|Birth: ||Jun. 15, 1894|
|Death: ||Dec. 16, 1968|
Maurice was born Moshe Kossower in Krasilov, Khmelnytska Oblast, the eldest of nine surviving children of Rabbi Pinchos Kossower and Gitel Beitchman Cosover. He was the only blond in the family.
The family was caught up in the pogroms of 1905-1906 and became more fearful of their future throughout Maurice's childhood. Their response was to send him and his younger brother Nathan to safety in America. The boys' mandate was to remit money to support the family and eventually bring the others to America. Maurice's younger brother Lewis stayed behind to support the family until they could flee.
Maurice arrived in Baltimore, Maryland on Mar. 1, 1907, where he stayed with cousins, the Asnes family. He was called both Morrie and Jimmy.
First he worked as an operator in a clothing manufacturing business, then in a tobacco factory in Cleveland, Ohio. Later he was employed by a tailor in Chicago. He was unable to help much toward achieving the goal of family reunification, even after his father was murdered in 1919.
Maurice married Rosylin F. Shatsky about 1928. They had a son, Philip Sanford, in 1929 in Chicago. The marriage didn't last.
He soon gravitated to the insurance business, working in that industry for the rest of his life. He resided in Waukegan, Lake Co., Illinois for many years. He was kind to his teenaged brother, inviting Eddie to live with him in Waukegan. He sponsored the basketball team at Waukegan High in 1927.
Maurice had a lot of friends in high places for many years, but these friends faded away when Maurice had to leave Chicago in a hurry. Alcohol became a problem. He ended up in Philadelphia.
Thanks so much to Doll Harris-Hargrove for photographing and uploading Maurice's grave plaque and to Long Ago and Yesterday~ for sponsoring Maurice's memorial. Their generosity of spirit is much appreciated.
Pinchos Kossower (____ - 1919)
Gitel Beitchman Cosover (____ - 1961)
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)*
King David Memorial Park
Created by: Mary Jo C. Martin
Record added: May 29, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 53000106