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HISTORY OF KENTUCKY The Blue Grass State, Volume III, Illustrated. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, Chicago-Louisville, 1928.
JOSEPH L. FRIEDMAN. – A man of many enterprises of importance, an all round business man of prominence and great success, is the subject of this sketch. His interests have touched many lines of activity, in all of which he seems to have attained equal prominence and distinction, and is an example of what determination and force, combined with the highest degree of business integrity, can accomplish for a man of natural ability and strength of character.
Joseph L. Friedman is a native of Kentucky, born in the city of Louisville, April 14, 1857, the son of Leopold and Louise (Meyers) Friedman, both being from families of old settlers in Kentucky. Mr. Friedman, our subject, received his education in the public and high schools of his native city, and later supplemented this preliminary training with a course at Cecelian College. After having prepared himself for a business career by amply storing his mind with useful information, he entered into a partnership with his brother-in-law, Mr. Jno. W. Keiler & Co., wholesale liquor dealers and distillers, and they have made a great success. Their brand, Brook Hill, has a reputation throughout the United States, and they have probably the most commodious and perfectly equipped liquor house in the state of Kentucky. Same was erected about four years ago and they secured all of the latest improvements and every detail was watched for the convenience and best methods for a house of this kind. The offices are handsome and in every particular this firm indicates the modern idea – success and progress.
Mr. Friedman possesses the enterprising spirit which is a dominant factor in producing the development of a country. He is a man of keen discrimination and sound judgment and his executive ability and excellent management have brought to any concern with which he is connected a large degree of success. Mr. Friedman was one of the principal organizers of the Paducah Traction Company, and on its organization was elected president of the company, which position he now holds. He was one of the principal organizers of the Palmer Hotel Company and is still serving as its president. This hotel is one of the finest and best equipped in this part of Kentucky. Mr. Friedman has been a director in the City National Bank for several years and now is its vice-president. This bank is situation on the corner of Fourth and Broadway, is a ten story building, with vaults that are the second of their kind in the state. In short, Mr. Friedman has connected himself with every enterprise of importance in Paducah. He is pre-eminently a man of affairs, well fitted for leadership, and his strong and forceful personality, his keen mental discernment and his high ideals of life have made him at once a power in business circles and in other circles as well.
He is a prominent Mason, being a member of Plain City Lodge and of Paducah Chapter, No. 30, R.A.M. He is also a member of the B.P.O.E. Mr. Friedman has a beautiful residence – “The Pines” – about three miles in the country.