Samuel J. Klein
Freda Weiss
Gisele Klein


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1. George Robinson Beecher

Gisele Klein 1 2 3 4

  • Born: 10 Feb 1905, Feketeerdˇ, , Gyˇr-Moson-Sopron, HUN 4 5 6
  • Marriage (1): George Robinson Beecher in Dec 1930 in Paris, , , FRA 1
  • Died: 1 Feb 1952, New York, New York, NY at age 46 4
  • Buried: 6 Feb 1952, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, PA 4

   Other names for Gisele were Gisela Klein,5 Gizella Klein 6 and Gazella Kline.7

   FamilySearch ID: LV8T-6H5.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Residence: in 1905 in Feketeerdˇ, , Gyˇr-Moson-Sopron, HUN. 8

2. Residence: 844 1/2 Washington Avenue, Rankin, PA on 5 Jul 1905 in Rankin, Allegheny, PA, USA. 6

3. She immigrated Freda, Alex and Gizella departed Bremen, Germany 29 Aug arrived New York 5 Sep on ship Kaiser Wilhelm II on 5 Sep 1905 to New York, New York, NY. 5 6

4. Census in 1910 in Braddock, Allegheny, PA. 7 The 1910 census recorded renting at 844 1/2 Washington Street: Samuel J. Kline, school teacher, 33, living with wife Frieda, 25; son Alexander, 7; daughter Gazella, 5; son Morris Gilbert, 3; and daughter Ruth, 1 month. Everyone and their parents were born in Hungary, except Morris and Ruth were born in Pennsylvania. They immigrated in 1905 and Samuel had become a U.S. citizen in Pennsylvania. The census columns record that Samuel and Frieda were married for 8 years, and she had birthed 5 children, 4 alive in 1910.

5. Census in 1920 in Braddock, Allegheny, PA. 9 The 1920 census recorded renting at 901 Braddock Avenue: Samuel J. Klein, bookkeeper for drug co., 43, living with wife Freda, 35; son Alex, 16; daughter Gizella, 14; son Gilbert, 12; and daughter Ruth, 9. Gilbert and Ruth were born in Pennsylvania, and the others in Hungary.

6. Census in 1930 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, PA. 5 The 1930 census recorded renting at 1506 South Negley Avenue: Samuel J. Klein, accountant for stores, 54, living with wife Freda, 45; son Alexander, dentist, 27, single; and daughter Gisela, stenographer, 25, single. Everyone and their parents were born in Hungary and spoke the Magyar language. They all immigrated in 1905 and became U.S. citizens. Samuel was married at age 25 and Freda at 16.

7. Newspaper: Post-Gazette: "Announcement is made of the marriage of Miss Gisele Klein to George Robinson Beecher, which took place Friday, December 30, in Paris, France, where the bridal couple will make their home.", 5 Feb 1931, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, PA. 1

8. Ship Paris: Departed 1 Apr 1931 Le Havre, France, arrived 7 Apr 1931 New York on 1 Apr 1931 in Le Havre, , Haute-Normandie, FRA. 10 Ship's Passenger List:
Klein, Gisele, age 26, single, not a USA native
Court issued naturalization papaers: # 331517 by father's papers
Address in USA: 5736 Hobart St., Pittsburgh, PA.

9. Residence: 1931 Pittsburgh City Directory: 5736 Hobart Street: Klein, Saml J accountant in May 1931 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, PA. 11

10. She was divorced (Gisele Klein Beecher filed for divorce in July 1931) in Jul 1931 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, PA. 12

11. Newspaper: Post-Gazette: Legal Notices: divorce notice George R. Beecher & Gisele Klein Beecher, 20 Nov 1931, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, PA. 13 To George R. Beecher respondent: Take notice that the subpoena and alias subpoena in the case of Gisele Klein Beecher against you for divorce V. M. at No. 128 July Term, 1931, Common Pleas Court of Allegheny County has been returned N. E I. You are required to appear and answer the complaint on before the first Monday of January, 1932. Robert S. Cain, Sheriff.

12. Court: Divorce Documents: Gisele Klein Beecher vs. George R. Beecher on 6 Apr 1932 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, PA. 14 The court having heard this case finds that George R. Beecher has (1) by cruel and barbarous treatment endangered libellant's life, and (2) offered such indinities to the person of the libellant as to render her condition intolerable and life burdensome and it is decreed that the libellant, Gisele Klein Beecher is divorced and separated from the bonds of matrimony contracted between her and the Respondent George R. Beecher. Respondent to pay the costs.

13. Census in 1940 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, PA. 15 The 1940 census recorded renting at 2043 Washington Street: Samuel J. Klein, 64, living with wife Freda, 57; son Alexander, dentist, 37; and daughter Gesela, clothing designer, 35. Everyone was born in Hungary. They lived in the same house in 1935.

14. Residence: on 16 Nov 1945 in New York, New York, NY. 3

15. Obituary: Pittsburgh Press: obituary of Gisele Klein on 4 Feb 1952 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, PA. 16 Miss Gisele Klein, formerly of Pittsburgh, prominent fashion designer and stylist, died Friday in a New York hospital. Before moving to New York about 12 years ago she was a buyer of women's sports clothes for Jonasson's and Boggs & Buhl's Department Stores here. Miss Klein, 47. received her early education in Braddock schools, and began her fashion career as a clerk in department stores in Pittsburgh. Her first major position was as a women's clothes stylist for Frank & Seder Department Store here. At the time of her death, she was head stylist and designer for Jerry Gilden Inc., New York dress firm. She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Leroy Huttner of Pittsburgh, and two brothers, Dr. Alexander Klein, Pittsburgh, and Gilbert Klein, Los Angeles. Friends will be received tomorrow at the Ralph Schugar Chapel, 5509 Center Ave., where services will be at 1:30 Wednesday. Burial will be in West View Cemetery.

16. Obituary: Pittsburgh Telegraph: obituary of Gisele Klein on 4 Feb 1952 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, PA. 17 Gisele Klein, 47, a onettime Pittsburgh department store clerk who became one of the nation's leading fashion design ers, died Friday in New York. Miss Klein first entered the designing field at Frank & Seder's and later was connected with Jonasson's and Boggs & Buhl's as a buyer. She moved to New York 12 years ago and for the past seven years has been head stylist and designer for Jerry Glidden Inc., a women's wear company. Services will be held Wednesday at 1:30 p. m. in the Schugar Chapel, 5509 Center Ave.

Gisele married George Robinson Beecher, son of Walter Bryan Beecher and Caroline McAleese, in Dec 1930 in Paris, , , FRA.1 The marriage ended in divorce on 6 Apr 1932. (George Robinson Beecher was born on 21 Aug 1904 in , Lawrence, PA 18 19 20 21 22 and died on 28 Oct 1990 in Hudson, Pasco, FL 20 21 23.)

  Noted events in their marriage were:

1. They were divorced on 6 Apr 1932 in , Allegheny, PA. 2


1 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA), 5 Feb 1931, page 14. Marriage of George Robinson Beecher and Gisele Klein.

2, Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885 - 1950, George R Beecher and Gisele Klein Beecher, 1931.

3 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA), 16 Nov 1945, page 19. Obituary of Freda Klein.

4 Find A Grave,

5 1930 United States Census, Year: 1930; Census Place: Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania; Roll: 1977; Page: 29B; Enumeration District: 0222; Image: 617.0; FHL microfilm: 2341711.

6, Pennsylvania, U.S. Naturalization Originals, 1795-1930 (National Archives; Washington, D.C; Naturalization Petitions of the U.S. District Court, 1820-1930, and Circuit Court, 1820-1911, for the Western District of Pennsylvania; Series: M1537; Roll: 296; Record Type: (Roll 296) Petition Nos. 43776-44000), Petition 378, online image 660, Samuel Klein.

7 1910 United States Census, Year: 1910; Census Place: Braddock Ward 2, Allegheny, Pennsylvania; Roll: T624_1293; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 0022; FHL microfilm: 1375306.

8 Ellis Island Passenger Lists (Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., Passenger ID 102447080568 Samueline Klein Arrived 5 Sep 1905.

9 1920 United States Census, Samuel J Klein, Braddock Ward 2, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States; citing sheet 1B, family 13.

10, New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957, Gisele Klein, 1931; citing Immigration, New York, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,756,677.

11, U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995, 1931 Pittsburgh City Directory, street index section, page 2672, online image 1361.

12 Pennsylvania, U.S., Marriages, 1852-1854 ([database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data: Secretary of the Commonwealth. Series 26.28, Record and Indexes of Births, Deaths, and Marriages. Microfilm, rolls 668-673. Records of the Department of State, Record Group 26. Pennsylvania State Archives, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.),

13 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA), 20 Nov 1931, page 25.

14, Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885 - 1950, George R Beecher and Gisele Klein Beecher, divorce case filed by her Jul 1931;.

15 1940 United States Census, Samuel J Klein, Ward 14, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh City, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 69-395, sheet 11A, family 247.

16 Pittsburgh Press (Pittsburgh, PA), 4 Feb 1952, page 21. Obituary of Gisele Klein.

17 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA), 4 Feb 1952, page 15. Obituary of Gisele Klein.

18 1910 United States Census, Walter B Beecher, Pittsburgh Ward 11, Allegheny, Pennsylvania; citing sheet 1B, family 20, NARA microfilm publication T624, FHL microfilm 1375315.

19, Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885 - 1950, George R Beecher and Frances Walton Halla, 1949.

20, Florida Death Index, 1877-1998, George R Beecher, 28 Oct 1990; from "Florida Death Index, 1877-1998,."

21 U.S. Social Security Death Index, George R Beecher, 28 Oct 1990; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

22, U.S., World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947 ( Operations, Inc.), George Robinson Beecher b. 21 Aug 1904 Lawrence Co. PA.

23 Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, FL), 30 Oct 1990, page 13. Obituary of George R. Beecher.

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