Feldman, Annette. Autobiography, "Remember Me", 1989 | Illinois History and Lincoln Collections
This collection consists of an autobiography authored by Annette Feldman, a Jewish resident of Hoopeston, Illinois.
Annette Feldman (née Yonkelowitz) was born in Hoopeston, Illinois, in 1916. She was raised by Lithuanian immigrants Reuben "Ruby" Yonkelowitz and Chaya Sarah "Ida" Gordon Horvitz. The family practiced Orthodox Judaism until Annette Feldman reached high school, when they began attending Temple Beth El, a Reform congregation in Danville, Illinois. In 1934, Annette Feldman began attending Northwestern University. The following year, she transferred to the University of Chicago, where she studied Home Economics. She met her husband, Jerry Feldman (1911-1986), at the university in 1938, and the two married in 1941. During the war, Jerry Feldman volunteered with the U.S. Army Medical Corps, while Annette Feldman worked as a food and nutrition specialist as part of the Home Economics Extension Service at the University of Illinois. In 1946, the Feldmans moved to Hayward, California, where they raised two children, Jill (born 1949) and Robert (born 1952). Annette Feldman died in 1995.
"Remember Me" contains Annette Feldman's recollections of life (work, marriage, and family) in Hoopeston, Illinois; Richmond, Virginia; and Hayward, California; among other locations. This collection also includes diary entries that reflect daily life and travels to Europe and South America, a short biography for Jerry Feldman, as well as family trees.
This collection was donated by Sybil Mervis in 2021.