Scope and Contents
Four boxes containing certificates, construction contracts and blueprints, correspondence, school materials, reports, photographs, scrapbooks and memory books, and memorabilia spanning the years 1911 to 2015 document the lives of the Daily / Hart family. Of particular interest is the 1944 Annual Report from Congregation Beth Israel that douments a split in the congregation after Beth Israel announced that people who expoused Zionist ideals were not allowed to be members, which caused members who disagreed with that decision to splinter off and form Congregation Emanu El. Also included in the collection is the complete Beth Israel information packet regarding the "Basic Principles" -- or the exclusion of members with Zionist ideals -- to be voted on by the congregation.
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Permission to publish material from the Daily/Hart Family Papers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.
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Biographical / Historical
Abe Daily was born January 17, 1927, in Simonton, Texas, to Lizzie and Abe Daily, Sr. Abe grew up in Simonton and graduated from San Jacinto High School. He went on to attend summer classes at Texas A&M where he learned to classify, buy, and sell cotton to work in the family business in Simonton. Abe was stationed at Fort Ord and Fort Lawton while he was serving in the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1947. Able later graduated from the University of Houston College of Optometry in 1961.
Cacilie Daily was born October 31, 1931, in Houston to Elsie and Hyman Hart. She grew up in the Southampton neighborhood of Houston and graduated from Lamar High School. She started a small business in 1980, called Miscellany.
After meeting on a blind date in 1948, and the two married in December 1950, and settled in Simonton. The couple had four children, traveled extensively after retiring, and were married for 68 years. Cacilie died in April 9, 2019, and Abe followed on July 24, 2019. They were interred at Emanu El Memorial Park in Houston.
Congregation Beth Israel was founded in 1854 as an Orthodox Jewish kehilla and is the oldest Jewish congregation in Texas. In 1874 the congregation voted to change their affiliation to Reform Judaism, sparking the foundation of Congregation Adath Yeshurun, now known as Congregation Beth Yeshurun.
In 1943 Temple Beth Israel announced that people who espoused Zionist ideals were not allowed to be members, so Congregation Emanu-El was formed by people who disagreed with that decision. As of 1967 Beth Israel accepts people with Zionist beliefs.
2.25 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
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