People A-Z / Marcus Flintrowitz
Soldier and Cigar Maker
Disagreements over religious practice within the congregation, led to a split and the formation of (old) Beth Zion, originally aligned with orthodoxy. By 1865, the newly named Temple Beth Zion was part of the American Reform movement within Judaism. In addition to seeing the birth of Reform Judaism in Buffalo, he also witnessed the expansion of the Buffalo community from a predominantly central European community to an array of Eastern European Jewish subcommunities from 1881 to 1924, when Jewish organizations and synagogues as well as the Jewish population expanded exponentially.
Marcus Flintrowitz died on April 9, 1882 at the age of 66 and is buried in the Old Beth Zion cemetery on Pine Ridge and, unusually, has two headstones. The original smaller headstone was erected after his death by his wife Anna Flintrowitz and their children, and the second larger and taller one, after her death. Both monuments bear the inscription: “A veteran soldier of the Mexican War.”
Buffalo Frontier Post no. 25, 80th Anniversary, 1929-2009
Maurice Sands, Buffalo Frontier Post no. 25, 80th Anniversary, 1929-2009, Collection of Jewish War Veterans, Buffalo Frontier Post no. 25, Benjamin and Dr. Edgar R. Cofeld Judaic Museum, Benjamin and Dr. Edgar R. Cofeld Judaic Museum, Courtesy of Temple Beth Zion.
- Selig Adler and Thomas F. Connelly. From Ararat to Suburbia: The History of the Jewish Community of Buffalo. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 1960.
- Entry for Flintrowitz, Marcus, as cigar maker in Thomas’ Buffalo City Directory, 1864, EA Thomas: Buffalo, NY, 1864, p. 187.
- Entry on 1855 census for Ward 7, Buffalo City, Erie County as a resident in Buffalo for 9 years. His wife Anna is also listed with a residency of a single year. See: New York State Census, 1855, Marcus Flintrowitz, Ward 7, Buffalo City, Erie, New York, United States; line #13, family #1686, county clerk offices, New York; FHL microfilm 825,679.
- Entry for Marcus Flintrowitz, 1887 in Elmore, S. – Griffin, William, v. 5 , “United States Mexican War Pension Index, 1887-1926”, Elmore, S. – Griffin, William, v. 5, image 1394 of 4470; NARA microfilm publication T317 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).