1802 - 1874 (71 years)
||Nathan Grafenberg |
||5 Oct 1802
||He took over the business of his father in the year 1824 because the latter (according to the document of April 28, 1824) felt too old to be able to carry it on himself. At the time the father was 72 years old, if the dates are correct that were recorded in 1843 by the then official “list maker” Salomon Loewenthal of the congregation of the Synagogue Adelebsen and reproduced above; but according to his own statement in the reference document he counted only nearly 70 years!|
Nathan Graefenberg in the year 1836 founded the ironware business that ever since remained part of the dry goods business. On January 1 1864, he turned it over to his eldest son, Salomon, and in January 1871 he moved to Goettingen.
In two documents, namely the above-mentioned transfer contract of April 28, 1824 and an annex to it dated May 9 1827 concerning the dowry of Nathan's sister, the name of our family appears as Graefenburg; but in a document of June 28 1830, it is spelled Grefenberg, which certainly must be an incorrectly understood and written form of Graefenberg.
The original spelling of Graefenburg presumably was gradually replaced by the present form because the names of other Jews in Adelebsen, such as Dannenberg, Eichenberg, Meyenberg, Stehberg, that also derive from mountains in the area, all with --- berg--.
But my father confirms that the name Graefenburg continued to live in popular usage; he remembers from his childhood that the then active police clerk Guenther in Adelebsen, among others, always called his father Graefenburg. I personally remember that old Mrs. Frommtchen Lowenstern occasionally pronounced our names as Grebenburg, which undoubtedly is a distorted form of Graefenburg.
In 1855, his son and successor, bought the house bordering on Stone Way from its previous owner, Alexander Edelstein; Nathan was also the one who in 1856 built the store, created the unity of the present building, and in the following year added the room at the Stone Way as an iron goods warehouse. Salomon Graefenburg built the adjoining cellar with the stove warehouse above it in 1869.
I remember my grandfather Nathan Grafenberg as a good, industrious and quiet man who in the last years of his life suffered asthma attacks.
||9 Tis 5563
||9 Ab 5634
||23 Jul 1874
||3 Jan 2011 |