Mr Ervin G. Lewy

Ervin G. Lewy 1 was born on 28 November 1881 in Arkansas, the son of Benno 2 and Martha Marcys. His parents were Prussian immigrants, having come to the United States in 1860. His known siblings were two brothers Jay B. Lewy (18 May 1875-2 Nov 1959), Marks D. Lewy(28 Dec 1869-10 Feb 1960)3 and three sisters Frieda, Celia, and Leonora.

Lewy was treasurer of the family firm of Lewy Brothers, diamond dealers.

Lewy Bros

[The firm existed] "for the purpose of buying and selling diamonds, watches, and jewelry, and all other goods pertaining to the jewelry business, at wholesale or retail, to carry on and conduct an optical business, as well as to do a general manufacturing business, and to do all things and matters pertaining to the conducting of a general mercantile business or a general jewelry business."

The firm's offices were in the Republic building. His brother Marks was president of the firm in 1904.  Lewy lived at 5628 South Park avenue, Chicago.

He had sailed to Europe (Amsterdam and Antwerp) on the Carmania ten months before the disaster4. Before sailing on the Titanic he had been staying at 42 Rue le Pelletier, Paris.

He died in the sinking. His brothers frequented the White Star office in Chicago attempting to learn of his fate.

Notes

  1. He is sometimes listed as Erwin or Irwing.
  2. Sometimes listed as Bennie or Bennot.
  3. A 1912 newspaper also lists a Max Lewy, this may be another brother or a mistake for Marks.
  4. Sources vary; some reports suggested it was only a few weeks previously.

References and Sources

Chicago Daily Tribune (Illinois), 17 April 1912; 19 April 1912

Credits
Peter Engberg, Sweden
Homer Thiel, USA

Articles and Stories

LOST TWO IN IROQUOIS FIRE

New York Times  (1912) 

LOST TWO IN IROQUOIS FIRE

 
LEWY BROS., JEWELERS, FAIL

New York Times  (1925) 

LEWY BROS., JEWELERS, FAIL

 
First Claims due to Titanic Disaster to Be Settled

Chicago Tribune  (1912) 

FIRST CLAIMS DUE TO TITANIC DISASTER TO BE SETTLED

 
Ervin Lewy : Brother Awaits News

Chicago Examiner  (1912) 

ERVIN LEWY : BROTHER AWAITS NEWS

 
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