Alexander Sved was born on 26 Nov 1891 in Gyoma, Bekes, Hungary. He was the second of four children born to Frank Sved and Regina Newman, both also born in Hungary. I have yet to find his immigration information, but according to census information, he may have emigrated to the United States in 1905 along with his parents, sisters Rita and Ella and his brother, Henry.
As noted in the 1910 US Census he was not employed. However his younger siblings were. Alexander became a naturalized citizen by1914. In 1915 he was residing with his parents and siblings at E. 158th Street in the Bronx, a borough of New York City.
By 1917, he had moved to 626 Bergen Ave. in New York City. Alexander attended the New York College of Dentistry and worked as a dentist his entire adult life.
|1917 WWI Draft Registration Card|
Alex never served active military duty as he was exempted from the draft due to having 3 fingers broken on his right hand. However he did work as a hospital apprentice in 1917 at a US Naval Hospital. As described on his military records, Alex was 5'8", 160 lbs., with brown hair, brown eyes and a light complexion
On October 3, 1920, Alex married Irene Oppenheim, becoming the husband of my mother’s first cousin, once removed (!).
The couple lived at 1967 7th Avenue in New York in the early 1920s. Alex and Irene had three children. Erda was born in 1923. John Russell was born in 1930. Sadly, their daughter Rose died in infancy.
By 1930 Alex and Irene had moved to 63 Henry Street in Merrick, Long Island. It was at this home that the Sveds providing a safe haven for my mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, when they arrived in the US in 1938. (more about this in a future post)
By 1942 the Sveds moved to 322 Central Park West in New York City, where Alex continued to practice dentistry maintaining an office at 654 Madison Ave.
By the mid-1950s, Alex and Irene had moved to Dock Lane at King’s Point in Great Neck, Long Island, NY.