The Sklut family legacy
My mother’s family came to the United States and settled in Wilmington, Delaware. My grandfather was a musician in the Tsar’s orchestra. My grandfather, along with his brother, came to America to escape the draft in Russia. He settled in Wilmington because his cousin lived there. When he came to America, he brought a samovar which he received from the royal family in recognition of his talents. My family proudly displays a picture of my grandfather dressed in his uniform holding his trumpet. Both the picture and the samovar were given to me by my Aunt Mollye, who was one of my mother’s sisters, from a family of 7 children. Aunt Mollye was the oldest and came to this country with her mother, after my grandfather settled here. My Aunt Mollye was the main secretary at the Jewish Community Center and sat on the Board. She knew every Jewish family in her town. The Jewish Community Center in Wilmington, Delaware was the hub of communal activity. During Would War II Mollye wrote letters to local service men that fought overseas recounting every day occurrences at home as they faced the fearful forces of war. In return, they wrote her of the horrors and fear of being in a war. Her column was entitled “Dear Mollye” and it appeared latter in news papers. Presently they are displayed in a special part of the JCC for spectators to enjoy. Molly’s accomplishments were celebrated in the Jewish community when she retired. She died two years ago, just before her 100th birthday.