Herman, John (“Jack”) William (1888-1970)

John (“Jack”) William Herman was a clothing merchant. He lived at 1859 Pendrell Street from 1916 to 1918 and at 1847 Pendrell Street from 1919 to 1923.

 

Early Life

John William Herman was born in Russia on December 2, 1888. His parents were Hirsch Herman (1863-1930) and Yetta Rosner (1851-1945). The Herman family travelled to Canada on the ship “Yorkshire,” probably in 1898. In 1906 and 1911 they were living in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

 

Arrival in Vancouver

John first appeared in the Vancouver directories in 1911. He was a clerk with Eastern Sales Company Limited. Norman Herman, probably John’s brother, was the manager.

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1911, Part 1, page 754.

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1911, Part 1, page 754.

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1911, Part 1, page 639.

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1911, Part 1, page 639.

He lived at the following addresses in Vancouver from 1911 to 1950.

1911 Number 3, 892 Granville Street
1912 Not listed under Vancouver names
1913 Number 25, 784 Thurlow Street
1914 and 1915 Not listed under Vancouver names
1916 to 1918 1859 Pendrell Street
1918 1641 Davie Street (second listing for him in 1918)
1919 to 1923 1847 Pendrell Street
1924 Number 56, 1386 Nicola Street
1925 1812 West 33rd Avenue
1926 to 1929 4261 Marguerite Street
1930 to 1933 1599 West King Edward Avenue
1934 to 1935 1428 West 39th Avenue
1936 to 1937 6090 Granville Street
1938 5812 Cypress Street
1939 to 1941 5961 Adera Street
1942 to 1948 6746 Marguerite Street
1949 to 1950 1294 Connaught Drive

 

Family and Business in Vancouver

On December 24, 1911, in Vancouver, John married Bertha Ethel Grossman. She was born in Ontario in April 1891. Her parents were Charles Grossman (1862-1929) and Anna Berman (1866-1945).

In 1913, John was an employee of the Plymouth Shoe Company.

By 1916 he was the manager of Vancouver Dry Goods and Millinery.

By 1920 he had also started Herman’s Limited, which sold women’s clothing.

Bertha died in Vancouver on January 30, 1923. She was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

John later married Pearl Grossman, who was Bertha Grossman’s sister. Pearl was born on July 5, 1903 (although some sources give her birth date as September 15, 1900).

John became well-known in the Vancouver business world, and he was a prominent member of Vancouver’s Jewish community.

John died in Vancouver on May 21, 1970. He was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

Pearl died in Vancouver on February 17, 1978. She was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

John and Bertha had three children.

 

Alfred Wilbur Herman

Alfred (“Al”) Wilbur Herman was born in British Columbia on August 10, 1912.

He married Layah.

He died in Vancouver on January 21, 1997. He was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

Alfred and Layah had 2 sons.

 

Frank Daniel Herman

Frank Daniel Herman was born on October 5, 1914, in Prince Rupert, British Columbia.

He never married.

He died in Vancouver on March 13, 1989. He was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

 

Unnamed Boy Herman

John and Bertha had a son who was born in Vancouver on January 29, 1923, and who died on the same day.

 

John and Pearl had one son.

 

Bernard Irwin (“Bud “) Herman

Bernard Irwin (“Bud “) Herman was born in Vancouver on December 21, 1925.

He worked with his father in the clothing business until 1970, when he began to focus on real estate.

He was a self-taught pianist who often played with his older brother, Al, who was a saxophone player.

Bud was married to Cheryl. They had three children.

He died on November 8, 2011. He was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

 

Sources

Herman, Grossman and Plant families; John William Herman (December 2, 1888 — May 21, 1970); https://admiredlife.com/memorials/1356/life-story.

 

Hirch/Hersh Herman (father of John William Herman)

“Canada Census, 1901,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHKS-T4J : 27 April 2017), Henry Harman, Winnipeg (city/cité), Manitoba, Canada; citing p. 14, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“Canada Census, 1906,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHJT-NH2 : 1 April 2016), Harry Herman, 5E, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/e/e049/e001206526.pdf.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-V9HR : 16 July 2016), Hirsh Herman, 1911; citing Census, Winnipeg Sub-Districts 75-91, Manitoba, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,673.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL28-LB3 : 13 April 2017), Hirch Herman, 1930.

 

Yeatta (Anna) Rosner (mother of John William Herman)

“Canada Census, 1901,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHKS-T4V : 27 April 2017), Annie Harman, Winnipeg (city/cité), Manitoba, Canada; citing p. 14, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“Canada Census, 1906,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHJT-NHL : 1 April 2016), Annie Herman in household of Harry Herman, 5E, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/e/e049/e001206526.pdf.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-V9HT : 16 July 2016), Enla Herman in entry for Hirsh Herman, 1911; citing Census, Winnipeg Sub-Districts 75-91, Manitoba, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,673.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLG1-GXL : 13 April 2017), Yeatta Herman, 1945.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-3TL1 : 13 December 2015), Yetta Herman, 1945; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26263955, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26263955.

 

John William Herman

“Canada Census, 1901,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHKS-T4G : 27 April 2017), John Harman in household of Annie Harman, Winnipeg (city/cité), Manitoba, Canada; citing p. 14, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“Canada Census, 1906,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHJT-NHP : 1 April 2016), John Herman in household of Harry Herman, 5E, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/e/e049/e001206526.pdf.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDDQ-DZG : 21 January 2016), John Herman and Bertha Ethel Grossman, 24 Dec 1911; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11375, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,703.

1921 Canada Census; John W Herman [indexed as John A Hatoum]; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 18; Census Place: Ward 1, Vancouver Centre, British Columbia; Page Number: 6. Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLB6-YXB : 13 April 2017), John William Herman, 1970.

John (“Jack”) William Herman, death notice, Vancouver Province, May 22, 1970, page 34; Vancouver Sun, May 22, 1970, page 39: “Herman—John William (Jack), on May 21, 1970, aged 81 years. Survived by his loving wife, Pearl; 3 sons, Alfred, Frank and Bud, and 5 grandchildren. Funeral service to be held Sunday, May 24, 12:30 p.m., at the Schara Tzedeck Chapel, 3642 West Broadway. Interment following at the Mountain View Cemetery.”

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-3TL3 : 13 December 2015), John William Herman, 1970; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26372661, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26372661.

 

Charles Grossman (father of Bertha Ethel Grossman and Pearl Grossman)

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MRD3 : 15 July 2016), Charles Grossman, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,661.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLKK-KZF : 13 April 2017), Charles Grossman, 1929.

 

Anna (mother of Bertha Ethel Grossman and Pearl Grossman)

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MRDQ : 15 July 2016), Anna Grossman in entry for Charles Grossman, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,661.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLP9-ZJZ : 13 April 2017), Anna Grossman, 1945.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-3FXF : 11 July 2016), Anna Berman Grossman, 1945; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26263958, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26263958.

 

Bertha Ethel Grossman (wife of John William Herman)

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MRD7 : 15 July 2016), Bertha E Grossman in entry for Charles Grossman, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,661.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDDQ-DZK : 21 January 2016), John Herman and Bertha Ethel Grossman, 24 Dec 1911; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11375, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,703.

1921 Canada Census; Bertha Herman [indexed as Benita Hatoum] in household of John W Herman [indexed as John A Hatoum]; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 18; Census Place: Ward 1, Vancouver Centre, British Columbia; Page Number: 6. Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLKJ-T8Z : 13 April 2017), Bertha Ethel Herman, 1923.

Bertha Ethel Herman, death notice, Vancouver Province, February 2, 1923, page 17; Vancouver Sun, February 2, 1923, page 12; Vancouver World, February 2, 1923, page 14: “Herman—Passed away Jan. 30, 1923, Bertha Ethel, loving wife of John William Herman, 1847 Pendrell St., in her 33rd year. The funeral was held Wednesday, Jan. 31, in Nunn & Thomson’s chapel, 531 Homer St., Rev. M. [Pastinsky] officiating. Interment was made in the family plot, Mountain View Cemetery.”

Pearl Grossman (wife of John William Herman)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL1S-1P6 : 13 April 2017), Pearl Herman, 1978.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-3TLV : 13 December 2015), Pearl Herman, 1978; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26372662, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26372662.

 

Alfred Wilbur Herman (son of John William Herman)

1921 Canada Census; Alfred W Herman [indexed as Alford D Hatoum] in household of John W Herman [indexed as John A Hatoum]; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 18; Census Place: Ward 1, Vancouver Centre, British Columbia; Page Number: 6. Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-3T2S : 13 December 2015), Alfred Wilbur Herman, ; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26372659, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26372659.

JewishGen, comp. JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008. Name:       Alfred W. Herman; Hebrew Name: Avraham b Yakov; Birth Date: 10 Aug 1912; Death Date: 21 Jan 1997; Age at Death: 84; Burial Plot: OLD/1/06/004/0001; Burial Place: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Father Name: John W; Mother Name: Bertha Ethel Grossman; Cemetery: Mountain View Cemetery-Jewish Section (aka Pioneer Jewish Cemetery at Mountain View).

 

Frank Daniel Herman (son of John William Herman)

1921 Canada Census; Frank D Herman [indexed as Frank D Hatoum] in household of John W Herman [indexed as John A Hatoum]; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 18; Census Place: Ward 1, Vancouver Centre, British Columbia; Page Number: 6. Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

British Columbia Death Registrations; Registration Number: 1989-09-004141; Frank Daniel Herman; date of death: March 13, 1989; place of death: Vancouver; age at death: 74; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/20bd4071-7f56-4e1a-87f6-b05b5fed17ac; medical certificate of death: http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/5dba486e-d4f3-46ea-a609-cbe751d1d671.

JewishGen, comp. JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008. Name: Frank D . Herman; Hebrew Name: Fishel b Yakov; Birth Date: 5 Oct 1914; Death Date: 13 Mar 1989; Age at Death: 74; Burial Plot: OLD/1/06/008/0001; Father Name: John W; Mother Name: Bertha Ethel; Cemetery: Mountain View Cemetery-Jewish Section (aka Pioneer Jewish Cemetery at Mountain View).

 

Unnamed Boy Herman (son of John William Herman)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK6G-HK2K : 13 April 2017), Herman, 1923.

 

Bernard Irwin (“Bud”) Herman (son of John William Herman)

Bud Herman, death notice, Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Nov. 17 to Nov. 20, 2011; http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/vancouversun/obituary.aspx?n=bud-herman&pid=154646563: “HERMAN, Bud December 21, 1925 – November 8, 2011 With deep sorrow, we announce the sudden passing of our dearly beloved husband, Father and Grandfather, Bud (Bernard) Irwin Herman, at age 85. Bud suffered a stroke and passed away at night while resting peacefully at home, with his devoted wife Cheryl by his side and his daughter Gail arriving at that moment. A native Vancouverite, Bud was a loving and devoted son to his late parents, Pearl and Jack (John William) Herman, and to his late older brothers, Al (Alfred) and Frank Herman. To know Bud was to love Bud, because Bud was a lover of life with a huge heart. He was a self-taught jazz pianist and together with his late brother Al, who played sax, he played in a band and made recordings. From an early age, Bud always knew how to have fun, and he made sure that everyone around him had fun too and laughed along with him. An active businessman, he enjoyed his work all his life. Starting out, Bud riveted airplanes together during WWII for Boeing. Bud ended up earning a pilot’s license, and flew small planes until he had a family of his own. He worked in wholesale distributing, representing clothing lines to retailers, and traveled up and down the Alaskan Highway, among other places, during this time. He joined forces with his late Father in business, and ran their family-owned chain of 3 McKee’s stores until their sale in 1970 to Fields Stores Limited. Real estate then became and remained his focus, as he expanded investments from the Lower Mainland eventually into the southern United States. Buddy was exceedingly loyal, kind and generous; he was a true gentleman and consummate host who loved being with people – and dogs! He never let his guests see the bottom of their glasses because he always kept them filled. More than anything, his legendary sense of humor and love of practical jokes will continue to make his family and friends smile for years to come. Bud volunteered for Big Brothers and Congregation Beth Israel, and performed many quiet philanthropic acts over his lifetime. His support, both emotional and financial, helped so many, yet Bud preferred to undertake acts of tzedakah anonymously to ensure the protection and preservation of dignity. Bud loved travelling with Cheryl, visiting Asia, Israel, Europe and Central America. In his later years, Bud came to love spending time in Indian Wells, California with Cheryl and his many friends. And more than anything, Bud loved being Papa to his two grandchildren, Jacob (7) and Rachel (5). He took enormous delight playing, tickling and eating ice cream with them. Bud is survived by his loving wife Cheryl of 30 years, his children Leeann, Ray, and Gail Herman (Danny Berg), grandchildren Jacob and Rachel Berg, sister-in-law Layah Herman, nephews, and cousins. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends and community. Funeral services were held at the Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver on November 10th with Rabbi Infeld and Cantor Zoosman officiating. Donations in Bud’s name may be made to either the BC Cancer Society or to the Louis Brier Home Special Companion Fund. The memory of Bud Herman is an extraordinary blessing that we shall dearly treasure: his joy and wit, his generosity and sense of compassion live on in our hearts, inspiring our lives forevermore.”

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV2Y-PDMF : 13 December 2015), Bernard Herman, 2011; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 80692722, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=80692722.