Gertrude Rosumny Bachman (1900-1998)

Gertrude Bachman was born in 1900 in Lidvingka, Ukraine. In 1905, her family came to Old South Portland, where her oldest brother was living, and her father opened the Zion (later Star) Bakery. Gertrude attended both Failing and Shattuck elementary schools, as well as Lincoln High School. After graduation in 1917 she went to business school and worked as a stenographer until she married her husband, Irving, in 1923. Gertrude and her husband had five children: four boys and a girl. Her husband, who was born in Odessa, Ukraine, opened a typewriter sales and repair shop, and she helped with the business until he retired around 1945 due to ill health. Since that time she has kept busy helping with her grandchildren and by doing extensive volunteer work.

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