The family name was originally Karbovsky and was Americanized and shortened in the 1930's by Bill Krause when he graduated law school.
Avrom Karbovsky was born in Russia, probably in the town of Szczuczyn, on December 6, 1876. I do not know the names of his parents. His wife, Rose Monkovsky also born in Szczuczyn, on July 10, 1887. She was the daughter of Velvil and Biele Monkovsky.
They were married in 1903 and immigrated to the United States, arriving in Baltimore, Maryland on May 10, 1903. Since there were rumors of a war; Avrom and Rose thought that leaving was a good idea, because young Jewish men in Russia were often drafted for army service that could last as long as 20 years.
|Avrom, Rose and Lillian in the 1920's|
Sometime between 1913 and 1917, the family moved to Peoria, Illinois, where Avrom opened a bakery, and the family lived at 215 Reid St.
Mollie died in the Influenza Pandemic on October 15, 1918, and was buried in the Jewish Cemetery in Peoria Ten days later, Lillian was born.
1920 finds the Karbovsky family living at 523 5th Ave in Peoria and Avrom was now working at the Perfection Bakery. Florence died in 1921 of unknown causes. The sixth child and son, Jack was born in 1924. In 1925, Avrom became a naturalized citizen of the United States. The family was living at 701 Spencer St. in Peoria.
In 1930, the Karbovsky's were back in Chicago and living at 3702 W. Agitite Ave. William was working as a shoe salesman and Paul worked at the Post Office as a sorter. Avrom continued to work as a baker. Lillian and Jack were in school.
|Avrom and Rose, 1940.|
Avrom died on February 4, 1946 in Chicago and is buried in Waldheim Cemetery in the Stuchiner section. After Avrom died, Rose lived with Lillian and her husband, Dave Gerstein, Rose died in 1956 in Chicago. She is buried next to Avrom in Waldheim Cemetery.
|Rose's certificate of Naturalization|
|Avrom's Certificate of Naturalization|