Eventually a number of Jewish families began to move into the area of Vincennes. Some of those family names were: Weinstein, Friedman, Levi, Kuhn, Baswitz, Wile, Schoenfeld, Parnes, Linkon, Cohen, Beitman, Karp, Feldman, Oestreicher,
Bacharach, Rosenberg, Lyons, Liebshutz, Herman, Abels, Osipe,
10 Nathan, Dumes, Stein, Joseph and Cibul.l. ;,.-• "
In conducting in depth interviews with Albert and Edith Rosenberg and Phyllis and Stan Dumes, I learned that many Jewish families moved to Vincennes because older family members had moved to this area. During the Depression, Stan Dumes remembers there were as many as 35 to 40 Jewish families living in Vincennes. However, as the economic situation improved, many moved on so that their children could become involved more thoroughly in a larger Jewish community.
Stan Dumes explained that his father's family came from Vites, Russia over a period of nine years. They first arrived at Ellis Island, New York, and then settled where older family members were. His grandfather died before he could come to America, and his father arrived when he was nine.
Bill Dumes, Stan's father, had an older sister at Champaign, Illinois, whose husband was a rabbi, a shocket, (a man who cuts
the necks of the chickens), and a mohel (the man who circumcises the male babies). They eventually moved to Vincennes, and he was an important man in the community because of the many duties he performed in connection with the Jewish religion.
Economics was the driving force that brought most of the Jews to Vincennes eventually. There were uncles in Terre