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Florence Katz. Born 1915, Ohio. Katz’s family was the only Jewish family in the small town on Coshocton, Ohio. Her parents had immigrated to the U.S. from Russia and Latvia—her father, as a stowaway. Although she grew up during the Great Depression, she said her parents always found enough money for her and her two sisters’ music lessons and books. The “Weisblat Sisters” traveled the state playing violin, piano and flute and earned $15 per performance when Katz was a nine-year-old girl. “You have to keep busy. You have to have a goal. It keeps your mind and body going, or else you’re going to rust.”

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