Biography of J. M. Emrich
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

J. M. EMRICH. The buying, selling and renting of real estate is now one of the most important branches of the business life of any community, and has been developed by the sagacious men engaged in this line to a profession. Their services are of great value to a community, and through their medium the public is supplied with homes and places of business, new buildings are erected, additional subdivisions are opened up, property is carefully managed, and the interests of owners and tenants are safeguarded. Some of the keenest minds of the country are finding in this business or profession congenial employment, for the solving of the various and intricate problems call forth the best in a man, and one of these progressive realtors who achieved a well merited success was J. M. Emrich of Cleveland.

J. M. Emrich was born in the City of Cleveland, December 14, 1865, where his mother was also born, being the first Jewish girl to be born in this city. Her father, Carl Roskoph, founded the Jewish Church in Cleveland, and donated the land on the West Side for a Jewish cemetery. Mr. Emrich's father was born in Germany, and came to the United States some time in the early '30s, and, reaching Cleveland, gained a start in life by following the humble but honest occupation of a peddler. As soon as he had amassed a little capital he went to Bucyrus, Ohio, and embarked in the clothing business. Selling it after a short time, he returned to Cleveland and engaged in the wholesale butchering business, and later in the horse business, which he continued until his death. He was well and honorably known in his community, and recognized as an upright, reputable citizen, whose word was as good as another's bond. Of the fifteen children born to him and his wife, seven survive, and J. M. Emrich was the fourth child in order of birth.

Attending the Brownell School of Cleveland, J. M. Emrich there obtained the fundamentals of an education, and supplemented that knowledge by contact with men and affairs in his business experience. At the age of eighteen years he left home, went to Chicago, Illinois, and for a short time worked at butchering in that city, but then returned to Cleveland, where he was engaged in the same line of business for five years. Later on he was engaged in buying and selling cattle and horses, and then in the livery and horse business, which he pursued until 1917, when he closed out his interests to go into the real estate business, and prosecuted it very successfully until his death. His specialty was buying and selling city business and residential properties and farms.

In politics Mr. Emrich was a republican. He belonged to the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce, to several Jewish fraternities, to the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and to the Cleveland Automobile Club. A splendid business man, Mr. Emrich made good on whatever he undertook. Like his father, he was honorable in his dealings, and took great pride in living up to his word.

On April 28, 1889, Mr. Emrich married Emma Glauber, who was also born and reared in Cleveland. On January 20, 1924, Mr. Emrich died, and the whole community mourns his loss. He is survived by his widow, three sons, Emanuel M., Oliver S. and Raymond F. Emrich; a daughter, Mrs. Serena Mendelson; and three grandchildren, Stuart, Dorothy and Edith Mendelson.

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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