A Family History of Max Login and Katie Silverman

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Max Login, son of Abraham Lagovsky and Libe Goodseit, was born on 15 Aug 1886 in Minsk Guberniya, Russia and died on 6 Apr 1960 in San Francisco County, California at age 73. 

Max married Katie Silverman. Katie was born on 10 Dec 1890 in Russia and died on 15 Dec 1972 in San Francisco County, California at age 82.

Max and Katie had two children:

Beatrice L Login was born on 28 Jun 1918 in Lewistown, Fergus, Montana and died on 4 Jan 2007 in San Rafael, Marin, California at age 88.

Beatrice married Simon Rosenthal, son of David Rosenthal and Lena Hoffman. Simon was born on 3 Feb 1906 in the District of Columbia and died on 19 Dec 1989 in San Mateo, San Mateo, California at age 83. They had two children:  

Laureen Rosenthal was born in 1945 in San Francisco County, California.  

Daniel Alfred Rosenthal was born in 1946 in San Francisco County, California.  

Edwin Solomon Login was born on 2 Jun 1923 in Modesto, Stanislaus, California and died 5 Feb 2012 in Hayward, Alameda, California.  

Edwin married Helen Ruth Olinsky, daughter of Julius Olinsky and Frances Audelberg. Helen was born on 21 Nov 1927 in Mendocino, Mendocino, California. They had two children:

Steven Wayne Login was born in 1947 in San Francisco, San Francisco, California. 

Janet Susan Login was born in 1950 in San Francisco, San Francisco, California.  Janet married Mark Alexander Klein in 1973. Mark was born in 1947 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California. They had two children: Dana Alexander and Jonathon.


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Max Login was born Motil Lagovsky on 15 Aug 1886 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. His parents were Abraham Lagovsky born in 1858 and Libe Goodseit born in 1859. At the time of his birth he had two living sisters: Gittlja born in 1876 and Chisha born in 1881 and a brother Golulie born in 1885. A sister Chaie followed in 1891 and a sister Esther in 1893.

At age 16 Max immigrated to America aboard the ship Belgravia. He arrived in New York on February 24, 1903 and joined his father Abraham who had immigrated in late 1899 or early 1900. His brother Charles joined them in 1904 and his mother Libe and sisters came later: Libe and Esther in 1905; 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!

Max remained in New York with his family working at various jobs to help support the family. In 1910 he was working as a cloak operator. In the next year or two he moved west. In 1913 Max was naturalized in Laramie, Wyoming. At some point Max and his brother Charles started working trading hides and furs. In 1916 Max and Charles and sister Esther's husband Joseph Libin, incorporated their hide and fur trade into the Lewistown Hide and Fur Company.

Max married Katie Silverman around 1917 in Billings, Montana. Katie was born was born on 10 Dec 1890 in Russia. The names of her parents are unknown at this time. There seems to be no record of them in America and they may have died before their children immigrated. Katie's brother, Harry Silverman born in 1886, appears to have immigrated first in 1904. He was joined in 1909 by his sisters Katie born in 1890 and Yetta born in 1892. A brother Israel born in 1895 joined them at some point but it is not known what year he immigrated. Soon after immigration the Silverman siblings ended up in Billings, Montana. Katie and Yetta were both married there in 1917. Yetta married Abraham Geller. Harry ended up working in the fur trade with Max and Charles. Israel was killed in World War I.

While living in Lewistown, Max and Katie had a daughter Beatrice in 1918.

Charles and his brother Max traveled around dealing in hide and furs. At one time they even traveled to China. Around 1920 Max and Charles had a falling out. They had decided to invest their savings in a plan to buy fur in Nome, Alaska and bring it back to Montana to sell it at a profit. Charles was given the money and the task of buying the furs. While in Nome, something happened and the money was lost. Both brothers ended up broke. Max blamed Charles and the brothers did not talk for several years after that although they eventually reconciled.

Max and Katie and their daughter Beatrice left Lewistown soon after the Nome debacle. They moved to Modesto, California and Max began working as a cattle buyer with his brother Charles. They had a son, Edwin, in 1923. In 1930 the family moved to Merced, California and owned a junk yard. The great depression hit Max hard and in 1932 he lost everything. After that he moved his family to Merced, California and went into the used furniture business. One and a half years later the family moved to Eureka, California where they settled.

Max died in 1960. Katie, who had battled schizophrenia most of her adult life, died in 1972. After Katie's death Beatrice and Ed had a falling out over Beatrice's handling of Katie's estate. They did not speak again. Beatrice died in 2007.

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Immigration Records

Max Login immigrated in 1903 on the Belgravia

Passenger  Information

Original Passenger Manifest

Ship: Belgravia


Lagowski, Motil 


Russia, Hebrew

Place of Residence:


Date of Arrival:

February 24, 1903





Marital Status:


Ship of Travel:


Port of Departure:

Hamburg, Germany

Laramie County, Wyoming Naturalization Certificate Court Records
Surname: LOGIN
Given Name: Max
US District Court, Wyoming Vol: 2 Page: 73
Certificate #: 312808
Record Date: 6 Jan 1913   

Katie Silverman immigrated in 1910.  No immigration records have been found so far.

Census Records

1910 census  

Head Abraham Lagofsky age 52 born in Russia married 34 years immigrated 1889 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 Max Login age 32 born in Russia Occupation: buyer of cattle
Wife Katherine age 27 born in Russia
Dau Beatrice L age 1 1/2 born in Montana
State: California County: Stanislaus Township: Modesto ED: 172 Roll: T625_969 Page: 2A

      1930 census

Head Logan Max age 40 born in Russia immigrated 1906 Occupation: proprietor junk yard
Wife Katie age 35 born in Russia immigrated 1910
Dau Beatrice L age 11 born in Montana
Son Edwin S age 6 born in California
Merced, Merced, California; Roll: T626_178; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 3; Image: 0074.

1940 census

Head Max Login age 52 born in Russia naturalized owner mgr retail furniture
Wife Katie Login age 47 born in Russia assistant retail furniture
Dau Beatrice Login age 21 born in Montana
Son Edwin Login age 6 born in Montana
Eureka, Humboldt, California; Roll: T627_207; Page: 16B; Enumeration District: 12-12


Military Records

World War l Draft Card
Max Login

World War ll Draft Card
Max Login

World War ll Army Enlistment Record
Ed Login

Name: Edwin S Login
Birth Year: 1923
Race: White,
Nativity State or Country: California
State of Residence: California County or City: Humboldt
Enlistment Date: 13 Nov 1942
Enlistment State: California
Enlistment City: San Francisco
Branch: Air Corps
Grade: 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
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
Education: 4 years of high school
Civil Occupation: Skilled occupation in building of aircraft
Marital Status: Single, without dependents
Height: 70
Weight: 176

Vital Records

Death Records and Obituaries

Max Login

     California Death Index

                 LOGIN MAX MALE 15 Aug 1886 6 Apr 1960 USSR SAN FRANCISCO 552340067

Katie Silverman Login

California Death Index

LOGIN KATIE FEMALE 10 Dec 1890 15 Dec 1972 RUSSIA SAN FRANCISCO 554219985

Social Security Death Index

KATIE LOGIN SSN: 554-21-9985 Last Residence: 94118 San Francisco, San Francisco, CA Born: 22 Dec 1889 Last Benefit: Died: Dec 1972 State (Year) SSN issued: CA (1973)

     Beatrice Login Rosenthal

Social Security Death Index

Name: Beatrice Rosenthal SSN: 553-16-4415 Last Residence: 94903 San Rafael, Marin, California, United States of America Born: 24 Jun 1918 Died: 4 Jan 2007 State (Year) SSN issued: California (1952)

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Documents and Articles

Newspaper Articles

Aug 30, 1919: Anaconda Standard, Helena Montana

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


Oct 31, 1931: Modesto News-Herald

Max Login's store burglarized in Merced, California


Aug 16, 1933 Modesto Bee and Herald Daily News

Max and Katie Login with son Edwin move to Eureka, California


April 15 1973 Hayward Daily Review

Marriage of Janet Login (daughter of Edwin and Ruth Login) to Mark Klein


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Max and
Katie Login

back: Max Login, Israel Silverman, Abraham Geller, Harry Silverman
front: Katie Silverman Login, Yetta Silverman Geller, Dorothy Kleiderman Silverman

Katie Silverman with brother Harry and sister Yetta


Max Login Ed Login, Beatrice Login, Katie Silverman Login 1940

Ed Login


A special thanks to Ed Login, son of Max Login, who shared these pictures.

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