This is the home Nellie Frohmberg was able to purchase for herself and her sons in 1935, thanks to her Aunt Anna Martin’s bequest to her. Aunt Anna died in the E. 108th Street home in 1929.

From Uncle Cliff, 2001:

[…] Martin was her married name and they lived in France until [her husband] died, then she came to America. I’ve seen some of those receipts for funeral expenses and grave markers and I’d bet that all the funds came from Anna, regardless of who’s name is on the receipt. She kept her money in a bank in France and had it sent on request when she needed it. The story is that she did not trust the banks here. She managed her funds well and the remainder was left to our mother who used it to buy, or help pay for, our home in Cleveland [the house on E. 113th Street].

From Grandpa (Richard), 2001:

Another item regarding Aunt Anna’s bequest to Mom [Nellie]. Anna had a sum of money in a bank in Cleveland.

Richard playing the bassoon, around 1938.
Richard playing the bassoon, around 1938.

At that time, about 1930, many banks were not solvent, and were holding titles to property that had been foreclosed and was of no value to them since there were no buyers.

Apparently the house at 3665 E. 113th Street was offered by the bank to settle the inherited bank account.

This was a two story house, and had the potential of producing income, while the new owner made mortgage payments to the bank. A potentially win-win situation for both parties.

This, I believe gave Mom the financial strength to go it alone and divorce Dad. A difficult decision and surely a gutsy decision by any measure. Most of all, it was a good and the best decision.

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