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Ablah, Jabbour

Ablah, Frank Ablah, Harvey Harvey Ablah Making a Delivery

    The Ablah family (also spelled AAblah in Arabic), owns the Ablah Hotel Supply Corp. Their business started in 1906, importing fancy materials. Their original store was on East Douglas, with their home behind it. In this store worked the elder Mr Jabbour Ablah, his wife, Haseba, Frank, and Harvey, along with two employees. Later, the business became a variety store. They added several locations until 1920, when the retail stores were sold and efforts were concentrated on wholesale grocery. Wichita Syrup and Preserve Company, a fully owned subsidiary, was added to the 205 N. Water St location. In an effort to concentrate on restaurant and institutional business, a "first" was established in that area by packaging flavored gelatine, preserves, and syrup, in institutional sizes. In the late 1920's efforts were turned away from food toward equipment and smallwares. Another "first" was the total concept of portable steel buildings which brought sales from all over the United States. An offshoot of this venture was a chain of 27 "Little Palaces" and "White Crown" restaurants operated by Mr. Harvey Ablah for many years. With the war making materials scarce, the venture was dropped, and Mr. Valentine, an employee, was allowed to continue building under his name. In 1941, a fire destroyed a 3-story building and all contents, with no insurance. This building was built and used until July 1959. Harvey's interest in retaurants started in the late 20's. It grew until he had 27 cafes in a four state area. These portable steel buildings, manufactured by "Ablah Hotel Supply Co", were thoroughly tested by the large volumes these restaurants did. With the war, came gasoline rationing, which kept Harvey from checking the different locations. A serious illness of Frank Ablah's necessitated Harvey staying in Wichita. They were forced to sell the cafes to local individuals, many of which are still good customers of the Ablah's business.

Address 800 E. 11 St, Wichita, KS 67214, USA
Telephone 262-1827
Originally From Marjayoun
Father's Name Faouzi (Frank) Ablah
Mother's Name Nelly Farha
Grandfather's Name Jabbour Ablah Emigrated in 1907
Aunt's Name Haseba Andeel
Uncle's Name Harvey Ablah Married to Leona ChildrenGeri Jabara, Marsha Attal, Patti Ablah
Brothers and Sisters Lucile Married to Milton Barkett
                               George Married to Virginia Findley
                               Donald Married to Faith Rahal
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Abraham, Donald

Address 1043 W 29th North, Wichita, KS, USA
Telephone 838-3713
Originally From Marjayoun
Born in Wichita, 1948
Wife Sherry Naifeh
Children Candice, Ginger
Father Shafik Abraham Born in 1913
Mother Mabel
Brother Ronald
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Ammar, Dr. Alex Chafik

Clinic at Saint Francis Hospital.

Address 550 W. Central, Wichita, KS, USA
Telephone 264-0885
Originally From Majdel Chames
Born in Blackly, West Virginia, 1951
Wife Marti Farha
Father Chafik Ammar
Mother Violette Farha
Brothers and Sisters Sandra, Diana, Milina
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Ayesh, Richard Simon

Address 2628 Benjamin, Wichita, KS 67204 USA
Telephone 838-7884
Originally From Marjayoun
Born in Wichita, Kansas 1925
Emigrated Father emigrated in 1900
Wife Suzan Connell
Children Marc, William
Father Simon Ayesh. Deceased 1972
Mother Mahiba Bayouth
Brothers and Sisters Fred, Richard, Ralph
                               Ramzia Married to Mikel Sion (deceased). Children Eddie, Diana, Linda
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Azim, Richard

Address 656 S. Estelle, Wichita, KS 67211 USA
Telephone 682-4408
Originally From Marjayoun
Born in Wichita, 1922
Emigrated 1914
Wife Jeri
Children Rick, Lori
Father Rashid Azam Wakim
Mother Zakiah Suaydan
Brothers and Sisters Edward, Florence (California) Married to Jack Frymer
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Colhmia, Leon (Lee) B.

Address 1932 University, Wichita, KS, USA
Originally From Jdeidet Marjayoun
Born in Jdeidet Marjayoun, 1902
Emigrated 1920
Wife Somaya Farha
Children Vivian (Souad)
             Nahia Married to Ramez Farha. Children Denise, Joy, Danny, Jane
             Joyce Married to Dr. Ernest Shadid (Oklahoma). ChildrenLarry, David, Gregory, Diane
             Khalil (Key) Married to Barbara. Daughter Heather
             Abraham Lee Married to Doris. Daughter Christine
             Dr. Jerry (Labib)
Father Bichara Colhmia
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Farha, Bahige

Address 701 E 2nd St, Wichita, KS, USA
Originally From Marjayoun
Wife Margerit Samara (sister of Raef Samara)
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Farha, Georges

Address 300 N. Terrace, Wichita, KS, USA
Telephone 263-0296
Originally From Marjayoun
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Farha, Philip

Address Wichita, KS, USA
Originally From Marjayoun
Born in Marjayoun, 1919
Wife Gloria Eid (Eddie)
Children Paula, Tony, Eddie
             Marti Married to Alex Ammar
Father Farah Farha
Mother Naimeh Salamy
Brothers and Sisters Nelly, Bahige, Sam, William, Labeeb
                               Soumaya Married to Leon Colhmia
                               Munira Married to Kamal Abouessie
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Ferris, John

Address 2033 University, Wichita, KS, USA
Originally From Maghdoushe
Emigrated 1943 from Mexico
Wife Najibeh Chehadi Fardisifrom Jdeidat
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Habash, Abraham

Address 2216 Greenbay Blvd, Wichita, KS 67213 USA
Telephone 267-6018
Born in 1934, Jaffa
Emigrated 1968
Wife Fadia
Children Raymond, Randa, Edmond
Father Mahfouz Habash
Mother Rafka Khoury from Bierzeit
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Jabara, Fouad

Jabara Brothers Food Co.

Address 21 Grove St, Wichita, KS, USA
Children John B.
Father John J. Jabara
Mother Betty S. Jabara
Brothers and Sisters Dana, Jackie, George, Norma, Ellis
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Jabara, Prof Fran D.

Wichita State University - Business Department

Address 6110 E. 11 St, Wichita, KS 67208 USA
Telephone 684-7861
Wife Geri Harvey Ablah
Children Lisa, Lori, Harvey
Father Ferris Jabara
Brothers and Sisters Jerry, Kay, Eddie, Everest, Elise (Deceased), Helen, Dona, Duana
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Jabara, Robert J.

The Equitable Life Assurance Society

Address 4280 E. Boston, Wichita, KS 67218 USA
Telephone 682-6879
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Khoury, Michael Chafic

Address Harry St, Wichita, KS, USA
Originally From Rachaya El Fakkhar
Born in Rachaya El Fakkhar, 1948
Wife Amal Hanna, from Deddeh, ElKoura
Father Chafic Khoury
Mother Samha
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Razook, Jimmy (Jamil)

Razook's Thriftway Market

Address 2101 E 21 St, Wichita, KS 67214 USA
Telephone 264-4593
Born in Cambridge, KS 1915
Emigrated 1890
Wife Winfred
Children Jimmy Jr (Deceased), Angela Dann, Deborah, Dolly
Father Issa Razook. Deceased in 1946
Mother Mary Razook
Brothers and Sisters Henry, Ernie, Joe, Betty, Dolly, Freeda
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Razook, Ken

Razook's Furniture, Inc. (Traditional and Contemporary)

Address 6110 E. 12 St, Wichita, KS 67214 USA
Telephone 682-7003
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Timsah, Dr. Adnan Jamil

Horticulturist, Model Nursery Garden Center. Nursery & Landscape Architects

Address 11716 E. Kellog, Wichita, KS 67207 USA
Telephone 682-3261
Born in Beirut, 1929
Wife Amal Zouheir Tayeb, from Damascus
Children Lina, Talal
Father Jamil Timsah
Mother Emma Zaatar
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Timsah, Jamil Ibrahim

Horticulturist, Model Nursery Garden Center. Nursery & Landscape Architects

Address Wichita, KS 67207 USA
Born in Beirut, 1954
Children Lina, Talal
Father Ibrahim Timsah
Mother Mariam Makhlouf
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