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Thrifty, wise and great with a needle

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Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2013 10:30 am

Herman Weber was born in Munich, Germany in 1896, one of 13 brothers and sisters. With post-World War I Germany suffering greatly — setting the stage for World War II — Weber left for America and landed in Ridgewood in 1925 to be with other Germans who spoke his language.

Having the skills of both a tailor and a carpenter, he decided to be a tailor and opened up a shop at 55-03 Metropolitan Ave. in Maspeth with his wife, Frances. They had one son, Andrew, and two daughters, Francia and Rosemary, who lived in the back of the store.

He was such a skilled craftsman he made custom suits even at the height of the Depression and never went hungry. A wise man, he used the money he saved on rent to buy properties in Maspeth, Ridgewood and Sayville, LI.

Weber always had a new Buick and was proud that he had the distinction of having the first television set on his block in 1948 and was host to all the neighbors when “The Milton Berle Show” came on the air.

In 1957 he sold his business to Kent Cleaners, a large chain which was the largest cleaners of its kind in the 1950s. Not content to retire, Weber opened up a dry cleaning store in Hicksville, LI and moved to Massapequa, LI.

The thrifty, wise and hardworking Weber passed away in December 1984 at the age of 88. His tailor shop story exemplifies the successes of the thousands of German Americans who came here early in the 20th century and helped build the Maspeth-Ridgewood area into the great place it is today.

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  • Kent posted at 3:36 pm on Thu, Jun 13, 2013.

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    Was Herman Weber related to Victor Weber, who owned a hardware store in Elmhurst?


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