Fritz & Perelberg

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Fritz & Perelberg
74 Monroe St.
New York

The partners at Fritz & Perelberg were Jacob Fritz (1864?-1940) and Morris Perelberg (1872?-1939). The partnership was short-lived (approximately 1898 to 1903), although both men were involved in the iron business for many years.

The original address of Fritz & Perelberg in 1898 was at 264 East Broadway, represented on this foundry mark at 2793 Frederick Douglass Blvd. The New York City telephone directory listed Fritz & Perelberg at 74 Monroe St. a year later in 1899.

Jacob Fritz's naturalization petition filed 26 June 1895 stated that he was born 7 March 1864, that his former nationality was Russian, and that he arrived at the port of New York 15 May 1887. Subsequent U. S. Census reports indicate a different birth date. For instance, in 1900 he was recorded (in June 1900) as age 38 born January 1861. In 1910 he was 48 years old, then 58 in 1920 and probably 68 in 1930. He was recorded as only 60 years old in 1930, but he had a young wife, Jennie, age 53. Maybe he didn't want her to know he was 15 years her senior...

Morris Perelberg's naturalization petition filed 5 August 1899 stated that he was born 15 Sept. 1872, that his former nationality was Russian, and that he arrived at the port of New York 15 March 1888. His entry in the 1900 U. S. Census recorded his birth as May 1869, age 31. In 1910 he was 40 years old. Then in the 1920 census he was 46 years old, a widower. In 1930 he was 59 and lived on Boston Road in the Bronx with his son, Abraham, daughter, Esther, and a grandchild.

Jacob Fritz first appeared in New York city directors in 1891 in business with Frank Goldstein as blacksmiths located at 21 Chrystie St. downtown on the East Side. This business was described as "fixtures" in Trow's city directories of 1893 and 1894. In 1895 Fritz, Goldstein & Co. became "Fritz, Goldstein & Masor, iron" at 61 Rutgers St.

Masor was Barnet Masor (1868-1940). His first name was sometimes spelled Bernhard or Bernard or Barnett. His naturalization petition dated 28 June 1895 recorded his name as Barnet Masor. On it he declared that he was born 14 Sept. 1868 and that he arrived at the port of New York 6 May 1885. Masor's petition was witnessed by Frank Goldstein, 210 Clinton St., New York. Masor's sequence through the U. S. census reports from 1900 to 1930 indicate that he was born in Russia ca. 1866 and that he immigrated to the U. S. in the 1880s. When Fritz & Perelberg was formed in 1898, Bernhard Masor went into business for himself as B. Masor & Co. This company seems to have survived until around 1914/15. In Trow 1914, Masor's son, Daniel Masor (1896-1972), was also part of the business. Daniel Masor was 4 years old at the time of the 1900 U. S. Census and 14 in 1910. He registered for the World War I draft in 1917 when he declared that he was born 1 Jan. 1896, and gave he occupation as "Steel Merchant, Dealing in material used in ammunition manufacturing." This information was probably intended to impress the draft board with the importance of keeping him in civilian life rather than in the military...

Daniel Masor's steel business was called Victor Iron Supply Co. Polk's New York City Directory of 1925 lists not only Daniel Masor at Victor Iron Supply, but also Barnett Masor and Anton Masor. Anton Masor was a younger brother of Daniel Masor. The three Masors lived together at 2685 Grand Concourse, the Bronx, at the time of the 1930 U. S. Census. Victor Iron Supply at 1175 Leggett Ave., the Bronx, became Victor Steel Products Corp. in later life and was in business at this address until the mid-1970s.

In 1936 Barnet Masor was awarded patent no. 2,031,612 for a form for making concrete roads.

Jacob Fritz had two sons who went into the iron and steel business, Irving Fritz (1894-1956) and Morris Fritz (1897-d. after 1963). Irving Fritz formed I. Fritz & Co. around 1916, and they were in business until at least 1928. Irving Fritz registered for the World War I draft in 1917 when he declared his occupation as "Self, Scrap Iron Merchant, 223-225 E. 98th St." Morris Fritz registered a year later, when he said that he was employed at I. Fritz & Co., 223 E. 98th St., NYC. In the early 1930s Irving and Morris Fritz were involved with the Fritz Steel Corp. which stayed in business until around 1971. In the final New York city directory, Polk, 1933-34, Fritz Steel Corp. was composed of Irving Fritz, pres., Morris Fritz, sec., and Jacob Fritz, treas. For approximately 40 years this company was located at 540 Barry St., the Bronx. This address is just around the corner from 1175 Leggett Ave., where Victor Iron Supply was located.

Late in life Daniel Masor gave up and changed his last name to Mason. He registered for the World War II draft in 1942 under this name. He was 46 years old, born New York City, 1 January 1896, and employed at Victor Steel Products Corp. 1175 Leggett Avenue.

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