Pintchuk Family Page 2: Sol
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Sol was born in Vysocki, Poland, in 1893, the second of Naftali and Ethel's children. We have no record of
what he was called in Europe, although Shloime would be a good guess. Together with brother Max, he
immigrated separately from his mother and siblings, but his immigration record has not yet been found.
Sol told me that he served in World War I, guarding the Panama Canal. He said that the duty was uneventful
and boring, but once while rafting with other soldiers on Lake Gatun, an alligator bit off one of one soldier's
leg. I have been unable to find any record of Sol's service but Figure 1 shows him in uniform.
|Figure 1 - Sol
During World War I
Sol left home soon after the war, and married Frances (Feige) Gruenberg on 27 June 1920. (1) Frances had
immigrated in November, 1912 on the SS. Vaderland sailing from Antwerp. She was 16 years old at the time
(although she gave her age as 18), came from Misznoz, Poland where her parents were still living, and was
going to her brother who lived in Brooklyn. (2) The couple lived in Youngstown where Norman was born in
1922. There is mention of an S.L. Pintchuk being involved in the "B'nai Brith Players" drama productions in
Youngstown in the twenties. (3) Although there is no record of a middle name for Sol, it is most probable
that the reference is to Sol, rather than brother Sam, since Sam never lived in Youngstown after the war.
The family moved to Cleveland, in the late 20s. Their marriage was stormy and about 1930, Sol left the
family and disappeared. Frances and Norman moved to Chicago where she eventually divorced Sol and
1. Correspondence with Norman Pintchuk, Archive 3.10.1.
2. Ship Manifest, Archive 1.2.25.
3. "THESE ARE THE NAMES, The History of the Jews of Greater Youngstown, Ohio 1865 to 1990",
Irving E. Ozer etal, 1994, page 115.
4. Naturalization Certificate of Naftali Pintchuk, archive 1.2.4.
5. Funeral Book, Archive 2.3.1.
6. Belle Belinkoff Date Book, page 53, archive 3.2.1 and Social Security Death Index.
7. Social Security Death Index.
Sol, Frances & Norman
Visiting the Belinkoffs in Akron, ca 1928
After his divorce, Sol disappeared from the family for several years, although he did visit Cleveland in August, 1938, where he
registered his citizenship. (4) He showed up in Los Angeles about 1941, when he had to share a bed with me for a short while.
After that, he stayed in Los Angeles, eventually marrying Rose Heymann in about 1947. Rose lived in Boyle Heights, while Sol
lived with us in the West Adams district, a considerable distance apart. Since Sol did his courting by streetcar, it was a long
ride home and I remember that he fell asleep more than once, thus missing his stop. Luckily, the end of line was not too far
past his stop, and he eventually got home.
YaleBelinkoff, Belle, Rose Heyman Pintchuk, Sol & Me, ca 1948
My father set Sol up to manage a pawn shop that he owned on Central Avenue in the ghetto, together with my cousin Herbert
Belinkoff, Temma, Ida and Dave's brother. The venture did not work well since Sol tended to dominate Herb, and they had
more than one robbery, including at least one mugging. Sol died 26 January 1967, (5) at the age of 74, and first wife, Frances,
died exactly 11 months later on 26 December 1967, also in Los Angeles, where she lived not far from us. (6) Norman had
reconciled with his father and he made the burial arrangements for both parents at Hillside Cemetery in Los Angeles, in the
same year. Rose died in January, 1987. (7)
Norman served in WWII, and was stationed as a soldier on a harbor
rescue boat in Santa Barbara, CA. He visited us often and brought my
father cigarettes, and my mother, nylons from the PX. The cigarettes
were only a matter of money, being considerably cheaper at the PX, but
nylons were unavailable to civilians. I received my very first good slide
rule from Norman.
After the war, Norman lived with Frances in veteran's housing in Chicago,
studied at Illinois Institute of Technology and worked at the Drake Hotel
on Michigan Avenue. Elana and I visited them in Chicago in 1949 on our
way to Israel. He later studied at Case College in Cleveland, living with
Sarah Gateman. After graduating, he moved to San Diego and worked
as a metallurgist for several aerospace companies. He also often
testified as an expert witness in trials involving metallurgical failures.
Throughout his life in San Diego, Norman was active in volunteer harbor
patrol work, a love that he developed from his army service.
Norman married Opal Ness in 1960, (1) but they had no children. Opal died in 1979, (1) and Norman married Felicia Douglas in
November, 1981. (1) The marriage was brief and ended in divorce in 1983. He retired in 1994 at the age of 72, and almost
immediately discovered that he had cancer. He died 24 March 1996. (7) in the care of his third wife, Alma Silberberg, who he
married in June, 1995, after his illness was diagnosed as terminal.
The Descendants of Sol Pintchuk