Source: "History of Manitowoc County Wisconsin" by Dr. L. Falge, 1911-1912, v.2, p.320-321.
David Balkansky, who with A. Schwartz is owner of the Manitowoc Iron &
Metal Company, in which he has been interested since 1897, was born in
Drogezen, in Russia. Mr. Balkansky was reared and educated in his native
land, whence he emigrated to the United States in 1896. Manitowoc was his
destination and very soon after his arrival he became associated with Mr.
Schwartz in the above enterprise. They had but limited means to finance the
undertaking so were compelled to begin in a very small way, but as they are
both unusually clever business men of most progressive and energetic
methods they have made rapid progress. During the fifteen years of the
concerns existence they have greatly extended their plant and now are
owners of the largest enterprise of the kind in this county, giving
employment to a large corps of skilled workmen. In the development of their
establishment they have manifested a high standard of commercial ability
as well as business acumen, and are now enjoying an excellent patronage
that is constantly increasing. Their annual receipts now exceed fifty
thousand dollars, which is a large amount for a business of this nature. In
addition to his interest in this concern Mr. Balkansky is a stockholder in
the Manitowoc Brass Foundry.
Sheboygan, Wisconsin, was the scene of Mr. Balkansky's marriage on the 4th
of June, 1904, to Miss Rebecca Liess, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. Liess,
the father a retired merchant who is now living in Europe. Two children
have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Balkansky: Beneard, who is attending school;
and Livian. The family reside at No. 820 Marshall street.
Mr. Balkansky is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and he
has also taken the degrees of the blue lodge in the Masonic fraternity. He
is one of the highly enterprising and progressive young business men of the
city, whose capabilities are rapidly bringing him to the front and winning
him more than local recognition. During the sixteen years of his residence
here he has won the esteem and respect of a large circle of acquaintances
and is very highly regarded by all who have had transactions with him.
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