Retrospects and Prospects - Mildred L. Blumenthal

Mildred L. Blumenthal

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Mildred L. Blumenthal (1891-1970)

Mildred L. Blumenthal was born in New York City on 26 March 1891 to Bernard Blumenthal (b. in Austria) and Rose (b. in Hungary). She had an older brother, Louis J., two older sisters, Frances & Bella, and a younger brother, Abraham H. The family was of Jewish descent.

In the 1900 United States Federal Census, Mildred's father was listed as a dry goods peddler that had immigrated to the U.S. in 1880, and her mother, Rosie, had immigrated to the U.S. in 1881. All five of their children were born in New York.

In 1910 Mildred's occupation is listed as “Secretary at a Doctor's Office” and five years later (1915) her occupation is listed as “Medical Research”.

A passport application dated 17 Dec 1917 states, as Secretary for the Dept. of Medical Affairs under Major Joseph Collins, she was to go to Italy to do Red Cross work under Major Grayson M.P. Murphy (US Commissioner General for Europe). On the application her address is listed as “127 W. 112th St. NY, NY”. The application includes a picture, used as her profile picture, and her signature, which matches the signature in UPEI's Provenance copy of Retrospects and Prospects.

Mildred applied again, at the American Embassy in Rome, for a passport allowing her to do Red Cross work in Italy, France and England. This was dated 9 April 1918. On the back of the application Mildred is described as 5 feet, 9 inches, with an oval face, brown hair, hazel eyes and fair complexion.

A picture of Mildred, dated 18 Oct 1955, confirms she was still working for the Red Cross at this time. In the photo she is registering families who have lost their home in a devastating flood in Connecticut.

According to the U.S. Social Security Death Index,1935-2014, Mildred died in July 1970. Her last residence was 10705 Yonkers, Westchester, NY.


1900 United States Federal Census

Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935. Arrived in Halifax, from Southampton, on 16 May 1919, aboard the Olympic.

New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957. Let St. John's on 28 Sept 1912 and arrived in New York on 3 Oct 1912, aboard the S.S. Florizel.

New York State Censuses: 1905, 1910, 1915, 1925.

U.S. Border Crossings from Canada to the U.S. dated 16 May 1919.

U.S. Passport Application dated 8 December 1917.

U.S. Passport Application dated 9 April 1918.

U.S. Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014.

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