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David Goodman
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Birth: 1873, Russia
Death: Dec. 10, 1926
Cook County
Illinois, USA

David Goodman was a tailor from Warsaw. He met his wife, Dora Grisinski (also written as Criebinsky, Kressinski, Rosneski, etc.) in Baltimore, Maryland. She was from Kaunas, Lithuania. At that time, Poland and Lithuania were part of the Russian Empire. Before 1902, the Goodman's moved to Chicago. They lived in the Maxwell Street neighborhood.

David & Dora had eleven children: Minnie, Louis, Morris, Ida, Etta, Harry, Fred, Ben, Mary, Isadore, and Eugene. Although David had a career as a tailor in Russia, and apparently worked for a Chicago tailor to support his family, he also had to do hard labor in Chicago's slaughterhouses and stockyards. David learned that the Kehelah Jacob Synagogue gave music lessons and rented instruments at low rates, so he signed three of his sons up for music lessons. The boys brought home a tuba, a trumpet, and a clarinet.

In an interview for Downbeat (8 Feb 1956) Benny Goodman said "...Pop worked in the stockyards, shoveling lard in its unrefined state. He had those boots, and he'd come home at the end of the day exhausted, stinking to high heaven, and when he walked in it made me sick. I couldn't stand it. I couldn't stand the idea of Pop every day standing in that stuff, shoveling it around."

In 1926, Benny joined the Ben Pollack Orchestra, and urged his father to retire, since he and his brother, Harry, were now doing well financially as professional musicians. According to James Lincoln Collier ("Benny Goodman and the Swing Era", Oxford University Press 1989): "Pop looked Benny in the eye and said, 'Benny, you take care of yourself, I'll take care of myself.' It was an unhappy choice. Not long afterwards, as he was stepping down from a street car - according to one story - he was struck by a car. He never regained consciousness and died in the hospital the next day. It was a bitter blow to the family, and it haunted Benny to the end that his beloved father had not lived to see the enormous success he, and through him some of the others, made of themselves. It is, truly, a sad story. Benny described his father's death as 'the saddest thing that ever happened in our family.'"


Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947:

Name: David Goodman
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Death Date: 10 Dec 1926
Death Place: Chicago, Cook, Illinois
Gender: Male
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Age: 54
Estimated Birth Year: 1872
Birth Date:
Birthplace: Russia
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Father's Birth Place: Russia
Mother's Titles and Terms (original):
Mother's Birth Place: Russia
Street Address:
Spouse: Dora Goodman
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Burial Date: 13 Dec 1926
Burial Place: Forest Park, Cook, Ill
Cemetery: Forest Park
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Digital Folder Number: 4206165
Image Number: 1992
Film Number: 1877898
Volume/Page/Certificate Number: rn 34326
Family links: 
  Dora Grisinsky Goodman (1873 - 1964)*
  Benny Goodman (1909 - 1986)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Burial Date: 13 Dec 1926
Zion Gardens Cemetery
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Plot: Rosemont Park, Section L, Lot 58, Grave 8
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Crawford1880
Record added: Feb 22, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 85392506
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