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Joseph Shemanski was born in Poland to Markus and Jeanette Szmanski in 1869.
Joseph Shemanski came to Portland, Oregon in 1888, at the age of 19.
To make a living, Joseph Shemanski sold clocks, rugs, lace curtains and washtub ringers – door-to-door.
Joseph Shemanski opened his first store on corner of Southwest Third Avenue and Taylor Street
In 1930, Shemanski built an eight story building on Southwest 10th Avenue to house his Eastern Department Store.
Shemanski’s Eastern Outfitting Store eventually had 53 stores along the West Coast.
Joseph Shemanski was the first to introduce installment buying on the West Coast
Joseph Shemanski founded the hospitality committee of the Portland Chamber of Commerce.
Shemanski served on the board of the Waverly Baby Home.
He was also active in the Oregon Prisoner’s Aid Society.
In 1926, Joseph Shemanski donated to Portland the ‘Shemanski Fountain’ (Rebecca at the Well) in South Park.
Joseph Shemanski served as President of Congregation Ahavat Sholom
He later served on the Board President of Congregation Beth Israel where a chapel is named in his honor.
He was also a supporter of the Portland Hebrew School.
Joseph Shemanski was honored by the National Conference of Christians and Jews.
Joseph Shemanski died in 1951
Oregon Jewish Life, January 2015
www.PXDHistory.com a link
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