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Our Kasle family matriarch and patriarch are Feige Kaminsky and Efraim Kozel. Faiga Gittel Kaminsky, who was born in Russia about 1861, was the sister of Rachel Kaminsky and Tevye Kaminsky. You can find out more about the Kaminsky family by clicking to go to our Kaminsky Family Genealogy page. Feige married Efraim Kozel, who was born in Russian Poland about 1861.

The Kasle family knew their patriarch, Efraim, as Chaim Kasle, but, according to the 1920 United States Census records in Toledo, Ohio, Efraim also went by the name Henry Kasle when he immigrated to the United States about 1913.

Before they immigrated, Efraim (Hyman) Kasle and his wife Feige (Fannie) had eight children, all born in or near Osova, Russia in small Polish villages now in Volhynia Gubernia in Ukraine, and not that far from Minsk, Belarus, between the years of 1887 and 1909. One child, a daughter, died shortly after birth. Their other children were Samuel, Abraham, Joseph, Bella Blanche, Dorothy, Jacob, and Louis.

If you have come here because you are a family member hunting for Kasle ancestry information, we would love to hear from you! Please contact us if you would like to be kept up to date on our Kasle and Kozel family research.

Efraim, Feige, and their children came to the United States bits and pieces at a time as money became available. And, because of World War I, Feige and the youngest children were not able to join Efraim in Toledo until after the war was over, arriving about 1921. Feige was then also able to reunite with her sister Rachel Kaminsky Tennebaum, and you can see a picture of the two sisters by clicking here.

Hyman Kasle passed away on January 4, 1929 and Fannie Kasle passed away later than year, on December 31, 1929, both in Toledo, Ohio. Both were buried in the Anshai Sfard Cemetery at Eagle's Point, in Rossford, Ohio.

If you know or are a member of any of the families mentioned here, please note that we are not listing the names of people if they or their siblings are still living, in order to protect the privacy of the living. If you find any errors, or have more information you would like to see added to this page, please do contact us.


Kasle is a very unusual surname, so unusual that it is easy to believe that all the people bearing the Kasle surname in the United States are members of our family. Unfortunately, while almost everyone who is a Kasle here is a member of our family, not all Kasles in the United States are members of our Kasle family. Furthermore, the surname was Kozel in the old country, whether you call it Russia, Poland or Ukraine, and the descendants of Hyman Kasle's brothers who came to the United States instead use the surname Kozel and Kozle.

How can the author be so sure that not all Kasles in the United States are our relatives? The facts are that Hyman's children who first came to the United States, came around 1900, and his Kozel and Kozle relatives started coming in 1902, with most coming in 1910 or later. And, as far as we know, they all lived in Michigan, Ohio, and New York. But if you search the 1900 Federal Census records, you will find men listed under the Kasle surname who are most likely not members of our Kasle family, who were adults born in Germany and Wisconsin, living in Missouri, Maryland and Minnesota. There are many more examples in the 1910 census.

These censuses may be the result transcription errors, and it would require significant research to ascertain for sure. However, there are at least one or two people shown in the Social Security Death Index with Kasle as their surname, who do not appear to be members of Hyman Kasle's family. These records reflect legal names, and the people's obituaries confirm the Kasle surname. Feel free to write for more information about this.

We have now added the Kasle family to our online Kaminsky Family Tree. Major research is still in process, but feel free to check out the Kasle Section of our Kaminsky Family Tree, and let us know if you find any errors or can help with more information about your branch.


As you read the vignettes below, please remember that we are not mentioning, in the narratives, the names of people if they or their siblings are still living, in order to protect the privacy of the living. If you find any errors, or have more information you would like to see added to this page, please do contact us.

Note that there are some inconsistencies between family stories about where everyone was born and when they immigrated, and information found in official records. We are continuing to research any data that is suspect, and will post corrections and clarification as soon as any significant data is found. Please feel free to email us if you want to keep posted about the progress of our research.

Samuel Kasle

Samuel Kasle's WWI Draft Card says he was born in Osova, Wolin, Russia on January 8, 1887. He immigrated to the United States about 1906 and, by the time of the 1910 Census, he was a "wholesale junk dealer" living in Monroe, Michigan. He worked hard to earn enough money to bring the rest of his family to the United States from Russia, and his scrap metal and iron business was a success. Samuel Kasle married Hannah Tuschman, who was born on August 2, 1893, in June 1911. They had five children, in Toledo, Ohio, who married and had children: Phyllis, Shirrel, Travis, Louise, and Irwin. Sam Kasle passed away in December 1965, and his wife Hannah Kasle passed away in February 1968.

Jacob Kasle

Jacob Kasle was born in Russia on January 15, 1891. According to the 1920 US Census, he came to the United States in 1908, and was working as a "junk dealer" at that time. He married his first wife, Jennie, somewhere between 1910 and 1912, and they had five children, after which Jacob and Jennie were divorced. Jake Kasle then, in 1921, married Rachel Neifeld, who was born on September 25, 1893, and had three more children. Most of Jake Kasle's children married and have had children. Jacob Kasle passed away in February 1987, and his wife Rae Kasle passed away in November 1978.

Joseph Kasle

Joseph Kasle was born on April 1, 1893, in a Polish village near Mitsk, in a village with a name sounding like Mits'k'yitty, or Mitskai-itty, and married Rebecca Baer about 1918. They had two sons, both of whom married and had children. Joe worked with his brother Sam in setting up scrap metal businesses and helping the rest of the family to immigrate to the United States, and was a major benefactor in the Jewish community in Toledo. Joseph's wife, Rebecca Kasle, passed away in 1964, and Joe Kasle passed away on October 29, 2000 at the age of 107.

Abraham Kasle

Abraham Kasle was born in Stepan, Wolyn, Russia, which is also very close to Mitsk, on March 18, 1895 and married Pearl Silverstein, who was born on Jan 14, 1897, in 1914 in Detroit, Michigan. They had four children, each of whom married and had children. Esther and Robert were born in Michigan and Leonard and Ted were born in Ohio. For more details, see the Kasle section of our Kaminsky Family Tree. Abraham Kasle passed away in Highland Park, Michigan in July 1969, and his wife Pearl Kasle passed away in Southfield, Michigan in July 1982.

Dorothy Kasle

Dorothy Kasle was born in Russia on December 27, 1899 and married Joseph Palinsky in Monroe, Michigan in 1918. They changed their surname to Pollens at some point after that, and they had three children, each of whom also married and had families. Betty and Harold were born in Michigan, and Louis was born in Ohio, and all three of their children have passed away. Joseph Pollens passed away on November 11, 1975, and Dorothy Pollens passed away on May 26, 1989, both in Southfield, Michigan.

Bella Blanche Kasle

Bella Blanche Kasle was born in 1903, and passed away in 1988 in Detroit. She had married Oscar Sakols, who was born about 1897 in Ohio, in 1926. They had one child before Oscar Sakols passed away in 1931. Their son Edward Sakols was born on June 14, 1928, and passed away on December 1, 2000.

Louis Kasle

Louis Kasle was born on December 10, 1909, in the Rowno area of Russia, and seems to have immigrated to the United States in 1921 with his mother Feige and sister Bella Blanche. Louis was an accomplished businessman and an important figure in supporting Jewish causes. He married and had five children, and passed away on February 17, 2001.


  1. Interviews with family members
  2. United States Federal Census Records for 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930, available online (by subscription and at some Public Libraries) at and at Public Libraries through the Heritage Quest Census database.
  3. World War I Draft Registration Cards, available online at by subscription, and occasionally for free from Ancestry.Com's special offers
  4. World War II Draft Registration Cards, available online at by subscription, and occasionally for free from Ancestry.Com's special offers.
  5. Ohio Death Index records for 1908-1932, 1938-1944, and 1958-2002, available by subscription to and online for free from some public libraries
  6. Border Crossings: From U.S. to Canada, 1908-1935, available online (by subscription and at some Public Libraries) at
  7. Social Security Death Index, formerly available online for free at, now available by paid subscription on's Social Security Death Index or for free from subscribing public libraries.
  8. Marriage certificates for Dorothy Kasle and Joseph Palinsky, and Abe Kasle and Pearl Silverstein, from
  9. Death certificates for Hyman Kasle and Fannie Kasle from
  10. Obituary for Joe Kasle in The Toledo Blade, October 31, 2000
  11. Obituary for Louis Kasle in The Flint Journal, February 20, 2001
  12. Pedigree Chart created by Steven and Daniel Oppenheimer

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