In Memoriam: Alfred Rubens, FRICS, FSA, FRHistS (1903—1998)

Alfred Rubens, FRICS, FSA, FRHistS (1903-1998) Alfred Rubens’ parents, Jacob and Hester, were born in Poland. His father was a native of Lomza northeast of Warsaw, where his grandfather had been a melamea’. His mother was born in Wyszogrod, west of Warsaw, in 1866. Her father owned a boat on the Vistula in which he traded with Torun (Thorn) in Prussia. He also owned an inn which sustained the family when the river was frozen over in the winter. Jacob arrived in England when he was sixteen, and Hester when she was eleven. Although he was described on his entry documents as a stick-maker, fol- lowing his marriage to Hester in London on 10 November 1883 he set up as an estate agent in the City of London and dealt in East End residential properties. They later moved to Highbury where their seven children were raised. Alfred (or Freddie, as

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