Pocket Watch

Brass Elgin pocket watch
Brass Elgin pocket watch

This watch belonged to my great-grandfather. A Jewish emigrant from Poland, his family arrived in the United States in 1917. The family moved through New York settled in eastern Pennsylvania, where my great-grandfather started a grocery business. He became successful by travelling to nearby mining towns, and selling the men goods like coffee and sugar at low prices. During the Great Depression and World War II, they grocery business went under, and the family switched to selling wallpaper and hardware products, opening a store that my grandfather would inherit, and my father spent his childhood summers and weekends working in. This watch was my great-grandfather's daily timepiece in the 1940s and 50s. It was handed down to my father, and then to me. Though it no longer works, it serves as a reminder of the perseverance and dedication of my great-grandfather, a man whom I never met.

Place(s): Pittsburgh, New York, Poland
Year: 1917

Relationship:  Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more