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GOLDSMITH, JOSEPH manufacturer of furniture and general upholsterer, was born in the province of Hesse Darmstatdt, February 3, 1835. He is a son of Meyer and Bella Goldsmith, who were natives of the same province, now both deceased. They had born to them a family of nine children, eight of whom came to America. Six still reside in this country, namely: Abraham, a prominent clothing merchant of Harrisburg; Sarah, wife of Ferdinand Jesselson, of New York City, Arsar, residing in Brooklyn, N. Y.; Caroline, wife of August Levison, residing in Nyack, N. Y.; Joseph, and Mina, widow of the late Judah Knep, who now resides in her native home.

Joseph was educated in the public schools of his native town. At the age of thirteen he was apprenticed to the upholsterer's trade, serving for four years. In August, 1871, he left his native home to try his fortune in America. After working four years at his trade in New York City he removed to Harrisburg, where he has made his home for the past twenty-five years, having been for fifteen years past engaged in business for himself. He was married in Harrisburg, June 15, 1881, to Miss Frieda Kuhn, daughter of Abraham Kuhn, of Bavaria. They have three children: Isabella, carrie and Meyer Lee. Mr Goldsmith is a member of Peace and Plenty Lodge, No. 69, I. O. O. F. In politics he is a Republican. He attends the Second Street Jewish synagogue. The business tact and enterprise of Mr. Goldsmith, coupled with his genial manners and personal worth, have resulted in securing him a large patronage and wide popularity.

Transcribed by Peggy McNeal, for the Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project
 Date of Transcription: 1 July 2001
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