Text: WWI registration card (ancestry.com). Other sources suggest a birth year of 1880 or 1881.
Text: 1888 Russian census gives age as 11, suggesting a birth year around 1877.
Note: N29 My father was the first of his family to leave Europe, and after he saved adequate money, he brought first his brother Motel, then all his brothers and sisters and their families, as well as his mother, to the U.S.
After this, my father and his brother Motel came to St. Joseph. One reason my father settled in St. Joseph is that his (and Motel's) tinner teacher from Russia, who also lived in Philadelphia at the same time they did, recommended St. Joseph.
Later, my dad and his older brother Motel were in business many years together in Concordia, Kansas, and other places. My father and uncles also farmed in Kansas when the entire family lived together.
--Hannah Brahinsky, niece of Max (Motel) Brahinsky
There is some dispute regarding whether marriage to Pessa Dvora Shapiro took place.
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