Joseph Kreinik (1868 - 1937)

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Nicknames: "Yussel Flum", "Flam"
Birthplace: Gmina Sędziszów, Swietokrzyskie, Poland
Death: Died in New York, NY, USA
Cause of death: carcinoma of the urinary bladder; contributory, general metastasis;
Managed by: Andrew Kreinik
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Immediate Family

    • Sarah
      wife
    • Jennie
      daughter
    • Isidore
      son
    • Anne
      daughter
    • Rose
      daughter
    • Sol
      son
    • Pearl
      daughter
    • Ruth
      daughter
    • Rebecca
      daughter
    • Jacob
      father
    • Selig
      mother

About Joseph Kreinik

Stanley Kreinik, Mar 11, 2013. Joseph Flum lived in Harlem. He had a chauffeur and once gave Stanley a $5 bill in 1936. He couldn't read or write, but was very successful in business. Sylvia Wright Wouk called him "Uncle Harlem" and Sara was "Aunt Harlem." He went to Europe every couple of years and brought back silent films he shot. Where are they?

Joseph Kreinik's witness to his naturalization in 1904 is his brother-in-law, Samuel Levy. Joseph's address is given as 200 Henry Street. DWJ 3/24/12 Joseph KREINIK naturalized 18 Mar 1904, US Southern District Ct., Vol. 131, p. 464.


Joseph Kreinik, clothier, born 11 Aug 1869, came to NYC 10 Aug 1885, now resides at 200 Henry St., Manhattan; has continuously lived in the US ever since; petitions to be a citizen this day, 17 Mar 1904.


Joseph Kreinik abjures all allegiance to the Emperor of Austria this day, 18 Mar 1904. Witness, Samuel Levy, citizen, 283 Broome St., Manhattan.

Richard Yospin: "my grandmother's uncle Joseph was called Yussel Flum to distinguish him from all the other Joseph Kreiniks in the family (including Sarah's father, who was also born in 1868). "Flum," literally "flame," comes from a wine-stain birthmark on his face, according to my Uncle Jerry."

Is this the right Joseph Kreinik? According to Richard Yospin's tree, he married Sarah and they had these children: Isadore Kreinik d.1966 (Issie buried in Sag Harbor. Yes, according to Stanley Kreinik.) Jennie Kreinik b. 1891 d.1982? Annie Kreinik b. 1896 Rosie Kreinik b. 1897 Rebecca Kreinik (2) Sol Solly Kreinik b.1899 Harold Kreinik b. 1902 d.1948 or 1949 Pearly b.1907 Ruth Kreinik (2) b.1909.

Stanley Kreinik: "Uncle Joe was a rich man, but he was uneducated. He left the thriving business to his educated sons, and they ruined it."

-------------------- Joseph first name

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Joseph (Yussel Flum) Kreinik's Timeline

1868
July 4, 1868
Gmina Sędziszów, Swietokrzyskie, Poland

The earlier estimate was 1865

1884
August 5, 1884
Age 16
New York, NY, USA

See Naturalization Record

1885
August 10, 1885
Age 17
New York, New York, NY, USA

Samuel Levy attested that he knew that Joseph Kreinik lived in the USA since 10 August 1885 on Joseph's Naturalization Petition of 17 March 1904.

1898
October 25, 1898
Age 30
New York, NY, USA

THIS IS A DIFFERENT JOSEPH KREINIK, Probably Yussel Flum

Occupation: Tailor,
Birth Date: July 4, 1868
Former Nationality: Austrian
Date of Arrival: August 5, 1884

1901
November 2, 1901
Age 33