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Tombstone Tuesday – Jacob and Yetta Michlosky, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

Jacob Michlosky (1852-1960) , J’s Great Great Grandfather is buried in Holche Yosher Cemetery, along with his wife Yetta Silverstein Michlosky (1852-1921). [1][2] Jacob immigrated in 1868 and Yetta came in 1870, the year they were married.[3] Their 6 children were born and raised in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.[4]   I’m still searching for the shtetl of origin of Jacob, but believe it could be in former Lithuania, former Russia, present day Poland.[2][3][5][6]

In the US, Jacob first worked as a peddler of clothes.[7][8] He also opened a restaurant and a jug house – where he had a quart license to bottle and sell whisky by the quart.[9][10][11]   Jacob was an observing orthodox Jew and was a founding member of the Holche Yosher Wizan Synagogue in 1881, named after his place of origin in Lithuania.[3]   

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, City Directory, 1882 [7]
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, City Directory, 1882 [7]
Sunday News [8]
Sunday News, Wilkes-Barre [8]
Sunday News, Wilkes-Barre [10]
Sunday News, Wilkes-Barre [10]
Jacob and Yetta’s children became prominent citizens active within the synagogue and various philanthropic activities in Wilkes-Barre.  They were featured many times in the society columns of the Wilkes-Barre newspapers early in the 20th century.  Their 6 children were Samuel Peter, Sarah, Harry (J’s Great Grandfather), Joseph, David and Mollie.  Their sons owned a restaurant, a banquet hall, a jewelry store, a music store and an electrical lamp store. They were business partners with the Landau brothers and Jacob and Yetta’s daughters, Mollie and Sarah each married a Landau brother.[12]   

Jacob and Yetta are both buried in the Holche Yoscher Cemetary on 1225 S. Main Street in Wilkes-Barre, PA next to 4 other Michloskys; Abraham and Anna Berman Michlosky and their two sons Philip and Louis Michlosky.  My assumption is that Abraham is the brother of Jacob, but I am still looking to confirm this (along with confirmation of their place of origin). Holche Yoscher is also known as “the Jewish Cemetery at Hanover.”  The address is 1225 S. Main St. next to the B’nai B’rith Cemetery. It appears to be small, with 48 rows in the cemetery.[2][13] The Holche Yoscher Synagogue (dedicated on Lincoln Street in 1887) is no longer operating,[14] the congregation may have merged early in the 20th century with another synagogue as the Jewish population in Wilkes-Barre declined.

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Jacob and Yetta Michlosky's Family Tree
Jacob and Yetta Michlosky’s Family Tree


  1. Jacob Michlosky, Holche Yoscher Cemetery; Hanover, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current
  2. “Find A Grave Index.” Database; accessed 2016. Citing index and images. : 2016.
  3. 1900 Federal Census Records; Year: 1900; Census Place: Census Place: Wilkes Barre Ward 9, Luzerne, Pennsylvania; Accessed Ancestry.Com
  4. Levin, Marjorie, The Jews of Wilkes-Barre : 150 years (1845-1995) in the Wyoming Valley of Pennsylvania: Wilkes-Barre, Pa. : Jewish Community Center of Wyoming Valley, 1999.
  5. ‘Death takes A.Michlosky’ The Evening News – 28 Jun 1938, Tue – Page 2
  6. Samuel Pete Micholsky, 1936: Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1964 Accessed:
  7. Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, City Directory, 1882: U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995
  8. ‘Correspondence: Luzerne Borough’ Sunday News  (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania) 9 Nov 1884, SunPage 7
  9. ‘License Applications to run hotels, restaurants and to sell liquor buy the Quart and as bottlers.’ Wilkes-Barre Semi-Weekly Record – 22 Apr 1887, Fri – Page 5
  10. ‘Colleen Bawn Speaks and Tells what is going on in Luzerne Borough’ Sunday News (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania) 26 Aug 1888, SunPage 5
  11. Note to do further research on Jug House and various articles on Tippling House and context of selling liquor in 1880s
  12. The Wilkes-Barre Record, The Evening News, The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader (various 1911-1945)
  13. Jewish Wilkes-Barre Community Directory
  14. ‘Dedication of New Synagogue’ The Wilkes-Barre Record – 1 Feb 1887, Tue – Page 1

7 thoughts on “Tombstone Tuesday – Jacob and Yetta Michlosky, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

    1. Thanks!! I have Abraham’s death cerificate – his father is listed as Jacob (also)Michlosky and mother is unknown. I have sent away for Jacobs death certificate and am waiting patiently 🙂 from the picture I have I didn’t find any additional info on the tombstones – but think you are right and hoping to take a cemetery trip soon!


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