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Category: Photo Identification
Approval Date: 10/5/2011 7:05 PM
Family Surname: Confeld Dorfman
Country: USA
Town: Painted Woods, ND
Date of Image: 1880s (I think)
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Joseph and Anna (Dorfman) Confeld came to America, 1885 from Kishinev, Russia (Bessarabia) and lived in the Jewish settlement Painted Woods, North Dakota (near Bismarck) in 1885.

Is this a photo (or copy of the original) of families taken at Painted Woods, ND around 1885? If so, who are any of the persons pictured?

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10/18/2011 12:58 PM Dear Richard,

In 2010, I discovered an enclave of four generations of my maternal GF's mother's family (the Goldsteins of Kupyn, Kamenets-Podolsk) who had settled in Grand Forks, ND, in the 1880s.   Having grown up in Minneapolis, I found it odd indeed that my grandfather, Morris Gross (born circa 1896 in Marculesti, Bessarabia), never mentioned their existence.  Of course, all were long gone at least several decades before my birth, but I do not accept that as the sole reason for his having neglected to say word one about them.  I'm uncovering details and making certain suppositions that go further toward an explication, but that's another ten stories.  In any case, several of my male ancestors share names with several of the Painted Woods settlers.  They may in fact be related, but I believe the Goldsteins of PW moved to Portland some time during the late 1880s/early 1890s.

Still, I scan the faces of those pictured, hoping to recognize something, anything.  I suspect some of the Oregonian Goldsteins are pictured.

Please contact me if I can be of further assistance. I cannot ID anyone, but I have been to ND and researched PW a bit.

Yours truly,
Barbara Grossman
gufovsky@insightbb.com
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