Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Louis Rubik of Hungary and Cleveland, Ohio

   The Rubik family members immigrated in three groups. First the father, Stephen Rubik, next the mother, Theresa Hirsch Rubik along with two of her children, Joseph Rubik and Mary Rubik. The 1910 census revealed that Theresa had six children, four alive. Two of the Rubik children were still in Hungary as of 1910.

     Lajos (Louis) Rubik, son of Istavan Rubik and Therezia Hirsch was baptized on August 30, 1894 in Tethszentkut, Gyor, Hungary.  The third live child of the Rubiks who stayed in Hungary probably living with another family member.

La Bretagne

     Lajos (Louis) Rubik, age eighteen, arrived at the Port of New York on June 18, 1912 aboard the SS La Bretagne.  He had sailed from LeHavre, France on June 8, 1912.  His last residence was Felpec, Gyor, Hungary.  His destination was Cleveland, Ohio.

     Felpec is the same village his father, mother, brother and sister sailed from during their crossings. It is very close to Tethszentkut, Gyor, Hungary where Louis was born and baptized.  

World War I Draft Registration Card, January 5, 1917

     Louis Rubik, age 22, born in Teth, Gyor, Hungary on August 25, 1894.  Now living with his father, mother and sister at 2621 East 83rd Place, Cleveland, Ohio.   Louis is a polisher at The Plating Works, 7009 Quincy Avenue, Cleveland.  He lists that he is supporting his family.  

10526 Woodland Avenue

     Sometime between Louis' draft registration in 1917 and his mother, Theresa Hirsch Rubik's death, on January 22, 1919, the family moved to 10526 Woodland Avenue.  Stephen Rubik purchased the house.

1920 Ohio Federal Census taken on January 19, 1920

     Louis, age 25, born in Hungary as were his parents, is employed as a polisher at a steel works.  He is living with his father and sister at 10526 Woodland.  His father, Stephen owes the house and is renting out rooms to three other families.  His sister, Mary Rubik is age 15 and attending school.  All three are aliens and immigrated in 1906.  Documents show that it was Stephen Rubik that immigrated in 1906, not Louis and Mary.

     Louis Rubik filed his Declaration of Intention on March 26, 1920 in the Court of Common Pleas, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio.  He declares his age, birth date, place of birth, immigration and physical characteristics.

     Louis Rubik, age 26, married Mary Hallo, age 22, on November 6, 1920 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio.  The wedding was performed by Rev. J. Ratz.  Louis, a furnace man was the son of  Steve Rubik and Theresa Hirsh.  Mary was the daughter of Louis Hallo and Rose Arbo.

1921 Cleveland City Directory

     Louis and his father, Steve are living in the family home on Woodland Avenue.  Also living there is Louis' new wife, Mary and his sister, Mary Rubik.

     In an upcoming document, it is learned that Louis and Mary divorced in 1924.

1925 Cleveland City Directory

     Louis Rubik is employed as a painter and continued to live with his father, Stephen Rubik in the Woodland Avenue home.

     On August 2, 1926, Louis' father, Stephen Rubik, died at home.  He was buried beside his wife in Calvary Cemetery, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio.

     On September 1, 1926, Louis Rubik filed his Petition for Naturalization in the District Court in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio.  He mentions that he is divorced.  The remainder of the information confirms what he declared in his 1920 Declaration of Intention.  Louis probably became proactive in filing for citizenship following his father's death, no longer wanting to be an alien.

     On May 12, 1928 Baby Girl Bedo was born at East End Hospital, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio.  The parents were, Louis Rubik, age 34, born in Hungary and living at 10526 Woodland Avenue and Elizabeth Bedo, age 20, born in Hungary and living at 9808 Kennedy Avenue.  The baby was named Florence and used the surname of Rubik on the 1930 census and Bedo until she was adopted in the 1940's by Rodger Yale Beckwith and Viola Bubel Beckwith.  From the adoption on she was known as Florence Viola Beckwith.  

     On February 15, 1930, Louis Rubik married for a second time.  His wife, the former Theresa Vavro, was the daughter of John and Julia Vavro, was born in Butler, Pennsylvania.  Louis, a polisher, is living at 10305 Shale Avenue, Cleveland.  It is this document that shows that Louis divorced in 1924 from his first wife, Mary Hallo Rubik.  

     Using the Cleveland City Directory records, it shows that Louis' sister, Mary Rubik Kovacs, her husband, Louis and daughter Rosalie, were living in the Woodland Avenue Rubik home beginning in 1927.  

1930 Ohio Federal Census taken on April 2, 1930

     Louis, age 35, born in Hungary as were his parents is employed as a paper hanger running his own business.  He is a naturalized citizen as of 1912 and immigrated in 1913.  He owns his house at 11727 Howell Avenue in Cleveland.

     Theresa Rubik, age 22, born in Pennsylvania and her parents were both born in Austria.  She is not employed outside of the home.

13105 Lorenzo Avenue

1935 Cleveland City Directory

     Louis Rubik had two listings in the 1935 Cleveland City Directory--one under Rubik and one under Rebek.  Louis' brother, Joseph Rubik, was living in the house with Louis and Theresa.  John Rubik, listed as a laborer, and wife, Anna, are the paternal uncle and aunt of Louis and Joseph. 

3061 East 116th Street, Cleveland, Ohio

1940 Ohio Federal Census taken on April 18, 1940

     Louis Rubik, age 45, born in Hungary and lived in the same place, not the same house in 1935.  He is employed as a polisher at a metal manufacturing company.  He is renting rooms for $25.00 a month a 3061 East 116th Street in Cleveland.

     Theresa Rubik, age 33, born in Pennsylvania and lived in the same place in 1935.  She is not employed outside the house.

     Margaret Rubik, age 9, was born in Ohio.  She is attending school.

     Carol Jean Rubik, age 2, was born in Ohio.

World War II Draft Registration, April 25, 1942

     Louis Rubik was still living at 3061 East 116th Street, with his family, in 1942. He lists his place of employment as National Acme Company on Coit Road in Cleveland.
National Acme, Cleveland, Ohio

     National Acme was formed by the merger of two tool manufacturers and was at it's height, one of the largest manufacturers of machine tools in the United States.  By 1916, the company built a new facility at the corner of Coit Road and East 131 in Cleveland.  Today the building is abandoned.

     Louis Rubik died at age seventy four, in a long term care facility in Cleveland, Ohio on December 29, 1968.  The death record lists South Euclid as his last address.

     No mention of the daughter he fathered in 1928.  Was he ever in touch with her?  Any financial assistance?  Or did he just walk away?

     Louis and Theresa Rubik are buried together in Highland Park Cemetery, Highland Hills, Cuyahoga County, Ohio.  Theresa died at age ninety one in a nursing home located in Brunswick, Medina County, Ohio on January 16, 1999.

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