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 Sarah <I>Sussman</I> Shuster

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Sarah Sussman Shuster

  • Birth 28 May 1838 Germany
  • Death 13 Nov 1938
  • Burial Monroe, Ouachita Parish, Louisiana, USA
  • Plot L, 3
  • Memorial ID 39957684

Note: The spelling of the Shuster name is sometimes Schuster. Issac's gravestone is spelled with the c. Most of the census records drop the c.

Sarah Sussman Shuster was born in Bavaria (Germany) and immigrated to the United States in the late 1850's with her husband Isaac Schuster. They started off in Illinois, then wound up moving to Louisiana, first in Shreveport and then in the Union parish town of Farmerville. By 1885, Isaac became the clerk and postmaster of Farmerville, Louisiana. The Shuster's took in boarders which would lead to tragic consequences.

On September 12, 1885, the Shuster's sixteen year old daughter, Ida, either knowingly or not, took a lethal dose of strychnine and died. She was pregnant by a boarder in his late 20's who was also the town druggist. Much specualtion and scandal ensued. The Shusters were a beloved family, as were the majority of the Jewish citizens of Farmerville. Most of the town sided with the Shusters over the scandal that had cost them their daughter's life. Ida was laid to rest in the Jewish section of the Farmerville City Cemetery. Her father Isaac passed away in 1903 and his grave is marked in the same cemetery whereas Ida's is unmarked.
[Genealogical sources: T.D. Hudson, Lora Peppers, JewishGen Online Worldwide]

Sarah is buried by her son, Samuel Washington Shuster and is the mother of the following children:
Samuel Washington (1857)
Benjamin (1859)
Jenett (1861)
Helen (1863)
Marion (1867)
Ida (1869)
Celestine (1871)
Joseph (1874)
Carrie (1876)
Rosetta (1880)

The News-Star
November 14, 1938
Page 1; Column 4


City's Oldest Resident Succumbs; Over 100 Years of Age

Mrs. Sarah Shuster, aged 100 years, Monroe's oldest resident and probably the oldest resident in north Louisiana, died at the home of her daughter Mrs. Hugh Bracy, 516 Hudson lane, Sunday at 10 a.m. The funeral was held at the residence Monday at 4 p.m. Rabbi F. k Hirsch officiate and interment was in the Jewish cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Louis Masur, Don Wil, Abe Arent, S.K. Henninger, E. Jack Selig, A.H. Salisbury, A.W. Riggs, H. L. Rosenhein, Jonas Selig and H.G.Laffler.

Honorary pallbearers were Dr. George Snellings, Dr. Irving J. Wolff, Dr. J.B. Taylor of Farmerville, M.J. Pearson and all the friends of the family.

While Mrs. Shuster had been in failing health for some weeks, the end came unexpectedly.

Mrs. Shuster was born in a little Bavarian village May 28, 1838, and when but eight years of age, came to America. The passage required 63 days for slow sailing vessels were the onlly ones known in those days, the trip being from Antwerp to New Orleans. Up to the age of 15, she resided in Columbia, La. She was married three years later to Isaac Shuster. Later the couple settled in the struggling little village of Shreveport.

During the war between the states, she made her home in Memphis, Tenn., when her husband was in the confederate army. With the closing of the war, the Shusters made their home in Farmerville where Mr. Shuster for 37 successive years served as postmaster.

After the death of her husband, Mrs. Shuster came to Monroe to reside with her daughters.

Mrs. Shuster possessed to the end an alert mind and a disposition of kindliness and unselfishness that made instant friends of all who chanced to come in contact with her.

Her home for years was the meeting place of old and young who delighted to be around her and so to imbibe new inspiration from her unusual personality, experiences and general philosophy of life.

Throught the last few years of her life, she was given every possible attention by both of her daughters in Monroe, Mrs. Bracy, with whom she resided and Mrs. Atkinson, sho were almost constantly by her bedside and who anticipated her every need and desire, exhibiting unusally devoted filial attention.

Mrs. Shuster's birthdays were always a great event for a wide circle of friends. Especially notable was that last May when see attained the age of 100 years. Three of her daughters at that time held open house and the place was thronged for hours to do homage to Monroe's oldest and highly respected resident. The house was made beautiful with flowers and a great birthday cake and numerous presents added to the birthday spectacle at that time.

Although bedridden for more than two years as a result of a fall, Mrs. Shuster was never heard to complain and her kindly nature, unselfishness and optimism made a lasting impression on all who came in contact with her.

At the funeral the house was all too small to accommadate all who sought to pay a last tribute to this unusual woman. Flwers, sent from many persons from various walks of life, were everywhere in evidence.

Mrs. Shuster is survived by five of the ten children who were born to her. They are Mrs. Hugh Bracy and Mrs. Tom Atkinson of Monroe; Mrs. Nettie Wise of Chicago; Mrs. Eugene Stern of St. Louis, and Mrs. Gilbert Rose of Asheville, N.C.

Thanks to Denise Robinson for photographing Samuel and Sarah's gravesite! MAZEL TOV!

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