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Name: FLAKS, Samuel

Nee: born Gillespie

Birth Date: 1888

Death Date: 26 Oct 1950 Durban

First Date: 1920

Profession: Highlands Transport Co.

Area: Nairobi

Married: Lily

Book Reference: KAD, Macmillan, Red 22, Glimpses

General Information:

Macmillan - 1930 - Express Transport Company - The Express Transport Company was started at Nairobi in 1908 under the name of the Highland Transport Company, which was continued until 1918, when the present designation was assumed. In 1920 the company amalgamated with Hunter and Higgs, who had been established in a similar line of business in Mombasa since 1902. ….. The partners are Messrs. C. Higgs, S. Flaks, J. Katzler, and E. Ruben
Red 22 - S. Flaks, Box 433, Nairobi
Glimpses - 1967 Express Transport Press Release - "Not 50 but 49 years ago a young man called Eddie Ruben, freshly discharged from war service with the British East African Forces, decided to invest his gratuity and set up, in partnership with his brother Charles, as a transporter, in the small but rapidly growing town of Nairobi. Eight mules were acquired at a local auction and town blacksmith, John Rifkin, produced a couple of serviceable mule carts ……… In 1919 the late Jack Katzler joined Ruben Brothers and they added '& Co.' to their name. Jack Katzler took over most of the administration and Eddie Ruben not only canvassed for business but actually went out on deliveries with the mule teams. One of the town's minor attractions at that time was to watch the Ruben mules being harnessed to their carts. The harness was laid out on the ground and as the mules were called by name, each one stepped into its allotted place ……. The name Express Transport came into being in 1921 when a young man called Sam Flax ….. Invested money in the Company.
Gazette 3 July 1951 probate for Samuel Flaks born Gillespie who d. Durban 26 Oct 1950
Ancestry Passenger list 1934 Beira-London Samuel Flaks b. 1888, civil servant, with Lily b. 1898

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