Robert Adelstein Papers
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 Robert (Bob) M. was born December 8, 1934 in Rapid City, South Dakota. Both sons were involved in the engineering company, but Bob Adelstein sold his interest in 1991. Bob Adelstein received a M.A. from the University of Denver in 1975 and has practiced as a Psychiatric Social Worker doing family and individual therapy. He has been a leader in Denver’s Jewish community and was on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency from 1984-2006. He was Vice-President of the JTA for six years. The collection has two handwritten books with illustrations done by Bertha Greenberg and her correspondence, a soft-covered book “Around the World in 80 Years: Eight Decades of Journalism by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, and hard-covered photography books created by Robert M. Adelstein. The papers tell the story of Jewish families in Iowa, South Dakota, and Denver, Colorado.
- Adelstein, Robert (Person)
3 Linear Feet (1 flat box (15 x 15 x 1.5 inches), 1 record box, 1 half legal document box)
Biographical / Historical
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. One of the businesses of the Greenbergs was a bottling company. The Dr. Pepper Sioux City Bottling Works opened in 1937 when Aaron Greenberg and his brother-in-law H. Miller acquired the franchise. Members of the family were involved in the plant's operations, including Bertha's brother Jack. Bertha Greenberg married Morris Adelstein on January 27, 1924 in Sioux City, Iowa. 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. Bailey Adelstein later homesteaded by herself in 1910 near Kadoka, South Dakota. Morris Adelstein moved to Kadoka in 1919 and in 1924 founded Northwestern Engineering Company. Stanford Mark Adelstein was born on August 19, 1931 in Sioux City, Iowa and Robert (Bob) M. Adelstein was born in Rapid City, South Dakota on December 8, 1934. Much of the correspondence in the collection is congratulations to Bertha Greenberg Adelstein on the birth of her sons. The family moved to Denver in 1945 when Robert was 14 and became members of Congregation Emanuel. Stanford joined Northwestern Engineering Company in 1957 and became president in 1968. Robert Adelstein was involved in the engineering company beginning in 1957 and was Corporate Secretary and on the Board of Directors until 1991. He was awarded a BA in combined work in the Mental Health Program and School of Psychology at Metropolitan College and a Master Degree in Social Work at the University of Denver in 1975. He has had a practice as a Psychiatric Social Worker doing family and individual therapy. Bob Adelstein has been very involved in the Jewish community and has had a leadership role and served on a number of boards, including National Jewish Hospital and National Asthma Center, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, the Anti-Defamation League, and the Hillel Council of Colorado, and was also a founding member of Shalom Park and was on the University of Denver’s Alumni board. He is an avid photographer and enjoys travelling with his wife.
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