Question #25: "If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be and what would you eat?"
I would LOVE to sit down with my great-great grandfather and my great grandfather Charles Czarlinsky and Benjamin Czarlinsky (my youngest son is named after both, Benjamin Charles).
Allow me to give you a brief (yet fascinating) history of my family: (courtesy of the Cole County Historical Records)
Charles Czarlinsky was born in Prussia on October 20, 1850. At the age of
eighteen he immigrated to America, settling in Jefferson City. With no resources
other than his own intelligence, thrift and industry, for awhile he carried a
He established a store in Koeltztown, Osage County, which he
conducted for several years before coming to Jefferson City in 1888. He became
manager of the J. Siegfried clothing store where he remained ten years. He then
helped organize the Globe Mercantile Company on March 3, 1899 with a capital
stock of $10,000, he being Secretary and Manager of the company. The store was
located at 210 East High Street. On May 1, 1900 he purchased controlling
interest of the Globe Mercantile Company. It was later called the Jumbo store.
Several years before his death, the store was moved to 304 East High Street.
Charles was united in marriage in March of 1897 to Minnie Davidson of
St. Louis. They had two children. Solomon, who was born in 1898, assisted his
father in the store and managed the business after the death of his father until
his own death in 1934. A second son, Ben, was born in 1900. Charles Czarlinsky
died in 1928, universally respected and one of the leading citizens of the
Charles was a member of the M.W.A. and the I.O.O.F. lodges of
Jefferson City and also a member of the Hebrew Church. He made his home at 107
East Miller Street.
Ben Czarlinsky was born in Jefferson City in 1900. On finishing school he traveled
and worked in the west for a number of years, returning to Jefferson City in
1925 on account of his fathers failing health. During World War I he served in
In 1925 Ben was married to Miss Gladys Schatzkey, of Texas. They
had two children, Betty Jane and Charles (this was my grandfather). Since the death of his brother,
Solomon, in 1934, Ben was in sole charge of the business. They stocked an
extensive stock of high quality merchandise, catering to the more discriminating
customers of the Jefferson City trade area.
Ben was a member of the board of directors of the Chamber of
Commerce, past president of the Rotary Club, a Mason and Shriner, and active in
various other fraternal and civic organizations.
...My grandfather, Charlie eventually took over the family business which eventually became a high end men's clothing store called Czarlinsky's. I was a freshman in high school when the business closed it's doors.
I would have loved to have known my great-great grandfather and my great grandfather. Their history intrigues me...and I have several relatives that were survivors of the concentration camps...I would love to have known them personally, to have loved on them, to have soaked up their experiences....
Because my ancestors are of Jewish decent, I would serve traditional Jewsih foods: Babka... a chocolate-filled challah (egg) bread, brisket, farfel... small pellet-shaped egg pasta...etc.