Genealogy: Greene, Incorporated
Gerson Greene, my great-uncle after whom my father was named, seems to have formed a couple of construction companies:
From R. L. Polk & Co.'s ... Trow New York Copartnership and Corporation Directory, Boroughs of Manhattan and Bronx 1919 found through Google Books:
I believe this is a correct match because that one of the other corporate officers was his sister Dora, later Dottye Tropp.
From the New York Tribune of 6 Oct 1919, a notice of a NY State incoporation from 5 Oct:
Google tells me that Gustave Teitelbaum was a lawyer. But who was Gussie Williams? Well, I have a hypothesis.
One of Gerson's sisters was Gussie Greene, born in 1897. I see her in every census through 1915, but in 1919 she is not listed among the siblings in Ida's probate paperwork, and she's not in the 1920 census, nor any later records. (Not just census records -- when each sibling died, if I could find their death notice in the NY Times, I was usually presented with a list of surviving siblings, in a "Ten Little Indians" sort of way. Not once did Gussie appear.) I had been wondering if she had died, perhaps in the flu pandemic, or if she got married and left no forwarding address, as it were.
But perhaps now I have the end of a thread -- maybe the Gussie Williams in this 1919 record is the married name of Gussie Greene, Gerson's sister? (Even with this additional clue, I have not been able to find a record of her marrying or anything in the census, but I've only had this tidbit for a day.)
Again, that's assuming that this is the same Gerson Greene -- but there doesn't seem to have been others in New York at that time.
Going back to Barnett, I found a few possible leads -- of course, I still don't know if this is the same Barnett. Here's a bankruptcy notice from the New York Times, April 1912:
Who was Abraham Scholinsky? If you drop the 'c' there are a few other matches, but nothing compelling has turned up yet.