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Biography of Charles Kurlander

Charles Kurlander is the president of the firm of Kurlander Brothers & Harfield, manufacturers of cloaks, suits and dresses at St. Louis and in this connection has built up a business of most satisfactory proportions. He was born in the province of Ponewiecz, state of Kovno, Russia, December 14, 1873, and is a son of the late Joseph Kurlander, who was also a native of that country and a successful clothing manufacturer. The father died in his native land in 1887, at the age of eighty-five years, nd the mother came with her son Charles to America in 1890. By her marriage he had become the mother of five sons and two daughters, Charles being the youngest f the family. The mother passed away in St. Louis, August 23, 1919, at the age of ighty-six years. Charles Kurlander was educated in the schools of his native country and when lad of fourteen years was apprenticed to the designer’s trade working without remuneration while learning the business, in fact he had to pay for his instruction, but he gained a thorough knowledge of the art of designing and thus laid the foundation of his later success. In 1890 he came to the new world, settling in Cleveland, Ohio, where he was employed as a designer for two years. In 1892 he came to St. Louis and entered the employ of Max Judd & Company as foreman and designer. Steadily he gained acquaintance with the trade and worked his way upward. In 1898 he became associated with his brother, Sol Kurlander, in initiating his first independent business venture, which they did...

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