloff Scholarship Fund is partially named in honor of Aaron.
Isadore was awarded the State of Israel's 50th anniversary Scroll of Honor at Degel Israel Synogogue in Watertown in 1984.
In the early years, Isadore recalled holding parties at the store for high school graduates and providing each with a personalized gift. Soft drinks and doughnuts were served and displays were geared to students leaving for college or work in other areas. Those parties were held for many years before being discontinued in 1968.
Mr. and Mrs. Belloff's children include: Mrs. Gordon (Nina) Hershey; Mrs. Bradley (Nancy) Smith; Mrs. Robert (Kathy) Sheley, and David. All of the children and Isadore's wife, Agnes, have worked in the store over the years. David currently runs Belloff's Department Store on Main Street in Adams, marking the third generation of Belloff's to continue a business that began from an immigrant pack-peddler in 1907.
SHIP MANIFEST INFORMATION FROM ELLIS ISLAND RECORDS
Descendants of Issac Belloff
Generation No. 1
1. ISSAC1 BELLOFF was born 1850, and died 1893. He married BAS-SHIVA ZEITLIN. She was born 1850, and died 1917.
of ISSAC BELLOFF and
BAS-SHIVA ZEITLIN are:
2. i. MORRIS2 BELLOFF, b. January 10, 1879, Kiev, Russia; d. May 19, 1957.
3. ii. AARON BELLOFF, b. April 29, 1884, Kiev, Russia (Goridishee area); d. October 1971.
4. iii. LOUIS BELLOFF.
iv. SISTER 1 BELLOFF.
v. SISTER 2 BELLOFF.
Generation No. 2
2. MORRIS2 BELLOFF (ISSAC1) was born January 10, 1879 in Kiev, Russia, and died May 19, 1957. Hemarried
ESTER DANOW (DANOFSKY) 1918, daughter of BENJAMIN. She was born 1885 in Russia, and died December 15, 1953.
Notes for MORRIS BELLOFF:
Came to US March 25, 1905 at 25 years old. Name spelled "Baloff" on ship manifest. Occupation noted as Cigarmaker. Place of residence was Grsedietz. Arrived on the ship the Noordam departed from Rotterdam, South Holland, The Netherlands. Became a citizen in 1912.
More About MORRIS BELLOFF:
Fact 1: died of massive heart attack
Notes for ESTER DANOW (DANOFSKY):
Came to this country at 6 months old.
More About ESTER DANOW (DANOFSKY):<>Children of MORRIS BELLOFF and ESTER (DANOFSKY) are:
Fact 1: died of colon cancer
Fact 2: March 1905, arrived from Russia at Ellis island
5. i. BERNICE MURIEL3 BELLOFF, b. 1923, Syracuse, New York.
6. ii. SARAH RUTH BELLOFF, b. 1917.
7. iii. ELEANOR BELLOFF, b. October 01, 1918, Syracuse, NY; d. February 07, 1993.
3. AARON2 BELLOFF (ISSAC1) was born April 29, 1884 in Kiev, Russia (Goridishee area), and died October 1971. He married (1) NINA DEREN September 1910 in Brooklyn, New York. She died March 20, 1932 in Watertown,New York. He married (2) LYLA VAN METER March 14, 1962. She was born August 26, 1898, and died February 1976.
Notes for AARON BELLOFF:
Aaron was born in the province of Kiew in the Ukranian Russia, April 29,1884. About age 12 Aaron began regular employment in a dry goods store. At the age of 16, he read the biography of Benjamin Franklin, and this had a great influence on his life. He quit his job in the dry goods store and began to study the Russian language. Like all Jewish youth at that date (about 1900) he was swept by the revolutionary socialistic ideas, and also by the Jewish Zionist socialistic ideas. This led to reading all the Russian classics and all the modern European literature. He supported himself by giving private lessons to the young adults in the town where he lived, in Yiddish and Russian language. He also taught arithmetic and algebra. As a part of his livelihood, he worked for an uncle who was a cigarette maker and was able to turn out about 4,000 cigarettes a day, and was paid at the rate of 20 kopeck for 1,000 cigarettes.
At the age of 17 or 18, he went to live with his sister, Ida, in a nearby town of Korsun. There he supported himself by giving otheres private lessons, along the same lines as he had done in his home town. He was starting his first missionary work of spreading his knowledge among the ignorant of the Jewish population. He established a library in that town and also had a class of tailor laborers, teaching them to read and write Yiddish and Russian. He led the first tailors strike inKorsun and was able to establish a 12-hour day which was customary. Very soon after this he was drafted in the Russian Army.
In the Army he made use of his cigarette making profession so every month he was given a whole day to make up a months supply of cigarettes for a retired Army Captain, AT NO PAY, only a day off from the barracks and a good dinner. The usual food in the Army at that time consisted of something we call black tea (you would call it dishwater) and black bread, 2 lumps of sugar for the tea. This was breadfast. After going through the usual exercises, about 11:30 am we had a very good dinner: 12 0z. of meat on a stick with black bread. After eating that, we went to a large table, where the celebrated peasant hot Russian Bortsch was served in large dishes, about 10 to 15 men eating from the same dish and using wooden spoons. Supper was the same as breakfast. In Aaron's company of 240 men, there were only about 6 who could read and write. Those were the Sargeant of each squad, the top sargeant, one other Russian who was a college graduate, and Aaron. The college graduate only served 2 years in the Army instead of 4 years which was required of the rest of the men.
Mrs. Gordon (Nina) Hershey, Cherry Hill, NJ
Mrs. Bradley (Nancy) Smith, Adams, NY
Mrs. Robert (Kathy) Sheley, Adams, NY
David Belloff of Star Route, Adams.
More About AARON BELLOFF:
Fact 1: April 29, 1884, Kiev (in the Ukraine the town of Gordischee)
Fact 2: father died when he was about 8 years old.
Fact 3: Mother and 2 sisters owned and operated a bakery.
Fact 4: Sisters delivered baked goods to the Russian elite.
Fact 5: Aaron attended elementary school and studied Hebrew.
Medical Information: 1916-had an attack of pleurisy, was treated at Good Samaritan Hosppital. 2 quarts of fluid were removed.
Children of AARON BELLOFF and NINA DEREN are:
i. MEYER3 BELLOFF, b. 1914, Mannsville.
More About MEYER BELLOFF:
Fact 1: Dr Severance delivered Meyer in Mannsville.
Fact 2: Died at age 11.
8. ii. ISADORE BELLOFF (IZ), b. September 1911.
iii. EVELYN DEREN BELLOFF, b. 1928, Watertown, NY.
More About EVELYN DEREN BELLOFF:
Fact 1: Lives in Bethesda Maryland
4. LOUIS2 BELLOFF (ISSAC1) He married ANN.
Children of LOUIS BELLOFF and ANN are:
9. i. EVELYN3 BELLOFF.
10. ii. BABETTE BELLOFF.
11. iii. LILLIAN BELLOFF.
12. iv. ISADORE BELLOFF, b. July 22, 1894; d. August 1979.
Generation No. 3
5. BERNICE MURIEL3 BELLOFF (MORRIS2, ISSAC1) was born 1923 in Syracuse, New York. She married DONALD EUGENE SCHEIN June 21, 1946 in Brookline Mass., son of RALPH SCHEIN and BERTHA LEVENE. He was born in 1920 in at Eastview in Levenworth, Kansas.
More About DONALD EUGENE SCHEIN:
Medical Information: Non hodgkins lymphoma diagnosed in 1988.
Born in Levenworth, Kansas. Educated in Boston, Mass. Donald was a graduate of Northeastern University and earned masters degrees from Boston and Syracuse Universities.
Early in his career, he taught English at Northeastern and Boston Universities. At one time, he taught in the evening division at Russell Sage College and also at the University at Albany.
During World War II, Mr. Schein was a radio and radar technician for the Coast Guard.
While a resident of the Boston area, he was active in fund raising to help establish Boston's educational television station, WGBH. There he served on the Massachusettes Citizens Committee on Educational Television. In 1955, Mr Schein came to Schenectady and served as didrector of the Mohawk-Hudson Council on Educational Television, where he produced instructional programs for in-school use broadcast over WRGB TV.
He was a pioneer in the development of an educational television station in New York State. In 1972, the Mohawk-Hudson Council began broadcasting on its own Channel 17. He also was instrumental in the addition of WMHT-FM and Radio Information Service (RISE), a radio reading service for the blind and print-handicapped. Prior to retiring in 1986 as general manager, he concluded negotiations for the acquisition of Channel 45 (now WMHQ).
In 1987, Mr Schein served as volunteer director of Proctor's Theater, where he assisted with its financial restructuring before illness forced his resignation.
He was a founding member and former president of the New York State Educational Radio and Television Association; a charter member of the board of trustees and former treasurer of the Eastern Educational Network; a communications advisor for the Rensselaerville Institute on Man and Science; and a member of the board and treasurer Capital District Regional Supplementary Education Center.
Mr. Schein also served on the boards of the Freedom Forum, the Schenectady Community Welfare Council and was a member of the Schenectady Chamber of Commerce, Rotary International, and the American Radio Relay League. He also was a member ofthe PTA and of the New York State Educational Radio and Television Association; Chairman of the Association of Public Television Stations of New York and the public relations
committee of the Human Services Planning Council; and former President of the Environmental Clearinghouse of Schenectady.
In 1978, he was recipient of the Schenectady Board of Realtors Distinguished Service Award. He was very active as a ham radio operator throughout his life, his call name was WB2OCZ ("Oscar-Charlie-ZULU")
Children of BERNICE BELLOFF and DONALD SCHEIN are:
13. i. MELISSA4 SCHEIN-PINDER, b. 1957, Schenectady, New York.
14. ii. ELISA ABAGAIL SCHEIN, b. 1957.
15. iii. JOANNE MIRIAM SCHEIN, b. 1949.
16. iv. ANDREA BETH SCHEIN, b. 1946, Boston, Mass..
6. SARAH RUTH3 BELLOFF (MORRIS2, ISSAC1) was born in 1917. She married JERRY ARONES. He died in Boyton Beach,Florida.
Notes for JERRY ARONES:
Died in a car accident. Had parkinsons disease in his later years.
Children of SARAH BELLOFF and JERRY ARONES are:
i. MICHAEL4 ARONES.
17. ii. JOYCE ARONES.
iii. SUSAN ARONES.
7. ELEANOR3 BELLOFF (MORRIS2, ISSAC1) was born October 01, 1918 in Syracuse, NY, and died February 07, 1993. She married STANLEY MELVIN LEVENSON January 12, 1942 in Boston, Mass..
Children of ELEANOR BELLOFF and STANLEY LEVENSON are:
i. TOBY DENA4 LEVENSON.
ii. LAURIE LEVENSON.
8. ISADORE BELLOFF3 (IZ) (AARON2 BELLOFF, ISSAC1) was born September 1911. He married AGNES PECK.
More About ISADORE BELLOFF (IZ):
Fact 1: Born in Russia, arrived in the US in June.
Fact 2: The family settled in Belleville. (upstairs at the corner where there is now a
saloon). per Aaron's diary.
Children of ISADORE (IZ) and AGNES PECK are:
i. NANCY4, m. BRADLEY SMITH.
More About NANCY:
Fact 1: Is or was a coach at South Jefferson Central Jr. High School.
Fact 2: They live in South Jefferson County area.
ii. NINA, m. GORDON HERSHEY.
More About GORDON HERSHEY:
Fact 1: Live in Cherry Hill NJ
iii. KATHY, m. ROBERT SHELEY.
More About KATHY:
Fact 1: Runs Piddock-Sheley Funeral Home on Park Street in Adams, NY
iv. DAVID, b. 1949, Watertown, NY.
More About DAVID:
Fact 1: Lives in Adams and still operates Belloff's Department Store on Main Street.
9. EVELYN3 BELLOFF (LOUIS2, ISSAC1) She married LOUIS STOLZ.
More About LOUIS STOLZ:
Fact 1: He was a pharmacist
Child of EVELYN BELLOFF and LOUIS STOLZ is:
i. ROBERT (BOBBY)4 STOLZ.
10. BABETTE3 BELLOFF (LOUIS2, ISSAC1) She married PHILL SALTMAN.
Child of BABETTE BELLOFF and PHILL SALTMAN is:
i. STEPHANIE4 SALTMAN, b. 1942.
11. LILLIAN3 BELLOFF (LOUIS2, ISSAC1) She married BILLY RAFTER.
More About LILLIAN BELLOFF:
Fact 1: She changed her last name, she used to be on NBC radio news.
Child of LILLIAN BELLOFF and BILLY RAFTER is:
i. NO CHILDREN4 RAFTER.
12. ISADORE3 BELLOFF (LOUIS2, ISSAC1) was born July 22, 1894, and died August 1979. He married (1) ANN. ?
More About ISADORE BELLOFF:
Fact 1: Married again after first wife died.
Fact 2: Changed his first name from Isadore to Earl
Children of ISADORE BELLOFF and ANN are:
i. RUTHANN4 BELLOFF, b. 1920; m. NEWMAN.
ii. SUSAN BELLOFF, b. 1922; m. MELVIN MILLER.
Generation No. 4
13. MELISSA4 SCHEIN-PINDER (BERNICE MURIEL3 BELLOFF, MORRIS2, ISSAC1) was born in 1957 in Schenectady, New York. She married BRUCE PINDER April 02, 1991 in Schenectady, New York. He was born in 1957 in Schenectady, New York.
Notes for MELISSA SCHEIN-PINDER by Melissa:
Lisa and I grew up in Schenectady NY. We went to Howe School (elementary), Oneida Jr. High, and Linton High. I sang alot in the musicals and in choir. We also dabbled in gymnastics and others sports. We started working at Whitey's stable (a hack stable where people rented out horses for $2-3 per hour) when we were about 10. We did that until Whitey died when we were 15. We saved our money and bought our first and only horse together...Ladie Boy ( an appaloosa stallion) We used to ride our bikes to Burnt Hills to take care of him, about 13 miles round trip. It was too much work and we ended up selling him.
I started spending a lot of time at a pool in Rotterdam, and got into diving. I practiced daily and ended up winning the women's city championships. The next year I went to Delhi Agricultural and Technical College majoring in horse husbandry. I received an Associates Degree in Horse Husbandry. I then went to Meredith Manor in West Virginia. It was a huge riding school ( the largest in the country at that time), they had 3 arenas, and around 10 barns. I majored in English riding (Dressage). The school was based on the military even down to the dorms, which were named the "Barracks, The Bunker, The Fort, etc." you get the idea! Meredith Manor was affiliated with Salem College in Salem, West Virginia. This is where I received my Bachelors Degree in Equestrian Studies. I travelled the east coast for a year and a half or so working in the horse field- teaching riding and training in Dressage. I eventually ran out of money and returned home to find a real job! I got a degree as a Registered Nurse in 1984. I have worked mostly in head trauma rehabilitation, and geriatrics. I do alot of home care with ventilator patients.
My greatest accomplishments were the births of my 2 children Valerie and Yvonne, the loves of my life. I met my second husband Jerry Ventolo online and have been happily married since 1998. Jerry worked for AT&T as a global account manager.
More About MELISSA SCHEIN-PINDER:
Fact 1: Lisa and Melissa are twins. Used to switch classes on April fools day at school.
Fact 2: Always fooled the teachers.
Fact 3: Lisa is 7 minutes older than Melissa.
Children of MELISSA SCHEIN-PINDER and BRUCE PINDER are:
i. VALERIE5 SCHEIN, b. 1988.
ii. YVONNE PINDER, b. 1991.
14. ELISA ABAGAIL4 SCHEIN (BERNICE MURIEL3 BELLOFF, MORRIS2, ISSAC1) was born in 1957. She married MICHAEL GRABER December 31, 1980.
Children of ELISA SCHEIN and MICHAEL GRABER are:
i. KEELEY LYNN5 GRABER, b. 1988.
ii. SHAYNA GRABER, b. 1994.
15. JOANNE MIRIAM4 SCHEIN (BERNICE MURIEL3 BELLOFF, MORRIS2, ISSAC1) was born in 1949. She married RUSSELL BROOKS September 03, 1977 in Scotia, New York, son of EDWARD BROOKS and DORTHY DEEGAN. He was born August in 1951.
Children of JOANNE SCHEIN and RUSSELL BROOKS are:
i. JULIE5 BROOKS, b. 1984.
ii. LAUREN BROOKS, b. 1985.
16. ANDREA BETH4 SCHEIN (BERNICE MURIEL3 BELLOFF, MORRIS2, ISSAC1) was born in 1946 in Boston, Mass.. She married ANGELO VENEZIANO August 11, 1974 in Schenectady, New York. He was born in 1948 in Boston, Mass..
Child of ANDREA SCHEIN and ANGELO VENEZIANO is:
i. DAVID SCHEIN-5 VENEZIANO, b. 1985.
17. JOYCE4 ARONES (SARAH RUTH3 BELLOFF, MORRIS2, ISSAC1)
More About JOYCE ARONES:
Fact 1: First marriage to Gary Bagley
Fact 2: Second marriage to Paul Menges
Child of JOYCE ARONES is:
18. i. CARRIE5 BAGLEY.Generation No. 5
18. CARRIE5 BAGLEY (JOYCE4 ARONES, SARAH RUTH3 BELLOFF, MORRIS2, ISSAC1) She married STEVEN COWARD.
More About CARRIE BAGLEY:
Fact 1: Live in Arizona
Child of CARRIE BAGLEY and STEVEN COWARD is:
i. ELLEN COWARD6 (ELLY).
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