Hirschberg, Albert Gerard (1882-1955)

Henderson’s Vancouver Directory, 1920, page 647.

Henderson’s Vancouver Directory, 1920, page 647.

Albert Gerard Hirschberg was an optometrist who lived at 1017 Denman Street in 1920. (He was sometimes known as “A. Gerard Hirschberg,” “A.G. Hirschberg” or “Gerard Hirschberg.”)

Albert Gerard Hirschberg was born in England on January 30, 1882. His parents were Samuel Hirschberg (1856-1928) and Blanche Freedman (1861-1922).

Canadian Jewish Review, February 10, 1928, page 22; http://newspapers.lib.sfu.ca/mcc-cjr-25648/page-22.

Canadian Jewish Review, February 10, 1928, page 22; http://newspapers.lib.sfu.ca/mcc-cjr-25648/page-22.

According to the 1921 Canada census, Gerard arrived in Canada about 1897, probably with his parents.

On January 27, 1912, in Toronto, Gerard married Sophia Dolgoff, who was born in Russia on May 26, 1888.

From 1913 to 1921, the Hirschberg family lived at the following addresses in Vancouver.

1913 1843 Bismark Street
1914 1790 East Third Avenue
1915 1076 Nelson Street
1916 1068 Davie Street
1917 1052 Broughton Street
1918 and 1919 Number 6, 1019 Broughton Street
1920 1017 Denman Street
1921 1615 Burnaby Street

After arriving in Vancouver, Gerard frequently appeared in advertisements for his optician’s practice.

The Chilliwack Progress, August 20, 1914, page 4, column 1.

The Chilliwack Progress, August 20, 1914, page 4, column 1.

The Chilliwack Progress, August 20, 1914, page 2, columns 5-6.

The Chilliwack Progress, August 20, 1914, page 2, columns 5-6.

In 1921 he became the president of British Columbia’s board of examiners for opticians.

Vancouver Daily World, May 17, 1921, page 1, column 1.

Vancouver Daily World, May 17, 1921, page 1, column 1.

Directory of State Boards of Examiners in Optometry, The Optical Journal and Review of Optometry, Volume 50, July 5, 1922, page 88; https://books.google.com/books?id=Vz0xAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA88&lpg=PA88&dq=a+gerard+hirshberg#v=onepage&q=a%20gerard%20hirshberg&f=false.

Directory of State Boards of Examiners in Optometry, The Optical Journal and Review of Optometry, Volume 50, July 5, 1922, page 88; https://books.google.com/books?id=Vz0xAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA88&lpg=PA88&dq=a+gerard+hirshberg#v=onepage&q=a%20gerard%20hirshberg&f=false.

Gerard and Sophia lived in Vancouver until the 1950s. Gerard died in Vancouver on July 5, 1955.

Sophia died in Vancouver on January 1, 1980. She was buried in Beth Israel Cemetery in Burnaby, British Columbia.

Gerard and Sophia had three sons: William, Milton and Norman Hirschberg.

 

Sources

Samuel Hirschberg (father of Albert Gerard Hirschberg)

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV9P-4BDL : 15 July 2016), Samuel Hirschberg, 1911; citing Census, Toronto West Sub-Districts 27-103, Ontario, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,418,529; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=50356&highlight=22&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Samuel+Hirschberg.

“Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JKW2-VM9 : 3 January 2015), Samuel Hirschberg, 29 Jan 1928; citing York, Ontario, Canada, 1644, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 2,148,993.

 

Blanche Freedman (mother of Albert Gerard Hirschberg)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLKJ-M6P : 8 November 2017), Blanche Hirschberg, 1922.

 

Albert Gerard Hirschberg

“Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KS8Z-P1L : 10 April 2015), Abraham Gerson Hirschberg and Sophia Dolgoff, 27 Jan 1912; citing registration , Toronto, York, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,906,643.

1921 Canada Census; A Gerard Hirschberg [indexed as Aganeta Hirschlary]; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 18; Census Place: Ward 1, Vancouver Centre, British Columbia; Page Number: 8. 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:FLR5-2FT : 8 November 2017), Albert Gerard Hirschberg, 1955.

 

Sophia Dolgoff (wife of Albert Gerard Hirschberg)

“Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KS8Z-P15 : 10 April 2015), Abraham Gerson Hirschberg and Sophia Dolgoff, 27 Jan 1912; citing registration , Toronto, York, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,906,643.

1921 Canada Census; Sophia Hirschberg [indexed as Sophia Hirschlary] in household of A Gerard Hirschberg [indexed as Aganeta Hirschlary]; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 18; Census Place: Ward 1, Vancouver Centre, British Columbia; Page Number: 8. 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:FL19-X8H : 8 November 2017), Sophia Hirschberg, 1980.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2BY-5LTK : 10 March 2017), Sophia Dolgoff Hirschberg, 1980; Burial, Burnaby, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Beth Israel Cemetery and Memorial Garden; citing record ID 176480286, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/176480286.

 

William Hirschberg (son of Alfred Gerard Hirschberg)

1921 Canada Census; William Hirschberg [indexed as William Hirschlary] in household of A Gerard Hirschberg [indexed as Aganeta Hirschlary]; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 18; Census Place: Ward 1, Vancouver Centre, British Columbia; Page Number: 8. Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

The National Archives at Washington, D.C.; Washington, D.C.; Manifests of Alien Arrivals in the Seattle, Washington District; NAI: 2953576; Record Group Title: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1787 – 2004; Record Group Number: 85; Series Number: A4107; Roll Number: 018. Ancestry.com. U.S., Border Crossings from Canada to U.S., 1895-1960 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Name: William Hirschberg; Gender: Male; Age: 23; Marital Status: Single; Birth Date: abt 1913; Birth Place: Vanc. B.C.; Arrival Date: 6 Sep 1936; Port of Arrival: Seattle, Washington, USA; Residence Place: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Record Type: Manifests.

 

Milton Hirschberg (son of Alfred Gerard Hirschberg)

1921 Canada Census; Milton Hirschberg [indexed as Milton Hirschlary] in household of A Gerard Hirschberg [indexed as Aganeta Hirschlary]; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 18; Census Place: Ward 1, Vancouver Centre, British Columbia; Page Number: 8. Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

The National Archives at Washington, D.C.; Washington, D.C.; Manifests of Alien Arrivals in the Seattle, Washington District; NAI: 2953576; Record Group Title: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1787 – 2004; Record Group Number: 85; Series Number: A4107; Roll Number: 018. Ancestry.com. U.S., Border Crossings from Canada to U.S., 1895-1960 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Name: Milton Hirschberg; Gender: Male; Age: 21; Marital Status: Single; Birth Date: abt 1913; Birth Place: Vanc BC; Arrival Date: 6 Sep 1934; Port of Arrival: Seattle, Washington, USA; Residence Place: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Record Type: Manifests.

[CAN-BC-OBITS] Fwd: Vancouver Sun 2000 Apr 5 Obits, Vancouver, B.C., Canada; http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/CAN-BC-OBITS/2000-06/0960662994: Hirschberg, Milton, born June 15, 1915, World War II Vet, champion marksman, artist and passionate mountaineer, died Monday, April 3, 2000. Milt is predeceased by his loving wife Dorothy (nee Irwin). He and his brother Bill carried the lumber to build a cabin on the top of Mt. Seymour before roads were built. Milt and his Milton Berle-sense-of-humour is sadly missed by his daughter Patti, brother Bill and dog Terry. Heartfelt gratitude to all Kiwanis Staff and to Milt’s devoted and beloved friend Violet. Funeral by Cremation. Hollyburn Funeral Home 922-1221 Vancouver Sun, Area Code 604.

 

Dorothy Mabel Irwin (wife of Milton Hirschberg)

British Columbia Death Registrations; Registration Number: 1991-09-013400; Dorothy Mabel Hirschberg; date of death: July 13, 1991; place of death: North Vancouver; age at death: 74; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/c399777f-4b58-428b-b1ce-f38b2f4fd30b; medical certificate of death: http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/b081ea74-4a26-4a26-a006-963e6825e585.

 

Norman Hirschberg (son of Albert Gerard Hirschberg)

1921 Canada Census; Norman Hirschberg [indexed as Norman Hirschlary] in household of A Gerard Hirschberg [indexed as Aganeta Hirschlary]; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 18; Census Place: Ward 1, Vancouver Centre, British Columbia; Page Number: 8. 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:QK6P-GF2F : 8 November 2017), Norman Hirschberg, 1993.

 

Elizabeth Susan Verner (wife of Norman Hirschberg)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK6P-G1QH : 8 November 2017), Elizabeth Susan Hirschberg, 1993.

 

Solomon Hirschberg (brother of Albert Gerard Hirschberg)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLK8-TMG : 8 November 2017), Solomon Hirschberg, 1918.

 

Cecil Sara Hirschberg (sister of Albert Gerard Hirschberg)

“Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2782-6MB : 10 April 2015), Norman Wildwood Ryan and Cecil Sara Hirschberg, 15 May 1917; citing registration , Belleville, Hastings, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 2,130,762.