Sophie Gurvitch Shaver
(1903 - 1936)
Sophie Gurvitch Shaver was active/lived in Michigan, New York / Ukraine. Sophie Shaver is known for painting, ink drawing, commercial art, teaching.
Biography Sophie Gurvitch Shaver
Shaver, Sophie Gurvitch (1903-1936)
Sophie Gurvitch was of Russian-Jewish descent, born a subject of the czar of Mirogrod, a town in the Russian Ukraine, on May 2, 1903. Her father was Benjamin Gurvitch, a coppersmith. The Gurvitch’s fled Russia when the czar’s reign of terror against the Jews became deadly pogroms.
Ben Gurvitch knew enough to get out while the getting was good, and immigrated to the United States in 1904. Once established in America, he sent for his wife Anna Mintz and their daughter Sophie. Anna purchased two steerage tickets on a steamship bound for America in 1905. They settled in Detroit, where Ben opened a hardware store, Star Hardware and Paints. They became naturalized citizens in 191
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