- Philip Teitelbaum's taped recollections
Philip Teitelbaum's taped recollections
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Philip: Did I mention Slick, eh Selick? The one after Selick is Wolofsky.
Peter: Can you talk about Selick again?
Philip: Sure uh…
Peter: That was one of you good friends?
Philip: He was one of my best friends. His mother had a little like a little store in the front
of her house.
Peter: And he lived where?
Philip: He lived, going north he lived past Epstein, no just past Miller, Ukrainian family by the
name of Miller.
Peter: We’re on Cartier here?
Philip: We’re on Cartier going north on the east side.
Philip: So he was a very good friend of mine and he was the one who told the teacher that her mother’s
mother was born in new Brunswick and Jack said the father was born in Russia and yet they were
twins so created a bit of a laugh. Irving Selick, we called him Slick, they were a large family
and they had three sisters and two brothers. The sister Marie Selick did very well with the
Peter: Oh yeah
Philip: She started that company, did extremely well.. and his brother Abe actually was working at the
fruit exchange uh I think it was down in old Montreal and he went back to school and became a lawyer
and customs and did extremely well.
Peter: What did the father do?
Philip: The father died a long time ago and I never knew the father.
Peter: So the mother brought them up on her own?
Philip: Well I would actually say that the children who were Slick was the youngest so they contributed like
Marie who did so well and Abe who did well and so on.
Peter: Was it S.e.l.i.c.k.?
Philip: Uh S.e l.i.c.k. they were the only ones who had a telephone so if ever a phone was used we would go
to the Selicks and use a telephone.
Peter: Were they a little bit better off because the kids were doing well, they must have been, who else
was bringing in the money?
Philip: They were no better off. I would say everybody on that whole street was sort of in that same category
financially. I can sort of mention who they married and so on, but I don’t think that’s of any
Peter: Who did Slick marry?
Philip: He married a girl who lived on St. Urbain street way… I mentioned to you that one time I was in Toronto
and I was in the air force and he saw me walking from the streetcar or the bus and yelled hey hey and
jumped down and we saw him together. The end of the war his face got kind of paralyzed.
Peter: So there’s this condition Bell's palsy which is just an inflammation of the facial nerve.
So if you’re that age and you have that it’s not a stroke it’s Bells palsy which sometimes gets better.
Philip: He died at a young age. So they were, the Selicks were related to the Letovskys because of the father
and mother where brother and sister. Mr. Letovsky, Haskel, her brother, Mrs. Selick’s brother.
Possibly because of that, a lot of them… of the Selicks actually ended up in the meat business also
because Letovskys, Pinskys, Segals, where all butcher people. All in the meat business. Next going
north was Wolofsky.
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