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Moses Brinig
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Birth: 1854, Romania
Death: Nov. 26, 1911
Butte
Silver Bow County
Montana, USA

Moses Brinig was born in 1854 in Romania. He married Rebecca Labovitz and emigrated to the United States. In Butte, he was the proprietor of the OK dry goods store on East Park, reportedly the first one in town that offered credit.

Moses and Rebecca were the parents of nine children including Sarah, Jack, Louis, Henry, Bill, Sol (who had a twin sister who died), Peter and Myron. Myron Brinig was a famous and celebrated novelist whose books portrayed growing up Jewish in the raucous mining town of Butte. Many of his main characters were inspired by his family and neighbors. His best known works were "Singermann" (1929), "Wide Open Town" (1931), "This Man is My Brother" (1932) and "The Sun Sets in the West" (1935).

Moses granddaughter said Moses and Rebecca were very Orthodox Jews who kept a kosher house. He first owned a Dry Goods store in Minneapolis and was going to Seattle when he got stranded in Butte with his goods. He peddled to the copper miners and liked it and decided to move there. He was a hard working and dynamic man who set up stores in Philipsburg, Butte, Bozeman, Anaconda, and Dillon.

Moses died of pneumonia on Nov. 26, 1911.

His obituary in the Butte Miner, November 28, 1911:
Friends Honor Memory of Late Moses Brinig
Veteran Business Man is Laid in Last Resting Place

Moses Brinig, a highly respected business man of Butte for the past 15 years, was buried yesterday in the Jewish cemetery. The funeral took place from his residence 840 West Granite Street and was very largely attended by the members of the Jewish community, among whom he was most highly respected and esteemed as a man of high moral rectitude and possessed of a social and most genial disposition. His loss will be in a special manner felt and mourned by the members of the Adath Israel congregation, of which he was a devoted member and a staunch and loyal supporter.

Rabbi Montague N. A. Cohen delivered a beautiful and touching address at the house before the departure of the funeral for the cemetery. At the grave an eloquent address was delivered by Attorney Joseph Binnard, who referred to the exemplary life of the deceased, his business ability, also devotion to his family and his extraordinary zeal in everything that called for the exercise of his most charitable disposition. He was followed by Rabbi Margoles, who gave expression to the great loss his congregation sustains in the death of so exemplary devoted and generous a member, and he feelingly referred to his devotion to his large family.

See MA thesis, "Myron Brinig's Butte: Jews in the Wide Open Town" for family story. http://scholarworks.umt.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4071&context=etd

 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Rebecca Labovitz Brinig (1857 - 1943)*
 
 Children:
  Sarah Brinig Schwartz (1880 - 1961)*
  Henry Brinig (1882 - 1954)*
  Peter Brinig (1891 - 1979)*
  Myron Brinig (1896 - 1991)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
BNai Israel Cemetery
Butte
Silver Bow County
Montana, USA
Plot: Block A, Lot 8
 
Created by: Pam
Record added: Jun 22, 2010
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Moses Brinig
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