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Joseph Lee Kern
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Birth: Oct. 30, 1890
Lebo
Coffey County
Kansas, USA
Death: Feb. 4, 1962
Albany
Alameda County
California, USA

Joseph Lee Kern worked as a bank manager at the Bank of Italy in San Francisco, at the corner of Bosworth and Diamond. When he began to work for the bank he worked at the #1 Powell Street branch. The bank was established by A.P. Giannini and was later called Bank of America. In 1998, it was announced that Bank of America would merge with NationsBank.

As bank manager, Joe got involved in providing many services that are no longer provided by bank managers. He would help reconcile bank accounts for elderly widows. He also gave driving lessons (on San Francisco's hills!) to those bank customers who bought a car, a very rare purchase at the time.

A developer that Joe worked with through the bank named a small street after him, called Kern Street. In 1998 Kern Street was still there and is located on the corner of Bosworth and Diamond, near where the banking branch was located.

While Joe's last name was Kern, often his bank customers, most of whom were of Italian descent, called him Mr. Kerney or Kerni, which was sort of an Italian version of his name. The San Francisco street named Kerney is not named for him.

Joe often took evening courses during his banking career, always in the field of business, finance and accounting. He always did well in these classes. Eleanor noted years later that Joe had probably the equivalent of a college degree by the time he stopped taking classes.

(Information from grand-daughter, Janice Lyndell Bass)
 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  John Christopher Kern (1861 - 1947)
  Susan Catherine Allen Kern (1868 - 1955)
 
 Spouse:
  Eleanor Faye Gaston Kern (1897 - 1989)*
 
 Children:
  David Joseph Kern (1925 - 1960)*
 
 Siblings:
  Harry Alfred Kern (1888 - 1978)*
  Edna Lucille Kern Bailey (1889 - 1982)*
  Joseph Lee Kern (1890 - 1962)
  Walter Howard Kern (1892 - 1927)*
  Catherine Bell Kern Winslow (1894 - 1983)*
  John Dewey Kern (1898 - 1995)*
  William Ray Kern (1901 - 1995)*
  Olen Albert Kern (1903 - 1982)*
  Sheldon Gordon Kern (1906 - 1968)*
  Ruth Hazel Kern Logue (1908 - 1999)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Tulocay Cemetery
Napa
Napa County
California, USA
 
Created by: Theodore Blaine
Record added: Dec 02, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31884136
Joseph Lee Kern
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Joseph Lee Kern
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Joseph Lee Kern
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 Added: Jul. 3, 2009
 
 
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