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Joseph M. Bernstein (1892-1922)
Native of Bay City, practiced law in Cleveland, OH.

1918 biography. - Added Sept., 2010.

A History of Cleveland and Its Enrions, Vol. 2, 1918


At the age of twenty-two in July 1915, was admitted to practice in all the courts of Ohio. Few men of that age bring to the outset of their careers as lawyers a larger degree of vitalized experience and demonstrate capacity than Mr. Bernstein. And while his real achievements belong to the future he has more than made good in his profession since beginning practice. Mr. Bernstein has offices in the Engineers Building.

He was born in Bay City, Michigan, August 18, 1892, son of Louis M. and Flora (Kekst) Bernstein. Both his parents were natives of the City of Riga, Russia, where they grew up and married. On the fourth of July, 1889, they landed at the City of Baltimore, and went direct to Bay City, Michigan, where they had friends. They were the first members of their respective families to come to America. After living five years at Bay City they came to Cleveland, where they still reside. The father is connected with the Swift Company of Cleveland. There are five in the family, three sons and two daughters: Dora, now Mrs. D. Bauman of Cleveland; William, manager of a department in The Bailey Company department store; Joseph M; Barney, a plumber; and Ida, still at home. Dora was a graduate of the Central High School and the Spencerian Business College, and Ida attended the Central High School, but completed her work in East Tech High School.

Joseph M. Bernstein was for two years a student in the Central High School and in 1911 was a member of the second class of graduates from the High School of Commerce. This high school, which has been one of the greatest improvements in public school education ever inaugurated in Cleveland was established in 1910 and Mr. Bernstein entered it at the beginning. He was commencement speaker at his graduation and has also been business manager of some of the student activities of the high school. There are now branches of the High School of Commerce, one on the east and the other on the west side.

Mr. Bernstein is unmarried and has always live at home with his parents, but since the age of nine has been practically self-supporting and paid his own way while getting his education and preparing for his legal career. He sold newspapers, blacked shoes, worked at anything that would turn him an honest penny. He was a cash boy in The Bailey Company. He early took up salesmanship, and sold beef to the trade for the old S. & S. Packing Company, now the Wilson Company. He was bookkeeper and stenographer for The Hartman Beef Company, and from there went to The Delivery Company, a $1,000,000 concern, for which he was cashier. He was with that company for two years after graduating from high school. In the meantime he studied law at night, as a student in the law department of Baldwin-Wallace College. He received his degree LL.B June 3, 1915, was admitted to the Ohio bar on the first of July and on February 9, 1916, was admitted to practice in the United States Court.

Additional Notes.

    1893 Directory Bay City, Mich.

  • Bernstein, Louis, lab C A Bresler, res 229 S Sheridan.
  • Bresler, Charles A, hides and pelts, 113 4th ave, res 218 Washington.

    1922 New Mexico Death Records (Santa Fe)

  • Joseph M Bernstein, attorney, died Apr. 9, 1922, born Aug. 12, 1894, Bay City, Mich. Parents L. Bersten (b. Russia) and Fora Kekst (b. Russa).
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People Referenced
Bauman, D.
Bresler, Charles A
Bernstein, Barney (bro)
Bernstein, Dora (sis)
Bernstein, Ida (sis)
Bernstein, Joseph M. (subj.)
Bernstein, Louis M. (father)
Bernstein, William (bro)
Kekst, Flora (mother)
Subjects Referenced
Bailey Co.
Bay City, MI
Bay County, MI
C A Bresler Co.
Cleveland, OH
Delivery Co.
Hartman Beef Co.
Ohio bar
Spencerian Bus. Col.
Swift Co.
S & S Packing Co.
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WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.