Saturday, May 12, 2018

Hubert W. German, Jeweler

Above ad 1930, The Graduation Gift Watch, a popular item for a graduation present for many years.  

Hubert Warren German (1892-1966) was the son of Harvey W. German (1858-1911) and Virginia (Jennie) Vincent German.  Hubert’s mother would die in 1901 and his father remarried to Mary.  His father would die in 1911. 

He started his work career as a clerk with Adam Express in Delmar.  By 1917 he worked for Ira Hearne, Jeweler. 

In 1918 he joined Company I of the National Guard in Salisbury and went off to war serving in France with Company B of  the 312 Machine Gun Battalion.  The unit arrived back in New York on the transport Luckenback on May 28, 1919 and was disbanded. 

In 1922 he was working as a jeweler and watch maker but in that year he had several  fingers cut off while trying to help a friend fix a car.

He joined the firm of Harper and Taylor jewelers in Salisbury.  He had graduated from the Hamilton Watch company repair school as a watch repairman. 

He married in Salisbury in 1927 Elizabeth Hearn (1906-2007) who was 13 years younger than him. Elizabeth was the daughter of Greenfield Jackson Hearn and Lillie Bacon Hearn.  Elizabeth would live to be over a hundred.   

In 1928 Ira Hearne and his wife Dollie sold the Jewelry company on Railroad Ave to Hubert German who had worked for them.  In 1933 he filed for bankruptcy.

He reopened his jewelry store on Railroad Ave but later would move it to his home at 208 Chestnut street.  He was a charter member of the American Legion in Delmar.

He would die in 1966.  Elizabeth would die in 2007.  They had no children.

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