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Title: Alch family photographs

Collection #: Mss 1034-022

Dates: 1920-1940s

Size: 61 items

Biographical Note: Both originally from Lithuania, Solomon Brown Alch (1880-1953) and Anna Levine (1881-1948) met in Manchester, England, and were married in 1901. Two of their thirteen children were born in Manchester. The Alch family immigrated to the United States in 1904 and had eleven more children. The family lived in Boston, Massachusetts, for several years and settled in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1913. Their tenth child, Jerome Alch, moved to Charleston, South Carolina, with his wife Gladys during the 1990s.

Scope and Content Note: Folder of biographical information on the Solomon Brown Alch family including birth, death and marriage dates; color photocopies of Alch family photographs (1910s-1990s); includes original wedding photograph (1928) of Joe Brown Alch and Rose Berloe; photocopies of Alch family news clippings (1930s-1950s) include mentions (1932) of Ted Brown Alch's involvement as Master of Ceremonies at a New Jersey Marathon Dance Contest; Private Jerry Alch's participation as an emcee for military functions, ca. 1940s; Ted Brown Alch's death, 1952.


  A. Biographical Information: notes compiled by Gladys Alch, wife of Jerome B. Alch; include details about the Alch name and the first Alch’s in America; information about how Solomon B. Alch and Anna Levine Alch met and names of siblings; detailed notes re. Solomon and Anna’s eleven children (birth dates, spouses’ names, career accomplishments and children’s names.)  
  B. Photographs (1910s-1990s): All images are color photocopies except original wedding photograph (1928) of Joe Brown Alch and Rose Berloe; images include Jerome B. Alch as an infant and young man; Solomon and Anna Alch family portrait (1920); images (1930s) of Ted Brown Alch as Master of Ceremonies at various functions; candid images (1930s) of Alch family; Jerry and Mike Alch in the military (1940s); Joe, Mike and Jerry Alch as adults, (1940s); images (1950s-1990s) of Alch siblings and spouses (including Gladys "Bunny" Alch)  
  C. News Clippings (1930s-1950s): photocopy of cover, "Atlantic City Official Guide and Souvenir Book," featuring image of "Ted Brown [Alch], Master of Ceremonies, Marathon Dance Contest, Week of June 4, 1932"; clipping (ca. 1932) "Ted Brown, Walkathon’s Foremost Master of Ceremonies and Originator of Endurance Contest Entertainment Features"; copies of San Francisco newspaper clippings (1942-1943) re. Private Jerome (Jerry) Alch’s involvement as an emcee for military functions in San Francisco; article (1952) from column "I Like it Here" by George Grim (newspaper?) titled, "Cubes Do A Good Turn for Square Guy," re. theatrical career and death of Ted Brown [Alch]