Schorsch & Co. Paper Bag

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Schorsch & Co. began as paper manufacturers on Desbrosses St. in Manhattan around 1901. They had several other Manhattan locations (notably 510-516 East 73rd St., from 1906 to 1913) until they relocated here in the Bronx in 1913. This building on the southwest corner of Brook Avenue had the address 500 East 133rd St. until 1941 when East 133rd St. was renamed Eastern Boulevard. The address then became 120 Eastern Blvd. Only a few years later (1944) Eastern Boulevard was renamed Bruckner Boulevard. So the address became 120 Bruckner Blvd. Schorsch & Co. were located here until 1951 when they went out of business.

The founders of Schorsch & Co. were Isaac E. Schorsch (1868-1918), David Schorsch (1870-1920), and Henry Kurniker (1874-1966). Isaac and David Schorsch were the nephews of Moses Schorsch (1840-1920), an immigrant from Germany who was a butcher living at 246 East 68th Street, New York, in the 1900 U. S. Census. Henry Kurniker was listed as an officer in the company as early as 1904. In David Schorsch's death notice, New York Times, 20 Jan. 1920, pg. 7, Henry Kurniker is called David Schorsch's brother. They both appear in the 1880 U. S. Census as the sons of J. Kurniker, age 46, a merchant, born Prussia, living in Huntsville, Alabama. Henry Kurniker is identified as H. Kurniker, 6 years old, born Alabama. David Schorsch is identified as D. Schorsch, age 10, born New York. I don't know why there is a difference in surname. J. Kurniker was Jacob Kurniker (1837-1915). In the 1900 U. S. Census he lived in Columbus, Georgia, with a daughter, Jennie Zacharius, two of Henry Kurniker's sisters, several nieces and nephews, and a brother, Gus Kurniker.

One of Moses Schorsch's sons, Jacob Eisinger Schorsch (1886-1954), became an officer at Schorsch & Co. in the 1910s.

Also involved in the company was Emanuel I. Schorsch (1901-1950), a son of Isaac E. Schorsch, and grandson of Moses Schorsch. Isaac E. Schorsch married his cousin, Sophie Schorsch (1882-1967), in 1900. Emanuel I. Schorsch was born 13 December 1901. His mother remarried (in 1924) after Isaac E. Schorsch's death. She survived her son and is named in his death notice New York Times, 10 April 1950, pg. 16, as Mrs. Sophie Schorsch Levi.

Jacob E. Schorsch registered for the World War I draft in 1917 when he was 30 years old and a manufacturer at 500 East 133rd St. A story in the New York Tribune, 28 Sept. 1917 pg. 4, indicates that his application for exemption from the draft was rejected: "The District [Draft] Board yesterday reversed its previous decision in the case of Jacob E. Schorsch, of 38 West Seventy-ninth Street, who claimed exemption on the ground that he is contributing $2,000 a year to his infirm father, eighty-three years old, "solely depending" on him. An investigation showed that two sons and two daughters are living with the senior Schorsch, and the whole family constitute a paper box manufacturing firm which last year did a business of $1,000,000. Jacob Schorsch will have to serve in the army."

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