Norma Apt

Norma Apt
Born in Greenville, Texas in 1929, Norma grew up in Fort Worth. Her father, Meyer Abramson, was a Lithuanian immigrant who opened his own store and later founded Southland Beauty Supply, exclusively supplying Helene Curtis products to Neiman Marcus and other major retailers. Norma became a speech pathologist, having graduated from Emerson College in 1953 and also having studied at Harvard. Norma spent more than 20 years as a docent with the Dallas Holocaust Museum, and became interested in studying World War II due to her brother’s service in the military.
Published on January 19, 2014.

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Rhea Wolfram

Rhea Wolfram was born in 1919 in Newport News, VA. Rhea and her late husband, Dr. Julius, a cardiologist, eventually moved to Dallas, where Rhea became an important leader in the Jewish community. She has been a member of the National Council of Jewish Women, Hadassah, and the American Jewish Committee. Additionally, Rhea has also served the greater Dallas community in many respects through her work in the auxiliary to the Dallas County Medical Society, as president of Friends of the Dallas Public Library, as a participant in the White House Conference on Children and Youth, as a member of the Dallas City Council Flood Control and Drug Committees, and also as co-founder of the Texas Association for College Admission Counseling. Rhea and her late husband have been blessed with three sons.

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Maxine Waldman

Maxine Waldman was born in Chicago, IL, in 1922 and moved to Houston with her family when she was five years old. Then, at the age of 12, the family moved to Dallas. Maxine started her college education at the University of Oklahoma and finished her degree at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Maxine and her husband, Erwin, got married at the old Shearith Israel when they were still in college at SMU. After years of working in various industries, Erwin and his brothers created Waldman Bros, an insurance agency. As a member of the Dallas Jewish community, Maxine has spent many dedicated years working with Shearith Israel, the National Council of Jewish Women, Jewish Family Service, the Jewish Community Center, and as a BBYO Advisor.

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Treasures from the DJHS Archives – February 2016

Titche's ephemera 2015-more

Titche-Goettinger Collection ephemera

Titche-Goettinger 1908 General Ledger

Titche-Goettinger 1908 General Ledger

1904-05 Mail order catalog page display

1904-05 Mail order catalog page display






Among the many collections to explore, the archives of the Dallas Jewish Historical Society, located in the Aaron Family JCC, houses a collection from one of Dallas’s premier department stores of the 20th century.

Titche’s, or TitcheGoettinger’s as it was known, was opened in downtown Dallas in 1902, by Edward Titche and Max Goettinger. Originally located at the corner of Elm and Murphy Streets in downtown Dallas, the store moved in 1904 to the Wilson building and then again when it built its flagship location at St. Paul Street, between Elm and Main Streets, which was then considered “Uptown”. At this new, much larger location the store successfully competed for Dallas’s growing fashion-conscious consumer and expanded the number of stores.  Over the years, Titche-Goettinger was sold to larger retail conglomerates, who later shortened the name to Titche’s when the store expanded into the suburbs in the 1960’s and 1970’s. The name was changed again from Titche’s to Joske’s (its sister department store chain) until the then-owners (Allied) sold the stores to Dillard’s in 1987.  The flagship location in downtown Dallas was closed after the Dillard’s acquisition.

This collection, generously given to the DJHS by Ellis M. Titche, a founding family descendent, includes a Titche-Goettinger General Ledger Cash Book from 1908-1910, a 1904-1905 Fall/Winter catalog, store gift boxes, an employee nametag from the 1960s, a wedding registry book published in 1964, and numerous photographs early store locations, as well as panoramic photographs from company picnics taken during the 1920’s. Additionally, the collection includes a promotional brochure and a newspaper article announcing Titche’s as one of Northpark Mall’s first anchor stores.

Come visit us when you are at the Aaron Family JCC, or check out our extensive collection of oral histories from Dallas Jewish personalities at The Dallas Jewish Historical Society works to collect, preserve, and protect the papers, photographs, artifacts and recorded personal stories that illustrate the history of the Jewish community in Dallas. The DJHS depends on annual membership dues, starting at $72, to support our programs and archive efforts, and is a partner agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas. Come join us!

By Stuart Rosenfield, DJHS Board Member

re-printed from the Texas Jewish Post

Beverly Tobian

Beverly Tobian was born in 1924 in Omaha, Nebraska. Beverly has had a profound impact on Dallas’s Jewish community through her involvement in many organizations throughout the community. She has also been honored with a couple of awards that demonstrate the hard work she has performed.

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Sarah Yarrin

Sarah Yarrin was born and raised in Tyler, TX, with her three sisters: Fanny, Marilyn and Ruthie. Sarah’s father came from Poland to Galveston without his parents, and her mother came to Tyler, Texas, at the age of 16. Sarah married Marvin Yarrin z”l and moved to Dallas, Texas, where they raised three daughters. She has passionately stated that one should look forward but never forget the past, which she demonstrates through her involvement and work with the Dallas Holocaust Museum and as a Life Member of the Dallas Jewish Historical Society Board of Directors. Additionally, as a very musical woman, Sarah has long been an active member of the Temple Emanu-El choir.

We have two interviews in our collection for Sarah.

Click here to watch the interview conducted by Karen Prager on February 4, 2001.

Click here to watch the interview conducted by Scott Farber on October 13, 2014.