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 Ida <I>Tartaekovsky</I> Techner

Ida Tartaekovsky Techner

Death 14 Mar 1945 (aged 74)
Burial Trevose, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Section Q
Memorial ID 18900711 · View Source
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Her first name may have been YETTA or ITZEL. She was one of 11 children.

Ida was born in Kishinev, Moldova. Her husband Moishe died August 14, 1904 (Julian date) of an infected caecum leaving her a widow with three children (two boys and a one-year old girl Mollie). Her husband Moishe Tochman. A.K.A. Moshko Techner, was either from, or working in, Kamenitz-Podolsk, Podolia, Ukraine.

Ida had a total of seven children. She first had a girl that died at age 2. Then she had three boys, including Israel and Max who lived to adulthood. Two of the other boys are believed to be Aron (1897 - 1901) and Yosef (died 1901). Her last child was Mollie.

After her husband died, she went to live with her sister Sluva and Sluva's husband Yosif Schektman, also in Kishinev.

Mollie and her mother Ida were passengers on the Trans-Siberian railway which had recently been opened by Czar Nicholas II. This railway was built between 1891 and 1908 and traveled through southern Siberia. It is assumed that World War I caused them to choose an eastern route of travel.

Ida was unable to travel over 159 (air) miles to Kamenitz-Podolsk, where her husband was, to get proper passports. So her sister Sluva got passports for herself and her own daughter Sonja. Sluva then gave them to Ida. Ida posed as Sluva and Mollie posed as Sonja.

They first went to Shanghai during the bitter winter of 1916 - 1917 where they lived for six months at the home of a Chinese kitchen worker. She would often see dead Chinese opium addicts laying on the street after they left shed-style opium dens located behind residences. Then they took a ship to Japan, possibly at Kyoto, where they lived for 5 weeks and enjoyed the springtime and Japanese people. From there they left Yokahama, Japan enroute to San Francisco on the Japanese steamship Shinyo Maru. The travel was five weeks during which they stopped for a day in Honolulu. On that day, they met a Jewish street vendor who gave Mollie a free ice cream cone. She had never tasted ice cream before. The man took the women home for dinner and returned them to their ship.

They arrived in San Francisco on July 19, 1917 on the Shinyo Maru. Due to the Russian Revolution (this period was actually between the February and October Revolutions), their money from Czarist Russia lost its value. There they again waited there for money from Israel for further travel. They went to live with her brothers Israel and Max, who were living at 428 E. Fulton St. in Columbus, Ohio. Israel provided an apartment for the women. In September 1917 she started school. Mollie recalled the heavy snow that closed school. In March 1919, Israel and Max moved to 518 Cross St. in Philadelphia. Again Israel provided an apartment for the women in the 600 block Dickenson Street across from the school that Mollie attended.

Later Ida moved to 324 E. Louden St. to live with her daughter Mollie and her husband Phillip Asroff.

Ida was religious and observed the Shabbat and lighting candles. She was described as "afraid of nothing" but nice. She wore a bun in her hair.

She died of Uremia.

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  • Added: 12 Apr 2007
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Ida Tartaekovsky Techner (12 Jul 1870–14 Mar 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18900711, citing Roosevelt Memorial Park, Trevose, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Researcher (contributor 46902961) .