of the Hasson Family
rather cryptic text is compiled from interview by Aliza Hatchuel - can any of
the Hasson Family offer to re-write it ?
Almehe's wife was Isaacs sister. Isaac Hasson arrived 1/1/1914 - came
with brother Raphael and B.D* Almeleh and Pinkas on same boat. Hasson's
brothers were here - seeking fortune here. Rhodes was under Turks (then
Italians occupied Rhodes). All started shops in Penhalonga, Umtali.
(Sam Pollack's father had a wholesale in Urntall where Raphael and Isaac
came with him at age of 12). Education before he came - L'alliance
Isralite. Here went to school for 1 year in Penhalonga had Barmitzvah
there, then 1915 - came to Salisbury as
boarder - "The Salisbury Boy High School - (Prince Edward) - four
years till 1919 after matrlc. Worked in various places in shops - Mr.
Turiel in Glendale. 1918 brother Rahamin who was in Partnership with
Pollack in Manica/Moffat St. Rahamin
died 1918. He left capital to Raphael.
von Belt scholarship in 1916 (scholarship granted to 1st 20 best pupils of
Rhodesia) for all St. 7 students.
(Senior school started 6) had to be under 15 to take
Belt exam. But L.J. Grant (Headmaster)
was interested in languages and admired
knowledge of language. In St.V started at the bottom of
the class because he had no
English -.by end of year came top of
class. Mr. Grant asked Isaac (correction
Belt exam. Isaac called French Professor who were of age at
this class took the exam and all got
scholarships (Benjamin Goldberg
Umtali was as well).
Education jn Rhodesia
Rev. Rosin came for scripture lessons at
school for hour a week.
Very interesting lessons. Attend synagogue on
and worked for brother on Sat. checking invoices for pocket
money. Social dances at school - girls from
Girl's High arranged
matron at boarding. No anti semitism.
seniors came to Isaac for help in French when he was in St.V.
called on Isaac to translate from Greek to English when a
parent "brought child to school.
letters written in Hebrew to family in Rhodes - caused interest
pupils. The story about the principal discovering that Isaac
read French. A French teacher got in touch - was most
Rev. Rosin entertained students at his home
from time to time.
invited to meals at non-Jewish families. As a 16 year old became
with non Jewish Cyril Peake from Umvukwes. Spent school
on their farm and Ethel (Peake's daughter) mine - asbestos
holidays Cyril and Isaac helped develop the mine - mine later
Peake had cattle ranch - was hilly place with thousands of head
of cattle. Mr. Peake discovered chrome in his
Chrome discovered in the hills of Mr. Peake's
ranch. Mr. Arnold
Jew, an agent showed Peake some crumbly rocks - and Peake realised
wealth he was sitting on. Isaac helped peg chrome claims.
later Arnold managed to get a company to take over the claims
dig out the Chrome. Cyril and Isaac spent about a week in tents
re-claim and re-register claims that had expired.
during the farming after finishing- school. Isaac invited to
on Peake's farm for a year. - Tobacco, mealies. First night
they arrived there (was an established farm)
the following morning
a boy came in and reported a cow killed by a
lion and had dragged
it over a fence over to tobacco seed bed
(which was near a spirit
Decided to catch the lion. Built a gun trap (grass over
loaded gun as carcass was still full of meat) - when lion would come
to feed he would set off the gun. That night they went and saw
the lion with lights of sports car - Ford. Lion about 50 feet away was
prancing back and forth. Couldn’t reverse with the car. Did not shoot.
The gun trap did not work.
morning poisoned the carcass. Lion had another feed that
night. Following morning saw that lion had another feed and a
drink. Checked other side of
for tracks. Went along with the
dogs. Also saw vomit of lion. Our dogs started eating the vomit
and died more or less immediately. Lion never found.
Back to "beginning
one year of medicine at
Wits but had no money to continue at
school cadet drill as during 1st world war. Cadet camps in Gwelo
for camps - week to 10 days from all schools - competitions etc.
Isaac a prefect for 3 years.
The Bicycle story
1921 returned from Johannesburg. That's when
he went farming with
Peakas for 3-4 years. Plenty malaria at the time. Recession in
Tobacco market – therefore left farm to Bindura, Gatooma - mostly
doing books and helping in shops - worked for B.S. Leon,
Jacob Alhadeff (Alphi's parents) Leons, Trevis, Tarica (farming there),
Sam Hasson, Chimovitzs - Had a shul in the old biscope on Festivals.
The bioscope belonged to D. Burke's father (Joe), can't remember who
conducted services but it was someone brought by car from Salisbury
(1928-50). They were all like one big family, met mainly at the
Ferera*s house. All Jews came from the whole surrounding
Sunday. Isaac traveled a lot to do books all over.
came here to stay with sickly sister in 1951. Maurice Mlizrahi's
is Alegra’s sister.
left Gatooma to Mazoe in 1954 opened "business
Three shops bought from a chap in Bindura (a Greek fellow).