People Who Lived in My Building

January 11th, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized

The other day I couldn’t focus on anything so I just starting googling my street address. Among the people I came across who lived in my building were: a soviet spy, a movie actress, a holocaust survivor and a jilted lover.

Lydia Altschuler. From the FBI’s website: “Another tantalizing set of clues to Soviet intelligence emerged in the ALTO Case, where the Bureau intercepted coded messages passed from Soviet agents in Mexico to a mail drop in the United States run by a Lydia Altschuler for whom the case was named … the Bureau learned that these messages concerned Soviet attempts to free Trotsky’s assassin.”

The mail drop was my building!! I couldn’t find a picture of Lydia Altschuler, or anything about her later life. I’m guessing she changed her name.

Lynne Carver. This is Lynne playing the wife of Scrooge’s nephew in the 1938 version of A Christmas Carol, the one with Reginald Owen. Her career kinda stalled in the 1940’s and she moved to New York. Sadly, she died on August 12, 1955, a month before her 39th birthday. So young. Her husband at the time was William J. Mullhaney, so he must have lived here too, but I haven’t found much out about him yet. He was a former stage director who worked for Pitney-Bowes.

Lynne Carver in A Christmas Carol

Max Krolik. From the New York Times obituary. “Max Krolik, an assistant professor of at St. John’s University, Jamaica, Queens, died Sunday after a short illness at his home … He was 42 years old.” Another one who died too young! He died on February 7, 1971. He’d published some papers on graph theory, but he was working on his doctorate and was still at the beginning of his career.

Update: A former student of Max Krolik’s, Dr. Robert O. Stanton, wrote a lovely tribute to him. It’s quite moving even if you didn’t know him!

When I googled his name to learn more about him I found this picture of him and his sister Rosa at the Chateau de la Hille on the website for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

“Both were brought to the USA in 1941 through the efforts of Mme. Lilly Felddegen as part of a group of 100 children rescued by the US Committee on European Children, chaired by Marshall Field.” The complete story is here.

Rosa and Max Krolik

Finally, I found this short piece in the September 5, 1895 New York Times. I haven’t learned anything about Alberte Danes or Ferdinand Schueter/Sehueter yet, but that’s going to take a trip to the library, I think. The next time I’m there I’ll look them up. I’d really like to learn just which apartment each of these people lived in.

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  1. 7 Responses to “People Who Lived in My Building”

  2. By Dan on Jan 11, 2012

    That is so fascinating. You’re a real pro at this, aren’t you? I assume you know that the Reginald Owen version of Christmas Carol had Gene Lockhart as Bob Cratchett, and his daughter, June Lockhart as his daughter. She’s very recognizable in the film.
    I imagine if you did the same historical check to many buildings in the village you’d find a lot of fascinating stories.

  3. By Stacy Horn on Jan 11, 2012

    Well, no one needs to me a pro anymore now that there’s Google. And I did know about Gene and June, maybe because you pointed this out at Christmas? But it’s a very fun fact, yes!

  4. By Dan on Jan 11, 2012

    Department of Redundancy Department. 🙂

  5. By tagryn on Jan 11, 2012

    Lydia Altschuler appeared before the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1950, the transcript of her testimony starts near the bottom of this page:

  6. By Stacy Horn on Jan 12, 2012

    Thank you for posting that link! Yeah, I saw that, fascinating!! It would be so cool to learn that she lived in my apartment. Or if anyone of these people did.

  7. By Dr. Robert O. Stanton on Mar 22, 2016

    Max Krokik was the professor in four courses that I took as an undergraduate at St. John’s. I have posted a tribute to him at

    Click on the Max Krolik Tribute link.

  8. By Stacy Horn on Mar 23, 2016

    That was beautiful and made me choke up even though I never met him! Thank you for coming here and posting that link. I’m going to add it to my post, because not everyone reads the comments.

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