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Leizer "Joseph" FINBERG

Leizer "Joseph" FINBERG

Male 1871 - 1945  (74 years)

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  • Name Leizer "Joseph" FINBERG  [1
    Nickname Joseph 
    Born 5 Aug 1871  Russia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Died 15 Aug 1945  Touisset, Bristol, Rhode Island, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Joseph FINBERG Dies at Touisset.

      Local residents were saddened this morning at the sudden death of Joseph FINBERG, philanthropist, jewelry manufacturer, banker, and friend of children, at his summer home in Touisset. Although in failing health for some time, local friends visiting Mr. FINBERG at Touisset last evening, found him about as usual, although he had had an upset during the past week, after he had assisted the firemen in attaching the hose outside his home Tuesday evening, when a haystack in a nearby field had been fired by victory celebrators. He was planning to return to the factory on Monday.

      Joseph FINBERG, an immigrant boy who became one of the city's leading business and public __ men, observed his 75th birthday on Aug. _ [ possibly 3]. He operated the Finberg Manufacturing Company, which he established in 1898. The deceased had been a business man and banker in this city for many years. He was a past president of the Attleboro Chamber of Commerce and served on the local school board for many years, the Joseph Finberg school in Hebronville having been named for him.

      Mr. FINBERG also served as a director of the Jewelry Trade Board and YMCA, and as treasurer of the State Federation of Planning Boards. He had been chairman of the local [illegible] government which was instituted in 1914 and was a director of Sturdy Memorial Hospital, the Attleboro Trust Company and Attleborough Savings and Loan Association. Among his other interests, Mr. FINBERG was a director of the American Re-enforced Paper Company and the L.P. Brown [illegible] Tool Company. He established and gave Camp Finberg to the YMCA and was chairman of directors of Avoda, Jewish boys' camp on a lake in Middlesboro, in which he was greatly interested.

      Mr. FINBERG was twice married, both wives preceding him in death. He was a member of the Masons.

      The body of Mr. FINBERG will be taken this evening to the funeral home of Max Sugarman, 348 Hope St., Providence, and friends may call until 1 p.m. Sunday. The funeral will be held at the synagogue in Attleboro at 2 p.m. Sunday.
    Buried 19 Aug 1945  Lincoln Park Cemetery, Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4
    1469 Post Rd.,
    Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island
    • Funeral for Joseph FINBERG: The funeral of Joseph FINBERG, manufacturer and philanthropist, was held yesterday afternoon with services at the Agudas Achim Synagogue on Pearl St., with a large attendance of friends and a delegation of city officials. The service was conducted by Dr. Israel Goldman of Temple Beth Israel with Cantor Hahensen assisting. Burial was in the family lot at Lincoln Park Cemetery, Warwick, and the bearers were Joseph Rotenberg, Samuel Rosen, Judge Samuel Barnet, James Essex, Robert Mawney and William E. Lingard. (Attelboro Sun)

      Joseph FINBERG was buried at Temple Emanuel in Lincoln Park Cemetery, age 75, on 19 August 1945. Also buried with him is Jessie FINBERG, age 51, buried or died on 6 March 1942. (Personal communication)
    • "Leizer Joseph FINBERG was the son of Shabshel FINBERG, (b. 1846 in Indura) and Ettel BRUDNY (b. 1846 in Smorgon). Ettel was the daughter of Abram and Slava BRUDNY, both b. 1809.

      Shabshel and Ettel had 7 children: Leizer "Joseph", Murdock, Daniel, Girsh, Slava, Reine (my grandmother) and Merry. Shabshel the father had a second wife (Khana) and they had another daughter, Carmela.

      Joseph was a Zionist and had to run away to America. His father was the Rabbi of Mikhalishki, Lithuania. Joseph had a factory, a bank, and had something to do with boats (own them or serve in the navy). When my grandfather died around 1920, he supported this family (his sister, my grandmother). My sister, Rina, remembered a big truck that came to my father's workshop with raw material and when she asked about the origin of it the answer she got was, "the uncle from America" . We know he lived in Attleboro and he died in 1945. He left $5000. to each of his nephews and a sum of 2.5 million to the YMCA. We heard he left the rest to his workers since he had no children.

      Leizer, Daniel, and Girsh immigrated to the U.S.A. separately. Leizer and Daniel were partners and did well. Daniel went back to Lithuania with all the money he made and bought assets and lived as a rich man. When the Communist revolution began all his properties were taken and he was arrested, put in prison and then hanged. His wife and son died in the Holocaust; his daughter managed to immigrate to Israel". Girsh, who may have changed his name to Daniel, had a family but I don't know anything about them."

      Biography written by Ester De Paz, residing in Israel, in 2006.

      For an intriguing and historical look at some of the vanity cases produced by Joseph Finberg's manufacturing company please see COLLECTING VINTAGE COMPACTS [4]
    Person ID I1356  Nosworthy
    Last Modified 29 May 2020 

    Family 1 Sarah Jane BROOKS,   b. 28 May 1869, Charlottetown, Queens, Prince Edward Island, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1925, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Married 28 Jun 1896  Attleboro, Bristol, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5
    • Married 28 June 1896: Joseph FINBERG, residing Attleborough, age 25, printer, born Russia, son of Sabsi and Ethel (Brudno?), first marriage; and Sarah BROOKS, residing Attleborough, age 23, book-keeper, born Prince Ed. Is., daughter of Thomas R. and Margaret H., first marriage. Married by Rev. E. L. House, Pastor 2nd Congl. Church, Attleborough. [5]
    24 John St., Attleboro, Massachusetts
    24 John St., Attleboro, Massachusetts
    The house which once was the home of Joseph and Sarah is now dilapidated. In its day it was a home of distinction.
    Passenger list: Finberg
    Passenger list: Finberg
    Joseph and Sarah Finberg travelling from Bermuda to New York in 1913.
    Last Modified 29 May 2020 
    Family ID F402  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Jessie KALTER,   b. 10 Aug 1890, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Mar 1942  (Age 51 years) 
    Married Abt 1928  [6
    Last Modified 15 Mar 2008 
    Family ID F1459  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Leizer 'Joseph' Finberg
    Leizer "Joseph" Finberg
    Joseph Finberg
    Joseph Finberg
    Photo from YMCA Archives in Attelboro, Massachusetts; taken at the time he became a benefactor to the YMCA.

    Will:Joseph Finberg
    Will:Joseph Finberg
    Published in The Lewiston Daily Sun, 24 August, 1945


    Aug 5, 1870 - Aug 18, 1945


  • Sources 
    1. [S90] BROOKS Family History (original / unsourced), Mildred Winona Brooks; Janet Crowder; one anonymous contributor, (1963 and 1975).

    2. [S217] Newspaper.

    3. [S206] Census of U.S.A., 1900.

    4. [S676] Personal communication.

    5. [S237] Vital Statistics - Massachusetts, U.S.A.

    6. [S214] Census of U.S.A., 1930, (National Archives & Records Administration; Series T626).