Fonds F3042 - Simon Oberndorffer fonds

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Simon Oberndorffer fonds

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  • [188-]-1913 (Creation)
    Oberndorffer, Simon

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1 folio case

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Simon Oberndorffer was born in Bretten, Germany circa 1826. At 18 he immigrated to New York where he stayed for eight or nine year before arriving in Kingston around 1857. In New York, Oberndorffer had learned the trade of cigar making. Oberndorffer operated a cigar company in Kingston until his death in 1913. Both he and his German-born wife Cecelia (married in 1867) were pillars of the Kingston community and instrumental in the establishment of a synagogue for the local Jewish congregation. Together they had 12 children, eight of whom survived into adulthood. Oberndorffer was a member of many fraternal organizations, such as the Oddfellows and the Masons. He also served on City Council as the alderman for Cataraqui Ward in 1892.

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This material was likely held and donated by Mrs. R. H. Browne, daughter of Simon and Cecelia Oberndorffer. It may have accompanied Marion Meyers deposit to the archives.

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This fonds contains a small number of family photographs and newspaper clippings, a certificate of recognition regarding the building of Beth Israel Synagogue on Queen Street, Kingston as well as a list of seat holders at said synagogue, a memo from the employees of the Oberndorffer Cigar Factory on Simon Oberndorffer's retirement as well as an Oddfellows certificate.

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  • Portfolio case: F3 A3.8