Margie’s Wyman Relatives from Łosice: A Case of Double First-Cousins


Double first-cousins arise when two siblings of one family reproduce with two siblings of another family. The resulting children are related to each other through both parents’ families. Double first cousins share both sets of grandparents in common and have double the degree of consanguinity of ordinary first cousins. Double second cousins can arise in two ways: there can be two first-cousin relationships among their parents, or there can be one double-first-cousin relationship between their parents.


Documentation: Marriage Certificate of Rose Wyman and Sol Rodin: December 31, 1937









Photo taken in Poland of Meyer Wajman and his wife, Rokhl ‘Rebecca’ Sztejnman . Rokhl is wearing a Sheitel (שייטל), a wig or half-wig worn by Orthodox Jewish married women in order to conform with the requirement of Jewish Law to cover their hair. This practice is part of the modesty-related dress standard called tzeniut.


Documentation: Marriage Certificate of Margie Steinman and Jack Gruenberg: October 13, 1926




MASZA’S TWIN, name unknown

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Mendel ‘Sam’ Sztejnman, the brother of Rokhl Sztejnman-Wajman. There are two copies of this photo in the family collection, each printed on LEONAR paper.

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Nechama ‘Necha’ ‘Ada’ Wajman-Sztejnman, the mother of Margie Bonar, in her later years. Note that this photo and the one above it were taken in the same exact spot, reinforcing the concept that the gentleman is Mendel Sztejnman, Margie’s father. There are three copies of this photo in the Bonar family collection, each printed on LEONAR paper.


Born: October 7, 1892 (Warsaw, Poland); emigrated to the US arriving in NY City c. 1907; died May 17, 1978 (age 85); parents:

1) Marriage Certificate of December 31, 1937:

 father: Meyer Wiman

 mother: Rebecca Steinman

2) Death Certificate of May 17, 1978:

father: Myer Wyman

mother: Necha Wyman (Sic) i.e Margie Steinman’s mother

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Rose Wyman


Rose Wyman and friends.


Rose Wyman with friends.


ROSE WYMAN’S 1ST MARRIAGE: to Benjamin Niaman



Rose Wyman with her first husband, Ben Niaman. The photograph was taken in St. Louis, MO.

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Rose Wyman (b. 1893) with her 1st husband, Benjamin Niaman who was a jeweler. (right side of photo). Rose’s sister, Tillie Wyman, and her husband Herman Lentzner, are next to them. Photo taken in St. Louis MO. According to the 1930 US Census for Los Angeles, Rose emigrated to the US in 1905; presumably with her sister, Tillie. Rose was 17 years old when she married Ben Niaman. By 1930, they were estranged. Rose d. 18 May 1978; Ben Naiman d. 5 Jan 1985.


This sole photo in the family collection appears to depict Ben Niaman behind the counter at a jewelry store in Los Angeles

The Naiman Brothers:

Benjamin b. December 15, 1889 Minneapolis

Jack b. March 21, 1892 Minneapolis

Maxwell b. December 15, 1895 Minneapolis





Michael McTeer reports:

I have been under the impression that Ben seems to always have had his own shop starting with the NIAMAN BROTHERS (together with his brother Jacob) and then BEN’S DIAMONDS. But now I seen that his brother, Maxwell Naiman, started with Oscar Gubin. I found an article supposedly involving Oscar’s brother, Frank Guybin, which mentions Minneapolis… which is lost on me as the Gubins were supposedly from NY. Frank makes a bit of news as he was involved in a very public divorce. The Gubins seem much involved in real estate.

Addresses of Ben Naiman’s Jewelry Stores in LA

(1915) NIAMAN Bros (Benj & Jacob) jewelers 332 S Main, Los Angeles, CA

(1923) NIAMAN Benj jeweler 408 1/2 W 6th, Los Angeles, CA

(1923) [JEWELERS] NIAMAN Benj 107 W 7th, Los Angeles, CA

(1926) [JEWELERS] NIAMAN Benj 333 W 5th, Los Angeles, CA

(1927) NIAMAN Benj jwlr 333 W 5th, Los Angeles, CA

(1932) NIAMAN Benj diamonds 321 w 5th, Los Angeles, CA

(1932) [DIAMONDS AND PRECIOUS STONES] NIAMAN Benj 321 W 5th, Los Angeles, CA

(1932) NIAMAN Benj diamonds 321 w 5th, Los Angeles, CA

Aunt Rose leaning on Jack G's car

Aunt Rose leaning against Jack Gruenberg’s car. Photo c. 1927

Aunt Rose and 1st husband Ben Naiman

Rose Wyman with a boyfriend c. 1927.

Addresses for Rose Wyman Naiman:

(1932) NIAMAN Rose 124 N Westmoreland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

(1936) NIAMAN Rose millinery 6650 1/2 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles: HERMAN LENTZNER’S STORE on the corner of Cherokee Ave.

1936 Aunt Rose's Store

HERMAN LENTZNER’S MILLINARY SHOP on the corner of Hollywood Blvd. and Cherokee Ave. where Rose Wyman worked in 1936. Herman took a 5-year lease on the first-floor shop in 1933.

(1936) NIAMAN Rose residence 1830 Cherokee Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

(1942) NIAMIN Rose 4526 1/2 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

By c. 1963 Rose managed her own millinery shop.

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Rose Wyman with a boyfriend c. 1927


Married December 31, 1937

Divorced by January 15, 1939

Rose listed her surname as Naiman until c. 1942.


Rose Niaman, “California, County Marriages, 1850-1952”

name: Sol Rodin

event: Marriage

event date: 31 Dec 1937

event place: Los Angeles, California, United States

gender: Male

age: 43

estimated birth year: 1894

father: Abraham Rodin

mother: Sarah Cohen

spouse: Rose Niaman

spouse’s age: 43

spouse’s gender: Female

spouse’s estimated birth year: 1894

spouse’s father: Meyer Wiman

spouse’s mother: Rebecca Steinman

page: 198

film number: 2114157

digital folder number: 005698613

image number: 01727


This sole photo in the family collection appears to depict Rose Wyman with her 2nd husband, Sol Rodin.

ROSE WYMAN’S 3RD MARRIAGE: to Samuel Rosenbaum

Married in Kingman, Arizona on September 24, 1939

Samuel Rosenbaum b. September 15, 1898; d. January 22, 1980; Salesman for May Co.




Rose Wyman with her 3rd  husband, Samuel ‘Sam’ Rosenbaum at Herman’s Lentzner’s home.


Sam Rosenbaum as a young man

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Rose Wyman and Sam Rosenbaum. According to Merrill Bonar, Rose operated two millinery shops: one in Hollywood, the other in Glendale.


Sam also changed his given name from Salmom to Samuel when he was naturalized on November 12, 1943

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Rosenbaum Family to US


Chaim Lavik ‘Lew’ Rosenbaum m. Daiche ‘Dora’ Vernan b. Russian Empire 1858; children:

Abraham ‘Abe’ Rosenbaum

Salmon ‘Samuel Lanny’ ‘Sam’ Rosenbaum, b. March 15, 1897 in Minsk, Imperial Russia; emigrated to the US: arr. NYC April 12, 1905; son by 1st wife:

Melvin Rosenbaum/Ross, b. November 26, 1926 in Boston MA

Esther ‘Bess’ Rosenbaum, m. Glass

Ida Rosenbaum, m. Ernest Glotzer; daughters:

Winifred Glotzer

Bernice Glotzer

Barnett ‘Barney’  Rosenbaum, m. Minnie; son:

Irving Rosenbaum/Ross, m. Ruth



Sam Rosenbaum with his son, Melvin Ross, and grandson


Sam Rosenbaum owned stock in the Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas, part of which was the property of his wife’s cousin, Sid Wyman. The owners of the Dunes filed for bankruptcy in 1988. Note that Merrill Bonar was the Conservator of Sam’s estate.

Rose Wyman Rosenbaum

Rose Wyman Rosenbaum


Rose Wyman’s will of March 18, 1970 was drawn up by the firm headed by her cousin, Eugene Wyman.


Death Certificate of Rose Wyman Rosenbaum. Rose’s mother was Rebecca Steinman, the sister of Margie’s father, Mendel Steinman. Necha Wyman (the name on this certificate) was actually the sister of Myer Wyman, Rose’s father. Necha Wyman was, Margie Steinman’s mother.


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Tilly Wyman (Tsine Wajman) Lentzner

Margie and Tilly (maybe)

l-r: Tilly Wyman Lentzner with Margie Steinman Gruenberg, sitting on the deck of a rather heavily-armed ship.

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Tillie Wyman with her husband, Herman Lentzner

The following four items are extracts from Tillie Wyman Lentzner’s will. Note that the executors were Belle Wyman Korn and Eugene Wyman. The estate was divided among those who were closest to Tillie. In addition, provision was made for the funding of a trust.






Rose Wyman Rosenbaum’s 10 % Share of Tillie Wyman Lentzner’s estate


Cousin of the Wyman Siblings

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Jacob ‘Jake’ & Sarah Markenson Wiman with their son, Max.  Jake was a tailor, the very trade which was the trademark profession of the Łosice community from whence the Wajman Family came. Besides Max, there were four additional children born to Jake and Sarah: Lillie, Yetta, Marie, and Jeanette.


WIMAN_Jacob_Declaration of Intention (1921)

According to this document, both Jake and Sarah were born in Warsaw at the time when it was in Congress Poland  (Imperial Russia), rather than in Łosice. Note that the Wiman’s arrived in America from England at the port of Baltimore MD.

50. Baltimore-Port of Entry

The port of entry into the US at Baltimore.

Jake Wiman's daughter_SINGER_Lillian_Petition for Naturalization (1939)

Lillie Wiman’s 1939 Petition for Naturalization. She was born in London in 1902 and in 1925 married Jack Singer in Santa Ana CA. They had two children together: Stanley Merle and Marilyn Lois.


Jake Wiman and his wife and Sarah Markenson in front of their apartment building: The Wiman Apartments, 600 N Soto St., Los Angeles.


The Wiman Apartments, 600 N Soto St., Los Angeles. Note that the original magnificent windows of the 1940s have been replaced.


This highly unusual lawsuit involved the fall of a pregnant woman in an apartment building owned by Jake (Jack) Wiman. Los Angeles Times, December 16, 1940.


 Jacob WIMAN b.1 Aug 1876; d.29 Oct 1950 Los Angeles CA; m.  Sarah MARKENSON b. abt 1878; d.2 Aug 1950 Los Angeles CA

1) Max WYMAN b. abt 1893

2) Lillie WYMAN b. abt 1902; m. Jack SINGER

Stanley Merle SINGER b.27 Apr 1926 Los Angeles CA

Marilyn Lois SINGER b.15 Sep 1932 Los Angeles CA; m.Aug 1951 Donald Herbert NOSSECK b.1 Sep 1931; d. 3 Feb 1987 Los Angeles CA

Sheryl Sue NOSSECK  b.12 Jun 1952 San Diego CA

Lisa L. NOSSECK b.13 Feb 1959 Los Angeles CA

3) Yetta WYMAN b.10 Jul 1903 MO; d.6 Dec 1994 Santa Barbara CA

a) m. John W. FETTERMAN b.29 Jul 1898; d.30 Oct 1950 Los Angeles CA

Joan Winifred FETTERMAN b.27 Aug 1930 Los Angeles CA; m. MOSS

Julie MOSS b.17 Aug 1953 Los Angeles CA

Cynthia MOSS b.21 Mar 1956 Los Angeles CA

b) m. Irving NEDLER b.15 Jan 1890; d.4 Sep 198 Los Angeles CA

4) Marie WYMAN b.20 Jul 1905 MO; d.21 May 1982 Los Angeles CA; m. Major MOHR b.9 Feb 1901 CANADA; d.30 Aug 1976 Los Angeles CA

Robert MOHR b.6 Aug 1924 Los Angeles CA

 Jeffrey Spivack MOHR b.13 Sep 1954 Los Angeles CA

Jane E. MOHR b.5 Mar 1957 Los Angeles CA

Vida P. MOHR b.13 Apr 1962 Los Angeles CA

Lynda MOHR

5) Jeanette WYMAN b.22 Mar 1908 MO; d.12 Jun 1980; m. Joseph H. MORRIS b.23 Sep 1907; d.2 Jun 1963 Orange Co.CA

Henry Norman MORRIS b.25 Feb 193 Los Angeles CA

Marcia Wyla MORRIS b.15 Mar 1938 Los Angeles Co. CA; m. TREJO

Stephen J. TREJO b.20 Jul 1959 Los Angeles Co.CA

Kevin H. TREJO b.18 Jan 1961 Los Angeles Co. CA

Joel G. TREJO b.25 Apr 1966 Orange Co. CA

Mark A. TREJO b.25 Apr 1966 Orange Co. CA

Carol Lynne MORRIS b.6 Apr 1946 Los Angeles Co. CA; m. BERNATH

Sarah and Jake Wiman - Margie's brother, tailor

Sarah and Jake Wiman. Emigrating from Warsaw to London, Jake and Sarah were married there in 1897 and had their first children Max and Lillie (b. 1902) there, too.  Jake  and Sarah arrived  in the US on August 17, 1902 from England; their next stop was St. Louis MO.

Jake Wiman Obit


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Jacob and Blanche Blatt Wyman (b. Oct 1886): this Jacob Wyman (b. 12 Dec 1882 Poland; d. 21 Jun 1975 Los Angeles), also a tailor by trade.


Jake and Blanche Wyman

Blanche Blatt Wyman & her husband

Blanche Blatt (Bryna Blatyta) Wyman  & her husband Jacob. Blanche’s mother was Biela Wajman, her father was Morris Blatt (Moshe Blatyta). Blanche and her sister Hannah left home after Morris remarried. Photo by Belle Wyman Korn.

Blanche & Sister

Blanche Blatt Wyman with her sister, Hannah ‘Anna’ ‘Anne’ Blatt Feinstein (b. November 1889. m. Herman ‘Hyman’ Feinstein). Hannah’s great grandson: John Newmark. Photo by Blanche’s daughter, Belle Wyman Korn.

The Winterman Connection

Esther Wyman Winterman (daughter of Morris Wyman) b. 1866 Warsaw, Poland;  d. September 14, 1926; m. Harry Winterman; b. 1854 Warsaw, Poland; d. 1956. Children:

Jacob Winterman (b. Poland) m. Rosie (b. Poland). Children:

Isadore Winterman, b. St. Louis MO

Ida T. Winterman, b. St. Louis MO

Albert Winterman b. November 26, 1893 in Łosice, Congress Poland, Imperial Russia

Morris Winterman

Mary Winterman Allen




Hannah Blatt, sister of Blanche Blatt, a lodger  in the household of Jacob Winterman (whose mother was Esther Wyman), US Census, St. Louis MO  1910. And living next door to Jacob & Blanche Blatt Wyman

Name: Hannah Blatt

Event Place: St Louis Ward 5, St Louis (Independent City), Missouri

Gender: Female

Marital Status: Single

Race: White

Immigration Year: 1899

Birthplace: Russia

Father’s Birthplace: Russia

Mother’s Birthplace: Russia

Household ID: 8


SELF Jacob Winterman M 26y Russia

WIFE Rosie Winterman F 23y Russia

SON Isadore Winterman M 4y Missouri

DAU Ida T Winterman F y 10m Missouri

Hannah Blatt F 20y Russia


Blanche Wyman-Blatt Wyman, surrounded by her cousins, Rose Wyman Niaman (left) and Selma Wyman Brustin (right)

Regarding Jacob Wyman, Dan Wyman reported the following :

I do know that my grandfather Jake did speak Polish. He and/or his wife Blanche (my grandmother) must’ve spoken Yiddish as well since his kids learned Yiddish. I learned a little of it from my father, as did my mother.

My mother, Theresa, who was born in Ohio and spoke English, was taught some form of Slavic language by her parents, but it was not Polish. My grandfather was always asking her if she knew Polish. She didn’t, but they would try to communicate with each other in their respective languages. My mom died 4 years ago in 2007 at age 95 and my father Lou predeceased her–he died in 1997 at age 91.

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Blanche Blatt Wyman is 4th from the left in this Wyman Family reunion l-r: Selma Wyman Brustin, Ajzce Rosenberg (a Survivor of the Holocaust), Margie Steinman Bonar, Blanche Blatt Wyman, Tillie Wyman Lentzner, and Rose Wyman Rosenbaum.


WYMAN POWER: l-r Sarah Wiman, Belle Wyman , unknown, Rose Wyman, Blanche Wyman, Tillie Wyman, Margie Steinman

The Children of Jacob and Blanche Blatt Wyman:

1) JOSEPH WYMAN b. 10 Jul 1904 St. Louis MO; d. 8 Feb 2007 Houston TX. m. Jeannie d. c. 8 Feb 2007. BS Washington University, School of Chemical Engineering 1927.

OBIT: Published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on 3/3/2007 Joseph B. Wyman

Wyman, Joseph B. was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on July 10, 1904, to Blanche Blatt Wyman and Jacob Wyman. Joe was 102 years old when he passed away on February 8, 2007, in Houston, Texas. His mind was sharp to the end.

Joe was educated in St. Louis, graduating from Washington University, in the School of Chemical Engineering, in 1927. Joe understood the value of education, and he gave generously to his alma mater and other universities.

After graduation, he went to work for the Shell Oil Company. He remained with Shell until he retired. While working for Shell, Joe was responsible for the opening of oil refineries in various countries in Europe and South America, as well as in the United States.

Joe moved to Houston, where he met his wife, Jeannie. They moved to New York and then the state of Washington, where Joe helped open a refinery near the city of Anacortes.

Joe and Jeannie lived in Mt. Vernon, Washington, until Joe retired at age 56. For a while, they enjoyed Joe’s retirement in La Jolla, California. Houston beckoned again, though, where Joe and Jeannie settled for the rest of their lives.

Jeannie preceded Joe in death; they were married for 44 years. The family is grateful to Marina Rodriguez, Joe’s wonderful caregiver, who served him so well during the last years of his life.

Joe is survived by his sister, Belle Wyman Korn, of Palm Springs, California, by his nephew, Steve Korn and wife Jan, of Bainbridge Island, Washington, by his nephew Don Korn and his wife Ingrid, of Sanibel Island, Florida, by his nephew Dave Wyman and his wife Kathy Burke, of Los Angeles, California, by his nephew Dan Wyman and his wife Susan, of Oceanside, California, by Rebecca Wyman, Nora Wyman and Alisa Wyman, his grand nieces, by Jason Wyman, his grand nephew, and by his sister-in-law, Theresa Wyman.


Dan Wyman reported the following:

Joe Wyman did not attend college immediately after high school. The family didn’t have enough money for college and Joe had to go to work before he could further his education. Therefore, he didn’t apply for admission to Washington University until he was in his early 20’s. He was placed in a probationary status until he proved that he could make the grade. Joe was very bright so college was probably not difficult for him. He went on to become a chemical engineer.

Joe was very active until nearly the end of his life. He was jogging and driving well into his 90’s. He bought a Buick Skylark in 1965 and drove it for 35 years. He kept it in great shape and didn’t let anyone drive it except for me, when I would visit him at his home in Houston.

Joe loved to talk (actually argue) about politics with my father. When my father died, I carried on the tradition of lively political discussions with Joe.

Belle made a great party for Joe when he turned 100. The entire family came to Houston for the big event. There were various friends and neighbors of Joe there, too. I think he really enjoyed the party.

2) LOUIS WYMAN b. 20 Dec 1905 St. Louis MO;  m. Theresa Hudak.


Lou Wyman during WW II:Dan Wyman writes: There’s an inscription on the back of the photo that says: “Taken in Wyoming when I was a rookie,” and signed “Lou.” I didn’t know that he was in Wyoming in the war. I do know that he was in Texas at some point, for training.He told me something that happened while he was in Texas. Joe Louis, the great boxer, camp to his camp for an exhibition. When it was time for Joe to leave, my father overheard some of the the officers say that they didn’t want to take Joe to his train, because he was black (not the word they used). My father volunteered to take him to the train but wasn’t allowed to do so.My father liked to meet and talk with famous people. One time, Clarence Darrow came to St. Louis. My father found out where he was staying and went to his hotel. He met with Darrow in his room and they talked for a while.


Lou Wyman with his mother Blanche, and one of Lou’s boys.


Lou Wyman’s family sitting at a table with Cary Grant. l-r: Lou Wyman, unknown, Cary Grant, Theresa Wyman, Belle Wyman Korn, unknown.

Dan Wyman talks about his father, Lou

My father, Lou Wyman, was smooth and charming like his brother Sid. His sister Belle called him the “It boy” of St. Louis (after Clara Bow, the It Girl). He had a fun life in St. Louis, even though he lived through the Great Depression. He was athletic and excelled at softball and badminton.

Lou was drafted by the U.S. Army Air Forces in WWII at the age of 36 and took his basic training in Texas, where he was assigned to room with Bobby Jones, the great golfer. Lou’s potential for leadership was spotted and he was sent to Officer’s Candidate School where he earned his first lieutenant’s bar. He was elected president of his class at OCS.

For a short time, Lou was stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force base near Dayton, Ohio, where he met my mother Theresa, who worked for the Army as a stenographer. The two of them hit it off immediately. Noting that their backgrounds were similar, both having immigrant parents (although they were of different religions), Lou told Theresa that he could see being married to her.

Soon thereafter, Lou was shipped off to England, literally. He and thousands of other soldiers crossed the Atlantic ocean on the Queen Mary. They took a zig-zag course to avoid the German U-boats. In London, Lou’s primary job was to train his men in the use of equipment to protect themselves against the threat of chemical weapons. He became used to the German “Buzz Bombs” dropping on the buildings in London. Luckily, he was not sent to Normandy for the D-day invasion, but did tour the area by air, shortly after the invasion.

After the war, Lou came to California where he married Theresa on May 14, 1946. They lived in Los Angeles until Lou’s death in 1997 at the age of 91. They had two children, David and Dan.

A few additional facts about my mother:

When my mother went to Hawaii during WWII to work with the Army Air Forces, she was based at Hickam Field on Oahu. She was pretty and was named “Miss Hickam Field.” In the 1940’s, Oahu was not built-up like it is today. There were only one or two hotels on Waikiki Beach, including the Royal Hawaiian. The famous Duke Kahanamoku was surfing off of Waikiki during those years and my mother saw him out there.

When WWII ended, my father came to California and contacted my mom in Hawaii, asking her to marry him and to meet him in California. She left Hawaii on March 31, 1946, on the S.S. Matsonia. The next day, a series of earthquakes hit the Aleutian Islands, causing a tsunami. Mother recalled the captain of the Matsonia telling the passengers that a large tidal wave was headed their way. The powerful wave rocked the ship, but my mom (and everyone else) survived, lucky for me.

Lou was a great salesman. He sold clothes in St. Louis and after working at a few sales jobs in California, he obtained his career position, selling corn syrup for the American Maize Products Company. He was very good at what he did; in fact he was the highest producing corn syrup salesman in the country. His customers included the companies that made Tootsie Rolls, Crackerjacks, See’s Candies, 31 Flavors Ice Cream and many others. His biggest account was Carnation Dairies. To entice Carnation to purchase from his company, Lou gave them 100 pounds of corn starch, which his company also produced. Soon, Carnation ordered a railroad tank car of corn syrup from Lou, then five tank cars. The order kept increasing in size until one day, Lou’s office in Los Angeles teletyped a huge order to company headquarters in New York–50 railroad tank cars of corn syrup. That caused quite a stir at the headquarters but they thought that perhaps a mistake had been made, so they made a long distance call (a big deal in those days) to Lou to confirm the size of the order. He assured them it was indeed 50 tank cars, and Carnation went on to place that same order each month with Lou for many years.

Lou entertained his customers often, taking them out to lunch and to dinner on weekends in Los Angeles’ best restaurants. On his 80th birthday, the family threw a surprise party for him at his favorite restaurant, Scandia, which was located on Sunset Blvd. He said “it was the best day of (his) life.” Lou’s wife Theresa enjoyed dining out but was an excellent cook in her own right. Lou would often say that he preferred the food she cooked over that of any restaurant.

Lou enjoyed playing golf and when he retired, he joined the Mountaingate Country Club in Los Angeles, where he played 2-3 times a week. Although he took up the sport rather late in life, he was an excellent golfer. He also had a regular poker game with his friends.


Theresa Hudak Wyman was of Slovenian and Wendish ancestry. Her parents emigrated to America from neighboring dukedoms in the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Slovenia, the Homeland of Teresa Wyman’s Wendish and Slovenian Ancestors

Wends are a Western Slavic people of Central Europe presently living in Lusatia, a region straddling the borders of Germany and Poland. They speak the Sorbian languages Wendish and Lusatian (both closely related to Polish and Czech) which are officially recognized and protected as minority languages in Germany. They are predominantly Roman Catholics and Lutherans.

Theresa Wyman’s Wendish Catholic forebears lived in several small villages in Slovenia, including  Dolič which is not far from Graz, Austria. Historically, the area of Europe which is now Slovenia has been part of many different state formations, including the Roman and Carolingian Empire where the area comprising Slovenia was designated Carinthia. In the 1300s, most of the territory of Slovenia was taken over by the Hapsburg Family, rulers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire with capitals in Innsbruck and Vienna.


The vast Austro-Hungaria Empire was ruled from Vienna by the Hapsburg Family. Theresa Wymans’s mother was born in the Duchy of Styria (12) while her father was born in the Duchy of Carniola (4). Lou Wyman’s parents came from Congress Poland which is just above Galicia (6). Prior to 1800, Galicia was an integral part of the Kingdom of Poland-Lithuania.

In 1436, the counts of Celje, a feudal family in Slovenia,  acquired the title of state counts and became powerful competitors of the Hapsburg Monarchy for some time. This large dynasty, important at a European political level, had its seat in Slovene territory but died out in 1456. Its numerous large estates subsequently became the property of the Habsburgs, who retained control of the area up until World War I as part of Austria-Hungary.

The greater part of the area which is now Slovenia, was designated by the Habsburgs as the Duchy of Carniola (Krain in German) and was administered by a prince-bishop in Ljubljana, and this is where Theresa’s father was born. Her mother, on the other hand, was born in the Duchy of Styria with its capital at Graz. Nowadays,  Styria is partly in Slovenia, partly in Austria.

Duchies of Carniola and Styria

The Duchies of Carniola and Styria in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Theresa’s mother was born in the Duchy of Styria, whose capital was Graz; while her father was born in the Duchy of Carniola, its capital being Ljubljana (Laibach).

In 1918, after the dissolution of Austria-Hungary, the Slovenes exercised self-determination for the first time by co-founding the internationally unrecognized State of Slovenes, Croats, and Serbs. During World War II, Slovenia was occupied and annexed by Germany, Italy, Hungary and Croatia only to emerge afterwards reunified as a founding member of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. In 1991, Slovenia declared full sovereignty with its capital at Ljubljana.

Dolic, Slovenia

Dolič, Slovenia (not far from Graz, Austria) is located about halfway between Vienna and Zagreb. Johann Kisilak, Teresa Wyman’s maternal grandfather,  was born on October 10, 1844 in Dolič, which, at that time, was in the Duchy of Styria a province of the huge Austro-Hungarian Empire.


Sophie Kislak Anderson was Theresa’s aunt on her mother’s Wendish  side, born in Dolič, Duchy of Styria, Austria Hungary in 1890. Sophie’s Edwardian hat was in fashion during  1908-09.

Map of Slovenia

Location of Sečje Selo in present-day Slovenia. When George Hudak was born here in 1877, this town was in the  Duchy of Carniola, a province in the huge  Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Teresa Wyman Outlines Her Wendish and Slovenian Herritage

Theresa’s Original Material sent to Chick Lehrer by Dan Wyman

Our father, George Hudak, (my grandfather) was born in the Krain area of Slovenia, formerly part of Yugoslavia, then (before that, I think she meant) Austria-Hungary. His village was known as Cece Celo, Vinica. Their capitol city is Ljubljana. When mama (Theresa Hudak, my grandmother) was there, her capitol was in Graz, which now belongs to Austria. They were Austrians until Austria-Hungary was divided, and their area became part of what is now Yugoslavia (presumably Serbia now). Mama went to Hungarian schools but was not a Hungarian. They were within that district.

Mama’s people were an ancient Slavic people called the Wends, or Wendish. There are not many left. They are Roman Catholic and use the Latin alphabet. Their language is an ancient and unchanged Slavic language and is not understood by other Slavs. The other Slavs have mixed and interchanged their languages and they can more or less understand each other that is, the Czechs, Poles, Croats, Serbs, Russians, etc. A group of Wends went to Texas early in (the 20th) century and established a colony in order to preserve their culture and peoples, but they have become absorbed.

Our maternal great grandfather (my great, great grandfather): Joseph Kisilak, born in Austria-Hungary, date unknown. It was a Hungarian name, but they were Wendish, a Slavic people.

Our great grandmother’s name was Julianna Huber, birthplace and date unknown, sounds Germanic.

Grandfather Johann Kisilak (my great grandfather) Johann Kisilak born October 10, 1844 in Dolic (accent on the ‘c’ that I can’t duplicate), Yugoslavia, then (at that time) Austria Hungary.

(Paternal ancestors):

Grandmother: Anna Sukic (another accent on the ‘c’), born June 6, 1845 in Gornjo Londova, Austria-Hungary, now Yugoslavia (now Serbia?). Her father, our great grandfather (my great, great grandfather) was Johann Sukic. Her mother, our great, grandmother, was Anna Krpic (another accent on the ‘c’). They were born in Gornja _____(I’m not sure what she wrote her, but looks like ‘Landesa’).

Interpretation of Theresa’s Discussion

Maternal Wendish Ancestors:

Great-grandfather: Joseph Kisilak, born in Austria-Hungary, birthplace and date unknown. His surname was Hungarian, but, despite that, his family was Wendish.

Great-grandmother: Julianna Huber, country, birthplace and date unknown. Her surname appears to be Germanic.

Grandfather: Johann Kisilak born October 10, 1844 in Dolič, Duchy of Styria, Austria Hungary.

Mother: Theresa Kisilik, presumably born in Dolič, Duchy of Styria, Austria Hungary.

[Mother’s sister: Sophie Kislak, born in Dolič, Duchy of Styria, Austria Hungary 1890.]

Mama’s people were descendants of a Slavic people called the Wends, that is to say, she and her family were Wendish. Nowadays, there are not many  people of this ethnicity left in the world. The Wends are Roman Catholic or Lutheran and use the Latin alphabet. Their language is an ancient, unchanged Slavic tongue and is not easily understood by other Slavs who have mixed and interchanged their languages. Therefore, most Slavs (Czechs, Poles, Croats, Serbs, and Russians) can more-or-less understand one another’s languages.  A group of  Lutheran Wends went to Texas early in the 20th Century and established a colony there in order to preserve their culture and people, but, as of late, they have become absorbed.

Mama was born in what is now Slovenia; the capital city there is Ljubljana. But in the Duchy of Syria where mama lived, the capitol was Graz, which is now in Austria. Mama went to Hungarian schools in the Duchy of Styria, although she was not Hungarian. It’s just that she lived within a Hungarian district.

Paternal ancestors:

Great-grandfather: Johann Sukič in Gornja Lendava (Upper Lendava), Duchy of Styria, Austria-Hungary

Great-grandmother: Anna Krpič, born in Gornja Lendava, Duchy of Styria, Austria-Hungary

Grandmother: Anna Sukić, born June 6, 1845 in Gornja Lendava, Duchy of Styria, Austria-Hungary.

Grandfather: surname:  Hudak

Father: George Hudak, born in Sečje Selo, near Vinica, Duchy of Carniola (Krain in German), Austria-Hungary; August 1877.

My father was born in the Duchy of Carniola (Krain, Kranjska) which is also in present-day Slovenia; the latter was formerly part of Yugoslavia, and prior to that, of Austria-Hungary. Father’s village was known as  Cece Celo, Vinica. My parents were citizens of Austria-Hungary until it was dissolved and divided up after World War I; then, after World War II, Slovenia became part of Yugoslavia.


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Dave Wyman’s commentary read during the 2007 memorial for his mother, Theresa Maria Hudak Wyman

We join today to remember, to honor and to say goodbye to Theresa Maria Wyman. She was, in her long life, a loving daughter, sister, wife and mother.

Born Theresa Maria Hudak, she was the first child of immigrants who arrived in the United State from Europe early in the 20th Century. She spent most of her youth in the city of Canton, Ohio. She often said her proudest accomplishment was her award of a gold medal for scholarship. Yet she accomplished much more.

When her father died, Theresa was a teenager. She could no longer be just a child. With her mother, she was both a parent and a breadwinner to her six younger brothers. While working by day to help support her family, she attended college at night.

Theresa moved to Columbus, Ohio, where she was employed as a stenographer in the state mental hospital for 14 years, taking case histories. The doctors began asking Theresa if she thought they made the correct diagnosis.

During World War II, Theresa worked for the Army-Air Force in Hawaii and in Ohio. She met her husband-to-be, Louis, at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. It was love at first sight. They married in 1946.

Theresa and Lou moved to Los Angeles, where they lived for the remainder of their lives. They loved their house on Linda Flora Drive in the Santa Monica Mountains, where Theresa created a beautiful home for her husband and children.

Theresa enjoyed life to the fullest. She had many hobbies, among them gardening, cooking, needlepoint, reading, travel and photography.

She was a wonderful cook. Sunday night dinners were a fixture at her home. Even the family dog, Gus, benefited from her culinary skills.

Theresa loved animals. She took pleasure feeding the birds and raccoons that visited her backyard. She rescued numerous stray cats looking for a loving home and she served as the caregiver to a collection of desert tortoises.

Loving and generous to her family and friends, Theresa also gave unstintingly to a multitude of charities.

Now Theresa is reunited with her husband. We gather at this place today, at this time today, to remember her, to honor her, and to make our farewells to Theresa, who accomplished so much in her life.

The children of Lou and Theresa Wyman

Daniel ‘Dan’ Matt Wyman. m. Susan Shatanoff. Their children:

JASON WYMAN: graduated from UCLA in 2010 and is currently pursuing a career in music. For the last few years, Jason has been interested in music production and this year, he completed a one year program at a technical school in Los Angeles, for sound production, where he learned about recording and mixing music, among other things. Recently, Jason has been mixing music for an up and coming popular music band and has joined the band as their drummer. He also tutors junior high and high school students in a variety of subjects.

ALISA WYMAN: currently attending UCLA. Alisa, has always loved dance, and has excelled in it.  She took lessons for many years and competed in dance competitions for several years. At UCLA, she dances with the ICARUS Contemporary Dance Company.

Dan comments: I went to CSUN, then Loyola Law School. I spent most of my career in the field of Labor Relations, including 17 years at UCSD from where I retired, a bit early, a couple of years ago. I’m 60. These days, I play golf, ride my bike, take a lot of photographs (I make a little money at it) and do some volunteer work for a local school.

Dan Wyman’s Family. l-r: Susan, Jason, Alisa, Dan

David ‘Dave’ Mark Wyman, photographer. m. Kathleen Burke. Their children:

REBECCA WYMAN GOLD. m. Lee Gold in March, 2011. They live in Brooklyn. She works as a project manager at the L’Oreal corporation in Manhattan.

NORA WYMAN. Actress (t.v. and radio commercials, video game voices) and waitress at Scarpetta, part of the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills.

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David ‘Dave’ Wyman

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David Wyman with his cousin, Nancy Bonar Lehrer

3) DAVID WYMAN b. 1908; d. 1909

4) SIDNEY ‘SID’ WYMAN b. June 1, 1910 St. Louis MO; d. June 26, 1978 Los Angeles CA

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Sid Wyman’s High School Diploma from St. Louis MO

From the early 1950’s to the late 1970s, Sid Wyman was co-owner of several gaming properties in Las Vegas NV, including the Sands, Riviera, Royal Nevada, and the old Dunes. The St. Louis-born Wyman was a noted high-stakes gambler who excelled at poker. At the hour of his funeral in June of 1978, casino play was halted for two minutes at the Dunes.

In 1950, when Sid was operating in St. Louis, his name was found in Mickey Cohen’s Little Black Book, an indication of the high esteem in which Sid’s talent in the field of gambling was held by one of the most ‘influential’ of men on the scene in Las Vegas.

In 2003 Barney Vinson wrote the following of Sid on the Casino City Times site:

Sid Wyman was the big owner of the Dunes, and he was a great man to work for. He’d walk through the pit, saying hello to everyone, even greeting us by name. Of course, we were wearing name tags, but it was still a nice gesture. If you were running short, he’d advance you a few bucks till payday, right out of his own kick. Anything you wanted, just ask him for it and you got it. If you crossed him, you were out the door, but that hardly ever happened. In 1978, Sid Wyman died, and the Dunes died with him. The hotel was taken over by St. Louis attorney Morris Shenker, mouthpiece for Teamsters President, Jimmy Hoffa.

In 2010 Johhny Hughes wrote the following of Sid on the Bluff Europe site:

Poker Hall of Fame member Billy Baxter wrote me that, “Sid Wyman was one of the greatest gentlemen in gambling of all time. A great man.” Everyone loved Sid: employees, the press, big time poker players, other casino bosses, movie stars, the whales he brought in on junkets, and the afternoon Minksky’s Follies girls, an early topless act.

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Sid Wyman with his mom, Blanche. Photo by Belle Wyman Korn.

  • Dave Wyman, Sid’s nephew, had this to say of his Uncle Sid:
“No numbers of superlative can encompass who Sid Wyman was, no adjectives can adequately describe him. His is the stuff of legend. He still lives in the memories of many people, even those who never met him.
This afternoon, my younger daughter, Nora, came by our home. She works at a fancy restaurant in Beverly Hills. One of the managers from the owners’ restaurant in Las Vegas was in Nora’s restaurant yesterday, and Nora mentioned who her great uncle, Sid. The positive response, by someone who never met Sid, was instantaneous, and Nora was soon on the phone with someone in Las Vegas who loved knowing my daughter was related to Uncle Sid.
Every year, employees of the Dunes Hotel, which was closed many years ago to make way for the Bellagio, have a reunion. I went about six years ago. Several people remembered Sid Wyman well, even though he died in 1976. Each person had an extraordinary story to tell me about Uncle Sid, about his generosity and loyalty to the people he worked with, from cashiers to dealers to the son of Sid’s valet (I never knew he had a valet!). He was extraordinarily generous to all of his family.”
  • Dan Wyman added:
“Speaking of Sid, he was an amazing man. He was charismatic and charming, to put it mildly. His generosity to family, employees and others is legendary. There was no one else like him. He’s been gone for over 30 years but I think about him often. His name may have been found in a gangster’s “black book” but that is inconsequential compared to the good things he did and the joy he brought to so many. “
SID WYMAN Daytona Beach Morning Journal June 7, 1950

Daytona Beach Morning Journal June 7, 1950

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SID WYMAN in the NY Times June 7, 1950

Dan Wyman Comments on Sid’s Career

Sid could more than hold his own at poker…

It was the great sports columnist Jim Murray who wrote the Los Angeles Times column on Sid  (re-printed in the blog above). Belle gave me a copy of the column. I think Murray did a good job of capturing Sid’s  personality.

Sid was a charter member of the Poker Hall of Fame. Among the criteria for being inducted into the Hall of Fame include the following:

“A gambler must have played poker against acknowledged top competition,

Played for high stakes,

Played consistently well, gained the respect of peers,

And stood the test of time.”

Sid did play the against the best players in the world and won large sums of money. He told me that he won $250,000 in one hand of poker.  That was at least 35 years ago and with inflation, would be an even more impressive amount today.

I believe Sid entered the World Series of Poker just one time, in 1971. He didn’t win but was given a big trophy, which I have, inscribed “Most Respected Player.”

Sid gave generously to various charities and other institutions including UNLV and the City of Hope. He was also very good to his family and employees. A blackjack dealer told me that he named his son after Sid. Even after Sid sold his interest in the Dunes, the employees still considered him to be the boss. Some time after Sid’s death, my wife and I ate dinner at the Dunes’ formal restaurant, the Sultan’s Table, compliments of my father, Lou. It was a great place with fabulous food and featured Arturo Romero’s “Magic Violins” and two pianists. My father told us to ask the maître di, Pietro, about my uncle (Sid). Pietro told us that on any given night, Sid would come in to the restaurant and tell Pietro to comp. all the guests, and would give Pietro $3000 for himself and the other restaurant staff. That was typical of Sid’s legendary generosity.

When Sid turned 60, his sister made a party for him. It was his party but Sid brought silk scarves and perfume for the women. He asked me how old he was. I said “60” but he said “no, I’m 240 because I’ve lived 4 years to everyone else’s one year.”

Sid’s girl friend of many years, Loretta Powell, was Miss Connecticut and Miss USA in 1959.

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Loretta Powell, Sid’s girlfriend

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Loretta Powell

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SID WYMAN Dec.12,1962

Article on SID WYMAN. LA Times: Dec.12,1962


The Dunes as Sid Wyman knew it in the mid 1950s


Poolside at the Dunes


Sid Wyman, totally immersed in the game, and leaning on his right arm while covering any expression he has on his face which might give away what he has in his hand.


WYMAN, Sidney, beloved brother of Belle  (Harry) KORN, Joseph B. (Jean) and Louis (Theresa) WYMAN; loving uncle of  Steven and Donald KORN, and David and Dan WYMAN; dearly beloved friend of  Loretta POWELL. Services Wednesday, 11 A.M., at Hillside Memorial Park  Chapel. Groman Mortuary, directors.



5) BELLE WYMAN KORN. b. 1914; m. Harry Korn on August 4, 1938 in Los Angeles CA.

A fascinating connection to Herman Lentzner and his wife, Tilly Wyman Lentzner:

WITNESSES at the marriage of Belle Wyman to Harry Korn: Leo KAUFMAN and Louis H. SCHUCHET.

Louis SCHUCHET was married to Ethelbert BECK; their divorce made the LA TIMES. In 1936 Louis married Ruth DEMBA who was the daughter of Bertha LENTZNER DEMBA and granddaughter of Adolph LENTZNER, the latter being the brother of Herman LENTZNER.

The children of Belle Wyman and Harry Korn:

Donald ‘Don’ Korn m. Ingrid

Steven ‘Steve’ Korn m. Jan


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Belle Wyman. This high school graduation photo is addressed to Aunt Rose Wyman

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Margie with Bella ‘Belle’ Wyman Korn, the daughter of Jacob and Blanche Wyman. Belle’s sons are Donald ‘Don’ and Steven ‘Steve’ Korn.


Belle’s sons, Donald ‘Don’ and Steven ‘Steve’ Korn.


Belle Wyman Korn at her 95th birthday party in 2009.

Two Wyman ELVIS ENCOUNTERS; as told by Belle’s nephew, Dan Wyman:

I saw Elvis on four occasions in Las Vegas, courtesy of Uncle Sid, of course. There’s another Elvis connection in the family [in addition to the shoot in Elvis’ last film, Change of Habit, which took place in Merrill Bonar’s Market]:

Belle was coming back from a vacation with her husband, Harry, and Elvis was on their plane. One of them took photos of Elvis, and Belle had them made into a poster. I found this on one of Elvis’ cronies’ fan site, which is essentially the story that Aunt Belle told me, without the part about the police:

Elvis was always giving his rings away. Sammy Davis Jr. was a wonderful audience for Elvis, always jumping up and down in his chair, applauding wildly and shouting encouragement. They were great friends. During a 1970 show in Las Vegas, Elvis took off the fifty-two-carat black star sapphire he wore on his middle finger and slipped it onto Sammy’s finger. That same year, we were flying back first class from a vacation in Hawaii. The stewardess told us that a singing group called the Young Americans was on board and that they were entertaining their fellow passengers in coach class. Elvis wanted to meet them. One of the group, a young African-American man, admired Elvis’s ring with the three big diamonds.

“One of these days I’ll be able to afford a ring like that,” he told Elvis.

That was all Elvis needed to hear; it was the perfect setup for a great shock treatment.

“You don’t have to wait any longer,” he said.

He took off the ring and gave it to the astounded man. A week later, I received a call from the Beverly Hills police department. The young man had gone to a jeweler to have the ring appraised and, because he was black, the police were called.

“This boy said Elvis Presley gave him the ring,” the police said.

I told the police to let the man go because it was true, and they let him go.

Many years after Elvis gave that ring away to the young man on the plane, Belle and her son Don made a poster of the photos she had taken of Elvis, and they planned to sell the posters.  The Wall Street Journal ran a story about it, with an emphasis on Belle as an octogenarian entrepreneur. Don’s name also appeared in the story. As a result, he got a phone call from a man who was also on the plane with Elvis–the young man to whom Elvis had given the ring. He told Don that he still had it.

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Letter sent to Rose Wyman by Belle Korn. The photo of her brother Sid Wyman with her mother, Blanche, is one of the photos Belle is taking about.

Belle Korn Obituary

Belle Korn (September 28, 1914 – May 26, 2015) passed away peacefully at the age of 100 on May 26, 2015. She kept her wonderful sense of humor and her great wit to the end. Preceded in death by many of her contemporaries and by her beloved husband, Harry Korn, Belle continued to embrace a full life. Belle was born Belle Wyman on September 28, 1914 in St. Louis, Missouri to Blanche Blatt Wyman and Jacob Wyman. She was the beloved youngest sister of three brothers Joseph, Louis and Sidney. She met her husband Harry during a visit to Los Angeles and they married in 1938. They lived the first 33 years of their 52 year marriage in Los Angeles where they made many lifelong friends and brought up their two sons, Steve and Don. Belle and Harry moved to Palm Springs in 1971 where they enjoyed retirement by hiking, entertaining and traveling. Beyond her longevity, Belle was unique because of her engaging personality and the infectious enjoyment she derived from being with family and friends. She enjoyed throwing and attending parties, none more so than her 100th birthday bash. Throughout her life she maintained a large circle of friends, both old and new. They loved Belle, as did her family, for her forward-looking spirit and legendary generosity. The family would like to especially thank Felina de la Cruz, Belle’s caregiver, friend, closest confidante and extended family member. Also very special thanks to Luz Tiglao and Reggie Munroe, (Felina’s sisters), Otilia Hurrado and more recently, Jade Gemora and Melanie Ridge of Hospice. Belle was preceded in death by husband Harry and brothers Sid, Lou and Joe. She is survived by her sons Steve Korn (wife Jan) of Bainbridge Is., WA and Don Korn (wife Ingrid) of Sanibel Is., FL. Also nephews Dan Wyman (wife Susan, son Jason, daughter Alisa) and Dave Wyman (daughters Nora and Rebecca and her husband Lee Gold). Rebecca’s daughter Willa Belle, is Belle’s grandniece.


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Abraham ‘Abe’  Wyman. The photo was taken in Prunsfeld, Germany during World War I and reads: In Memory / of the crying days / taken in Germany / Prunsfeld / Abe Wyman. The card is stamped: Drogen u. Photohous F. W. Pfingstmann, Prüm. The latter town lies nor far from the Belgian-German border. Nearby Pronsfeld is just southwest of Prüm.

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Abraham ‘Abe’ Wyman with his sister, Selma Wyman Brustin. Abe, who was Eugene Wyman’s Father, married the two Koplowitz sisters, Betty and Harriett, in turn. These sisters were the daughters of Herman Lentzner’s sister, Brucha. Before moving to Los Angeles, where he owned a Meissen porcelain shop on North La Cienega Boulevard,  Abe had a business in Du Quoin IL, not far from St. Louis. As his death notice in the LA Times indicates, Abe had two additional sons: Dr. Milford Wyman and Melvin Wyman. Abe and Selma’s brother in Poland was Mendel Wajman.  Photo taken in 1950 at Merrill and Sandra Bonar’s wedding.

Abe Wyman Jan. 30, 1958 Obit LA Times

Abe Wyman: Death Notice LA Times Jan. 30, 1958. Abe had emigrated to the US from Poland in December of 1914.


This photo is from the Bonar Family collection. Possibly one of the two sons of Abe Wyman, both of whom became MDs, is represented among the medical students shown here.

Eugene Wyman, Son of Abe Wyman

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Eugene ‘Gene’ Wyman, Abe Wyman’s son, with Ajzce ‘Al’ Szerc. Eugene Wyman was a prominent attorney who founded a large entertainment law firm in Los Angeles and, served as Chairman of the California Democratic Party. Gene’s mother was Betty Koplowitz, the daughter of Herman Lentzner’s sister, Brucha. Gene graduated from Northwestern University (1947) and Harvard Law School (1949). Married to Rosalind ‘Roz’ Wiener, Gene and Roz had three children: Betty Lynn Wyman, Robert Alan Wyman and Brad Hibbs Wyman.


This photo was sent to Rose Wyman and her 1st husband, Ben Niaman by Eugene Wyman. Could this be a photo of Gene as a child?


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Gene Wyman: 3rd from left in the Wedding Party of Merrill and Sandra Bonar. July 9,1950


A section of Eugene Wyman’s Obituary: LA Times January 20, 1973. Born in c. 1926,Gene was 47 when he died of a heart attack.

Gene Wyman in an Urban Legend

Regarding the following Urban legend from the Internet: it is a well known one, and, as with with all urban legends, is completely without foundation. But, the fact that such an urban legend exists, tells us much about the fame that important personalities like Gene achieved in their lifetimes. In fact, such myths only serve to magnify the importance with which celebrated people were held in their day.

Still, there is more to this story, for, in fact Gene was an investor in a hotel in Acapulco, known as the Acapulco Towers, owned by  a subsidiary of Paramount Pictures (one of Gene’s clients) and which hosted many stellar personalities. During the ‘season’ one could find Hollywood and Broadway stars such as Tony Curtis, Kirk Douglas, Merle Oberon, Noel Coward, Tony Martin, and Cyd Charisse at the Acapulco Towers. But during the off season, Moe Morton, the manager of the ‘Towers’ (as it was known) enjoyed hosting big-time players from the Underworld including Sam Giancana, Hyman Segel, Mickey Cohen, and Bugsy Siegal. In fact, Moe  wallowed in their presence and made that known to all of his friends.

Al Hart and Sidney Korshack, who are mentioned along with Gene Wyman in the Urban Legend below, were also investors in the Acapulco Towers, and they certainly did have connections with the Underworld. In fact, it was believed by the LA police that Mafia boss, Meyer Lansky, was a silent partner in Hart’s City National Bank of Beverly Hills. But just why Gene Wyman was added to the  Kennedy legend, when there were many other Acapulco Tower ‘regulars’ to choose from, like Eugene Klein (owner of the San Diego Chargers; head of National General Corporation) and Philip J. Levin (owner of two Chicago-area racetracks linked to the Underworld; had considerable control over the New York Knickerbockers, New York Rangers, and Roosevelt Raceway) remains a mystery. Perhaps, just perhaps, the author of the myth got confused with Eugene Klein whom Roz Wyman called ‘Big Gene’ as opposed to her husband, ‘Little Gene’.

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Gene Wyman’s Social World

Here follows a wonderful story printed in the LA Times about Gene his friends and associates vacationing in Mexico. It appears to be an article that was written just for fun about the big personalities that hung out down at the Alcapulco Towers many years ago.


The Acapulco Towers and its famous pool

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The Acapulco Towers, built in 1967, contains a restaurant and 21 apartments.

In the following excerpt taken from the from The Capital Times (published in Madison WI) of September 7, 1970, additional information regarding the Acapulco Towers is included in an article dealing primarily with the Illinois Racing Board. It is here that Gene Wyman is mentioned as one of the part-owners of (actually, investors in) the ‘Towers’. It would appear that the Urban Legend printed above, is based on the fact that a number of underworld characters came to the Acapulco Towers from time to time to do business away from the eyes of the media. That Gene did business with these men is totally unfounded.

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The Capital Times, Madison Wisconsin September 7, 1970

A list of many of the personalities involved in the story of the Acapulco Towers follows:

OWNERS of the ACAPULCO TOWERS (12 stockholders)

Actual owner of the Acapulco Towers: Transnation Development Corporation (Newton Mandell: general council for Transnation), a subsidiary of Gulf & Western Industries Conglomerate (founded by Charles Bluhdorn)which included PARAMOUNT PICTURES (purchased 1966; production chief: Robert Evans)

1) Eugene Wyman, prominent CA lawyer represented MGM, WARNER BROS., NATIONAL GENERAL CORPORATION (owned by Irv Levin)

2) Gregson Bautzer, prominent CA lawyer; one of the partner’s in Gene Wyman’s firm

3) Sidney Korshak from Chicago, moved to Los Angeles in the 50s; prominent labor lawyer known as ‘The Fixer’; brother: Morris Jerome ‘Marshall’ Korshak, Chicago politician

4) Eugene Klein: owned San Diego Chargers; head of National General Corporation

5) Delbert ‘Del’ Coleman from Chicago, Parvin-Dohrmann (restaurant supplies) executive . P-D owned a number of Las Vegas Casinos

6) Morris ‘Moe’ Morton manager of the Acapulco Towers (his Mexican associate was Alfredo Batami); major gambling figure in CA; his underworld friends included Sam Giancana, Hyman Segel, Mickey Cohen, and Bugsy Siegal

7) Jules Berman

8.) Philip J. ‘Phil’ Levin of New York, real estate speculator; chief executive officer of Transnation, subsidiary of Gulf & Western PARAMOUNT PICTURES; owned two Chicago-area racetracks (the latter linked to the Underworld); fought for control of MGM; considerable control over New York Knickerbockers (NBA), New York Rangers (hockey), Roosevelt Raceway

9) Alfred ‘Al’ Hart, president of City National Bank of Beverly Hills; owned Del Mar Race Track; backer of Bugsy Siegel in Las Vegas; originally a bootlegger in the Capone mob

10) Alfred ‘Al’ Lushing, banking partner of Al Hart

11) Tony Owen & his wife, actress Donna Reed

12) Nathan & Gerald Herzfeld, owners of Yonkers Raceway in New York.



Tony Curtis

Kirk Douglas

Kirk Kerkorian, Las Vegas developer; purchased  MGM and numerous Las Vegas hotels

Nate Cummings, art collector

Hugh Heffner

Milton Rackmil, MCA

William Paley, owned CBS

Merle Oberon

Noel Coward

Tony Martin

Cyd Charisse

Robert ‘Bob’ Evans (Robert Shapera), head of production at Paramount Pictures: The Godfather, Chinatown.

Bernard (Benno) Cornfeld, investment banker: Investors Overseas Services (IOS)



Di Landsmen:

Meyer Lansky, Mafia Chieftain, silent investor in the Acapulco Towers; bankrolled Bugsy Siegel in Las Vegas; led a conference of organized crime figures at Acapulco Towers in March of 1969

Hyman Siegel, Las Vegas underworld; associate of Meyer Lansky; friend of Morris ‘Moe’ Morton, the manager of the Acapulco Towers

Mickey Cohen, friend of Morris ‘Moe’ Morton, the manager of the Acapulco Towers

Bugsy Siegal, friend of Morris ‘Moe’ Morton, the manager of the Acapulco Towers

Morris Barney ‘Moe’ Dalitz, Godfather of Las Vegas underworld

Dean Shendel, part-owner of Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas

Moses Polakoff, Meyer Lansky’s attorney

Leo Berkovitch, Canadian gangster

Raymond Daust

Irving Ellis

Li Pisani:

Sam ‘Momo’ Giancana, friend of Morris ‘Moe’ Morton, the manager of the Acapulco Towers

Tony Roma, associated with crime figures in Montreal

Vincent Cotroni

Frank Cotroni

Paolo Violi

Tino Bandelli

Jimmy Orlando

Anthony ‘Papa’ Papalia

Frank Pasquale

Pino Catania

Angelo Bruno



Gus Russo, author: Supermob: How Sidney Korshak and His Criminal Associates Became America’s Hidden Power Brokers . New York: Bloomsbury, 2006

Dan Moldea, author: Interference: How Organized Crime Influences Professional Football. 1989

Jean Pierre Charbonneau, author: The Canadian Connection. 1976

Joyce Haber reporter LA Times

Richard T. Cooper reporter LA Times

Michel Auger, journalist

Richard F. Gliebe, FBI

Alexander MacArthur, Illinois Bureau of Investigation

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Eugene Wyman and Rosalind ‘Roz’ Wiener during their 1954 honeymoon in Hawaii. They are seen with with Harry Green and Liela ‘Tutu’ Brin Green. Tutu was the mother of Sandra Kantoff-Green who appears in the photo above this one. The woman at the far left is still unknown.


Rosalind Wyman

Rosalind ‘Roz’ Wyman served on the Los Angeles City Council representing the city’s 5th district. She was the youngest person to be elected to the City Council and only the second woman. During her first term, she married Eugene Wyman.

Roz believed that Los Angeles needed a professional sports team to cement its image as a major American city, and she was instrumental in bringing the Dodgers from Brooklyn to Los Angeles.

For many years, Roz was active in the Democratic Party. As Convention Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the 1984 Democratic National Convention, she was the first woman – Democrat or Republican – ever selected to run a Presidential Convention. Roz was also a super delegate for the 2008 presidential election.

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Roz Wyman — Pioneer Woman

Each and every year, the Los Angeles City Commission on the Status of Women asks each Council member to recognize one “Pioneer Woman” from her/his district — an honor that is meant to illuminate and celebrate women who have made amazing contributions to their community and city.  Roz Wyman, this year’s 5th Council District Pioneer Woman, could not be more deserving. Roz was born in Los Angeles in October 1930, and went to college at USC, and, while she was at USC, she announced her candidacy for the Los Angeles City Council, 5th District — and was elected before she had even graduated!  This made her the youngest person and second woman ever to sit on the City Council, as well as the first Jewish Council member in 53 years.  During her three terms, she was always much respected as a top-notch and diligent Council member, but Roz is best known for her crucial role in bringing the Dodgers here from Brooklyn.  While this year is a tough one for the Dodgers and Dodger fans, there is no doubt that bringing the Dodgers to Los Angeles in 1958 has brought pride and joy to millions of Angelenos while adding immense status and global prestige to the city, placing Los Angeles in the select pantheon of cities with Major League teams.  It is also true, but less well known, that Roz was instrumental in getting the Lakers to move here from Minnesota.  After leaving office, she has remained immensely active in public, political and humanitarian affairs.  Roz served as chair of the 1984 Democratic National Convention — the first woman from either major political party to wield a gavel at a presidential nominating convention.  She has served on the UNESCO Commission and National Endowment of the Arts as well as many other local and national boards and charities, and is an active leader of the Los Angeles Jewish community.  Sadly, her beloved husband, Eugene Wyman, passed away unexpectedly in 1973.  In accepting her honor, Roz Wyman was delighted to sit once more in a Council chair (Paul Koretz’s!), and was roundly applauded as many people came to see and hear her on her return to City Hall. She spoke with feisty eloquence about how important it is for women to be welcome participants in government.  Certainly, she was a trailblazer in that regard, and she still is a relentless champion for greater opportunities for women in politics.  Los Angeles is a far better place because of Roz Wyman, and so congratulations to her for being recognized as a 2011 Pioneer Woman!

Los Angeles Times: January 20, 1973.

The End of Gene Wyman’s Law Firm

Wyman, Bautzer Firm to Dissolve

LA Times: February 28, 1991|

Attorney Howard Weitzman said he and about 65 fellow lawyers plan to dissolve the 39-year-old Wyman, Bautzer, Kuchel & Silbert law firm and join Chicago-based Katten Muchin & Zavis.

The Los Angeles lawyers will join Katten Muchin’s existing, 10-attorney West Coast operation. The Chicago firm will be renamed Katten Muchin Zavis & Weitzman, and Weitzman will be named chairman of its national executive committee.

Weitzman said a total of about 190 lawyers and support staff will join Katten Muchin, a 330-member firm that specializes in banking and corporate law and has worked extensively with the Chicago White Sox and Bulls sports teams.

The 65 lawyers joining the new firm represent about 80% of Wyman, Bautzer’s lawyers. Some lawyers apparently have decided to join other firms or practice independently.

Founded in 1952 by Eugene Wyman and Marvin Finell, the Wyman firm became a corporate- and entertainment-law powerhouse with the help of Gregson Bautzer, a Hollywood lawyer who joined the group in 1967.

With Bautzer’s death in 1987, however, the firm became embroiled in an increasingly acrimonious power struggle that came to a head with the defection of some key partners who joined onetime managing partner Terry Christensen in the newly formed Christensen, White, Miller, Fink & Jacobs firm.

Wyman, Bautzer and Christensen, White then became locked in a legal battle over claims that the new firm illegally raided clients and other charges.

Weitzman, best known for his successful defense of car maker John DeLorean on federal drug sale charges, joined the firm in 1986 and became head of its three-member management committee after the defection.

People familiar with the firms say Wyman, Bautzer had sought to merge with the Chicago firm. But that plan bogged down when Katten Muchin learned that the Los Angeles firm had not carried legal malpractice insurance and might bring liabilities from any past missteps to the merged firms.

Karen Randall, Alan Croll, Craig Crockwell and Alan Goldman are among the attorneys joining the Chicago firm, Weitzman said. The Wyman, Bautzer firm said it expects to wind up its affairs by March 15.



Selma Wyman (Sore Wajman) Brustin (d. abt. 26 Dec 1956), sister of Abraham Wyman who emigrated to the US from Poland, arriving from Antwerp on October 23, 1921 to join Abe in St. Louis. Selma was married to Manuel Brustin, who is buried in a military cemetery in Colorado.

Five Photos taken at a family get-together which includes Selma and Manuel Brustin

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Margie’s 2nd son, Donald Bonar, is shown here with his arm around Selma Wyman Brustin, as his mother, Margie, looks on. According to Sandra Bonar: by the early 1950s, Selma had a dog which she named after her husband, Manuel.

Manny Brustin

Manuel Brustin


Manuel Brustin

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Profile of Manuel Brustin. To the rear are Blanche and Jake Wyman with Sam Bonar sitting between them. Margie sits on the ground behind Manuel.

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Manuel Brustin can be seen off to the side of this final photo. Margie Bonar and her son, Donald Bonar are at the forefront, while the Wymans, Blanche & Jake, and Sam Bonar sit to the rear.

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This envelope, found among hundreds of photographs in Merrill Bonar’s home, was empty. In the left-hand corner is written: ‘Judisz’. Using the Polish alphabet, this is pronounced ‘Yiddish’, meaning Jewish. The German stamp is from a series issued in 1946. The term ‘UNRR[A] ___Post Office’ refers to the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration. This envelope, might have contained the 3 photographs with messages on the back sent by Al Szerc when he was in the Zeilsheim Displaced Persons Camp in Germany.


This appears to be the Colorado grave marker of Selma Wyman Brustin’s husband Manuel, for whom she named her dog.


  1. I am not certain of the identity of Selma (WYMAN) BRUSTIN (CA Death Index: BRUSTIN SELMA 03/02/1905 F:WYMAN F REST (OTHER) LOS ANGELES(19) 12/25/1956 550-05-6630 51). Is she the Sura WAJMAN age 16 (1905) who arrived in NY 5 Nov 1921 on the SS Gothland going to her brother A. [Abe?] WYMAN, N52 Broadway, 619, St. Louis, MO coming from her father, “M. WAJMAN, Losiec? She would be of the same age as Marie (STEINMAN) and Esther (KALKOPF) and immigrated the same year as they did.

    BRUSTIN does not appear to be that common a name, yet just from the California Death Index at, people with that surname or spread over the country from the East to the Midwest.

    From searching the local Los Angeles area directories available online from the Los Angeles Public Library, we find that Selma is listed as the wife of Manual/Manuel BRUSTIN and the 1929 directory listing is at the familar 124 N Westmoreland Ave address. And that this Manual/Manuel split employment with the jewelry business of the NIAMAN family and realty business. In the listings for 1938 and 1942 (there were no BRUSTIN listings for 1939?), we find Manual and Selma at 2542 1/2 13th Avenue and also in 1938, at that address is Max and “Eliz” BRUSTIN who is an insurance salesman. There is also listings for a Joseph (Bertha) who is a grocer and he is later joined by Sidney.

    I was unable to find an obit or funeral notice for Selma and could find no vitals for Manual/Manuel. They do not appear to have had any children or at least any born in California. On the CA Death Index, there are enteries for Bertha, Elizabeth, Joseph and Max (as well a noted Selma). Still a great deal of inquiry still needed and a good search of the 1930 census:

    1. BRUSTIN Los Angeles Addresses starting 1929:

    ADD: (1929) BRUSTIN Manuel slsmn Jacob NIWAN (NIAMAN?) r124 N Westmoreland av, Los Angeles, CA
    ADD: (1929) BRUSTIN Max L (Eliz) ins agt h734 1/2 N Van Ness av, Los Angeles, CA
    ADD: (1936) BRUSTIN Jos B (Bertha) gro 4379 S Vmont av h1055 W Vernon av, Los Angeles, CA
    ADD: (1936) BRUSTIN Manuel B (Selma) slsmn Central Realty Co h114 N Westmoreland av, Los Angeles, CA
    ADD: (1936) BRUSTIN Max L (Eliz F) slsmn Met Life Ins Co h427 N Poinsettia Pl, Los Angeles, CA
    ADD: (1936) BRUSTIN Selma drsmkr r114 N Westmoreland av, Los Angeles, CA
    ADD: (1938) BRUSTIN Jos B (Bertha) gro 4375 S Vmont av, h1055 W Vernon av, Los Angeles, CA
    ADD: (1938) BRUSTIN Manual (Selma) slsmn Benjamin Diamond Co. [Benjamin NIAMAN’s business] r2542 1/2 13th av, Los Angeles, CA
    ADD: (1938) BRUSTIN Max (Eliz) slsm h2542 1/2 13th Av, Los Angeles, CA
    ADD: (1938) BRUSTIN Sidney r1055 W Vernon av, Los Angeles, CA
    ADD: (1939) No listings for 1939 Los Angeles, CA?
    ADD: (1942) BRUSTIN Jos (Bertha) gro 4379 S Vmont av h1038 W Vernon av, Los Angeles, CA
    ADD: (1942) BRUSTIN Manual (Selma) (Studio Gem Shop) h2542 1/2 13th av, Los Angeles, CA
    ADD: (1942) BRUSTIN Max L (Eliz) h1750 Tamarind av, Los Angeles, CA
    ADD: (1942) BRUSTIN Sidney clk r1038 W Vernon av, Los Angeles, CA
    ADD: (May 1956) BRUSTIN Manuel 339 S Detroit Apt 202 WE 3-8711, Los Angeles, CA

    2. BRUSTIN CA Death Index (“M” or “F” before a surname indicates “Mother” and “Father” surnames):

    BRUSTIN BERNARD 05/15/1915 LIVERMAN M MASSACHUSETTS LOS ANGELES(70) 02/26/1960 030-03-8223 44 yrs
    BRUSTIN BERTHA B 10/27/1895 M:DWORKIN F LOS ANGELES(70) 07/14/1968 552-46-8458 72 yrs
    BRUSTIN ELIZABET 04/15/1889 F REST (OTHER) LOS ANGELES(19) 02/27/1975 554-50-2269 85 yrs
    BRUSTIN HARRY 08/20/1906 M LOS ANGELES(70) 07/07/1972 344-18-9285 65 yrs Add
    BRUSTIN JOSEPH 05/01/1885 ALTERMAN M LOS ANGELES(70) 06/02/1960 552-46-8458 75 yrs
    BRUSTIN MAX LAPIDUS 05/01/1889 RAFALOWSKY BRUSTIN M REST (OTHER) LOS ANGELES(19) 09/30/1952 559-12-8346 63 yrs
    BRUSTIN MILDRED L 01/27/1904 F MISSOURI LOS ANGELES(19) 09/23/1976 488-01-8618 72 yrs
    BRUSTIN SELMA 03/02/1905 F:WYMAN F REST (OTHER) LOS ANGELES(19) 12/25/1956 550-05-6630 51 yrs

  2. Wow, you’ve done some amazing research on your family history, with so much detail and so many pictures! I came across this site looking for relatives of Ben Niaman’s — he’s a somewhat distant relative of mine — and I wondered if it might be okay for me to use some of the pictures of Ben and Rose in the Ancestry tree I’ve been contributing to. These are the first pictures I’d ever seen of either of them!

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