Biography of Joseph L. Bistricky
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

JOSEPH LOUIS BISTRICKY has spent his life since early childhood in Cleveland, was educated in its public schools, and on his own merit and energies has made for himself a favorable place in the city's business life. He is secretary treasurer of the Hughes Provision Company.

Mr. Bistricky was born in Prague, Austria, on October 9, 1890, son of James and Lillian Bistricky, who were also born in that ancient city. James Bistricky was a government forester in Austria. In 1893 he came to America, leaving his wife and their only child, Joseph L. Locating in Cleveland, he found work, and in 1895 his wife and son joined him. In Cleveland he followed the trade of stationary engineer in the service of the Cleveland City Railway for upwards of twenty years. His death occurred August 15, 1923, when he was fifty nine years of age. He is survived by his widow, now in her fifty third year, and four daughters and three sons. Of the children Joseph L. alone was born abroad, the other children being natives of Cleveland. The family are members of the Woodlawn Presbyterian Church.

Joseph L. Bistricky attended the Outhwaite Avenue Public School in Cleveland, graduated from the Central High School in 1908, and his first employment after leaving high school was as clerk in the main offices of the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway (New York Central Line). Subsequently he spent three years in the Collinwood offices of the road, leaving there to enter the Nela Park general offices of the National Lamp Works of the General Electric Company. He spent five years with that Cleveland industry, and in the meantime had pursued a course in accounting at the Young Men's Christian Association. On leaving the National Lamp Works he entered the office of Ernest & Ernest, one of the most prominent firms of public accountants in the Middle West. One of the early assignments of Mr. Bistricky was to make an audit for the Hughes Provision Company. Upon the satisfactory completion of that work the company invited him to continue with them as secretary treasurer. He has been one of the executives of this business since 1917.

For a number of years he has been active in the Cleveland Chamber of of Industry, and in 1922 was elected a member of its board of directors for a term of two years. He is president of the bowling team of the Chamber of Industry. He also belongs to Windermere Lodge No. 627 of the Masonic Order. Mr. Bistricky married, June 30, 1915, Miss Stella Mack, a native of Cleveland.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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