Peltz's map from memory of Shumsk
Keith Peltz was born in Shumsk in 1906 and came to the United States in the 1930s. He settled in Omaha, Nebraska, where he died at the age of 94. In the 1980s, more than half a century after Peltz last saw Shumsk, he drew the map below for a relative who was traveling to the area. The handwritten text is transcribed below the image.
My Birthplace Shumsk As I Remember It
Text on the Left Side:
Here was the Oliker Bethamedrosh. (This was the study hall/synagogue of the Oliker Hasidim.)
This street was called New Town
The Russian Cemetery
Here was a Russian church
Here was the Rabbi and family.
Lamid (?) Alter’s sister Shava married the Rabbi’s son
Here is the house that belonged to Grandpa Leyb.
And we Alter and Aster and family lived in.
Entrance; Front Porch
This was the Shumsk address:
Where Piney and family lived
Here was Grandpa Mendel’s house
This was a center plaza.
Here was the brewery located.
This was called the Grabley
Text on the right side:
Here was a privately owned park with fruit trees. Also he owned the distillery.
Here was a Polish church.
Next door was your uncle Loser and family.
Grocery store and dry goods stores
All kinds of little shops
The big synagogue
Here was the Sander Gandler residence and flour store
Here there were fruit stands.
Residences, also a hotel