Grandpa Isaac in his kitchen
Isaac in his kitchen in Teaneck, NJ Circa 1957

My grandfather, Isaac, was born in Toropach Pskov, Russia in 1889. Mary was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1894. My grandparents both emigrated to Buenos Aires, Argentina where he met my grandmother. In 1909 Isaac and Mary left Argentina and moved to Binghamton, NY, where his brother, Alex, had a furniture business where Isaac worked with his brother as a furniture dealer.

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Mary Weise and Isaac Horowitz on their wedding day


Eventually, the family moved to Buffalo, NY, with his children, Morris and, my mother, Edith, who were 7 and 5, respectively. In Buffalo Isaac was a cheese broker at that time. Eventually, Isaac went into the retail liquor business when he opened the Jefferson Liquor Store.

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Isaac Horowitz in his Jefferson Liquor Store, ca. 1939


In 1945 my father went to work with his father and uncle at the International Embroidery factory in Union City, New Jersey. At that time we moved to Teaneck, New Jersey. My grandparents sold the liquor store and also moved to Teaneck.

Isaac became a widower in 1948, when Mary passed away from complications with diabetes. He would like to spend time in Miami Beach, Florida. Here's a picture of him in 1928 enjoying the beach:

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Isaac Horowitz in Miami Beach, 1928

Several times during my spring breaks I would spend a week with my grandfather at the Bancroft Hotel on 15th and Collins Ave.

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Hotel Bancroft, Miami Beach

The front facade is still there as part of a new hotel on the site. My grandpa and I would eat breakfast every morning at Wolfies, which was a couple of blocks north on Lincoln Road and Collins Ave.