Jonas Schrift

Jonas Schrift

Death 16 Aug 1955 (aged 63–64)
Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 135637673 · View Source
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Jonas Schrift, son of Nussin (Nathan) Schrift (the son of Hirsch Schrift and Keyle Bornfeld) and Chana Schonholz, emigrated from Grymalow, Austria, marrying his third cousin Rose Winter in America. They lived in St. Louis, Missouri at that time. He and Rose had two daughters, Blanche and Shirley.

Jonas moved the young family to New York in the 1920s, so that he, a tailor's cutter, could find steadier work closer to the city's garment industry. Jonas was a designer of men's clothing. With dreams of becoming a millionaire, Jonas moved the young family to Brooklyn, New York in the late 1920s, and opened a haberdashery shop, only to see his dreams go up in smoke one Christmas right in the middle of the Depression. Because Jonas had five thousand dollars worth of insurance, the authorities were convinced it was arson. Around 1929/1930 he was tried, convicted and jailed for arson. Rose spent the next year courageously picking up the pieces of their lives; she worked ten to twelve hour days, did her best to raise the girls, moved to a cheaper apartment over a relative's butcher shop, carried on her legal battles with the State of New York and visited her husband at Sing Sing. Finally, after spending a year in prison, a new trial exonerated Jonas, but the damage had been done. His dreams of success had been destroyed.

An indictment charging arson in the second degree was returned against Jonas Schrift of 90-38 of 170th street, Jamaica.

Schrift is alledged to have set fire to his haberdashery store at 171-03 Jamaica avenue, Jamaica on the night of November 29, last, after insuring his stock and fixtures for $ 10,000.

Fire Department officials charged that the merchandise was worth but $ 1,500.

Published Friday Evening, January 16, 1931 in The Daily Star, Long Island City, Queens Borough, N.Y. on page 2.

Jonas Schrift in the 1930 US Census
171-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, NY.
Rental $150/month.
Jonas Schrift, head, 38 (21), AT, AT, AT, proprietor, furnishings, employed.
Language before immigrating to U. S.? Unknown.
Immigrated 1907.
Rose Schrift, wife, 35 (18), MO, MO, MO, not employed.
Blanche Schrift, daughter, 13, MO.
SHIRLEY SCHRIFT, daughter, 8, MO.

Jonas Schrift in the 1940 US Census
First Name: Jonas
Last Name: Schrift
Age at Time of Census: 49
Gender: Male
Race: White
Ethnicity: American
Est. Birth Year: 1891
Birth Location: Austria Map
Enumeration District: 24-2491D
Residence: Assembly District 21, Brooklyn, New York City, Kings, NY Map
Relationship to Head of Household: Head
Other People in Household:

Rose Schrift
43 yrs, Female
Blanche Schrift
24 yrs, Female
Shirley Schrift
19 yrs, Female
Marital Status: Married
Language: English
Genealogical Society Number: 005458279
NARA Publication Number: T627
NARA Microfilm Roll Number: 2612
Line Number: 71
Sheet: B
Sheet Number: 1
Collection:1940 U.S. Federal Population Census

Father of Actress Shelly Winters Collapses,Dies

Beverly Hills, Calif.- Jonas Schrift, 64, father of actress Shelly Winters, collapsed and died in his daughter's apartment last night. Police said the death apparently was from natural causes but an autopsy will be held.

Schrift and his wife Rose came to California several years ago after living in St. Louis and Brooklyn.

Published Wednesday Afternoon, August 17, 1955 in the Times Daily on page 6-section 2.

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