When Abram and Zipe Heller immigrated from Lithuania in 1901, they left behind their home and even their names. Indeed, by the time they reached New York, the Hellers had become Abraham and Fannie Rogarshevsky.
Six children in tow, the Rogarshevskys settled at 97 Orchard Street. Abraham supported the family by working as a presser in a garment shop. However, the job took a toll on his health: Abraham contracted tuberculosis and died in 1918.
During this dark time, the Rogarshevksy's found support from their landsmanshaft, as well as their landlords, who hired Fanny to be the "janitress" of 97 Orchard Street.