|Birth: ||Nov. 10, 1898|
|Death: ||Sep. 28, 1954|
Nathan was born Nachman Kossower in Krasilov, Khmelnytska Oblast, the third of nine surviving children of Rabbi Pinchos Kossower and Gitel Beitchman Cosover.
The family was caught up in the Ukrainian pogroms of 1905-1906 and became more fearful of their future throughout Nathan's childhood. Their response was to send him and his eldest brother Maurice to safety in America. The boys' mandate was to remit money to support the family and eventually bring the others to America. Nathan's second brother Lewis stayed behind to support the family until they could flee.
Nathan arrived in Baltimore, Maryland on Aug. 17, 1910, where he stayed with cousins, the Asnes family. He had been a tailor in the Ukraine, a skill that served him well in his new home. He was soon working in a men's clothing factory and became a naturalized US citizen on Dec. 6, 1915.
Nathan was a veteran of World War I. At the time of enlistment, he was the foreman of a pants factory in Chestertown, Kent Co., Maryland. He served under General Pershing, and there is a famous story in the family about how he made him a pair of pants.
When Nathan's father was murdered during the pogroms of 1918-1920, he stepped up his efforts to extract his family from the dangerous conditions in Krasilov. He used his many business, political and diplomatic contacts and pulled strings wherever he could. He eventually got his mother and seven remaining brothers and sisters to New York, where he helped to finance a newspaper kiosk and two gas stations to support the family.
After the war, his employer sent him to Sellarsville, Bucks Co., Pennsylvania, where he established a men's clothing business. Another manufacturer soon befriended Nathan and asked him to manage a pants factory in Easton. The owner later sold it to Nathan, who ran it as the Kasover Pants Factory and the Mr. Pants Factory for the rest of his life.
He was a well-liked boss who was very progressive. According to relatives, Nathan was the first person to have a union shop in Pennsylvania. He was feted on the front page of the local newspaper as a warm and generous employer ("The Easton Express").
Two of his brothers, Ralph and Edward, eventually worked for him as foremen, and at least one nephew did summer work there as a young man. Nathan always took care of his family.
Nathan married Minna H. Hyman in Chicago in 1930, and they had two daughters and six grandchildren. Nathan also had two known great-grandsons as of early 2010.
He was a member and former trustee of the Temple Covenant of Peace in Easton.
He passed away in Easton Hospital after having had a stroke two years previously. He was greatly missed by his beloved family and his many grateful employees.
Nathan was a man who made a significant and positive contribution to his family and his community.
Thanks so much to Beverly G. Kirby-McDonough for so graciously finding, photographing and uploading the gravestone.
Pinchos Kossower (____ - 1919)
Gitel Beitchman Cosover (____ - 1961)
Minna H. Hyman Kasover Brill (1908 - 1986)*
Lewis Cosover (____ - 1930)*
Maurice James Cosover (1894 - 1968)*
Nathan Kasover (1898 - 1954)
Sophie Cosover Galos (1900 - 1971)*
Ralph H. Cosover (1903 - 1972)*
Max Cosover (1904 - 1986)*
Norman Cosover (1909 - 1990)*
Edward Mitchell Cosover (1911 - 1995)*
Sylvia Cosover Jordan (1914 - 1985)*
Created by: Mary Jo C. Martin
Record added: May 29, 2010
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