CHARLES LAZAR (b. May 28, 1868)
This was the Americanized name of Khayim-Eliezer Khodorkovski. He was born in Lubny, Poltava district, Ukraine. He studied in religious elementary school and then went to work with his father in his store. He demonstrated talent in painting and at age twe ty went to Odessa to enroll at an art school. After four years, he returned to Lubny and opened a photography atelier. After the Kishinev pogrom of 1903, he no longer wished to remain in Russia, and he made his way to the United States. At first he worked as a photographer and later became a paper merchant in New York. In 1921 he settled in Minneapolis. There he was co-editor of the weekly newspaper Shabesdige post (Saturday mail), published by Dr. Yisroel V. Markus. Further biographical details remain unknown.
Source: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 2.