HARRY WALTERS KORNDORFER - Of those Bronx men who for years had been engaged in brewery and real estate business,
Harry Walters Korndorfer has an established repute, owing to his courteous manner and fair dealing. His entire
life has been spent in New York, and in long association with telegraphy, brewery and general business, as well
as with the purchase and sale of real estate, he has secured that very practical training that is productive of
no small portion of his success.
Harry Walters Korndorfer, a son of Jacob Korndorfer, a custom shoemaker, who died in his early years, and of Louisa
(Hunsiker)) Korndorfer, was born September 1, 1865, in New York City, and he attended Public School No. 4, in The
Bronx, now The Bronx Continuation School, Third Avenue at One Hundred and Fifty seventh Street. He began his business
career when he was only twelve years old, at the time of his father's death, when he was employed as a messenger
for the Western Union Telegraph Company at its Washington Market office, No. 100 Vesey Street, New York City. When
he relinquished his position with the Telegraph Company, he was assistant manager of that office. On June 11, 1888,
Mr. Korndorfer became associated with J. and M. Haffen, brewers, which firm was afterwards incorporated on December
27, 1899, as The J. and M. Haffen Brewing Company. The corporation sold its plant and trade to Colonel Jacob Ruppert
on December 31, 1913, retaining all its other realty holdings with the formation of the Haffen Realty Company,
a real estate holding corporation, on August 31, 1912; he was appointed secretary of that company, which was consolidated
with the J. and M. Haffen Brewing Company, June 30, 1920, under the title of Haffen Realty Company. Fraternally,
Mr. Korndorfer is affiliated with Hopewell Lodge, No. 596, Free and Accepted Masons, and with Suburban Council,
No. 1354, Royal Arcanum; and he is also a member of the Schnorer Club, Scarsdale Square Club, and Scarsdale Town
Club. He is a communicant of St. James, the Less Church at Scarsdale.
Harry Walters Korndorfer married, October 22, 1890, at St. Ann's Episcopal Church, One Hundred and Fortieth Street
and St. Ann's Avenue, Julia A. Acker, daughter of Edward A. and Grace (Wolf) Acker; and their children are: 1.
Harry W., Jr., born August 4, 1892, treasurer of the Ray L. Korndorfer Company, Inc. 2.. Raymond L., a review of
whose life follows. 3. Irene J., born January 3, 1903.
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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