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Adelstein, Morris E., 1894-1968


Morris Adelstein was born in Des Moines, Iowa on June 2, 1894. His parents Meyer and Bailey Adelstein emigrated from Russia in 1890 or 1891. Meyer and Bailey separated and Bailey married a second time, but in 1910 left her second husband and homesteaded land in the Dakota Territory. She moved with her two youngest daughters to Kadoka, South Dakota, where she started a store. Kadoka is near the Rosebud Sioux reservation. Morris and one of sisters remained in Des Moines. In 1916, Morris graduated from Highland Park College in Des Moines with a degree in engineering. Morris joined his mother in Kadoka and was elected as the county engineer for several counties. Morris married Bertha Greenberg on 27 Jan 1924 in Sioux City, Iowa. Bertha Greenberg, daughter of Aaron Greenberg and Julia Miller, was born in 1904 in Russia. In 1924, Morris Adelstein and a banker formed Northwestern Engineering and the company flourished. Northwestern Engineering Company constructed many of the highways in South Dakota, the arch bridge near Wind Cave National Monument, and much of the Ellsworth Air Force Base. In 1947, Morris Adelstein became involved with illegally supplying arms to Palestine before Israel became a state. (See Lavender Hill Mob in Beck Archives Organizations, B118). Morris Adelstein helped create the General Rose Memorial Hospital. He was active in the Children’s Asthma Research Institute, National Jewish Hospital, the Denver Chapter of the United Jewish Appeal, and was on the executive committee of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (UAHC). Morris Adelstein died on December 17, 1968 in Denver, Colorado.

Found in 12 Collections and/or Records:

Box 3, 1930-1944

 File — Box: B332.01.0003
Identifier: B332.01.0003

General Correspondence - Adelstein, Morris E. (Trustee), 1959-1960

Identifier: B005.01.0003.0003
Overview General correspondence from Morris E. Adelstein, President of the Northwestern Engineering Co.
Dates: 1959-1960

Kadoka, South Dakota, between 1919-1930

Identifier: B207.01.0001.0003
Overview Photograph of Kadoka, South Dakota, where Morris E. Adelstein began Northwestern Engineering Company. His mother Baily Adelstein Martinsky homesteaded nearby in 1910. Kadoka is located near the Rosebud Sioux Reservation.
Dates: between 1919-1930

Morris E. Adelstein (Northwestern Engineering Company) Papers

Identifier: B207
Overview Morris Adelstein was born in Des Moines, Iowa on June 2, 1894. His parents had immigrated from Russia and settled in Des Moines, Iowa. His mother Bailey Adelstein Martinsky homesteaded land in South Dakota in 1910 and moved with her youngest daughters to Kadoka, South Dakota. Morris Adelstein graduated from Highland Park College in Des Moines with a degree in englineering. After serving in the Army as an engineer during World War I, he joined his mother in Kadoka and was elected as the county...
Dates: Other: between 1910-2005

Moving in from Bel. Water Job, 1929

Identifier: B207.01.0001.0005
Scope and Contents From the Collection: The Papers contain nine folders and one book, Paving the Way: The Life Morris E. Adelstein by Howard Shaff and Audrey K. Shaff (1970). There are eight folders of photographs and one folder with two issues of The National Jewish Monthly magazine (1944-1945).
Dates: 1929

Photographs, between 1910-1953

Identifier: B207.01
Overview The series contains photographs of Northwestern Engineering Company worksites and a photograph of Kadoka, South Dakota.
Dates: between 1910-1953

Photographs of Work Sites, 1926-1953

Identifier: B207.01.0001.0004
Overview Photographs of road and bridge construction by Northwestern Engineering Company in South Dakota, Wyoming, and Idaho, including Cedar Pass Road and Beaver Creek Bridge. The photographs are on scrapbook pages.
Dates: 1926-1953

Publications, 1944-1945, 2005

Identifier: B207.02
Scope and Contents Series contains 1 folder with two issues of The National Jewish Monthly and a book on Morris E. Adelstein and Northwestern Engineering Company.
Dates: 1944-1945, 2005

Road and Culvert Work, 1919

Identifier: B207.01.0001.0001
Overview Five mounted black and white photographs showing county construction crews building a culvert and road in South Dakota. Morris E. Adelstein was elected a county engineer for a number of South Dakota counties in 1919. Dick Miller of Miller Photography Studio in Pierre, South Dakota took the photographs.
Dates: 1919