Esther M. Sakker1

F, #597, b. 20 October 1889, d. 23 March 1964
Last Edited=21 May 2014
Esther Sakker Vederoff. Man in car is most likely her son Abbe.
     Esther M. Sakker, daughter of Moses Sakker and Agnes Gourovitch, was born on 20 October 1889 at Irkutsk, Siberia, Russia.2,3 Esther M. Sakker was the daughter of Moses Sakker and Agnes Gourovitch.4

Esther M. Sakker married Aaron Vederoff, son of Unknown Unknown, circa 1906 at Siberia, Russia.44

On 18 Oct 1916, Esther Sakker Vederoff and her sons, Morris, Leo and Abe, and most likely her mother-in-law as well, witnessed the murder of her husband and other male members of the family by bandits who came up the river. After the murders, they hid under a boardwalk (or in a root cellar) for quite some time until a Japanese ship captain was able to smuggle them out of the country and to China. Some versions of the story say that this ship captain had to wait for the river to thaw before leaving. It has also been said that the boys and their mother would look for the body of Aaron in the daytime because the bodies were just thrown onto the ice. He was never found.

The village in Siberia was burned eventually and the whole incident, in which Japanese were also murdered, became an international incident. In 1918 or 1919, (or possibly immediately after the village was burned) Esther, her mother-in-law, and son Abbe went back to the village to look for the jewels and money which had been buried in a can beneath their house. They found it and went back to China with it, though the mother-in-law (the grandmother of Morris, Leo and Abbe) stayed behind. Before the family could leave China for the United States, though, they were robbed of the jewels and money. Therefore only Esther's eldest son, Morris, was sent to the United States in 1923. By 1930, the rest of the family was able to immigrate to the United States.1,5,6

Esther M. Sakker immigrated to the United States on 6 September 1930. She and her two sons, Abraham and Leo crossed the Canadian border into the United States on 6 September 1930. They had boarded the ship "Empress of China" from Shanghai, China on 15 August, 1930. Before arriving at the port of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, the ship had most recently departed Manila, Philippines. One of the suitcases the family apparently used, as of 2005, was in the home of Gertrude Vederoff, the widow of Abraham Vederoff and is currently owned by Robert and Kathy Veder. The luggage sticker says "Empress of China."

Esther's eldest son, Morris Aaron Vederoff, had come to the United States in 1923 and worked in various jobs, including work in logging camps, in order to save enough to bring Esther and his two brothers to the United States.This was a great hardship on Morris since he did not get the education his brothers did and he often seemed resentful about it.5,7,1

Esther M. Sakker lived in 1932 at Main & 19th Ave. S. (Keen Apartments), Seattle, King County, Washington.

Esther M. Sakker lived in 1936 at 609 Fell St., San Francisco, San Francisco County, California.5

On 15 April 1940, Esther M. Sakker appeared on the United States Census, at San Francisco, San Francisco, California.8

Esther M. Sakker died on 23 March 1964 at San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, at age 74.9,10 and was buried on 25 March 1964 at Eternal Home Cemetery, Colma, San Mateo County, California. Services were at Sinai Memorial Chapel.11

Children of Esther M. Sakker and Aaron Vederoff

Citations

  1. [S273] Interview with Morris Vederoff (informant address private) , by this researcher, the 1980's and 1990's. Notes of this interview are in the personal records of this researcher (Florence, Pinal County, Arizona).
  2. [S7] Death Certificate photocopy or digital copy is in the personal records of this researcher, Florence, Pinal County, Arizona.
  3. [S255] “Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1956,” Database and Original Images On-Line, The Generation Network Inc. (http:\www.ancestry.com:, Town of birth, Irkutsk is listed as her place of origin on the Canadian Border Crossing documents. An alternate spelling is Yurktsk.. Hereinafter cited as Border Crossings from Canada.
  4. [S122] Interview with Sam Sakker (informant address private) , by Robert and Kathy Veder, 2002. Photocopy or digital copy is in the personal records of this researcher (Florence, Pinal County, Arizona).
  5. [S58] Interview with Gertrude Vederoff (informant address private) , by Rob Veder and Greg Vederoff, July 14-15, 2001. Audio tape of interview is in the personal records of this researcher (Florence, Pinal County, Arizona).
  6. [S310] Penny Vederoff, "E-Mail Correspondence with Penny Vederoff Regarding Morris Vederoff," (author E-Mail address private) at Mukilteo, Washington, to this researcher, February 2008. Hereinafter cited as "Correspondence - Penny Vederoff."
  7. [S255] “Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1956,” Database and Original Images On-Line, The Generation Network Inc. (http:\www.ancestry.com:. Hereinafter cited as Border Crossings from Canada.
  8. [S480] 1940 United States Census, population schedule, San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, Assembly District 123, Supervisor's District 5, Enumeration District 38-230, sheet number 9A, house number 323, line 24. The home was on Fell street. The surname was Veckeroff.; digital image by subscription, The Generations Network (http://www.ancestry.com); from the National Archives microfilm. A printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher.
  9. [S7] Death Certificate, California Death Records photocopy or digital copy is in the personal records of this researcher, Florence, Pinal County, Arizona.
  10. [S36] Newspaper Obituary, unknown newspaper, San Francisco Chronicle, Tuesday, March 4, 1964., photocopy or digital copy is in the personal records of this researcher, Florence, Pinal County, Arizona.
  11. [S36] Newspaper Obituary, unknown newspaper photocopy or digital copy is in the personal records of this researcher, Florence, Pinal County, Arizona.