Joseph Malnick, through progressive methods and square dealing, has gained well merited prosperity and a place
among the progressive and enterprising business men of Oakland, among the people of which city he is held in high
regard. Mr. Malnick was born in Warsaw, Poland, December 14, 1874, and is a son of Abraham and Anna Malnick, who
were lifelong residents of Poland. He was educated in private schools in that country and when nineteen years of
age went to England, where for many years he was employed as traveling salesman for a large wholesale hardware
and crockery house. He resided in Kent and became intimately acquainted with every part of that country. In 1907
he came to the United States, locating in San Francisco, where he opened a ladies' wear store, which he conducted
for ten years. He was successful and in 1916, sensing the future growth of the Fruitvale district of Oakland, he
came here and bought Mrs. Strangle's store, the oldest ladies' wear business in this locality. It was but a modest
little shop, but increasing business has necessitated its enlargement from time to time, until today Mr. Malnick
occupies a room seventy five by ninety feet in size, modern in its arrangement and furnishings and with a fine
display front. The business is run under the name of the Fruitvale Toggery and he carries a large and well selected
line of everything in ladies' wear. He is assisted in the business by his wife and sons and there are also eight
employes. Courtesy and efficiency characterize the service of the store, for Mr. Malnick believes that satisfied
customers are his best advertisers, and he is enjoying a large and steadily increasing business, which promises
well for the future.
Mr. Malnick was married to Miss Fannie Horwitz, also a native of Poland, and they are the parents of two sons,
Irvin, who is a student in Leland Stanford University, and Morris, who is in the store. Mr. Malnick gives his political
support to the republican party and has at all times proven a loyal and patriotic citizen of his adopted country.
He is a member of the Woodmen of the World, the Kiwanis Club and the Independent Order of Bnai B'rith. He is greatly
interested in the welfare of Oakland and is ready at all times to cooperate with his fellow citizens in efforts
to promote its progress and development. Because of his sterling character, his business success and his kindly
and affable manner, he has won the respect of his fellowmen and the good will of all who have dealt with him.
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928
Alameda County, CA
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