I finally have news to share on the Scheshko family front. Inna Vayner has been able to track down the marriage record of Isidore Scheshko’s sister, Sura. Sura, born in 1891, was married in 1920 in Odessa. She was 29 years old, and she and the groom, Elya Brener, had never been married before.
To remind you: we believe that Sura is the young lady seated on our right. The young man on our far left is her twin brother, Mendel. We believe that the gardener’s sister was named for Sura.
Here is the record book and pertinent pages. I wasn’t sure why there are so many pages, and this is what Inna told me: “these images include the title page and the page with requisition information. The other three images were taken to ensure the record could be easily read., so I included these as well since I have them.” Of course, I can’t read them so I am not sure what is what ;).
This is a translation of the record:
Governorate register’s office of Odessa
Marriage registration book
Registry entry number and recording registration book number 5510/5
Year, month and date of marriage March 4, 1920
Given names, patronymic names, surnames and occupation of bride and groom
Elya son of Khuna Brener, shoemaker
Sura, daughter of Shemel Sheshko, a factory worker
Groom’s address: Privoznaya [str]
Bride’s address: Rybnaya 93
Year, month and date of birth of groom November 1886
Bride’s date of birth September 5, 1891 [Her birth was recorded that date, but the actual birth date was September 3, 1891–Inna explained that the date of record often became the official birth date]
Marital status of the bride and groom (single, married) Groom single, Bride maiden
Special marks: groom – Tir. (?)
You can see that Sura was a factory worker and married a shoemaker.
I wish I could imagine more about Sura’s big day. Forget images of Fiddler on the Roof. Sura and Elya were married in the big city in 1920. But was it a big wedding or very small or somewhere in the middle? What did they wear? How traditional was the event?
Since I wanted to see an image of their wedding, I google-searched for “1920 Odessa Jewish wedding.” I found an amazing article with a first-hand account of a pogrom in Odessa in 1905 that also has a photograph of a Jewish bride and groom, Harry and Lisa Fogel, and their parents from their wedding in Odessa in 1920. You will want to read the account of the pogrom as well as take a look at the photograph. CLICK HERE
The article makes me think that all the violence might have had something to do with whether the Scheshkos were really from Tiraspol or from Odessa.