Biography of Barnet Klionsky
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BARNET KLIONSKY - Prominent among the realtors of The Bronx is Barnet Klionsky, president of the Klion Holding Corporation, treasurer and secretary of the Great Northern Apartment Corporation, the Kelvale Realty Corporation, and the Neho Realty Corporation. Mr. Klionsky is very actively identified with a number of Hebrew religious and social service organizations and is known for his public spirit. He was born in Vitovsk, Russia, November 18, 1875, his father dying when he was only a child. He attended the Minsk public schools and in September, 1892, when he was sixteen, came to the United States, where he soon identified himself with American institutions and in 1899 became a citizen. Mr. Klionsky's first employment was in the clothing business, but after a short time in this field, he went into the manufacturing business for himself and continued for about fifteen years, being associated in this and in the shoe business with his brother in law Nathan Cohen (q. v.). Mr. Cohen is also prominently identified with various companies with which Mr. Klionsky has occupied himself since he went into the real estate business in 1903. He has been very successful in this field. Mr. Klionsky gives much of his time to charitable and religious projects, in which he is keenly interested. Among the numerous organizations with which he is connected are the Chevra Anshe Borisoff, the Independent Order of B'rith Abraham, the Rabbi Jacob Joseph School, Zionist Organization of America, Keren Hayesod, Yeshivah Tipereth Jerusalem, Montefiore Congregation in The Bronx, of which he was formerly vice president and treasurer; Talmud Torah Voodath, of Brooklyn; The Bronx Hospital: the National Home for Incurables, the Hebrew Day and Night Nursery; the Harlem Home for the Aged; the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society; the Rabbi Isaac Eichanan Theological Seminary; Hyman Joseph Family Circle; and United Borisoff Lodge No. 34. He is a member of The Bronx Board of Trade and of the Greater New York Taxpayers' Association.

Mr. Klionsky married, in Manhattan, December 17, 1895, Bessie Cohen, daughter of Samuel M. and Rebecca Deborah Cohen, who died in Europe, and a sister of Nathan Cohen, with whom Mr. Klionsky has been and is associated in numerous business projects. Mr. and Mrs. Klionsky are the parents of the following children: Samuel M. Klion, the name being shortened; he was born May 13, 1897 and served in the United States Navy; Harry Ilion, born September 2, 1899; Beatrice, born February 28, 1904, now the wife of Julius Irifetz, an attorney; Leona, born in September, 1907; and Minnie, born in March, 1911.

From:
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


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