Leo Aaron Veder1,2

M, #598, b. 3 February 1910, d. 7 February 2001
Last Edited=20 Jan 2013
About 1943. Abbe and Gertrude Vederoff (center) and (right) Leo and Gena Veder.
     Leo Aaron Veder, son of Aaron Vederoff and Esther M. Sakker, was born on 3 February 1910 at Nickoliaski, Siberia, Russia. Leo Aaron Veder was the son of Aaron Vederoff and Esther M. Sakker. He was also known as Leo Aaron Vederoff.

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.3,4,5

Leo Aaron Veder immigrated into the United States with Esther M. Sakker on 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.4,6,3

Leo Aaron Veder married Henrietta Maremant on 27 October 1934 at San Francisco, San Francisco County, California.2

On 10 April 1940, Leo Aaron Veder appeared on the United States Census, at San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, Leo was a leather mechanic for a luggage manufacturer.7

Leo Aaron Veder died on 7 February 2001 at San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, at age 91.8 His Social Security Number was 560-03-5246.9

Citations

  1. A name change from Vederoff to Veder was made when Leo became a U.S. citizen. The name Veder was not used actively until later though.
  2. [S123] Interview with Robert Veder (informant address private) , by this researcher, May, 2003. Notes of this interview are in the personal records of this researcher (Florence, Pinal County, Arizona).
  3. [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).
  4. [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).
  5. [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."
  6. [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.
  7. [S480] 1940 United States Census, population schedule, San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, Supervisor's District 5, Enumeration District 38-371, sheet number 8B, house number 1280, line 65. The home was on 6th Avenue.; 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.
  8. [S123] Interview with Robert Veder (informant address private) , by this researcher, May, 2003. Notes of this interview are in the personal records of this researcher (Florence, Pinal County, Arizona), E-Mail and telephone received from his son, Robert Veder, on the evening of February 7, 2001.
  9. [S22] , Social Security Death Index. (Salt Lake City: Family History Library, FamilySearch, 1994). Hereinafter cited as Social Security Death Index.