Wendover Iron Works, 1118 Washington Ave., Bronx, 2015
Wendover Iron Works were in business from 1916 to 1925. The only instance in city directories when the address was 411 East 172nd St. was in Polk's New York City Directory in 1917. Otherwise, the address was 480 East 172nd Street from 1916 through 1925, and 3922 Park Avenue from 1920 to 1925. In 1926 the business name changed to Wendon Structural Iron Works, and they were located at 4062 Park Avenue from 1926 to 1928.
The proprietor of Wendover Iron Works was Samuel Povolotzky (ca.1870-1947). Povolotzky was an immigrant from Russia in the early 1900s. He was recorded in the 1910 U. S. Census as immigrating in 1902.
Polk, 1922/23 and 1925, listed a partner of Povolotzky at Wendover Iron Works when they were located at 3922 Park Avenue. This was Philip Elberg (1878-1938). Elberg registered for the World War I draft in 1918 when employed as an iron worker at East Side Iron Works, 448 East 167th Street, the Bronx. A notice of incorporation in the New York Times, 16 May 1925, pg. 29, listed P. Elberg and S. and M. Povolotzky as incorporators.
The founder of the East Side Iron Works was Samuel Rubin (1880-1952). Samuel Rubin registered for the World War I draft in 1918 when he declared that he was born 15 March 1880 in Russia. Census reports indicate he immigrated ca. 1899/1900. The East Side Iron Works were listed in directories from 1907 to 1920.
Polk, 1915, listed as a partner to Samuel Rubin at East Side Iron Works Alexander Sussman (1884-1955). Sussman was an immigrant from Russia, and registered for the World War II draft in 1942 when he declared that he was born 25 December 1884 in Minsk, Russia. Sussman died 7 February 1955 in Miami Beach, Florida. The following appeared in the New York Times, 8 Feb. 1955, pg. 26, "Sussman - Alexander, age 70, of 3701 Pine Tree Drive, on Feb. 7, beloved husband of Ida, darling father of William, and Mrs. May Lieberman, dear brother of two sisters, darling grandfather of Howard S., Warren J., Philip S. Lieberman, Felice R. and Donald Sussman, son-in-law, Sidney Lieberman, and daughter-in-law Bernice L. Sussman. He is vice president of Temple Emanu-El, Miami Beach; Past Vice President of Miami Beach Apartment Association; member of Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, and Greater Miami Jewish Civic Center; a director of the Bronx Board of Trade in New York City; Founder of the Jewish Center of University Heights, New York; member of the Zionist Organization of Miami Beach; B'Nai B'rith of Miami Beach, and Daughters of Israel Day Nursery. Also a director of Home of Daughters of Jacob, Bronx, N. Y. Services at 1 P.M., Tuesday, Feb. 8, at Temple Emanu-El, Miami Beach, Fla. Interment Mount Nebo Cemetery, Miami." Other notices appeared in this same issue of the Times by Bronx Board of Trade, Aaron Brand (A & M Brand Realty), Home and Hospital of the Daughters of Jacob, Daughters of Israel Day Nursery, and Moscow Benevolent Society.
A partner at Wendon Structural Iron Works was Morris Malkoff (1888-1959). He was one of the incorporators at Wendon in 1926, and is listed as Treasurer at the Tremont Iron Works, in Polk, 1933-34, when Philip Elberg was President. Tremont Iron Works was a successor to Wendon Iron Works located at 4062 Park Avenue approximately 1929 to 1933. Malkoff came relatively late to the game. He emigrated from Russia in the early 1910s.
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