Isodore Bovitch

Isodore Bovitch

Male 1918 - UNKNOWN

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  • Name Isodore Bovitch 
    Born 13 Jun 1918  Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died UNKNOWN 
    • Isadore “Whitey” Bovitch Memories

      Michael McKenzie spoke with Whitey Bovitch on several occasions in 2012 specifically to gather oral history information. At the time they spoke, Whitey was 94 years old having been born in 1918.
      I asked him initially about his brother, Morris Bovitch, because as a child growing up, I don’t recall having had the occasion to meet Morris although I do remember meeting most of Whitey’s other brothers and sister.

      Whitey explained that he never really knew Morris as a “child”. Morris was the oldest Bovitch born circa 1902. Whitey came along in 1918. By the time Whitey has/had any clear recollection of his childhood (circa 1925), Morris was already twenty three years old. Consequently, that explains why Morris always seemed to be a grown man as far as Whitey was concerned.

      Whitey remembered that Morris owned a grocery store in Overbrook, which is a fairly close-in suburb to downtown Pittsburgh. Whitey also remembered Morris’ wife, Alice Rosen.

      Because of the age difference, Whitey did not have many stories to share about Morris. According to Whitey, Morris was an athlete and Whitey remembers him working out at a local gym quite often. He wasn’t sure if this was before or after Morris married Alice.

      Not much else emerged from the conversation re: Morris, but Whitey did recount some interesting anecdotes about a trip to Los Angeles, California that he and his brother, Bernard (Burke) made in 1938. Burke had already spent some time in Los Angeles and came back home for a visit. Whitey decided to go back with him. They started out by hitch-hiking from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Pontiac, Michigan. While there, they got an offer to drive a car from Michigan to Sherman, Texas. This was back in the day before big automobile carriers and car dealers would hire young men to transport cars around the country. Burke and Whitey were provided a car to haul (on a trailer) a new 1938 Pontiac all the way to Sherman, Texas.

      Once they got there, they made arrangements to haul another vehicle from Texas to Los Angeles. When they first arrived in LA, they both got a job at a publishing company putting labels on magazines. That job lasted two weeks. Burke then got a better job working at a construction company. A few weeks into that job, he tired of it and told the woman who was one of the owners that he knew someone who could take his place if he quit – of course it was Whitey. When Whitey showed up for work the first day, the woman was skeptical about him and said she thought he was a runaway. Whitey of course denied it and said, “call my parents, they’ll tell you that Burke is my brother and that I am out here with him”. The woman actually called Whitey’s mother to verify the story.
      The Whitey continued working in that job until he received a call from his sister, Ida, saying that their Mother had become ill and that Whitey needed to come home. I don’t have a recorded date for when Whitey’s mother and father died, but hope to get that for my records.

      Whitey returned to Pittsburgh, met his future bride, Katherine, and they eloped to Wheeling, West Virginia and were married on 16 Aug 1941. By then, Whitey was in the Army.

      He was first stationed (he thinks he recalls) in California and was initially assigned to the infantry. When Pearl Harbor was attacked (December 7, 1941), he was shortly thereafter transferred to the Signal Corps and sent to Fort Dix, New Jersey for additional training. After that training was completed, he was sent to the Panama Canal Zone and was one of the many soldiers tasked with guarding the canal during the war. Altogether, he spent a total of 4 years in the service.

      Hopefully, more to follow . . .

      U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
      about Isadore Bovitch

      Name: Isadore Bovitch
      Birth Year: 1918
      Race: White, citizen (White)
      Nativity State or Country: Pennsylvania
      State of Residence: Pennsylvania
      County or City: Allegheny

      Enlistment Date: 23 Oct 1941
      Enlistment State: Maryland
      Enlistment City: Fort George G Meade
      Branch: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers
      Branch Code: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers
      Grade Code: Private

      Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
      Source: Civil Life
      Education: 3 years of high school
      Civil Occupation: Skilled mechanics and repairmen, n.e.c.
      Marital Status: Married
      Height: 70
      Weight: 147
    Person ID I00365  McKenzie Genealogy
    Last Modified 15 Jan 2019 

    Father Hyman Bovitch,   b. 25 Sep 1880, Lomza, Poland/Russia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jun 1949, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Anna Goldstein,   b. Abt 1883, Lomza, Poland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jul 1967, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 84 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F00276  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Katherine Marie Frank,   b. 13 Jul 1923, Pittsburgh, Allegany County, Pennsylvania USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 2018, Deerfield Beach, Broward County, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years) 
    Married 16 Aug 1941  Wellsburg, Brooke County, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Barry Stephen Bovitch,   b. Private  [private]
     2. Robert Allen Bovitch,   b. Private  [private]
    Last Modified 15 Jan 2019 
    Family ID F00274  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Photo of Louise Frank, Isadore 'Whitey' Bovitch and Midge McCann Weir
    Photo of Louise Frank, Isadore "Whitey" Bovitch and Midge McCann Weir
    Circa 1940

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