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Herman Ezra "H.E." Tilsen & Paula Joy Rigler

Photo of H.E. Tilsen and Paula Joy Rigler 1923

Herman Ezra "H.E." (Haim Ezra) Tilsen was born in or near Winograd, Ukraine, on or about 15 October 1889 to Hirshel Tilsen & Haya Cohen. He arrived at Ellis Island, New York, on 5 August 1905 aboard the SS Bulgaria sailing from Hamburg. At that time he listed his occupation as "tailor." He was on his way to join his brother Morris in Milwaukee.

Paula Joy Rigler was born in Eureka, South Dakota, on 17 March 1900. H.E. and Paula married in October 1920 in Bismarck, North Dakota.

During the 1920's, H.E. owned and operated a general store in New Salem, ND.

H.E. died on 22 February 1949 in Bismarck, North Dakota. Paula died on 25 July 1964 in Van Nuys, California.

These are the children of Herman Ezra Tilsen & Paula Joy Rigler.


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Herman's entry on the Passenger Manifest of the SS Bulgaria (line 23, "Chaim Teplitzki")
Herman's "Declaration of Intention" 1907
Herman's "Declaration of Intention" 1914
Herman's "Petition for Naturalization" 1921

For more information contact Jon-Jay Tilsen at jjtilsen@beki.org