Abe was born in 1863 in Glukhov. He married Ida Rivkin in
Russia where their two sons Leonard and Nathan were born.
Abe was looked upon as the head of the family. He operated
a small department store on the south side of Milwaukee in
a Polish neighborhood.
Abe died of pneumonia in California in 1922. Ida died in 1930.
Leonard Franklin became a secret service agent in W.W.I, and
in W.W.II he worked in government intelligence.
Nathan Franklin married Betty Diamond. They had a furniture
store in California.
Leo was born in Glukhov in 1868. He served three years in
the Russian Cavalry immigrated to America in 1894 where he
married Rose Bespalow in 1897. They lived in Milwaukee and
had a dry goods store on the south side. Rose's sister married
Leo's brother Mendel. Leo and Rose had three sons, Louis,
Harry and Emil, who were all football players. Leo died in
Louis Franklin 1898 -1994 graduated from the University of
Wisconsin in 1921 His first position was teaching algebra
in the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Also in 1921 he married
Edith Herz, and they had four children.
Louis had a long and interesting career as a geologist. He
lived in many parts of the United States and abroad. According
to his memoirs, "One of the most memorable experiences
of my career as an oil explorationist, was the time I spent
in 1946-47 and 1953-56 in Palestine and Israel."
Edith passed away in 1956 and Leo married her widowed cousin.
Louis died in 1994, at the age of 95 in Abilene, Texas. He
was Abilene's oldest practicing geologist.
Harry Franklin 1901 - 1986 married Evelyn Traxler. They remained
in Milwaukee where they had two children.
Emil Franklin 1904 - 1970 married Rose Pelton and became a
doctor. They had two children.
Louis was born Chaim Leib Zavelsky in 1869 in Glukhov. According
to his son, Nate, "he was in the Russian army, and when
awol while on maneuvers. He left six children and his wife
at home and when the army came to look for him they stuck
swords in the mattress where his oldest son was hiding under
the bed." In 1906 his wife Sarah Bess Donsker, born in
Kovno, Lithuania, came to America with their six children,
all born in Kovno: Rachel, Minnie, Marian, Anna, Lester and
Reuben. In America they had four more children: Nathan, Benjamin,
Solomon and Abraham.
here to read an excerpt from Marion Franklins autobiography
pertaining to her early years in Kovno and the trip to America.
Louis was a bookbinder in Russia and for seventeen years.
Later he had a grocery store in Milwaukee.
Rachel Franklin 1896 - was the first born of Louis and Sarah's
children. She married Joseph Krevat and had two children.
Minnie Franklin 1898 - the second child of Louis and Sarah
married Ben Ricklin and had three sons.
Marion Franklin 1899 - never married. She spent a good part
of her life living and working in Chicago.
Anna Franklin 1901 - We do not know anything of Anna.
Lester Franklin 1903 - was born in Kovno. He married Belle
Bartel and was an insurance broker. Lester and Belle had one
son who became an internist.
Reuben Franklin was born in Kovno and died
two weeks after arriving in Milwaukee.
Nathan Louis Franklin 1907 - was the first of Louis and Sarah's
children to be born in America.
He married Ruth Berdikoff and had a son. After Ruth's death
he married Frances Schwartz and had a second son and a daughter.
Benjamin Jack Franklin 1909 - was born in Milwaukee and married
Edna Reiter. They had two daughters and a son.
Solomon Franklin 1911 - was born in Milwaukee and was a real
estate appraiser. He married Minnie Gold and they had two
Abraham Franklin 1913 - the youngest child
of Louis and Sarah was born in Milwaukee. He married Mildred
Frank and they had two sons and a daughter.
Myer was born in Glukhov 1873, married Tillie Schelesnyack,
and had two sons born in Gotlovka: Jacob Bear 1900 -1984 and
Nathan Mendel (1901 - 1992.) They immigrated to America in
1902 and their two daughters were born in Milwaukee: Ida 1904
- and Sarah 1908 -.
to read Ida's story about her parents.
Jacob Bear Franklin married Becky and they had two sons.
He was a dentist in practice with his brother until 1945 when
he decided to become an orthodontist. He also became a professor
at Marquette Dental School.
After Becky's death, Jacob married a second time.
Ida Franklin married Jacob Ozonoff whose sister was married
to Ida's brother Nathan.
Ida was a well known collage artist. She graduated high school
in Milwaukee when she was 16 and help her parents in their
stores. Ida met her husband while he was in medical school.
They married after he was finished his internship and had
two sons and a daughter.
Sonia was born in Glukhov in 1875. She married William Schostak
in Russia and they arrived in America in 1900. They lived
in Milwaukee where they had a little schoolhouse right in
back of their home. William taught Hebrew in his little schoolhouse
to prepare boys for their Bar Mitzvah.
Sonia was said to be a very strong woman. She and William
had seven children: five boys and two girls: Louis, Abe, Manya,
Alex, Celia, Nathan and Theo. Sonia's mother Leah lived with
her for many years.
Mendel 1877 - 1940 was born in Glukhov and arrived in America
in 1892. He married Minnie Bespalow and they had three sons:
Nathan, Harry and Aaron.
Mendel had a dry goods store in Milwaukee.
Hannah,born in 1880 in Glukhov, arrived in the United States
in 1901 and married Max Cable.
They had two daughters: Mildred and Alice. Mildred was reputed
to have been an opera star who sang all over the world. Sonia
was know to be a strong woman like her sister .
Samuel 1882 - who arrived in the United States in 1901 as
a teenager, married Minnie Schnell and became a doctor. Sam
and Minnie had three children: Denora, Charlotte and Zalmond.
Before going to medical school he was a photographer. He went
to school at Marquette in Milwaukee and drove a jitney to
make ends meet. He became a general practitioner.
His son Zalmon left college in his last year to join The Abraham
Lincoln Brigade and fight in Spain. According to family legend,
Sam joined his son there.
Isador Franklin 1890 - the youngest of the Franklin brothers
arrived in America in 1905 and went on to become a doctor.
He was married to Ida Brody and they had three children: Zalmon,
Edith and Lillian.
Isador was an eye surgeon, a founding member of Mt. Sinai
Hospital in Milwaukee, the first Jew to be an instructor at
Marquette University, head of the Hydra-Hormone Cancer Research
Laboratory in Milwaukee and a militant atheist.
Isador and Ida's son Zalmon was a child prodigy who died of
Leukemia at the age of 16.