Families from Yurburg (Jurbarkas), Lithuania

Settle on the Mesabi Iron Range in Early 1900s

By Joel Alpert, January 29, 2015


The maternal side of my family came from the small town (shtetl) of Yurburg in western Lithuania in the early 1900s and after a short period in Altoona in central Pennsylvania, they migrated to Northern Minnesota to become peddlers and ultimately merchants on the Mesabi Iron range.


The family names were Ellis (Eliashevitz), Krelitz, Craine, Laden, Lippman, Bankman, Loceff and Bern (Bernstein).  They settled in the towns of Eveleth, Kinney Mine, Buhl, Virginia and Duluth.


Then in the mid to late 1920s most of them migrated to Minneapolis, Milwaukee and Detroit so that their children would grow up in larger Jewish communities.  These families remained connected through visits, weddings, bar-mitzvahs and funerals though the years.  Then starting in 1998 formal extended family reunions were held in Minneapolis, Detroit, Milwaukee, Los Angeles and Montreal, each with over 100 participants. Another is being planned for July 2015 in Los Angeles.


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Report on the Iron Range family and a Iron Range reunion in 1998

by S. Aaron Laden - July 2000






courtesy of Joel Alpert

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