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Cone, Moses Herman (29 June 1857–08 December 1908), textile entrepreneur, was born in Jonesboro, Tennessee, the son of Herman Kahn, a Jewish wholesale grocery merchant, and Helen Guggenheimer. Cone’s father was born in Bavaria, and his mother, though born in Virginia, was of German heritage. When Cone’s father moved to the United States, the family name was changed to Cone. Cone was the eldest of thirteen children and spent his formative years in Jonesboro, where his father owned a grocery store. The family moved in 1870 to Baltimore, Maryland, where Cone attended the public schools....

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Goldfine, Bernard (1889–22 September 1967), entrepreneur, , came to the United States from his native Russian town of Avanta at the age of eight with his parents, Samuel Goldfine and Ida (maiden name unknown). He began working in his father’s junk business as a high school dropout. With $1,200 of his savings, he and a friend began the Strathmore Woolen Company in Boston, which bought and sold textile remnants. His company prospered during World War I by supplying cloth for military uniforms. In 1917 he married Charlotte Goldblatt; they had four children. The Goldfine enterprises ultimately consisted of textile mills in four New England states, with the base in Lebanon, New Hampshire....