Joseph Bleeden (1857 - 1916)

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Birthplace: probably Zagare, Siauliai, Lithuania
Death: Died in Muscatine, IA, USA
Occupation: shochet (ritual slaughterer)
Managed by: Hatte Blejer
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About Joseph Bleeden

First rabbi of Muscatine, Iowa. Built the synagogue in the late 1800s with Harry Morris Gladstein and other early Jewish settlers.

  • Birth: Mar. 15, 1857
  • Death: Apr. 11, 1916

The Hebrew inscription says:

Here lies buried the beloved and sweet. They were in their life and in their death they will not be separated. A man from Zion with great qualities, dear father, faithful husband, Prayer Leader, ritual slaughterer Reb Joseph son of Reb Eliezer died 8 Nisan 5676. May his soul be bound up in everlasting life.

Note: Joseph shares a gravemarker with Sarah Bleeden.

Burial: B'Nai Moses Cemetery Muscatine Muscatine County Iowa, USA Plot: Row 11 -- Lot 6.

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Joseph Bleeden's Timeline

May 15, 1857
probably Zagare, Siauliai, Lithuania
November, 1884
Age 27
Siauliai, Kaunas, Lithuania
November, 1886
Age 29
Siauliai, Kaunas, Lithuania
April 11, 1916
Age 58
Muscatine, IA, USA
Muscatine, Iowa, USA