A Family History of Esther Login and Joseph Libin

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Esther Login, daughter of Abraham Lagovsky and Libe Goodseit, was born on 14 Oct 1893 in Minsk Guberniya, Russia and died on 10 Nov 1965 in San Mateo, San Mateo, California at age 72.

Esther married Joseph Harold Libin, on 2 Oct 1915 in Butte, Silver Bow, Montana. Joseph was born on 18 Dec 1885 in Minsk Guberniya, Russia and died on 21 Jul 1950 in Lewistown, Fergus, Montana at age 64. 

Joseph and Esther had four children:

Herbert Burnett Libin was born on 25 Aug 1916 in Lewistown, Fergus, Montana and died on 8 Feb 2002 in Encino, Los Angeles, California at age 85.

Herb married Shirley Margaret Maxwell, daughter of Clarence Bede Maxwell and Violet Thomas (adoptive name Violet Spool), on 21 Feb 1944 in Ashbury, New South Wales, Australia, while he was serving in the US Army during WWII.  Shirley was born on 11 Dec 1923 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia and died on 18 Apr 1996 in Salem, Marion, Oregon at age 72. They had two children: Stephany and Michele. They were divorced in 1950 and Shirley and the two girls moved to Salem, Marion, Oregon. Shirley then married George Henry Grabenhorst Jr on 9 May 1952 in Salem, Marion, Oregon. Shirley and George had two children: Anne born in 1952 and George born in 1955.

Stephany Ann Libin was born in 1944 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Stephany married Gilman Smith, son of Burton Smith and Edna Cleland, in 1969 in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon. Gilman was born in 1944 in Covina, Los Angeles, California. They had three children: Colin, Aden and Devon. They were divorced. Stephany married Dennis Heath in 1987.

Colin Burton Smith was born in 1972 in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon.

Aden Maxwell Smith was born in 1973 in Salem, Marion, Oregon.

Aden married Kimberly Michele Hill, daughter of Martin Phillip Hill and Sheryl Lynn Scott, in 2001 in Salem, Marion, Oregon. Kimberly was born in 1974 in Grants Pass, Josephine, Oregon. They had two daughters: Ellery Qwin Smith and Sydney Maxwell Smith.

Devon Michele Smith was born in 1975 in Salem, Marion, Oregon.

Devon married Jeremy Patrick Toomey, son of Dennis Toomey and Lorilee Seacrist, in 2002 in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon. Jeremy was born in 1977 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island. They had two sons: Heath Smith Toomey and Brooks Woodrow Toomey. They adopted a son, Bowen Aleksandar Toomey from Belgrade, Serbia in 2010.

Michele Lee Libin was born on 26 Nov 1946 in Lewistown, Fergus, Montana and died 23 Jan 2014 in Seattle, King, Washington at age 67. She did not marry or have children.

Herb next married Esther M Surovi, daughter of Paul Henry Surovi and Leatha L Rathbone, on 11 Mar 1951 in Billings, Yellowstone, Montana. Esther was born on 7 Nov 1927 in Havre, Hill, Montana and died on 7 Mar 2007 in Encino, Los Angeles, California at age 79. They had one son and adopted two sons:

David Allen Libin was born on 9 Aug 1966 and died 25 Dec 1966 in Encino, Los Angeles, California at 4 months.

Alan Michael Libin was born in 1967 in Los Angeles County, California.

Harold Marvin Libin was born on 1 Dec 1967 in Los Angeles County, California and died 24 Jan 2007 in in Encino, Los Angeles, California at age 39.

Marvin had a relationship with April Stump. They had two children:

Kalen Karalla Libin was born in 1987 in Los Angeles County, California.

Kody Eugene Libin was born on 2 July 1990 in Los Angeles County, California and committed suicide by shooting himself in the head on 15 Oct 2017 n Los Angeles County, California.

Robert Paul Libin was born on 25 Aug 1916 in Lewistown, Fergus, Montana and died on 29 Aug 2006 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California at age 90.

Bob married Ina Elaine David, daughter of Jay Joseph David and Lora L Allen, on 28 Sep 1940. Ina was born on 21 Feb 1921 in Fergus County, Montana and died on 3 Jan 1961 in Salem, Marion, Oregon at age 39. They were divorced.

Bob next married Helen Lincoln, daughter of George Lincoln and Helen Marks. Helen was born on 21 Dec 1925 in Lewistown, Fergus, Montana and died 27 April 2002 in Seattle, King, Washington. They were divorced. They had two children: 

Sandra Sue Libin was born in 1948. She later changed her name from Sandra to Alexandra and then to Sydney.

Sandra married Thomas Dolder, son of Frederick Paul Dolder and Barbara Francis Mabee. Thomas was born in 1954. They were divorced. They had two sons:

Bannon Dolder was born on 6 Dec 1989 in Seattle, King, Washington and died 2 Aug 1990 in Seattle, King, Washington.

Spencer Dolder was in 1992 in Seattle, King, Washington.

Robert Joseph Libin was born was born on 18 Nov 1951 and died on 27 Nov 2002 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California at age 51.

Bob next married Phyllis B Disney, daughter of Leslie and Blanche Disney. Phyllis was born on 4 Jul 1915 in North Dakota and died 14 Feb 2006 in Happy Valley, Los Angeles, California.They were divorced in 1970.

Bob next married Joyce T Kishi on 11 Dec 1976 in Clark County, Nevada. Joyce was born in 1940. They were divorced.

Sylvia Alice (Sal) Libin was born on 16 Jan 1920 in Lewistown, Fergus, Montana and died on 15 Nov 1972 in Lewistown, Fergus, Montana at age 52.

Sal married George Henry (Bud) Isaacson, son of Henry Isaacson and Evelyn D Erwin, on 6 Jul 1938 in Shelby, Toole, Montana. Bud was born on 16 Apr 1917 in Glendive, Dawson, Montana and died on 5 Apr 1991 in Lewistown, Fergus, Montana at age 73. They had two children:

Sally Jo Isaacson was born on 16 Apr 1939 in Lewistown, Fergus, Montana and died on 9 Sep 2007 in Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee at age 68.

Sally Jo married Leo Everett Osburnsen, son of Arthur Stuart Osburnsen and Lucille Mossey, on 24 Jun 1957 in Lewistown, Fergus, Montana. Leo was born in 1939 in Fergus County, Montana. They were divorced and Sally Jo took back her maiden name. (Leo is also known as country musician Leo Everett who performs as Leo Everett and the Clear Creek Cowboys) They had two children:

Stuart W Osburnsen was born in 1959 in Great Falls, Cascade, Montana. Stuart married Norma D Francis on 21 Sept 1985 in Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee. They were divorced on 24 Feb 1992 in Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee. They had one son Colton Lee who was born in 1990.

Lani Osburnsen was in 1960 in Lewistown, Fergus, Montana. Lani married Gerry Snoddy on 21 Dec 1985 in Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee. They were divorced on 20 Nov 1989 in Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee . She then married Roger E. Allbee on 20 May 1995 in Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee

James Michael Isaacson was born in 1945 in Lewistown, Fergus, Montana.

James married Valerie Dianne Minchin, daughter of Richard Minchin and Dorothy Woodbridge,  in 1967 in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. Valerie was born in 1947 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. They had two children:

Brina Michelle Isaacson was born in 1973 in San Jose, Santa Clara, California. Brina married John Conrad Wright in 2000 in San Jose, Santa Clara, California. John was born in 1968 in Livermore, Alameda, California. They have two children: Lauren Clarice and Kristin Michelle.

Erica Jolene Isaacson was born in1976 in San Jose, Santa Clara, California. Erica married Justin Caleca in 2003 in Carmel-by-the-Sea, Monterey, California. They have two children: Juliana and Alyssa.

Lester (Moe) Libin was born on 13 Nov 1924 in Lewistown, Fergus, Montana. After the death of his father Lester changed his name to Joseph (Joe) Harold Libin Jr. Joe died on 27 Jan 1993 in Fort Lauderdale, Broward, Florida at age 68.

Joe married Jeanne Zeller, daughter of Frederic and Nellie Zeller, on 30 Jul 1946 in Billings, Yellowstone, Montana. Jeanne was born on 3 Jun 1926 in Huron, Beadle, South Dakota and died 26 May 2011 in Pompano Beach, Broward, Florida. They had three children:

Bradley Edmund Libin was born in 1947 in Lewistown, Fergus, Montana. Bradley married Diana Daniels. They had one son Joseph Daniel. They were divorced. Bradley married Cathryn Jean Pahl in1994.

Joseph Daniel Libin was born in 1970 in Sacramento, Sacramento, California. Joe married Jenni Austin. They have one son: Jack.

Leslie Jean Libin was born in 1950 in Lewistown, Fergus, Montana. Leslie married Jack Gies in 1968. They were divorced. Leslie married Lawrence Carlton Jackson in 1977. They had two children: Michael and Sarah. At the time of their marriage Lawrence had one daughter, Beth.

Michael Jackson was born in 1971 in La Grande, Union, Oregon.

Sarah Jackson was born in 1990 in Rapid City, Pennington, South Dakota.

Laurie Lee Libin was born in 1955 in Lewistown, Fergus, Montana. Laurie married Robert Cliff Roberson in 1975 in Broward County, Florida. They were divorced in 1999.They had two children: Katie and Clay.

Katie Roberson was born in 1984 in Deerfield Beach, Broward, Florida.

Clay Roberson was born in 1988 in Deerfield Beach, Broward, Florida.

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Biography

Esther Login Libin was born Esther Lagovsky in 1893 in the Russian town of Slutsk in the old Lithuanian province of Minsk in what was then known as the Pale of Settlement and now is called Belarus. Her parents were Abraham Lagovsky born in 1858 and Libe Goodseit born in 1859. She was the youngest of Abraham and Libe's children and had five siblings: three sisters Gittlja born in 1876, Chisha born in 1881, Chaie born in 1881 and two brothers: Golulie born in 1885 and Max born in 1886.

At age 11 Esther and her mother Libe immigrated to America aboard the ship Zeeland. They arrived in New York on October 17, 1905 and joined Esther's father Abraham who had immigrated in late 1899 or early 1900, her brother Max who immigrated in 1903 and her brother Charlie who immigrated in 1904. Three other sisters came later: Sarah in 1906; Anna and her son Harry in 1907 (they joined Anna's husband Samuel Lewow who had immigrated in 1904); Gertrude (Gussie) and her children Dora, Sadie, Herman and Rose in 1913 (they joined Gertrude's husband, Louis and son Max who had immigrated in 1904). This staggered pattern of immigration was not unusual for Jewish families immigrating from the Pale during this time period. Money for passage was scarce and husbands and older sons usually went first to raise money for the rest of the family to immigrate.

In another move common to many immigrants during this period, especially those from eastern Europe. the four younger Lagovsky siblings changed their names: Motil Lagovsky became Max Login, Golulie Lagovsky became Charles Login, Chaie Lagovsky became Sarah Login and Esther Lagovsky became Esther Login. They wanted their names to sound more American so they changed it to one they thought sounded Irish. However they didn't know how to Logan correctly so they spelled it Login instead!

Esther's adolescent years were spent in New York going to school and working to help support her family. In 1914 at age 20 she traveled out west to visit her brothers, Charles and Max Login. They introduced her to their friend, Joseph Libin.  Esther and Joseph were married 2 Oct 1915 in Butte, Montana.

Joseph H. Libin was born in 18 Dec 1885 in in Minsk, Lithuania, Russia.  He left Russia in 1896 at age 11 and traveled through eastern Europe to Paris, France where he possibly lived with a sister.  Joseph worked in Paris for three years as a cabinet maker, and then in 1899 at age 14 he went to England where he continued working as a cabinet maker. In 1907 at age 22 Joseph stowed away on a ship bound for America and landed in New York.  In 1908 he joined the U.S. Army and was transferred to Fort D.A. Russell in Laramie County, Wyoming.  Joseph served in the army for three years  He received an honorable discharge and became a naturalized citizen.

After his discharge from the army he worked as a mechanic with the Pullman Company in Dayton, Ohio and then started a furniture business. The business was destroyed in a flood that destroyed Dayton in 1913 and Joseph salvaged what he could and sold it for $325. Soon after that he went to Butte, Montana and placed the salvage money in a bank there. Within two weeks the bank had failed and he lost his money. He went to Spokane, Washington for a few months and worked in a furniture factory but returned to Montana and the Lewistown area and set up business as an independent buyer of hides and fur. After his marriage to Esther they homesteaded on the Missouri River, north of Lewistown for a short time.  Then Joseph worked in Great Falls for a time and also traveled out of Helena, Montana as an independent buyer of hides, furs, pelts, metals, etc.  Joseph loved the Lewistown area, however, and he and Esther decided to settle there.

In August, 1916  Joseph, along with Esther's brothers Charles and Max, incorporated the Lewistown Hide and Fur Company. In 1917 Joseph bought a lot on 1st Avenue South from George Wiedman and had a brick building built by Frank Hereford to use as the company's headquarters.  In the early 1920's, Joseph acquired Lewistown Auto Supply and in 1935 he purchased the old KP building.  Joseph bought the Burke Hotel in 1944 and sold it in 1948 to J. Herschel Hardy of the Hardly Hotel Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Joseph and Esther had four children while they were living in Lewistown: twin sons Herb and Bob born in 1916, daughter Sylvia born in 1920 and son Lester born in 1924.

Joseph was a strong supporter of the Eagles, Elks, Moose, and other local organizations and businesses. During the Depression years he helped many businessmen get back on their feet financially with his generosity and kindness.  He was always well thought of and respected by many townspeople of Lewistown and surrounding communities.  Esther was usually involved helping Joseph with his business enterprises and was a sharp businesswoman in her own right. 

Joseph died 21 Jul 1950.  The Rabbi who officiated the funeral services traveled from Salt Lake City.  Joseph was buried in the Lewistown City Cemetery.

Esther lived fifteen years after Joseph's death, mostly in Lewistown with her daughter and son-in-law.  She died in San Mateo, California 10 Nov 1965 and is buried beside Joseph.

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Records

Immigration Records

Joseph Libin immigrated in 1907 by stowing away on a ship. As a result there is no passenger record for him. He became a naturalized citizen in 1912 upon his honorable discharge from the army.

Esther Login immigrated in 1905 with her mother Libe on the Zeeland

Passenger  Information

Original Passenger Manifest Page

Ship: Zeeland

Name:

Lagowski, Esther

Ethnicity:

Russia, Hebrew

Place of Residence:

Slutsk

Date of Arrival:

October 17, 1905

Age:

11y

Gender:

F

Marital Status:

 S

Ship of Travel:

Zeeland

Port of Departure:

Antwerp, Belgium

Name:

Lagowski, Libe

Ethnicity:

Russia, Hebrew

Place of Residence:

Slutsk

Date of Arrival:

October 17, 1905

Age:

46y

Gender:

F

Marital Status:

M

Ship of Travel:

Zeeland

Port of Departure:

Antwerp, Belgium

 

 

Stephany Ann Libin immigrated from Australia in 1944 with her mother Shirley Maxwell Libin on the Lurline.

Passenger  Information

Original Passenger Manifest Page

Ship: Lurline

Name:

Stephany Libin

Place of Residence:

Sydney, Australia

Date of Arrival:

28 Sep 1944

Age:

5 Months

Gender:

Female

Marital Status:

Single

Ship of Travel:

Lurline

Port of Departure:

Brisbane, Australia
Date of Departure: 19 Sept 1944
Port of Arrival: San Francisco

Name:

Shirley Libin

Place of Residence:

Sydney, Australia

Date of Arrival:

28 Sep 1944

Age:

20

Gender:

Female

Marital Status:

Married

Ship of Travel:

Lurline

Port of Departure:

Brisbane, Australia
Date of Departure: 19 Sept 1944
Port of Arrival: San Francisco

 

 

Census Records

1910 census: Joseph Libin  

Joseph Libin Age: 25 born in Minsk Russia immigrated 1907 occupation: soldier in US army
State: Wyoming County: LARAMIE Locale: FORT D A RUSSELL 3-DIST Series: T624 Roll: 1746 Part: 2 Page: 56B

 

 

1910 census: Esther Login

Head Abraham Lagofsky age 52 born in Russia married 34 years immigrated 1899 occupation: presser of cloaks
Wife Libbie age 54 born in Russia married 34 years children: 9 born-6 living immigrated 1906
Dau Sarah age 18 born in Russia immigrated 1906 occupation: ladies waist operator
Son Max age 22 born in Russia immigrated 1903 occupation: operator cloaks
Son Charles age 25 born in Russia immigrated 1904 occupation: carpenter houses
Dau Esther age 16 born in Russia immigrated 1906 occupation: flower worker
Boarder Kadish Ida age 19 born in Russia immigrated 1904 occupation: trimmer paper boxes
Boarder Kadish Freda age 20 born in Russia immigrated 1902 occupation: trimmer paper boxes
Boarder Kadish David age 17 born in Russia immigrated 1906 occupation: errand boy paper boxes
State: New York County: NEW YORK Locale: 7-WD MANHATTAN Series: T624 Roll: 1007 Part: 2 Page: 34A
 

        1920 census

Head Joseph Libin age 34 born in Minsk, Russia immigrated 1906 citizen 1912 occupation proprietor hides and fur
Wife Esther age 26 born in Minsk, Russia immigrated 1906
Son Herman age 3 born in Montana
Son Robert age 3 born in Montana
Nephew Oscar Gruber age 22 born in New York occupation salesman in a fur house
Maid Fannie Butler age 30 born in Russia
Montana, Fergus, Lewistown Roll: T625_969 ED: 87 Page: 17A

 1930 census

Head Joseph H Libin age 43 born in Russia, naturalized citizen immigrated in 1907 occupation automobile salesman
Wife Esther age 37 born in Russia, naturalized citizen immigrated in 1910
Son Herbert age 13 born in Montana
Son Robert age 13 born in Montana
Dau Sylvia age 10 born in Montana
State: Montana County: Fergus Locale: Lewistown 5B Series: T626 Roll: 1255 Ed: 145 Page: 5B
 

 

     1940 census

Head Joseph H Libin age 54 born in New York (note: no, born in Russia) Auto Supply Proprietor
Wife Esther Libin age 48 born in Russia
Son Herbert Libin age 23 born in Montana salesman
Son Robert Libin age 23 born in Montana salesman
Son Lester Libin age 15 born in Montana
Fergus, Montana; Roll: T627_2218; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 14-4

 

Military Records

1908 - 1911 U.S. Army Service
Joseph Libin

World War ll Army Discharge Papers
Herbert B Libin

World War ll Army Enlistment Record
Robert P Libin

Joseph Libin enlisted in the army in 1908. he was mustered in on Governor's Island, New York and was then transferred to Fort D.A. Russell in Laramie County Wyoming. After three years when his term of enlistment ended he automatically earned naturalization as an American citizen.

 

 

 

Name: Robert P Libin
Birth Year: 1916
Race: White,
Nativity State or Country: Montana
State of Residence: Montana
County or City: Fergus
Enlistment Date: 10 Apr 1942
Enlistment State: Montana
Enlistment City: Missoula
Branch: Air Corps
Branch Code: Air Corps
Grade: Private
Grade Code: Private
Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
Component: Army of the United States - includes the following: Voluntary enlistments effective December 8, 1941 and thereafter; One year enlistments of National Guardsman whose State enlistment expires while in the Federal Service; Officers appointed in the Army of

Vital Records

Death Records and Obituaries

       Joseph Harold Libin

Montana Death Index

Name: Joseph Libin Age: 64 Estimated Birth Year: about 1886 Gender: Male Death Date: 21 Jul 1950 Death County: Fergus Index Number: Fergus 1726 Source: Montana Office of Vital Statistics

Obituary

Obituary: Lewistown Daily News: July 23, 1950
Joe Libin Sr. Dies Here at 64
A long-time and highly regarded resident of Lewistown, Joseph Harold Libin, Sr., 64, died Friday evening at St. Joseph's hospital after a short illness. Mr. Libin was taken ill suddenly Wednesday. Funeral services will be conducted Monday afternoon at 2:30 from Creel's chapel, with members of the Eagles lodge in charge. Burial will be in the Lewistown city cemetery. Mr. Libin was head of the Lewistown Hide and Fur company, in which he took an active part up to the time of his death. The body will lie in state at Creel's on Monday until 1 p.m. The casket will not be opened during the services. Mr. Libin came to Lewistown in 1913, after his discharge from the Army in Cheyenne, Wyo. In 1915 he was married to Esther Logan in Butte. They have made their home at 718 West Boulevard since that time. He was outstandingly active in the local Eagles lodge and was instrumental in the building of both lodge homes. He participated closely and consistently in the building of the new Eagles home, which was just recently opened. Mr. Libin was also a member of the Elks, Moose and many other organizations. Survivors include his widow, Esther Libin; three sons, Herbert and Joe Libin, Jr. of Lewistown, and Robert of Idaho Falls, Idaho; one daughter, Sylvia Isaacson of Lewistown, and seven grandchildren.

       Esther Login Libin

California Death Index

Name: Esther A Libin Sex: Female Birth Date: 14 Oct 1893 Birthplace: Rest of World Death Date: 10 Nov 1965 Death Place: San Mateo

Obituary

Lewistown News-Argus, Nov 11, 1965 
Esther Libin dies in Calif.
Funeral services for Esther Libin, a former Lewistown resident who died in San Mateo, Calif. yesterday morning, will be held in San Mateo Friday afternoon. Internment will be in the Lewistown City Cemetery with the Crell-Gurnett-Retz Funeral Home announcing the time later. Mrs. Libin was born Oct. 14, 1889, in Lithuania and received her schooling there. She came to the United States as a young girl and married Joseph H. Libin Oct. 4, 1916, in Cheyenne, Wyo. Following her marriage they came to Lewistown where she resided until moving to San Mateo two years ago. Libin died in 1950.
Mrs. Libin was a member of the Eagles Auxiliary. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Sylvia Isaacson of Lewistown; three sons, Herbert, Robert and Joseph H. Jr., all of Los Angeles, Calif; nine grandchildren, two great grand-children and several nieces and nephews including Harry Lewon, formerly of Lewistown.

Herbert Burnett Libin (son of Joseph and Esther Libin)

Social Security Death Index

Name: Herbert B. Libin SSN: 516-30-2921 Last Residence: 91436 Encino, Los Angeles, California, United States of America Born: 26 Aug 1916 Died: 8 Feb 2002 State (Year) SSN issued: Montana (Before 1951)

US Veterans Gravesite Index

Name: Herbert B Libin Service Info.: TSGT US ARMY AIR FORCES WORLD WAR II Birth Date: 25 Aug 1916 Death Date: 8 Feb 2002 Service Start Date: 7 Oct 1940 Service End Date: 17 Jul 1945 Interment Date: 6 Mar 2002 Cemetery: Riverside National Cemetery Cemetery Address: 22495 Van Buren Boulevard Riverside, CA 92518 Buried At: Section 56c Site 346

 Shirley Maxwell Libin Grabenhorst (first wife of Herbert Libin)

Social Security Death Index

Name: Shirley M. Grabenhorst SSN: 540-54-5437 Last Residence: 97301 Salem, Marion, Oregon, United States of America Born: 11 Dec 1923 Died: 18 Apr 1996 State (Year) SSN issued: Oregon (1963)

Oregon Death Index

Name: Grabenhorst, Shirley Maxwell County: Marion Death Date: 18 Apr 1996 Certificate: 96-07952 Age: 72 Birth Date: 11 Dec 1923

Obituary

Find A Grave Memorial
Shirley Margaret Maxwell was born on 11 Dec 1923 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia to Clarence Bede Maxwell and Violet Thomas (later known by her pen name of C Bede Maxwell). In 1944 Shirley married a US serviceman, Herbert B Libin. Later that year she sailed to America with their infant daughter, Stephany, and other Australian war brides aboard the SS Lurline. Shirley settled with Herb in his home town of Lewistown, Montana and they had a second daughter, Michele Lee, born in 1946. In 1950 they were divorced and Shirley moved to Salem, Oregon where her former sister-in-law was living. In 1952 she married George H Grabenhorst Jr. and they had two children: a daughter Anne born in 1953 and a son George born in 1955. Shirley and George were divorced in 1978. Shirley died on 18 April 1996 in Salem, Marion, Oregon
 

Salem Oregon Statesman Journal
Shirley Maxwell Grabenhorst
Dec. 11, 1923 - April 18, 1996
Shirley Grabenhorst, 72, of Salem died Thursday. She was born in Sydney, Australia and moved to Salem in 1950. Survivors include her daughters, Stephany G. Smith and Anne G. Halstead, both of Salem, and Michele L. Libin of Austin, Texas; son, George M. of Salem; brother, Peter Maxwell of Comox, British Columbia; and six grandchildren. In keeping with her wishes, no services will be held. Internment will be private. Contributions: Salem Public Library Foundation in care of Pioneer Trust Bank, P.O. Box 2305, Salem, Ore. 97308. Arrangements are by Virgil T. Golden mortuary.

 Esther Surovi Libin (second wife of Herbert Libin)

Social Security Death Index

Name: Esther M. Libin SSN: 517-28-3368 Last Residence: 91436 Encino, Los Angeles, California Born: 7 Nov 1927 Died: 6 Mar 2007 State (Year) SSN issued: Montana (Before 1951)

Robert Paul Libin (son of Joseph and Esther Libin)

Social Security Death Index

Name: Robert P. Libin SSN: 516-10-6066 Last Residence: 91423 Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, United States of America Born: 26 Aug 1916 Died: 29 Aug 2006 State (Year) SSN issued: Montana (Before 1951)

Obituary

Lewistown News-Argus: Wednesday, Aug 15, 2007
Robert Paul Libin
Robert Paul Libin, entrepreneur, innovator, free thinker, health and wellness advocate, died at his home in Sherman Oaks, Calif., on Aug. 29, 2006. Bob was born in Lewistown on Aug. 26, 1916, to Lewistown businessman Joseph Libin and his wife, Esther. He was always willing to help out a friend, especially in matters of health and wellness. He was preceded in death by his identical twin brother, Herb, in February 2002 and by his son, Joe Libin, in November 2002. Internment will take place in the Lewistown City Cemetery. True to his beliefs, he is survived by daughter Alixandra Libin and grandson Spencer of Seattle, Wash.

Helen Lincoln (second wife of Robert Libin)

Social Security Death Index

Name: Helen Lincoln SSN: 517-24-7490 Last Residence: 98103 Seattle, King, Washington, United States of America Born: 22 Dec 1925 Died: 27 Apr 2002 State (Year) SSN issued: Montana (Before 1951)

Obituary

Lewistown News-Argus: May 2002
A pioneer granddaughter who loved "The Big Sky" and the spirited people who called it home, comes home to rest in Lewistown. Helen was born December 21, 1925. The daughter of George Robert Lincoln and Helen Mark-Coature Lincoln, Helen lived her life away from the town of her birth, which she loved. A child of the World War II generation, she responded to the war effort undertaking studies to become a registered nurse, graduating in 1946. She married Robert Paul Libin in 1948. Their marriage produced two children and eventually led her to Seattle Washington, where she died. To her children she imparted her love of refinement, graciousness, beauty and her idealistic appreciation of life and its lessons. She is survived by her daughter Sydney and a grandson, Spencer, as well as a son Joseph of California. Services will be held Thursday, May 9th at 2p.m. at St James Episcopal Church in Lewistown.

Robert Joseph Libin (son of Robert Libin and Helen Lincoln)

Social Security Death Index

Name: Robert J. Libin SSN: 535-50-6661 Born: 18 Nov 1950 Died: 23 Nov 2002 State (Year) SSN issued: Washington (1965)

Sylvia Alice (Sal) Libin Isaacson (daughter of Joseph and Esther Libin)

Montana Death Index

Name: Sylvia Isaacson Age: 52 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1920 Death Date: 15 Nov 1972 Death County: Fergus Residence County: Fergus Marital Status: Married Index Number: 5786 Source: Montana State Genealogical Society

Obituary

Lewistown News-Argus: Sunday, Nov 19, 1972
Mrs. Isaacson dies, funeral held Saturday
Funeral services for Mrs. Sylvia Alice "Sal" Isaacson, well known Lewistown business woman, were held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Creel-Morrison-Retz Funeral Home. Mrs. Isaacson died Wednesday at her home. Rev. Ronald McConkey, pastor of the First Christian Church, officiated at the service.
Rev. Lawrence Beal sang "Abide With Me" and "How Great Thou Art", accompanied by Louise Langfors, organist. Pallbearers were Bill Shaver, Duke Fleming, John Johnson, Nels Rolfsness, Bill McDonald and Ron Kelly. Vault interment was in the Lewistown City Cemetery. Mrs. Isaacson was born Jan. 17, 1920 in Lewistown, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Libin. She received her education in Lewistown, graduating from Fergus County High School. She attended a beauty college in Spokane, Wash. On July 6, 1938, she married George H. (Bud) Isaacson in Lewistown. They were co-owners and operators of the Wardrobe Cleaners since 1947. Survivors include the widower of Lewistown; a daughter, Mrs. Leo (Sally Jo) Osburnsen, Nashville, Tenn.; a son, James M. Isaacson, San Jose, Calif.; a granddaughter, Laney Osburnsen and a grandson, Stuart Osburnsen, both of Nashville, Tenn.; three brothers, Robert and Herbert Libin of California and Joe Libin of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

George Henry (Bud) Isaacson (husband of Sal Libin Isaacson)

Montana Death Index

Name: George H Isaacson Father: Isaacson Death Date: 5 Apr 1991 Age: 73 Death County: Fergus Residence: Montana, Fergus File Number: 1749 Marital Status: Widowed

Obituary

Lewistown News-Argus
George H. (Bud) Isaacson
George H. (Bud) Isaacson, 73, of Lewistown died Friday, April 5, at the Central Montana Medical Center.
Born April 16, 1917, in Broadview, Mont., a son of Henry M. and Evelyn D. Isaacson, he received his education in Shelby and married Sal Libin there in the early 1940's. He opened a dry cleaners in Choteau and in 1945, he entered the United States Army. Following his discharge in 1946, the couple moved to Lewistown and Mr. Isaacson purchased Wardrobe Cleaners. They operated that business until her death in 1972. Mr. Isaacson then worked for McDonald's Ready Mix. In December of 1973, he was united in marriage to Nadine Brooks in Nevada. They operated Nadine's Dry Cleaning until 1981 when he retired. Mr. Isaacson was a member of the Eagles Lodge, American Legion and VFW. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son and two sisters. He is survived by his wife, Nadine, of Lewistown; one son, James M., of San Jose, Calif.; one daughter, Sally Jo Isaacson of Nashville, Tenn.; four grandchildren, one great-grandchild and seven nieces and nephews. No services are planned. Cremation has taken place. The Cloyd Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sally Jo Isaacson (daughter of Sal Libin Isaacson and Bud Isaacson)

Social Security Death Index

Name: Sally J. Isaacson SSN: 516-42-6838 Last Residence: 37076 Hermitage, Davidson, Tennessee Born: 16 Apr 1939 Died: 9 Sep 2007 State (Year) SSN issued: Montana (1955

Joseph Harold (Moe) Libin Jr. (son of Joseph and Esther Libin)

Florida Death Index

Name: Joseph Harold Libin Death Date: 27 Jan 1993 County of Death: Broward State of Death: Florida Age at Death: 68 Race: White Birth Date: 13 Nov 1924

Obituary

Lewistown News-Argus: February 2, 19993
Joseph "Moe" Libin dies
Joseph "Moe" Libin, a native of Lewistown, died in Lighthouse Point, Fla. on Jan 27. Mr. Libin was born at St. Joseph's Hospital in Lewistown on Nov. 13, 1924. He married Jeanne Zeller on July 30, 1946, they had three children, Brad Libin of Salt Lake City, Leslie Libin Jackson of Rapid City, S.D. and Laurie Libin Roberson of Deerfield Beach, Fla. There were five grandchildren. He attended his 50th-year class reunion in Lewistown last summer and enjoyed seeing his high school friends. Mr. Libin's request was to be cremated and buried at sea. A private service was attended by the immediate family in Lighthouse Point, Fla.

Salt Lake Tribune, The (UT) - February 2, 1993
Joseph Harold Libin, 68, long time resident of Salt Lake City, and recent retiree to Lighthouse Point, Florida, passed over on January 27, 1993. Joe was the founder and former CEO of Gold Card International, Salt Lake City, Utah. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Zeller Libin; son, Brad Libin, and daughters, Leslie Jackson, and Laurie Roberson, along with five wonderful grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. Joe's request was to be cremated and buried at sea. A private service was attended by the immediate family in Lighthouse Point, Florida.

Jeanne Dale Zeller Libin

Social Security Death Index

NAME: Jeanne Z. Libin Last Residence:33442 Deerfield Beach, Broward, Florida, USA Born: 3 Jun 1926 Died: 26 May 2011 State (Year) SSN Issued: South Dakota (Before 1951)

Obituary

Sun Sentinel 1 June 2011 (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)

Libin Libin, Jeanne Z. 84, longtime resident of Lighthouse Point, FL passed away on May 26, 2011. Born June 3, 1926, loving wife of the late Joseph H. Libin, Jeanne is survived by children Brad, Leslie and Laurie, along with 5 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Her beautiful and generous heart touched everyone she knew and will be dearly missed by those who loved her. Jeanne's request was to be buried at sea to join husband Joe. In lieu of a service, the family will be holding a private ceremony at a later date. Special love and deepest gratitude to all the ladies at Brighton Gardens Reminiscence in Boca Raton, FL

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Documents and Articles

Biography

Montana: the land and the people
Lewis Publishing Company: 1930
Volume 2: Page 498 - 500

A biographical book section about Joseph H Libin

Newspaper Articles   

Aug 30, 1919: Anaconda Standard, Helena Montana

Lewistown Hide and Fur Incorporation Article
Joe Libin, Max Login and Charlie Login

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Photographs

 

Libin Family Thanksgiving 1944
Herb with wife Shirley and baby Stephany; Sal Libin Isaacson with husband Bud and daughter Sally Jo; Moe Libin;
Bob Libin with wife Ina; Joseph and Esther Libin

 

 
Joseph and Esther Libin 1917 Joseph and Esther Libin
Twin sons Herb and Bob
Herb and Bob Libin Herb and Bob Libin with sister Sal  
         

 
Sal and Moe Libin Sal Libin Sal Libin Herb Libin  
         

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