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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.

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Robert Adelstein Papers

Identifier: B332
Abstract Bertha Greenberg, daughter of Aaron and Julia Miller Greenberg, was born in 1904 in Russia and died in Denver on November 5, 1996. The Greenberg family settled in Sioux City, Iowa after coming to the United States. Bertha Greenberg married Morris Adelstein on January 27, 1924 in Sioux City, Iowa. Morris Adelstein founded Northwestern Engineering Company in Kadoka, South Dakota in 1924. Two sons were born to Morris and Bertha Greenberg, Sanford born on August 19, 1931 in Sioux City, Iowa, and...
Dates: 1912-2014