Monday, January 17, 2011

Jacob Rubin--Irvington resident

Jacob Rubin, an immigrant from Alsace-Lorraine, moved to Irvington in 1909 after building a large home at 352 Good Avenue. He seems to have followed his adult son Fred Rubin, who owned a home on Oak Avenue. As a young man, Rubin was a carpenter and fireman. In one particularly horrible fire in the 1880s in Indianapolis, Rubin was thought to have died. Although he escaped the blaze, he remained slightly disabled for the remainder of his life. After moving to Irvington, he helped to develop and build other homes along Good and Beechwood Avenues. He and his wife Elizabeth lived the rest of their lives in the house. This wonderful photo shows Jacob Rubin towards the end of his life perhaps in the 1920s or early 1930s sitting in his Good Avenue home. You may see a picture of Elizabeth Rubin and their home in a previous post. This image is courtesy of Susan Gulde and Chris Capehart.

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