Ernest Markewitz (1903-1966)

Ernest Markewitz was born in Portland, Oregon, on January 11, 1903 to Milton and Frances Markewitz. His family had been in the United States for several generations. His parents were born in Portland, and met and married there. They had two sons, Ernest and his brother Arthur. Ernest’s father Milton co-founded the Bushong printing company, where Ernest also eventually worked.

The family lived in northwest Portland, where Ernest attended Couch Grammar School and Lincoln High School. They belonged to Congregation Beth Israel, where Ernest became a bar mitzvah. There were other Reform Jews in the neighborhood and the Friedenthal family were relatives of the Markewitzes. 

Ernest met his wife Frances when she was visiting Portland from San Francisco. They married in 1934 and raised their two children John and Ann in a house on SW Patton and Montgomery. 

Ernest attended activities at the Jewish Community Center. He was a charter member of the Ramblers club there.  When he got older he was active in the B’nai B’rith Men’s Club. He was also very active in the general Portland civic life, a long-time member of the City Club.

Ernest attended the University of Washington in Seattle and joined a Jewish fraternity, Pi Tau Pi, that was just being organized in 1920.

He died on May 7, 1966.

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