HARRIS ELPERN - The remarkable scope and the quite as remarkable results obtained in the real estate field by
Harris Halpern. within the comparatively short period that he has been operating therein, have been sufficient
to place him in the front rank with not only The Bronx realtor, but with others who have led in the development
of extensive properties throughout the State. Mr. Elpern has demonstrated his eminent business abilities in his
control and disposal of large tracts of land and township sections. The benefits that he has thus conferred upon
communities settled within such limits cannot be over estimated, his interests and activities in real property
being inclusive of districts in Florida, as well as in New York.
Harris Elpern, a son of Julius Elpern, who was born in Vilna, Russia, in 1819, and died in 1915, in his ninety
fifth year, and of Fannie Elpern, was born October 23, 1867, in Vilna, province of Vilna, Russia, where he attended
the local district school. He came to the United States when he was fifteen years old, at first settling in Brooklyn,
where he began work in a shoe store at a salary of two dollars and fifty cents a week. So continuing, at the end
of two years he was receiving six dollars. Removing to Shamokin, Pennsylvania, he was there employed as an interpreter
for several years by the Pennsylvania Railroad Company; and then, returning to Brooklyn, he took charge of all
the Union News Company's stands throughout the Pennsylvania Railroad system. He also had charge of the commissary
of the railroad in its work of feeding all immigrants traveling on this system, continuing in this work up to 1914.
During his employment with the railroad, from 1900 onwards, Mr. Elpern had become interested in real estate matters,
and in 1914 he relinquished all other work in order to devote his time and talents wholly to real estate. He then
became associated with his brother in law, Louis Gold, one of the most extensive of the realty operators in The
Bronx, who took over the large tract of land formerly known as the Watson Estate, on Westchester Avenue, for development.
Of such development, Mr. Elpern was given full charge, in addition to that of the Astor Village property, Pelham
Parkway, and the Castle Hill section in The Bronx. Mr. Gold has more recently taken over 81,000 acres of land at
Fellsmoor, Florida, for development, and he has already built his own railroad, begun construction, and continued
his plans for expansion under Mr. Elpern's supervision.
Harris Elpern married, June 23, 1895, in New York City, Minnie Gold, daughter of Abraham Gold. Their children:
1. Anna, born April 9, 1899, who married Dr. Trasoff, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and they have one daughter,
Marjorie, born in October, 1924. 2. Gerald. born June 16, 1901. 3. Ruth Alice, born February 22, 1909.
The Bronx and its people
A History 1609-1927
Board of Editors: James L. Wells,
Louis F. Haffen
Josiah A. Briggs.
Historian: Benedict Fitspatrick
Publisher: The Lewis Historical Publishing Co., Inc.
New York 1927
Bronx County, NY
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