Samuel Ishiach Kantoff’s Family

Samuel Chiatt-Kantoff.jpg


SAMUEL ‘SAM’ ISHIACH KANTOFF a tailor by profession. b. Baranova, Volynsky Provence, Imperial Russia [Baranivka, Zhytomyrs’ka oblast, Ukraine]: April 18, 1875; d. Chicago, IL: July 29, 1935. Parents: CHIAM HIRSH KANTOFF b. Volyinsky Province, Imperial Russia; and RIVCA, b. Imperial Russia.

Sam’s 2nd Wife: CHAIE ‘SARAH’ BROFTMAN – 1st husband: CHAJET. b. 1876; d. Chicago, IL: February 26, 1931. Sarah’s parents: SHULEM ‘SAMUEL’ BROFTMAN, a shoemaker. b. 1837, d. Chicago IL: May 20, 1922 and REBECCA R. Shulem ‘Samuel’ Broftman’s parents: JOSEPH BROFTMAN and ANNA.

The Death Index for Illinois provides the following information for Samuel Kantoff, head of the Kantoff family in Chicago.

Sam Kantoff

The Chaiet-Kantoff Family

There were 9 children living in the Chicago home of Kantoff Family in the early 1920s. Of them, Jeanette Kantoff appears to have been the only child sired of the head of the family, Samuel Ishiach ‘Sam’ Kantoff. The 8 additional children living there were the offspring of Sam’s wife Chaie ‘Sarah’ Broftman and her first husband, one Mr. Chaiet. Documents containing the original Eastern European names of six of the Chaiet children follow:

The first document is from the ship’s manifest:

On December 29, 1913, Chaje’ ‘Sarah’ Broftman Chajet (age 48) arrived in Philadelphia from Bremen Germany on the SS. Frankfurt (having boarded on November 13) with 5 of her children. They had traveled to Philadelphia from the town of Sudilkov in Russia (now in Ukraine).

Froim = Fred (age 19)

Feige = Faye (age 17)

Dwoire =Dorothy (age 11)

Nenhem = Nathan (age 7 1/2)

Bruche = Beatrice: (age 3)

Chajet 1913

Ship’s Manifest for the SS Frankfurt sailing from Bremen, Germany on November 13, 1913

As for the three older Chaiet siblings, the following is the card filed for Harry by the US Department of Labor, Immigration, and Naturalization when he became a US citizen in 1916. According to this card, Harry Kantoff was born Chaim Cersch Chaiet, Chaim Hirsh being the name of Sam Kantoff’s father.

Harry Kantoff 2

Harry Kantoff’s Naturalization Application of 1916. He was born Chaim Cersch Chaiet

Six years earlier, in the US Census for 1910, we find Harry Chaiet, as head of his household, but carrying the surname Kantoff along with his two siblings, Rose and Abe. Here it clearly states that Rose was his sister and Abraham his brother, that is to say, that their original surnames were Chaiet

Hyman Broftman, also living in the ‘Kantoff’ household, was Harry Chaiet’s uncle, being the brother of Harry’s mother, Sarah Broftman Chaiet. In 1920, Hyman’s wife, Mariem, and their 4 children, would join Hyman in Chicago.

Harry, Abe, Rose Chaiet, together with their uncle, Hyman Broftman, had come over to America in waves and were living together by 1910, at least 3 years before Sarah Broftman Chaiet and 5 of her children arrived in 1913, and 10 years before Sarah and Hyman’s father, Shulem ‘Samuel’ Broftman and Hyman’s wife, Mariem, arrived in 1920:

The 1910 Census for Chicago reveals the years in which the following members of the Chaiet Family arrived in America:

1904 (1906) Hyman Broftman, Sarah’s brother, an operator in a pants factory, 38 years old

1907 (1905) Harry Chaiet, worked in a barber shop, 20 years old

1907 Abraham Chaiet, worked in a barber shop, 11 years old

1908 Rose Chaiet, no position, 21 years old

Early Kantoff A

Early Kantoff B

According to the 1920  US Census for Chicago, Sam Kantoff arrived in America in 1910, as did Hyman Broftman’s son Samuel. This was 3 years before Sam’s 2nd wife, Sarah, arrived. There is no mention of Sam’s daughter, Jeanette Kantoff, in any of the documentation available other than the fact that she was born in 1899 between Fred and Faye Chaiet and that she had arrived in America in 1913.

The following portrait contains Sarah Broftman Chaiet, with her youngest daughter Beatrice Chaiet, and her 2nd husband, Sam Kantoff.

Sarah Brottman and Samuel Kantoff with Beatrice

Sarah Broftman and Samuel Kantoff with Beatrice

Seven Years after her arrival in America, Sarah’s father, Shulem Broftman (age 74), a shoemaker, arrived in America (September 18, 1920) on the S.S. Susquehanna with Sarah’s sister-in-law Mariem ‘Miriam’ Bain Broftman, and her four children: Raizla, Maier, Pinio, and Chawa. They were on their way to Chicago to join Miriam’s husband Chiam ‘Hyman’ Broftman, who was Sarah’s brother.

Sholum Broftman

The photo of Sam, Sarah and Beatrice above, is excerpted from the full family photograph below, which might have been taken around 1920… perhaps a celebration that a substantial part of Chaiet Family and their relatives born in Imperial Russia had made it to America.

Kantoff FAMILY

1 – Harry Kantoff
2 – Paul Kuretsky
3 – Rebecca Kuretsky
4 – Isadore Kuretsky
5 – Dorothy Kantoff
6-8 Unknown. Perhaps this is Hyman Broftmn and his two older children, Raizla and Maier.
9 – David Kerstein

1 – Morton Kantoff
2 – Bertha Bolton Kantoff
3 – Sarah Broftman Kantoff
4 – Beatrice Kantoff Singer
5 – Samuel Kantoff
6 – Rose Kantoff Kerstein
7 – Robert Kerstein – (Died in 1933)
1 – Abraham Kantoff
2 – Faye Kantoff Levine
3 – Nathan Kantoff
4 – Jeanette Kantoff Sholl
5 – Fred Kantoff

The Kantoff Family in the 1920 US Census for Chicago

The 1920 US Census for Illinois supplies much additional information regarding Samuel Kantoff and the family he and Sarah brought to Chicago from Eastern Europe. According to this information, the first to come to the United States was Sam’s brother-in-law Hyman Broftman /aka Brottman (wife: Miriam Bain, b. Ritzav, Imperial Russia: 1876; d. Chicago, IL: November 15, 1937) who arrived in 1906 (instead of 1904) not long after the Russian Revolution and Zhytomyr Pogram of 1905.

In 1910, Samuel Kantoff arrived in America, as did Hyman Broftman’s son Samuel. Jeanette (given name unknown) Kantoff arrived in 1913.

Isadore Kuretsky, Sam’s nephew, was also living in the Kantoff home in Chicago at the time of the 1920 census, but his time of his arrival in the US cannot be determined from the information at hand. Rebecca Kuretsky might have been Sam’s sister, with sons, Isadore and Paul.

Sarah lied about her age on the census: being 48 when she arrived in the US in 1913, she was now 55.



Paul, Rebecca, and Isadore Kuretsky

Paul, Rebecca, and Isadore Kuretsky. Rebecca appears to be much older than the two boys, and might be their mother and, perhaps, Sam Kantoff’s sister.

Fred and Jeanette appear to have improvised birth-days, (December 26th and January 1st respectively). Their original birth-days would have been observed in Imperial Russia’s Pale of Permanent Jewish Settlement utilizing the Hebrew or Julian Calendars rather than the Gregorian, which was the standard for the Western world. Making an exact transposition could have been worked out at any library that owned the 11th edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica (completed 1911), but without a higher education this would have been a near to  impossible task for most immigrants.

According to the 1920 Census, Fay appears to have been unemployed, while Jeanette appears to be working in Sam’s tailor shop. Three other Kantoff siblings have jobs, too:

Dorothy: Manager of a Delicatessen

Nathan: Manager of a Lampshade Company

Beatrice: Clerk

Fred Kantoff was 22 in 1920 possibly still in the employ of Nash Motors in Kenosha WI (as stated in his registration certificate for the draft of 1918), but by 1921 he was operating a deli. In time, Fred married Anna Pltz (father: Joseph Pltz. b. Imperial Russia; mother Rose Mezagl. b. Imperial Russia), but their marriage came to a close in Chicago on June 15, 1928 with Anna’s early death. Born on February 22, 1900, Anna was just 28 years old:

June 16, 1928 Chicago Daily Trib

Obituary for Anna Kantoff: Chicago Daily Tribune, June 16, 1928.

BARANOVKA, Ukraine: Birthplace of the Chaiet and Kantoff Families


Baronovka is located to the west of Kiev not far from Zhytomyr


Baranovka or Baronovka (Ukrainian: Баранівка, Russian: Барановка) [Baranivka] formerly in the Volynsky Province of Imperial Russia, is a town presently located in the Zhytomyrs’ka oblast, Ukraine. The population as of 2001 is 12,584.  The name, Baranovka, from the old Slavic language means swamp, and not coincidentally the town is located in close proximity to the Prypiat marshes. Baranovka, situated on both banks of the Dushnivki River,  is 26 km from the nearest railway station at Radulin.

The first mention of the town was in 1565. Known as a village, it was part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania which was located in the vast Kingdom of Poland. In 1618 the Crimean Tatars took over the entire parish of Polonsky Volyn province, which included Baranovka.

The population experienced severe harassment by local feudal lords, especially after the introduction of Volochnoy System which directly affected both the serfs and the landowners. Princes Ostrozkie and Lubomirski whose residences were located in Baranovka during the 17th century, cared only about their own profit. As 44% of the population of Baranovka was engaged in crafts by 1685, these princes did not hesitate to tax and artisans. As it was difficult to endure these masters’ extortion tactics, the residents Baranovka strongly protested against the oppressors.

During the liberation war of the Ukrainian People against the Polish gentry in 1648, many residents of Baranovka joined the insurgent forces of Maxim Krivonos who led his army from Berdichev to Polonnoe. They fought against the gentry in the Zvyagelskaya Regiment. After the armistice in 1667 Baranovka remained a possession of the Polish gentry which pursued a policy aimed at Polonization of the Ukrainian population. The residents Baranovka resisted these oppressors: under the leadership of S. Palia in particular, they actively participated in the liberation insurgency against the Polish gentry, and fought for the reunification of the eastern section of Ukraine with Imperial Russia.

After the reunification of the eastern section of Ukraine with Russia in 1796 (the era of the Polish Partitions), Baranovka parish became the center of Novograd Volynsky Province. At that time it had a population of 600 people, mostly engaged in agriculture. By the time of the census of 1847, in Baranovka had about 981 acres of land for 177 peasant households, including 73 agricultural workers. For the use of the land they paid the landowner, Gagarina, a total of 1740 rubles per year.

In response to the brutal exploitation of peasants, unrest exploded again. Thus, on March 8, 1848 the clerk of Novograd Volynsky Province reported the uprising of the peasants to the Governor-General and requested troops to restrain them.

During the 19th century, many peasants worked in industry. Baranovka had a tannery and 3 sawmills. In 1802, on the left bank of the river Sluch near the town, extensive deposits of kaolin were found. French businessman, M. Moser, acquired this land from the landowner Gagarina, and established a porcelain factory here. To work on it, he bought in a few masters of the serfs. They made diverse kinds of pottery, which was in great demand, not only in the province, but also outside it. In 1815 the Russian government gave the owner of the company the right to put the Russian national emblem on the products of the plant, and, in addition, gave him financial assistance.

The porcelain plant became widely known and its owner enriched, but the work was severe and very debilitating. Working in dark damp areas, all manufacturing processes were performed manually. Workers were often ill and no one cared about their health. In Baranovka there was not a single medical institution. A small elementary school was established for the children of the working-class.

The economic situation did not improve after the reform in 1861 (when the serfs were freed). In charters, the peasants were endowed with 710 acres (86 of which were for cultivation) for which they paid a total of £ 1742 each year. After the decree of 1863, the amount was reduced by 20%. But despite that, the farmers were not able to pay.

More and more the exploitation of workers was intensified by the entrepreneurs. In 1882, the working day at the porcelain factory which belonged to the Greek consul in Russia, Gripari, a large landowner, lasted 11-12 hours. Many times there were riots and in 1905, under the influence of revolutionary events that took place in the Russia, a strike was held under the slogan: ” Autocracy-Get Out!” Workers supported the peasants and in 1905, between the 20th and 23rd of April, they destroyed the manor house. In order to suppress the strike of the Novograd Volynsky Province, two companies of soldiers were sent in .

But the violence was not stopped by the bayonets of the revolutionary struggle. On December 6, 1905, workers went on strike at the sawmill. On March 17, 1908, 22 porcelain painters retaliated due to their wages being reduced by 23 percent. A year later, postcards were distributed calling for bread and land reading: “Away with the Czar, my friend!”

This is the very era when Harry, Rose and Abe Chaiet and their uncle, Hyman Broftman, began to leave Baranovka for America. Hyman came first (1906), followed by Harry and Abe (1907), and finally Rose (1908).

By 1910, the overall industrial growth in Russia was evident in Baranovka’s businesses. Increased industrial production, meant an increase in the number of workers. The Porcelain Factory now employed 500 people, who dealt with grueling work. The owner, Gripari profited annually by 300 thousand rubles.

Four times a year a fair took place in Baranovka, and every week, bazaars. The residents there traded in grain, cattle, horses, wood materials.

In 1865 an agricultural college (high school) had been opened, but only children from well-off peasants were able to attend. For example, in 1903 the attendance included 245 boys and 79 girls of which 20 boys and 4 girls graduated that year. Since the expansion of industrial production demanded educated skilled workers, on the eve of World War I a porcelain factory was opened by the school.

In Baranovka there were two libraries. But because of illiteracy, very few villagers ever went there. The village was famous for its craftsmen who created beautiful furniture and made toys that were sold throughout the province and beyond.

Living conditions were harsh in Baranovka in the early 20th century. Inadequate medical care led to high mortality. Healthcare for the 6626 residents was carried out at the hospital attached to the porcelain factory and at the Zemstvo hospital, where medical care was provided by a doctor and two midwives. There were two pharmacies.

World War I brought devastation, hunger and abandonment in the peasant families because of increased taxes. During four days in 1915, 1339 head of cattle were requisitioned from among the residents of Baranovka. They dealt with the news of the February Revolution, hoping for the best.

During the war, a Land Committee, a professional organization, was established in Baranovka that required the owner of the porcelain factory to reduce working hours and create better working conditions. Also at that time, many farmers began to graze cattle on the manor fields. When a county commissioner sent agents to Baranovka to attack them, residents disarmed the agents.

Actual emancipation of the working people began with the Great October Socialist Revolution. In February 1918, Soviet power was established at Baranovka, but the workers barely had time to embark on the socialist transformation, when Austro-Hungarian troops appeared in early March of that year.

Workers in the towns, as well as the whole country, resisted the enemy. Many joined the guerrilla group known as the Novograd Volynsky Military Revolutionary Committee. In November 1918 after a six-hour battle, these guerrillas pushed the enemy out of Baranovka. Both the Chief of Police and the Gripari Family landowners fled. However, the situation remained tense. Counter-revolutionary gangs often broke into homes and made violent reprisals against the population.

Only in May 1919 was a relative peace was sustained. In Baranovka a detachment of the Red Army arrived, and a Revolutionary Committee was created, and with it, an armed militia comprised of workers and peasants. The Revolutionary Committee was in charge of collecting food for the hungry, and carrying out the distribution of the landed estates.

But in August of that year, Imperialists took Baranovka and rampaged there for almost six months. In February 1920, Soviet troops cleared them from the town and immediately reactivated the Revolutionary Committee, which organized the Red Army to fight against the hostile elements.

At the end of April of 1920, Baranovka was captured Polish invaders and high taxes were imposed upon the residents of the town. Those who did not pay them were beaten to death with ramrods. Prominent members of the Revolutionary Committee including Ivan Gimbutis and Eugene Golubkov, and were shot along with other patriots.

On June 27, 1920, the war ended and finally workers were able to begin peace building. A Committee for the Poor, which led the fight against speculators, organized mutual funds for the consumer society and explained the policy of the Soviet regime.

On November 17, 1920, the porcelain factory was nationalized. Shattered by civil war, a team of chemists helped rebuild the enterprise. A year later, the factory produced the first post-war first products. On January 3, 1922 this factory refused state subsidies and moved to a self-financing. Two years later, porcelain production already exceeded the level set in 1913. Also, a brick factory was established.

In the summer of 1921, a Village Council and a Parish Executive Committee were elected, and a branch of the Communist Party set up a seven-member council. The Communists explained to the population the new economic policies.

At the end of 1921, a collective farm was established on the territory of the former landlord of the manor-estate. It included 98 acres of land, including the manor house.

Sam Kantoff’s Family Name

When the Jews of the Poland came under Napoleon’s control, the traditional community tax (extortion was often involved here) levied on the Jewish People living there was dissolved and replaced by a ‘head tax’. The only problem was that the Jews had no surnames. So, a council in Paris drew up a list of the types of names that could be taken by Jewish families, and many took the names of the towns where their families were said to have originated (primarily in German lands from which they had been forced out).

The Kantoff family took their surname from the town of Kant in Silesia, the latter being a land in Eastern Europe which changed hands several times over the centuries. Once in Prussia, a primary land in the German Empire, Silesia is now part of Poland.

As seen on the 1561 map of Silesia, the town of Kant is located to the north-east of Breslaw (Wrocław in Polish).

Kanth in Silesia

Kantoff Family Particulars

Progenitors: Samuel and Sarah Broftman Kantoff

SAMUEL KANTOFF born c 1870 Baranovka, Volynsky Province, Imperial Russia; d. July 29, 1935 in Chicago IL

SARAH BROFTMAN CHAJET KANTOFF born c. 1872; d. February 26, 1931 in Chicago IL

Sarah Brottman and Samuel Kantoff with Beatrice

Sarah Brottman and Samuel Kantoff with Beatrice

1) Chaim Chersch ‘Harry’ Chaiet/Kantoff, an automobile dealer b. 15 Sep 1887 or 1888 Wolinsky (Volynsky) Province, Imperial Russia ; d.16 Jan 1952 in Tucson AZ. Harry arrived in the US in 1905. His original profession was that of a baker (1913 Declaration of Intention).

  1. wife: Bertha Bolton b. 1892 Wolinsky (Baranovka, Volynsky) Imperial Russia; m. 5 May 1912 in Chicago IL; d. 6/11/1964
  2. son: Morton b. 10 Feb 1913; m. d. 30 Dec 1995 in Chicago IL
    1. wife: unknown
      1. children: Stephanie and Joyce
Harry Kantoff

Harry Chaiet/Kantoff

Bertha Bolton Kantoff and her son Morton

Bertha Bolton Kantoff and her son Morton

Harry Kantoff 2

Harry Kantoff’s Naturalization Application of 1916. He was born Chaim Cersch Chaiet

2) Rose Chaiet/Kantoff Kerstein born c.1892; m. 5 Apr 1914 in Chicago; d. Dec 1959

  1. husband: David Kerstein b. 1888; d. 9/13/1949
  2. children:
    1. Robert born c. 5/14/1917; d. before 8 Dec 1959
    2. Arthur b. 1/9/1920
    3. Gloria Sternfeld b.  5/6/1924; daughter: Dianne Popper
David Kerstein

David Kerstein

Rose Kantoff Kerstein and her son Robert

Rose Chaiet/Kantoff Kerstein and her son Robert

3) Abraham Chaiet/Kantoff, a salesman b. 8 May 1894 Baronovka (Baranovka, Volynsky Province)  Imperial Russia; m.  18 September 1918 in Chicago; d. July 16, 1964

  1. wife Florence Guthman b. July 1895; d. 7/31/1956
    1. daughter of Richard and Minnie Guthman
    2. sisters: Marie Guthman Heiden and Isabel Stockner
    3. children: Lester A. Kantoff  b. 11/3/1925 Houston TX
      1. 1st wife: Marian Duenisch; children:
        1. Melissa Kay Ross
        2. Larry Alan Kantoff / Read
      2. 2nd wife: Claire
        1. adopted Felice, Allison, and Jeff
      3. 3rd wife: Leah (raised the three adopted children)
Abe Kantoff

Abe Chaiet/Kantoff

Lestor Kantoff & Leah

Lestor Kantoff & Leah

Larry Kantoff / Read & Elizabeth

Larry Kantoff -Read & Elizabeth

4) Froim ‘Fredrick’ ‘Fred’ Chaiet/Kantoff,  b. December 26, 1896 Baronovka (Baranovka, Volynsky) Imperial Russia; emigrated to the US in 1913 at age 17;  1 year of US high school in 1921-22 (no degree); fluent in English, Yiddish, and Russian; sold insurance; d. 5/25/1976 in Chicago.

  1. In the Kantaff family photograph of 1917, Fred is already wearing a wedding ring (or perhaps an engagement ring). But in his draft registration October 1918, he makes no mention of a wife.
  2. Engaged to marry Eva Weizsman in June of 1921
  3. 1st wife: Esther 1924
  4. 2nd wife: Anna d. 06/15/1928
  5. 3rd wife: Leila Brin b. 1903; married 12/24/1930; daughter of Wolf and Jennie Brin
    1. Daughter: Sandra b. 10/1/1931 in Chicago IL; m. Merrill Gruenberg-Bonar 9 July 1950
        1. children: Jeffrey, Janis, and Nancy
  6. 4th wife: Gertrude
Fred Kantoff

Fred Chaiet/Kantoff


Fred Kantoff’s draft registration of June 5, 1918. He was born in the town of Baronovka in Valinsky Province, Imperial Russia. At the time of this registration, Fred was working for Nash Motors in Kenosha, WI.

5) Jeanette Kantoff Sholl born January 01, 1899; d. 7 April 1965:

  1. husband: Louis Sholl b. 15 Sep 1891 in Neustad, Imperial Russia; d. May 1982 in Las Vegas NV
    1. son of E. and Libby Sholl
  2. children: Marvin b. 6/21/1927; m. Carol Hather 1949
    1. Bruce ‘Bud’; m. Charlene 1949
Jeanette Kantoff Sholl

Jeanette Kantoff Sholl

6) Feige ‘Fannie’ ‘Faye’ Chaiet/Kantoff Levine born c. 1900; d. Jun 1969

  1. husband: Ben Levine, a jeweler
    1. children: Alvin m. Marian Mallory 10/21/1958; Howard m. Jean
Fay Kantoff Levine

Fay Kantoff Levine

7) Dwoire ‘Dorothy’ Chaiet/Kantoff Stern b. 1901

  1. husband: Joseph Stern
  2. children: Charles ‘Chuck’ Stern
Dorothy Kantoff

Dorothy Kantoff Stern

GARAGE 3:31:48a

Chuck Stern with his uncle, Fred Kantoff.

8.) Nenhem ‘Nathan’ Chaiet/Kantoff b. 02 Apr 1903; d.  Jan 1985 in Chicago IL

  1. wife: Rosamond ‘Billie’
  2. children:
    1. Geraldine Cohan b. 11 Nov 1924
    2. Arlene Lenore b. 7/8/1933; died at 27 months 1935-10-19
    3. Sheldon
Nathan Kantoff

Nathan Kantoff

9) Bruche ‘Beatrice’ Chaiet/Kantoff Davis (Singer) born c. 1912

  1. 2nd husband: Bernard Singer
Beatrice Kantoff Singer

Beatrice Kantoff Singer

Harry Kantoff and his connection to fast company in Hollywood

According to his obituary in the Chicago Daily Tribune of Jan. 20, 1952, Harry Kantoff (d. Jan. 16, 1952) got into the automobile business in Chicago in 1912, that is to say, almost at its inception; and he went on to found North Westside Motors.

Harry’s Declaration of Intention (to become an American Citizen) of 1913 states that he was born on September 15, 1888 in Wollinsky, Imperial Russia (northwest of Zhytomyr), that he sailed to the US from the Port of Hamburg in 1905, and that at the the present time is a barber. According to his granddaughter Joyce, before Harry became a car dealer, he owned a barber shop on Roosevelt Road in Chicago called the 20th-Century Barber Shop.

Harry married Bertha Bolton on May 5, 1912. She was also also emigre from Russia, having arrived in the US during the same year as Harry: 1905.

It so happens that Bertha Bolton’s sister, Sydell and her husband Abner Delson had a talented daughter, Gloria, who became a Hollywood actress. In 1945, Gloria married the Academy Award winning lyricist, Sammy Cahn. According to Sammy, their romance was promoted by Frank Sinatra’s wife, and as a result, Frank Sinatra became an usher at their wedding! In addition, Frank Sinatra went on to record a substantial number of the songs for which Sammy had written the lyrics.

Gloria Bolton and Sammy Cahn 1

Gloria’s marriage to Sammy Cahn ended in 1964…and the witness who appeared with her at the divorce proceedings was Milton Berle’s wife, Ruth! In 1965 Gloria married stockbroker, Mike Franks.

Gloria Bolton and Sammy Cahn 2

Gloria Delson’s Filmography

Modern Times (1936) (uncredited) …. Gamin’s sister

Swing Serenade (1944) …. Herself – Band Vocalist

Synco-Smooth Swing (1945) …. Herself – Band Vocalist

Wonder Man (1945) (uncredited) …. Goldwyn Girl


  1. In Reference to:

    Abraham Kantoff, a salesman b. 8 May 1894 Baronovka Imperial Russia; m. 18 September 1918 in Chicago; d. July 16, 1964
    1.wife Florence Guthman b. July 1895; d. 7/31/1956 1.i. daughter of Richard and Minnie Guthman
    2.ii. sisters: Marie Guthman Heiden and Isabel Stockner

    2.children: Lester A. b. 11/3/1925 Houston TX 1.i. wives: 1st Carole 2nd Leah
    2.ii. children: Felice and Allison

    His first wife was my mother: Marian Duenisch ~ Lester and Marian had two children:

    Myself ~ Melissa Kay and My brother Larry Alan

  2. hey – how could harry chaiet be sarah brottman’s brother if she married into the chaiet family? wouldn’t her brother have the maiden name?

    • Harry Chaiet-Kantoff was Sarah Brottman’s son, not her brother. It is still unknown if Sarah actually married twice: a Chaiet first and Sam Kantoff second. But, it is more likely that since Chaiet can easily sound like ‘Cheat’ when pronounced in American English, that the family name was altered to Kantoff, most probably the maiden name of Sam Chaiet’s mother Rivka. Still, many Jewish families in America carry the surname Chaiet till the current day. So, it is still a mystery exactly why the family name was changed from Chaiet to Kantoff.

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