On the 1910 passenger manifest, my g-grandfather, Gyula Szlobodnik (AKA Julius Forgach) listed his occupation as "Clerk." He was from Szirak, Nograd, Hungary and arrived in Baltimore 7 May 1910 aboard the ship Cassel from Bremen Germany. I'm curious as to what type of occupation a "Clerk" in Hungary was in 1910. Would an occupation of this type have any social status connection to it? At first I thought it sounded like it could be a Jewish occupation, but since we have no Jewish DNA, and he claimed to be a Lutheran, it is doubtful there is a Jewish connection.
We had always thought Julius was a "Forgach", but I hired a ProGenealogist several years back who discovered he was in fact a "Szlobodnik." On the same ship's manifest mentioned above, he lists his mother as Szusa Szlobodnik. I have no idea whether he was the illegitimate son of a Forgach, or if he just liked the name and chose to use it here in the US? I am hoping that knowing a little more about what types of people became "Clerks" (i.e., education, social status, etc.) I might learn more about his background which may hopefully help me find out who he and his family were in Hungary. I have no other leads as to who he was in Hungary so I'm hoping knowing about his occupation will help in some way.
As far as I know, he came to the US alone, but had a relatives, Alexander Tartler, who later became Professor of Mathematics at Drexel University, and an Aunt, Agnes Somogyi. I cannot find any Szusa/Szuszuanna/Susanna Szlobodniks with a son named Gyula. I have no other leads as to who he was in Hungary so I'm hoping knowing about his occupation will help in some way.