MICHAEL SLAVIN-- Standing back of the building trades in Passaic county, New Jersey, Michael Slavin is taking a very practical part in the general advance as secretary and treasurer of the Yellow Pine Lumber Company, with offices in Clifton, New Jersey. Mr. Slavin is a son of Louis and Diana (Ashinoosky) Slavin, both natives of Russia. Louis Slavin brought his family to the United States in 1894, and since arriving here has lived a retired life.
Michael Slavin was born in Witebsk, Russia, January 9, 1884, and was ten years of age when he came with his parents to this country. The family located first in Brooklyn, New York, and he attended Public School No. 43, in that city, until 1898, when their removal to Passaic placed him in Public School No. 6, of this city, for his final year in the grammar grades, from which he was graduated in 1899. Entering the old Passaic High School in the fall of the same year, he covered the course in three years and was graduated in 1902. In 1903 Mr. Slavin entered Cornell University, medical department, but financial reverses caused him to drop his studies temporarily and enter the business world. In business life he has risen in his activities, and has never returned to college to resume his medical studies. Beginning with the Erie railroad, in their car service department at Jersey City, at a salary of $35 per month, Mr. Slavin was with them scarcely more than a year when he became aissociated with Slaff Brothers in the ‘building business. This was in 1905, and he remained with this concern for about four years, then in 1909 entered the wholesale flour business in partnership with Hyman Kramer, under the finn name of the Passaic Flour Company, their location being at the corner of Hudson and First streets, Passaic. Three years later Mr. Slavin dissolved partnership with Mr. Kramer and became identified with the Yellow Pine Lumber Company, of Clifton, New Jersey, of which he is now secretary and treasurer. This is a growing concern, handling already a large volume of business, and contributing in a significant degree to the recovery of the building interests of this section from the recent stagnation which was the inevitable result of war conditions. Interested in all public advance, Mr. Slavin supports the Republican party in his political activity, but takes only the citizen’s interest in public affairs. He is a director of the Young Men’s Hebrew Association, and of Alpha Lodge, No. 89, Free and Accepted Masons.
Mr. Slavin married, in Passaic, July 4, 1915, Sarah Wisnev, who was born in Passaic, a daughter of Jacob and Clara Wisnev. They have one daughter, Dorothea Violet, born in Passaic in 1917.
History of Passaic and Its Environs: Historical, Biographical. William W. Scott, Lewis Historical Publishing Co., New York, New York. 1922.