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Saliba

Alfred Saliba's favorite quote:  "I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be happy.  I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be honorable, to be compassionate.  It is, above all, to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you have lived at all."  Leo C. Rosten, the Polish born American humorist-sociologist

Saliba Brothers, Elias Thomas, Mose, Abe and Mike Mike Saliba Grocery Northwest corner of Main and North Saint Andrews Brothers with mother Mike Saliba's Cafe Albert Elias Saliba, Maureen Saliba, Rose Khassouf Saliba, Joseph Elias Saliba, George Elias Saliba, Alexy (Alexander) Elias Saliba, and Elie Thomas Saliba (youngest) Alfred and Henrietta Saliba Some of Norma Saliba Hanson's best friends since 7th grade:  Back: Roberta Malone (Ian Henderson), Dale Wilson (Don Kennington), Posey Dees (Rayford Dennis), Charlotte Knight (Peter Wallace), Delia Hall (Hudson Whitley), Sylvia Warrick (James N. Spann), Patty Forrester (Peter Horn), Front: Norma Saliba (Bill Hanson), Cornelia Hammond Michael Thomas Saliba, Satute Hareek Saliba, Jameely Saliba, Jimmie Saliba, Josephine Saliba, Jeanette Saliba (1934)

 

Descendants of Saliba


1-Azer (Azar) Saliba 
 +Unknown 
|--2-Saleeby Saliba 
    +Unknown 
   |--3-Simeon (Simon) Saliba 
       +Unknown 
      |--4-Jacoub (Jacob) Ben Simon Saliba 
          +Unknown 
         |--5-Mousa (Moses) Saliba 
             +Unknown 
            |--6-Kassab Saliba 
                +Unknown 
               |--7-Abraham Saliba 
                   +Unknown 
                  |--8-Nassar Saliba 
                      +Unknown 
                     |--9-Mickel Saliba 
                         +Unknown 
                        |--10-Munessa Saliba 
                            +Unknown 
                           |--11-Mickel Saliba 
                               +Unknown 
                              |--12-George Saliba 
                              |   +Unknown 
                              |  |--13-Moses Saliba 
                              |  |   +Unknown 
                              |  |  |--14-Thomas (Tanious) Elias Saliba b. 
                              |  |  |    1865, Born in Betgreen Syria
                              |  |      +Aikley  (Annie) b. 1850, Born in 
                              |  |       Betgreen Syria, d. 1945
                              |  |     |--15-Elias Thomas Saliba b. 12 Jul 
                              |  |     |    1886, Betgreen, Syria
                              |  |     |   +Rose Khassouf 
Saleeby-Saliba Worldwide Family: From Ancient to Modern Times, by Callie R. Saleeby Stanley
"The Elias Thomas Saliba and Rose Khassouf Saliba Family" by Norma Jo Saliba Hanson

Saleeby-Saliba Association of Families
P.O. Box 87094
Highland Station
Fayetteville, NC, 28304 USA

When E. T. Saliba was born in the village of Bteghrine, Lebanon in 1880, halfway around the world, Poplar Head was the name of a settlement of several families established around an ice-cold wellspring at the crossroads of Old Indian Trails. five years later, more than 100 residents unanimously voted to incorporate the town and adopted the name of the nearby post office, Dothan.

When Saliba was 14 years old, his father died. He went to work in a silk factory to support his mother and three brothers. He saved enough money to buy a ticket to the United States to visit relatives and arrived in Savannah, Georgia in 1898. While staying with friends in Ozark, Saliba rented a horse and carriage and ordered merchandise from Savannah in order to sell door-to-door in the area. By 1990 when Saliba drove his wagon of goods in downtown Dothan, the young town was home to more than 3,800 people and boasted a railroad, a grammar school, six churches and electric lights.

In 1904 when Elias Thomas Saliba was visiting friends in Moultrie, Georgia, he met and married Rose Khassouf.

Impressed with the growth potential in Dothan, elias Thomas rented a building at 104 E. Main Street and opened his first grocery store. the next year, he relocated on the northwest corner of Main Street and St. Andrews Streets in what was later known as the Page Drug Building, and he sent for his brother Mose to help him operate the market and lunch stand. The two brothers began work on the cellar in the rear half of the building and ordered some fresh fruit from a friend in Moultrie. The cool, dark, basement slowed the ripening process and created an air of mystery on which Elias Thomas capitalized. Customers were curious about the clusters of yellow crescents hanging in the store and asked Elias Thomas for an explanation. "Why, these are bananas," he said with a smile. "I've just baked them in my basement oven. Buy them while they are fresh." And buy them they did. By 1903, Elias Thomas could afford to send for this mother and two youngest brothers, Abraham, 16, and Michael, 12. When they arrived in June, Elias Tholmas hired Mr. Roy McClure from the Dothan Grammar School (later renamed Howell Elementary) to teach the whole family the English language.

Elias Thomas became an American citizen, and the young entrepreneur saw that Dothan needed its own whole sale grocery and tobacco dealership. Before establishing the new business, he gave his fruit and grocery store to Mose and Mike and opened another store at 122 E. Main Street for his brother Abe. Dothan Mayor, Buck Baker, sold Elias Thomas four lots in the first block of South St. Andrews street, between main street and the Central of Georgia railroad tracks. Elias Thomas then contracted with John William Baughman, a Wiregrass builder, to construct a two story building with a basement and he town's first elevator. The walls were to be three bricks thick and a platform elevator for loading merchandise would be central to the building, connecting the basement with the top floor offices. The face of the building, with its two matching archways on either side of a larger central archway, hints at the purpose of the first floor. Elias Thomas had devised a clever scheme for unloading and reloading cargo brought in from railroad depots and nearby docks. A horse-drawn wagon, filled with merchandise, would enter the southern archway at street level, move along a semi-circular drive inside the building, and exit through the northern archway. Workers, protected from sun and rain, would stand on platforms built at wagon height all around the inside of the building, and empty the huge wagon as it moved past them. some merchandise would be sent to the basement for storage, while other items would be organized to fill orders from Wiregrass merchants. The wagon would then re-enter to be loaded for delivery to nearby stores or for shipment by rail to towns as far away as Tallahassee, Florida and Montgomery, Alabama.

The loading process itself, a combination assembly line and drive-through, was unique enough to attract the townspeople's attention, but Elias Thomas didn't stop there. He asked J.G. (Montana) Owens, a horse and mule dealer, to bring back two horses from his next buying trip out West. He didn't want just any two horses, these would be Clydesdales, immense animals bred especially for the strength needed to pull heavy loads. With their "feathers", the long flowing hair below their knees, the horses became showpieces drawing sightseers from across the Wiregrass area. With Elias Thomas a  well' ingenuity and flair, the business thrived. He was the areas sole distributor of Brown Mule Chewing Tobacco and King Edward Cigars. Sales were so high that the cigar company surprised him with a Christmas gift of 100 boxes with his own portrait on the lids instead of Edward's.

During his time in Dothan, Elias Thomas became a Mason. He was a member of the Yorkrite Masonry, which includes Chapter, Council and Commandery. He was also a recipient of the Maltese Cross, indicative of the Knights of Malta, one of the three orders of the Commandery. In 1912, Elias Thomas planned to take his wife, Rose, and their children to Lebanon for an extended visit. Before they left, he sold the business to the Jackson Grocery Company, who agreed to lease the building for 10 years. While in Bteghrine, Lebanon, Elias Thomas started a new business and was elected mayor of his village. For his dedicated work in establishing fourteen rural schools, he was decorated by Czar Nicholas of Russia and presented a magnificent sword with his name carved on the blade.

Elias Thomas' return trip to Dothan was again delayed, this time by war. The Lebanese people had no food or money, but Elias Thomas managed to obtain groceries and sold them to the villagers for I.O.U.s At the age of 30, Elias Thomas Saliba was assassinated. His widow returned to Dothan with their six children and rented the landmark building to various tenants from 1022 to 1940. At that time, her sons began to use the facility for several different purposes, including a roofing business, furniture sales and an optometry practice. As E. T. Saliba's sons relocated their businesses and retired, the structure joined its neighbors in the cemetery of vacant buildings. It was abandoned by merchants in the downtown area. In the 1970s and 1980s Dothan retailers flocked to the new shopping malls , and residents moved away from the center of town toward and beyond Ross Clark Circle.

In June 1984, Dr. Robert Johnstone purchased the Saliba Building from Elias' son, Albert. The sale included a provision that the large block leasing "E..T. Saliba--Established 1900" would remain intact at the top center of the building. Johstone planned a full restoration of the exterior and hired a Montgomery architectural firm, Watson, Watson, & Rutland, to ensure compliance with the guidelines set by the Secretary of the Interior for the Rehabilitation of Historic Structures. To qualify as a true historic restoration, eighty percent of the exterior would have to be returned to its original form, and no structural additions could be attached directly to the building. Layers of paint were scraped to eveal the original red and orange brick and boards were removed from the windows and archways. To provide access to the rear parking area for the second floor offices, workers constructed a detached stairwell and matched new brick and mortar to the old.

The Saliba Building Restoration Project by Southeast Development Company was so successful that in September 1985 it won the annual Preservation Award, given to one of seven nominees that year by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission. As a result of that award, the building was listed in the National Register of historic Places. That is all part of the legacy of Elias Thomas Saliba, a Lebanese immigrant who settled in Dothan in 1900 and left an indelible mark on this Wiregrass town.

 

  • Savannah to Ozark to Dothan
  • 1900 opened a grocery and lunch stand next door to Blumberg's
  • After sending money to his brother to come to Dothan he moved his business to the northwest corner of Main and North Saint Andrews in the building that today is known as Page Drug Building. That corner had been the home of a butcher shop that was open only on Saturdays. Since there were no refrigerators in town most of the women did their shopping on Saturdays, the butcher would kill a hog and a beef or two early on Saturday morning and then hang the fresh meat in screen wire cages in his store. When the customer pointed out the cut of meat she wanted, the butcher shooed the flies away from the screen and cut off the customer's choice. When all the meat was sold, the butcher closed his shop until next Saturday.
  • In 1903, E. T. sent to Lebanon for his mother and two younger brothers.
  • E. T. gave his grocery store and lunch stand to Mose and Mike so he could concentrate his time on establishing a wholesale tobacco and grocery business on South Saint Andrews directly behind what is today the Young Building.

 

                              |  |     |  |--16-Joseph Elias Saliba b. 20 Dec 
                              |  |     |  |    1906, d. 23 Feb 1985
                              |  |     |  |   +Marie Violet Accawie b. 19 Mar 
                              |  |     |  |    1908, d. 19 May 1989
                              |  |     |  |  |--17-Alfred Saliba b. 22 Feb 
                              |  |     |  |  |    1930, Dothan, Houston County, 
                              |  |     |  |  |    Alabama
                              |  |     |  |  |   +Henrietta Carpenter 
Mayor of Dothan
As a teenager, Alfred worked in a department store, sweeping floors, washing windows, and waiting on customers. Later he worked for the roofing and remodeling company his father, Joseph E. Saliba, had started. Through these jobs and others, Alfred helped support the family and pay for a college education, a goal his father insisted upon. At the University of Alabama, he was selected for the Arnold Air Society and the Pershing Rifles Honor Guard, and served as an officer in several campus organizations. Alfred J. Saliba graduated with a B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering and the honor of Distinguished Military Graduate.

In 1953, Alfred Joseph Saliba entered the U.S Air Force as a  2nd lieutenant and served in Japan and Korea. He earned numerous commendations, including the Korean Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. He achieved the rank of Captain in the Air Force Retired Reserve. In 1955, Alfred returned to Dothan and married Henrietta Carpenter of New Hope, Alabama.

To support his young family, Alfred Joseph Saliba established a building and land development firm, offering residential commercial construction and real estate services. His wife Henrietta contributed design, decorating, and landscaping expertise, making selections for speculative houses.

At 50, Alfred Saliba was elected mayor and served for 8 years. The Alfred Saliba Family Services Center became the prototype as a "one-stop service provider" for the state.

                              |  |     |  |  |  |--18-Alfred Joseph "Fred" 
                              |  |     |  |  |  |    Saliba b. 28 Apr 1957, 
                              |  |     |  |  |  |    Dothan, Houston County, 
                              |  |     |  |  |  |    Alabama
                              |  |     |  |  |  |   +Dale Lisbeth Mixon , par. 
                              |  |     |  |  |  |    Pete Mixon and Betty Adams
                              |  |     |  |  |  |  |--19-David Raymond Saliba 
                              |  |     |  |  |  |  |--19-Laura Marie Saliba 
                              |  |     |  |  |  |  |--19-Rachel Lisbeth Saliba 
                              |  |     |  |  |  |--18-Annamarie Saliba 
                              |  |     |  |  |  |   +Tony Martin 
                              |  |     |  |  |  |  |--19-Emily Rose Martin 
                              |  |     |  |  |  |  |--19-Adam Joseph Martin 
                              |  |     |  |  |  |  |--19-Daniel Anthony Martin 
                              |  |     |  |  |  |--18-James Mark Saliba b. 10 
                              |  |     |  |  |  |    May 1960
                              |  |     |  |  |      +Angie Brackin 
                              |  |     |  |  |     |--19-Hilton Elias Saliba 
                              |  |     |  |  |      +Sharon Hoffman 
                              |  |     |  |  |     |--19-Benjamin James Saliba 
                              |  |     |  |  |     |--19-Abby Katherine Saliba 
                              |  |     |  |  |--17-Norma Jo Saliba b. 8 Oct 
                              |  |     |  |  |    1934, Dothan, Houston County, 
                              |  |     |  |  |    Alabama
                              |  |     |  |  |   +Dr. William Hanson 
                              |  |     |  |  |  |--18-Marie Porter Hanson 
                              |  |     |  |  |  |   +Richard Scott Denning 
                              |  |     |  |  |  |  |--19-William Arthur Denning 
                              |  |     |  |  |  |  |    
                              |  |     |  |  |  |  |--19-Ethan Joseph Denning 
                              |  |     |  |  |  |--18-Kathryn Victoria Hanson 
                              |  |     |  |  |      +Jonathan Kyle Cox 
                              |  |     |  |  |     |--19-Olivia Kathryn Cox 
                              |  |     |  |  |     |--19-Camille Caroline Cox 
                              |  |     |  |  |--17-J. E. Saliba Jr. b. 28 Oct 
                              |  |     |  |  |    1945, Dothan, Houston County, 
                              |  |     |  |  |    Alabama
                              |  |     |  |  |   +Verna Marie Wilcox b. 19 Jun 
                              |  |     |  |  |    1944
                              |  |     |  |  |  |--18-Brett Elias Saliba b. 24 
                              |  |     |  |  |  |    Oct 1976
                              |  |     |  |  |  |   +Unknown 
                              |  |     |  |  |  |  |--19-Ella Madison Saliba b. 
                              |  |     |  |  |  |  |    15 Dec 2003
                              |  |     |  |  |  |--18-Brian Joseph Saliba b. 1 
                              |  |     |  |  |  |    Nov 1977
                              |  |     |  |  |--17-Raymond Joseph Saliba b. 4 
                              |  |     |  |  |    Jul 1948
                              |  |     |  |--16-Maureen Saliba b. 29 Dec 1912, 
                              |  |     |  |    d. 15 Aug 1986
                              |  |     |  |   +Philip Ritchy b. 26 Jan 1908
                              |  |     |  |  |--17-Rose Ritchy b. 2 Apr 1938
                              |  |     |  |  |   +John Maloof b. Novembef 5, 
                              |  |     |  |  |    1924
                              |  |     |  |  |  |--18-Maureen Maloof 
                              |  |     |  |  |  |--18-Elizabeth Rose Maloof 
                              |  |     |  |  |  |--18-Cathryn Lynn Maloof 
                              |  |     |  |  |--17-Simon Ritchy 
                              |  |     |  |      +Martha Lynn Buntin b. 28 Apr 
                              |  |     |  |       1943
                              |  |     |  |     |--18-Philip Simon Ritchy 
                              |  |     |  |     |--18-Robert Alexander Ritchy 
                              |  |     |  |     |--18-Alex Gibran Ritchy 
                              |  |     |  |     |--18-Simone Yvette Ritchy 
                              |  |     |  |--16-Alexy (Alexander) Elias Saliba 
                              |  |     |  |   +Linda Guarin b. 21 Aug 1934
                              |  |     |  |  |--17-Franklin Alexy Saliba b. 1952
                              |  |     |  |  |    
                              |  |     |  |  |   +Heather Farmer b. 4 Apr 1972
                              |  |     |  |  |  |--18-Isabelle Saliba b. 21 Aug 
                              |  |     |  |  |  |    2000
                              |  |     |  |  |  |--18-James Franklin Saliba b. 
                              |  |     |  |  |  |    16 Oct 2002
                              |  |     |  |  |--17-Gary Alexy Saliba b. 1952
                              |  |     |  |  |   +Robin Pass b. 1955
                              |  |     |  |  |  |--18-Adrienne Kay Saliba b. 3 
                              |  |     |  |  |  |    Mar 1980
                              |  |     |  |  |  |--18-Tamara Alexei Saliba b. 
                              |  |     |  |  |  |    10 Aug 186
                              |  |     |  |  |--17-VanBuren Alexy Saliba b. 1957
                              |  |     |  |  |    
                              |  |     |  |      +Cindi Gerkin 
                              |  |     |  |     |--18-Van Stephen Saliba 
                              |  |     |  |     |--18-Jake Michael Saliba 
                              |  |     |  |     |--18-Spences James Saliba 
                              |  |     |  |--16-Albert Elias Saliba 
                              |  |     |  |   +Louise Salem 
                              |  |     |  |  |--17-Diane Saliba b. 23 Feb 1951
                              |  |     |  |  |   +Hashim Jaber Hassan 
                              |  |     |  |  |  |--18-Mohammed Hassan Jabir 
                              |  |     |  |  |--17-Albert (Al) Elias Saliba Jr. 
                              |  |     |  |  |    b. 20 Nov 1943
                              |  |     |  |      +Helene Amelia Christie 
                              |  |     |  |     |--18-Clifton Saliba 
                              |  |     |  |     |--18-Albert Elias Saliba 
                              |  |     |  |--16-Thomas (Tanious) Elias Saliba 
                              |  |     |  |    b. 11 Oct 1904, d. 11 Nov 1986
                              |  |     |  |   +Helene Saliba b. 24 Jan 1925
                              |  |     |  |  |--17-Elias Thomas Saliba b. 1951
                              |  |     |  |  |--17-Sammy Saliba b. 1954
                              |  |     |  |  |--17-Jimmy Saliba b. 1957
                              |  |     |  |--16-Elie Thoma Saliba b. 1 May 
                              |  |     |  |    1920, d. 10 Nov 1978
                              |  |     |  |   +Aida Samaha Saliba b. 2 Sep 1935
                              |  |     |  |  |--17-Rose Marie Saliba 
                              |  |     |  |  |--17-Ramonia Emilia Saliba 
                              |  |     |  |--16-Charlie Elias Saliba 
                              |  |     |  |--16-George Elias Saliba b. 1908, d. 
                              |  |     |  |    1911
                              |  |     |  |--16-Nick Elias Saliba b. 1910, d. 
                              |  |     |  |    1935
                              |  |     |--15-Mose Thomas Saliba 
                              |  |     |   +Sara Saliba d. 5 Nov 1975, par. 
                              |  |     |    Norman Saliba and Tala Tbshrany
 
Mose and Mike Saliba closed their fruit and grocery store in 1914. Mike then opened a cafe in the next block east on East Main Street. Upstairs above Mike's care was the home of the Elk's Club.

The building that housed Mike's care was later occupied by Segrest-Cannady Wholesale Grocery and in more recent years, by Consolidated Wholesale Grocery. That building is now part of the Liddon Furniture Building.

In 1916 Mike moved his care one door west of brother Abe's grocery store at 122 East Main Street. Mike operated this cafe until the mid 1930s when the depression stopped most people from eating out. He closed the cafe and reopened it as a poolroom which he operated until the late 1949s.

Mose Thomas Saliba joined his brother, Elias, in a grocery business located on Main Street in the Page Drug Store Building. He worked with Elias in the wholesale grocery business until it was sold ad his brother returned to Lebanon. During those early years, Mose was known for his adventurous spirit and strength. He owned the first motorcycle in Dothan and one of the first automobiles. The motorized vehicles fascinated. him.

It was not uncommon in those early years to have challenges for a show of strength, and many a traveler was matched with Mose in a wrestling bout. These created excitement and crowds would form to cheer the local boy on. They were seldom disappointed. It was no wonder that when a call was sounded to form a volunteer fire department, Mose was among the group and was remembered for years to come as an outstanding fire fighter. His strength came into play with his ability to single-handedly handle the heavy water hoses on occasion. He recalled many memories of horse-drawn water pumps and answering calls.

Mose engaged in various businesses other than the grocery during his lifetime. There was a cafe on Foster Street, and at the same time he was involved in the new movie theater industry; he owned three theatres; One in Columbia, where he showed he first talking movie; one in Opp and one in Dothan. He had billiard halls, a drug store, and a candy store through the years.

                              |  |     |  |--16-Oscar Mose Saliba b. 6 Jan 
                              |  |     |  |    1906, Dothan, Houston County, 
                              |  |     |  |    Alabama
                              |  |     |  |   +Ella Mae West 
                              |  |     |  |  |--17-Oscar Mose Saliba b. 1943
                              |  |     |  |  |   +Paula Kelly 
                              |  |     |  |  |  |--18-Sara Margaret Saliba b. 5 
                              |  |     |  |  |  |    Feb 1973
                              |  |     |  |  |  |--18-Oscar Mose Simon Saliba 
                              |  |     |  |  |  |    b. 1975
                              |  |     |  |  |      +Mary Donna Wells 
                              |  |     |  |  |--17-Mose Thomas Saliba b. 21 Oct 
                              |  |     |  |  |    1957
                              |  |     |  |--16-Mahiba Saliba b. 1908, d. 1909
                              |  |     |  |--16-Mary Saliba b. 14 Dec 1910, 
                              |  |     |  |    Dothan, Houston County, Alabama, 
                              |  |     |  |    d. 4 Sep 2005
                              |  |     |      +Joe Nasser 
                              |  |     |     |--17-Sara Frances Nasser 
                              |  |     |         +William Charles Demetree 
                              |  |     |--15-Abraham (Abe) Thomas Saliba b. 12 
                              |  |     |    Jul 1886, (Born in Betgreen Syria, 
                              |  |     |    d. 7 Aug 1951
                              |  |     |   +Rose Diabes Saliba , par. Diabes 
                              |  |     |    Saliba and Habks Saab
 
Abe Came to Dothan when his brother E. T. sent for him in 1902.  When E. T. opened a store across the street at 122 East Main ahe gave the original Saliba grocery store to Abe. Abe's store in which he sold tobacco, canned goods, crackers, sandwiches, and soft drinks was a popular spot in Downtown Dothan until it closed in 1951 after Abe's death.  

 

16-Moody Abe Saliba b. 18 Sep                               
| | | | 1923, d. 19 Oct 1973
| | | | +Betty Rachael Powell b. 30 Jun 1929, d. 30 May 2005 
| | | | |--17-Beth Saliba b. 26 Apr 1950
| | | | | +Myron Harold Carter b. 7 Dec 1947
| | | | | |--18-Preston Myron Carter b. 
| | | | | | 14 Jun 1978
| | | | | | +Katie Lynn Hines b. 8 Sep 1985
| | | | | | |--19-Harrison Preston Carter b. 8 Aug 2008 
| | | | | |--18-Derek Myron Carter b. 17 
| | | | | | Sep 1981
| | | | |--17-Amy Saliba b. 5 Aug 1953
| | | | | + Steven Mark Hutchings b. 26 Sep 1956
| | | | | |--18-Kyle Steven Hutchings b. 4 Oct 1985 
| | | | |--17-Carol Saliba b. 14 Apr 1958
| | | | | + Ben Lovelace Martin III b. 27 Apr 
| | | | | 1958 
| | | | |--17-Russell Moody Saliba b. 17 
| | | | | Jun 1960
| | | | | +Annie Marie Tanner b. 24 Jan 1960
| | | | | |-- 18-Patrick Russell Saliba b. 9 Jul 2000 
                              |  |     |  |--16-Mahiba Saliba 
                              |  |     |  |   +Dennis Minas 
                              |  |     |  |  |--17-Dennis Minas 
                              |  |     |  |  |--17-Jerry Minas 
                              |  |     |  |  |--17-Arthur Minas 
                              |  |     |  |--16-Annie Saliba 
                              |  |     |  |   +Nick Saleeby Jr. 
                              |  |     |  |  |--17-Abe Nassif Saleeby 
                              |  |     |  |  |--17-Nickie Ann Saleeby 
                              |  |     |  |  |--17-William Michael Saleeby 
                              |  |     |  |--16-Elizabeth Saliba 
                              |  |     |  |   +Darwin Dwight Heeter 
                              |  |     |  |  |--17-Rosaileen Heeter 
                              |  |     |  |      +Carl D. Lingo 
                              |  |     |  |     |--18-Chanta Dawn Lingo 
                              |  |     |  |      +Frank Lewis Flowers 
                              |  |     |  |     |--18-Christopher D. Flowers 
                              |  |     |  |     |--18-Elizabeth Marie Flowers 
                              |  |     |  |     |--18-Karman Dean Flowers 
                              |  |     |  |--16-Tom (Tannous) Abe Saliba 
                              |  |     |  |   +Helen Cook 
                              |  |     |  |  |--17-Tommie Yvette Saliba 
                              |  |     |  |  |--17-Abe Emory Saliba b. 2 Jul 
                              |  |     |  |  |    1951, d. 10 Jun 1969
                              |  |     |  |--16-William Abe Saliba b. 16 Aug 
                              |  |     |  |    1916, Dothan, Houston County, 
                              |  |     |  |    Alabama, d. 27 Oct 1988
                              |  |     |      +Ida Mable Eddins b. 16 Feb 1910, 
                              |  |     |       d. 27 Oct 1988
                              |  |     |--15-Michael (Mickel) Thomas Saliba b. 
                              |  |     |    1891, d. 1952
                              |  |         +Satute Hareek b. 1896, Lebanon Or 
                              |  |          Toland, CT, m. 7 Oct 1911, d. 1989
 
Mike came when brother E. T. sent for him in 1902

E. T. gave his grocery store and lunch stand to Mose and Mike so he could concentrate his time on establishing a wholesale tobacco and grocery business on South Saint Andrews directly behind what is today the Young Building.

Their homes were 303 North Foster/ (formerly the Grant home) site of the Greyhound station later,  201 South St. Andrews  where they lived until they moved to North Pontiac--next door to Jimmie Saliba, their son.

Like many old world families, Mike returned to Lebanon as a young man in order to marry. He was wed October 7, 1911, in his native Lebanon, to Satute Hareek, a stately young woman whose family were landowners and vintners in Lebanon. The young school teacher left Lebanon with her new husband. The year ws 1912. She was an 18 year old bride who would never return to her native land. Mrs. Saliba, who in 1887 was the last matriarch of the original family lived in Dothan all of her adult life. She was known by her grandchildren as a math whiz who could work a complicated math problem in her head in Arabic faster than the grandkids could work in new math on paper. She seemed to delight in speaking Arabic to her new American friends, and used her broken English on those conversant in Arabic. Mrs. Saliba was widowed in 1974 after 63 years of marriage when her beloved husband passed away.

The Mike Salibas lived in Dothan all of their lives. They opened the first of several businesses in the food and recreation fields when they initially came to Dothan as newlyweds. An entrepreneur at heart, Mike Saliba's restaurants, the Elibe Cafe, the Bluebird Cafe, and the Dothan Cafe are all part of the lore and legend of ealy Dothan. Jimmie Saliba has managed to save some of the memorabilia from those fine eating establishments, including some of the china and several hall trees. Yvonne Saliba Pendleton uses the original bentwood chairs from the Dothan Cafe in her home in Dallas, Texas. For his giving and generous spirit, the youngest Saliba brother earned the nickname "Sugar Mike." He owned the first racing car in Dothan, a 1914 Overland, which he loved racing at the fair grounds.

 

                              |  |        |--16-Jameely Saliba b. 1912, d. 2000
                              |  |        |   +Nick Saad 
                              |  |        |  |--17-George Saad 
                              |  |        |  |   +Debbie Martin b. 1954
                              |  |        |  |  |--18-Michael Saad b. 1974
                              |  |        |  |  |--18-Jason Saad b. 1978
                              |  |        |  |  |--18-Austin Saad b. 1982
                              |  |        |  |--17-Angela Saad 
                              |  |        |--16-Jeanette Saliba b. 1921
                              |  |        |--16-George Saliba b. 1916, d. 1924
                              |  |        |--16-Jimmy Mike Saliba b. 1914, d. 
                              |  |        |    1999
                              |  |        |   +Virginia Lea Cohlmia b. 1923
                              |  |        |  |--17-Dr. Michael Thomas Saliba b. 
                              |  |        |  |    1945
                              |  |        |  |--17-Yvonne Saliba b. 1948
                              |  |        |  |   +Roger Lyle Pendleton 
                              |  |        |  |  |--18-Leah Pendleton b. 1977
                              |  |        |  |  |--18-Jameil Pendleton b. 1980
                              |  |        |  |--17-Olivia Saliba b. 1950
                              |  |        |  |--17-JoAnne Saliba b. 1953, d. 
                              |  |        |  |    1984
                              |  |        |--16-Josephene Saliba b. 1919, d. 
                              |  |        |    2004
                              |  |            +Sam Cohlmia 
                              |  |           |--17-Sam Cohlmia Jr. b. 1959
                              |  |               +Jeanette Love 
                              |  |              |--18-Ashley Marie Cohlmia b. 
                              |  |              |    1988
                              |  |              |--18-Charissa Jocene Cohlmia 
                              |  |              |    b. 1992
                              |  |              |--18-Sam Joseph Cohlmia b. 1998
                              |  |              |    
                              |  |--13-Joseph Saliba 
                              |  |   +Unknown 
                              |  |  |--14-George Saliba 
                              |  |  |   +Unknown 
                              |  |  |  |--15-Assaf Saliba 
                              |  |  |  |   +Unknown 
                              |  |  |  |  |--16-Mitry Saliba 
                              |  |  |  |  |--16-Sabeh Saliba 
                              |  |  |  |--15-Joseph Saliba 
                              |  |  |--14-Khaleel Saliba 
                              |  |  |--14-Abraham Saliba 
                              |  |      +Unknown 
                              |  |     |--15-Alexander Saliba 
                              |  |     |--15-Habeeb Saliba 
                              |  |     |--15-Nickola Saliba 
                              |  |     |--15-Joseph Saliba 
                              |  |     |--15-Saleem Saliba 
                              |  |--13-Jacob Saliba 
                              |  |   +Unknown 
                              |  |  |--14-Mansoor Saliba 
                              |  |      +Unknown 
                              |  |     |--15-George Saliba 
                              |  |     |--15-Eede Saliba 
                              |  |--13-Abraham Saliba 
                              |--12-Nassar Saliba 
                                  +Unknown 
                                 |--13-Moses Saliba 
                                 |   +Unknown 
                                 |  |--14-Mickel Saliba 
                                 |      +Unknown 
                                 |     |--15-Moses Saliba 
                                 |     |--15-Jacob Saliba 
                                 |--13-John Saliba 
                                 |--13-Jacob Saliba 




            

Copyright 1996  These are my own working genealogy files that I share with you.  The errors are my own.  But, perhaps they will give you a starting point.  All original writing is copyrighted.  Webmaster

Copyright 1996  These are my own working genealogy files that I share with you.  The errors are my own.  But, perhaps they will give you a starting point.  All original writing is copyrighted.  Webmaster