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Page 15 - Rose Schwartz of New Waterford

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1991/6/1 (2266 reads)
 

Rose Schwartz of New Waterford (Rose, you still work in the store.) It's a way of life with me. But I don't wait on customers. Well, I'll tell you. I'm around to see that people are waited on. I stand around, and sometimes, you know how clerks are-- they don't pay any atten? tion to a customer, some? times. You know, to go up and just say a word to them or something. I know those people coming into the store, for years. I've been in that store since 19-and-21. (Same place.) Same place, yeah. (Who started the store?) Well. I'll tell you. my father, first--before I was married, I lived with my father. He had a grocery store. And I stood behind the counter in the grocery store. Because you know then in those days you couldn't afford a clerk. So I was the oldest in the family. Shuffled me right into the back of the counter, and that's how I started in groceries. But when I got married. We opened the store--clothing store. 19-and-21. The year I got married. My husband (Abraham Schwartz) had a store in Sudbury. Ontario. But his sister was married to my uncle. So he used to come down to visit her, and that's how I met him. I was just 16 when I fell in love with him. Used to come down and--he was a very handsome, fine-looking fellow, good sport and all that. So. then he went back to Sudbury. Ontario. And he worked, he had his store there. And in 19-and-21. he gave up the place, and he came down. He came to Montreal. That's where his sister lived then. And when he came, we just made up to get married, and we went and we got married. And in Mon? treal, you know, you were supposed to have 3 weeks time--notice, you know, before you can get married. That's according to the Quebec law, I guess. But anyway, the rabbi was kind enough to us, and married us. I was 21. (You met when you were 16.) Yes, yes. We corresponded, and we used to see each other. Used to come down to visit his sister. Sometimes once, sometimes twice a year. And whenever he'd come down, well, we always, you know, we used to chum around. Montreal, 1919. Rose Ciaener (right) with Miss Faganbaum and Miss Faganbaum.
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