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 Joseph Jacob Broida

Joseph Jacob Broida

Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 18 Dec 1958 (aged 76)
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Section B, Lot 56
Memorial ID 144823565 · View Source
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Joseph J. Broida was the oldest surviving son of ten children born to John Broida and Sarah Gitel Frank Broida, both immigrants from Lithuania. Joseph grew up in Pittsburgh, living at various addresses in the 1880s-90s, with his father a merchant at 'Broida & Yourkansky.'

In 1900, Joseph is found with his parents and youngest brother in Denver, Colorado, working as a clerk in a clothing house. Joseph was probably with them so that he could help earn a living; the family also had boarders in the home. Joseph's mother was ill with tuberculosis, and likely they went to Denver hoping for a cure. Sadly that was not to happen, and Gitel died in 1901.

The family moved back to Pittsburgh, but still were not all together, as some of the boys who had gone to St. Louis (instead of Denver) stayed there after their mother's death. Joseph and some of his brothers were enumerated in their father's household as single in 1910, along with their step-mother. Interestingly, the census also lists Joseph as a head of household on another street. His wife of 4 years, Fannie Glick (married 03 Jan 1906), with their 3-1/2 yr old son Gilbert plus Joe's brother Philip, Philip's new wife Bessie, and brothers Theodore and Louis were all in Joseph's household on 15 Apr 1910 at 228 Center Ave. So they were enumerated twice, and with quite different information. (There is no date on the enumeration in John's household.) Joseph was working as a bookkeeper in a wholesale store per the census with him as head of household; he was noted as a machinist in the other 1910 census, which does not seem correct from all the other information known about Joseph.

In September of 1918, Joseph registered for the World War I Draft. He was 36 years old and described as short, medium build, with brown eyes. For 'Color of Hair' it was listed as 'Bald, Brown.' He was a Purchasing Agent for Frank & Seder, a department store in Pittsburgh. (There were also family ties to Mr. Frank, as Joseph's mother Gitel was a Frank.) Their daughter Irene was born just two months later.

By 1920, Joseph had his wife and two children enumerated with him, plus his sister-in-law Sadie Glick. He was a buyer in a department store, likely Frank & Seder. The household was similar in 1930, with the addition of one more child, son Donald. Sadie Glick still lived with them.

When their father John Broida died in Israel in 1938, both Joe and his brother Louis are listed as living at 6306 Forward Ave. in Pittsburgh per the "Report of death of an American citizen" that was filed.

In the 1940 census, Joseph was listed as divorced. Two of his children, Irene and Donald, were living with him, plus a servant. Joe was a purchasing agent in a department store, and Irene worked in a department store as a saleslady. No occupation was listed for 18 year-old Donald, but he probably was in school, as he had completed 2 years of college by then. Irene had completed 4 years of high school, and her father had completed 1 year of college, so education was valued in the family. Gilbert was married and in his own household by 1940.

The 'War to end all wars' did not, and Joe Broida registered for the World War II Draft in 1942. He was 59 years old, still working at Frank & Seder, and living at 6306 Forward Ave. in Pittsburgh, PA. His description stated he was 5'6" tall, 140 lbs, with gray eyes, brown hair, and a light complexion.

Joe Broida died on 18 December 1958 in Pittsburgh, PA, at the age of 76.

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