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Julius Pura  



Julius Pura died in May 1960. A Picture of him and his daughters appeared in the June 15th issue of the Culver citzien.


By the caption. He was a Latvian immigrant.

He was a 53 year resident of Culver at the time of his death. and represented a typical American success story.

upon his arrival to Culver in 1907 he sold bananas to the culver Military Academy cadets at the Main gat at 30 cents a dozen or 2 for 5 cents. From that small business he expanded into the junk and scrap metal business and through frugality and industry he amasses a small fotune.

the best remembered Puraism: 'I can't give you anyting for it but I will be glad to haul it away." Julius pura Birth: Sep. 15, 1872, Latvia Death: May 15, 1960 Culver Marshall County Indiana, Burial: Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery Mishawaka St. Joseph County Indiana,

His immigration record indicates he was born September 5, 1870 in Poland. His obituary indicates he was born September 15 1872 in Latvia.

    Julius Pura, 87, Colorful Junk Dealer, Dies
    Lived in culver for 53 years

    Julius Pura, who parlayed a bunch of bananas into a small fortune during his 53 years in Culver, died at his home at 232 South Main Street at 10:15 a.m. last Sunday after an illness of several weeks. he was 87 years olf.

    The friendly and colorful Jewsih immigrant, a familiar figue in the community through the years, provided a typical American success story.

    born in latvia.

    Mr. pura was born on sept 15, 1872 in latvia on the Baltice Sea, an independent county which since 1949 has been known officially and the Latvian sooviet socialist republic.

    Sailing from there in 1904 at the age of 31, he landed in Baltimore, Md. and settled in South Bend. In 1907 he moved to Culver where he became a fruit peddler.

    Sold Bananas to Cadet

    Stocked with bananas puchased in South Ben for 80 cents a bunch, which contained 1- to 12 dozen, he stationed himself at the the Culver Military Acadeny's main gate where cadets quickley bought him our every day to 30 cents a dozen or 2 for 5 cents.

    From that small beginning he expanded into the junk and scrap metal business here and through frugalllity and industry built up a highly profitable enterprise.

    Julius delighted to tell acquaintances about his early yers in Russia, just for the contrast of illustrating the joy of living in the united States.

    106 year old grandmother

    He liked to recall his maternal grandmother there who made her own living knitting socks and gloves until her death at age of 107

    served in russian army

    In an interview at the citizen a couple of months ago he told of serving in the russian Army as a youth for four years; working for 30 cents a day; and earning $4 dollars a week, of 10 to 14 hour working days, when he married.

    The last two winters in Culver, severe as they wee, were nothing compared to those in Russia, according to julius. from 15 to 20 feet of snow was on the ground from october to April, and telephone ploes often looked like tree stumps. thousand of horses were frozen to death and were not discovered in a standing position unto the spring thaw set in.

    Two daughter in culver.

    Mr. Pura is survivied by six children; the misses Mabel and Bess, with whom he lived in culver; Sam of Los Angles, Calif; Ted of New Jersey city, NJ; Mrs Alice Tobin of columbus, Ohio; and Mrs.Freda Pupkin of Brooklyn, NY.

    Others who mourn his loss are two brothes; Morris of chicago and David of South Bend; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

    Funeral services were hild in SOuth Bend a 4 p.m. Monday at the Sons of Isreal Synagogue of which he was a devoted member. rev. Jacob s. Bergman officiated and interment was in Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery Mishawaka Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery

married Margaret Freeman Birth: 1875, Poland Death: Jan. 12, 1936 South Bend St. Joseph County Indiana Burial: Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery Mishawaka St. Joseph County Indiana,
    Mrs. Margaret PURA, aged 57, of Culver, who has a number of friends in this city, died yesterday in he Epworth Hospital in South Bend, after an illness of only a few hours. The husband, Julius [PURA], two sons in Los Angeles [Samuel and Abraham] and four daughters [Mabel, Bessie, Frieda, Alice] at home survive. Mrs. Pura has resided in Culver for 24 years moving there from South Bend Rochester Sentinel, Monday, January 13, 1936
possibly aka Mariasche Pewey

children:
    Samuel 'Sam' Pura aka Schlome Pewey Birth: Dec. 23, 1901, Poland Death: Feb. 13, 1982 Los Angeles County California married Bessie G Bockall Birth 1 Jul 1905 Michigan Death 28 Sep 1992 Los Angeles California daughter of Louis Bockall & Bretha Roseman

    Mabel D Pura aka Scheine Pewey Birth: May 31 1904 Russia Death: 1993 Burial: Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery Mishawaka St. Joseph Indiana, U.S. Naturalization Record index card front and back

    Leie Pewey Age: 11/12 born about 1905 died - Med Oct 20th -06 before examination

    Bess Pura Birth: Jul. 2, 1908 South Bend St. Joseph County Indiana, Death: Jan. 29, 1993 Culver Marshall Indiana Burial: Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery Mishawaka St. Joseph Indiana,

    Abraham 'Ted' of New Jersey city, NJ 'Abe Theodore' Birth May 1 1909 in South Bend Indiana Death Sept 3 1999 in Los Angeles, California married Etta Weiss Birth 6 Feb 1906 in Jersey City, Hudson, New Jersey, Death18 Feb 2001 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, daughter of Abraham Weiss & Minnie Rubinstein

    Freda Pura of Brooklyn, NY. Born: 22 Jan 1911 Died: 21 Jun 1977 buried Mt. Golda Cemetery Burial Plot: Row: P Grave: 8 Burial Place: Huntington Station, New York, United States married [-?-] Pupkin

    Alice Pura of Columbus, Ohio born about 1913 married [-?-] Tobin



U.S. Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791-1992
Name: Julius Pura
Birth Place: Poland
Age at event: 58
Court District: Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa
Date of Action: 3 Dec 1928
certif No. p 119 circuit court Marshall county plymouth, Indiana

Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s
Name: Julius Pura
Year: 1905-1928
Place: Indiana Source Publication Code: 5244.10
Primary Immigrant: Pura, Julius
    Annotation: Dates of arrival and/or naturalization and place of naturalization. Extracted from microfilm at the Marshall County Historical Society Museum.

    Source Bibliography: "MARSHALL COUNTY NATURALIZATIONS." In Marshall County Roots and Branches (Marshall County Genealogical Society, Plymouth, IN), vol. 15:3 (July 1994), pp. 59-77; vol. 15:4 (October 1994), pp. 83-90.
Page: 83

Year: 1920; Census Place: Union, Marshall, Indiana; Roll: T625_456; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 182;
Household Members: Name Age Julius Pura 50

Margaret Pura 45
Samuel Pura 18
Mabel Pura 15
Bessie Pura 13
Abraham Pura 12
Freda Pura 9
Alice Pura 7

1940; Census Place: Culver, Marshall, Indiana; Roll: T627_1077; Page: 64A; Enumeration District: 50-17.
Household Members: Name Age
Julius Pura 69
Mabel Pura 35
Bess Pura

Social Security Death Index
Name: Bess Pura
SSN: 303-34-2575
Last Residence: 46511 Culver, Marshall, Indiana, United States of America
Born: 2 Jul 1908
Died: 29 Jan 1993
State (Year) SSN issued: Indiana (Before 1951)

Year: 1930; Census Place: Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California; Roll: 133; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 30;
Household Members: Name Age
Louis Bockall 52 Russia
Bertha Bockall 54 Russia
Bessie G Pura 24 Michigan
Samuel G Pura 28 Son-in-law
Ruth M Pura 1 [11/12 ]

Social Security Death Index
Name: Samuel Pura
SSN: 572-44-4580
Last Residence: 90035 Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Born: 23 Dec 1901
Last Benefit: 90035 Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Died: Feb 1982
State (Year) SSN issued: California (1951)

California, Death Index, 1940-1997
Name: Samuel G Pura
Social Security #: 572444580
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 23 Dec 1901
Birth Place: Other Country
Death Date: 13 Feb 1982
Death Place: Los Angeles
Mother's Maiden Name: Freeman

California Birth Index, 1905-1995
Name: Ruth May Pura
Birth Date: 1 May 1928
Gender: Female
Mother's Maiden Name: Roseman
Birth County: Los Angeles

California, Death Index, 1940-1997
Name: Bessie Pura [Bessie Roseman]
Social Security #: 573549807
Gender: Female
Birth Date: 1 Jul 1905
Birth Place: Michigan
Death Date: 28 Sep 1992
Death Place: Los Angeles
Mother's Maiden Name: Bockall
Father's Surname: Roseman

Social Security Death Index
Name: Bessie Pura
SSN: 573-54-9807
Last Residence: 90035 Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Born: 1 Jul 1905
Last Benefit: 90035 Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Died: Sep 1992
State (Year) SSN issued: California (1957)

1940; Census Place: Jersey City, Hudson, New Jersey; Roll: T627_2404; Page: 65A; Enumeration District: 24-121.
Household Members: Name Age
Abraham Weiss 63
Minnie Weiss 61
Alta Pura 34
Theodore Pura 30 Son-in-law

Social Security Death Index
Name: Theodore Pura
SSN: 551-05-8240
Last Residence: 90027 Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Born: 1 May 1909
Died: 4 Sep 1999
State (Year) SSN issued: California (Before )

Social Security Death Index
Name: Freda Pupkin
SSN: 312-03-6480
Last Residence: 11235 Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States of America
Born: 22 Jan 1911
Last Benefit: 11235 Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States of America
Died: Jun 1977
State (Year) SSN issued: Indiana (Before 1951

JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR)
Name: Freda Pupkin
Birth Date: abt 1911
Death Date: 21 Jun 1977
Age at Death: 66
Burial Plot: Row: P Grave: 8
Burial Place: Huntington Station, New York, United States
Other Comments: Criers Lodge - Williamsburgh
Cemetery: Mt. Golda Cemetery
Cemetery Address: 500 Old Country Road
Cemetery Burials: 138
Cemetery Comments: Located in the midst of a suburban residential neighborhood. Opened: 1930. Phone #: (631) 427-2577

U.S. Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791-1992 (Indexed in World Archives Project)
Name: Mable Pura [Scheine Pewey]
Birth Date: 31 May 1904
Birth Place: Russia
Age at event: 39
Court District: Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa
Year of Arrival: 1906
Date of Action: 7 Jun 1943

Ship Passenger list Breslau zPage 1 and page 2
Name Arrival Date Age Gender Port of Departure Ship Name Port of Arrival
Mariasche Pewey Oct 1906 26 Female Bremen, Germany Breslau Baltimore, Maryland
Schlome Pewey Oct 1906 4 Male Bremen, Germany Breslau Baltimore, Maryland
Scheine Pewey Oct 1906 3 Female Bremen, Germany Breslau Baltimore, Maryland
Leie Pewey Oct 1906 Female Bremen, Germany Breslau Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore, Passenger Lists, 1820-1948 and 1954-1957
Name: Scheine Pewey
Arrival Date: Oct 3d 1906
Age: 3
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1903
Gender: Female
Race: Hebrew
Port of Departure: Bremen, Germany Sep. 20th 1906
Ship Name: Breslau
Port of Arrival: Baltimore, Maryland
Destination: 412 W Division Ave _ Bend, Indiana Friend's Name: Indel Pevey
Last Residence: Russia
Admitted: 10-20-06 Page: 109

Baltimore, Passenger Lists, 1820-1948 and 1954-1957
Name: Mariasche Pewey
Arrival Date: Oct 3d 1906
Age: 26
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1880
Gender: Female
Race: Hebrew
Port of Departure: Bremen, Germany Sep. 20th 1906

Ship Name: Breslau
Port of Arrival: Baltimore, Maryland Destination: 412 W Division Ave _ Bend, Indiana Friend's Name: Indel Pevey husband - 412
Last Residence: Russia
Admitted: 10-20-06 Page: 109

Baltimore, Passenger Lists, 1820-1948 and 1954-1957

Name: Schlome Pewey
Arrival Date: Oct 3d 1906
Age: 4
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1902
Gender: Male
Race: Hebrew
Port of Departure: Bremen, Germany Sep. 20th 1906
Ship Name: Breslau
Port of Arrival: Baltimore, Maryland
Destination: 412 W Division Ave _ Bend, Indiana Friend's Name: Indel Pevey
Last Residence: Russia
Admitted: 10-20-06 Page: 109

Baltimore, Passenger Lists, 1820-1948 and 1954-1957
Name: Leie Pewey
Arrival Date: Oct 3d 1906
Age: 11/12
Gender: Female
Race: Hebrew
Port of Departure: Bremen, Germany Sep. 20th 1906
Ship Name: Breslau
Port of Arrival: Baltimore, Maryland
Destination: 412 W Division Ave _ Bend, Indiana Friend's Name: Indel Pevey
Last Residence: Russia
died - Med Oct 20th -06 before examination
Page: 109


U.S. Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791-1992 (Indexed in World Archives Project)
Name: Schlome Pewey [Samuel Pura]
Court District: California
Date of Action: 29 Oct 1940

U.S. Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791-1992 (Indexed in World Archives Project)

Name: Samuel Pura [Schlome Pewey]
Birth Date: abt 1902
Age at event: 39
Court District: California
Date of Action: 14 Feb 1941






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