Berchik Friedlander was born in Grinkishok in present-day Lithuania and married Frieda Bonn. Their son Benjamin Friedlander (1876-1930) immigrated to the United States. Friedlander opened the Busy Bee Hive clothing store on Fifth Avenue in Homestead in 1899. The business later moved to 221 E. 8th Avenue in Homestead.“Jews in the News, 1899,” Homestead Hebrews (online—HomesteadHebrews.com). After marrying Annie Lebovitz, Benjamin Friedlander sent for his parents, his three brothers, and his younger sister Reva. They immigrated around 1901.
Benjamin’s nephew Alex Friedlander (1886-1951) operated a grocery store on Dickson Street. Reva (Rebecca) Friedlander married Louis Jacobson before leaving Lithuania. They had six children, Lena, Meyer, Samuel, Sarah, Pauline and Fannie. Louis and Rebecca Jacobson entered the grocery business with Alex Friedlander. The Jacobson children also worked at the Dickson Street grocery store.Daniels, Linda Jacobson. Jacobson-Friedlander Reunion ’96, p. 29. Pittsburgh, Pa, 1996. (catalog record).
Fannie Friedlander married Sam Gordon, who went into business with his brother-in-law Meyer Jacobson. They operated Jacobson-Gordon Automobile Dealers, also known as Liberty Garage, on Amity Street in Homestead. The dealership later moved to 8th Avenue. They sold Willys and Hudson cars.Daniels, Linda Jacobson. Jacobson-Friedlander Reunion ’96, p. 29. Pittsburgh, Pa, 1996. (catalog record).