|Given Name(s)||Joseph Haiem|
|Place of Birth||January 14, 1850|
|Date of Birth (Eng)|
|Date of Birth (Heb)|
|Date of Death (Eng)||January 10, 1914|
|Date of Death (Heb)||12 Tevet 5674|
|Age at Death||63|
|Hebrew Name||יוסף חיים [בן] שמואל אברהם הלוי|
|Father’s Name||Shmuel Abraham Donnenberg|
|Title (e.g., Dr)|
|Religious Status (כ/ל/י)||Levi|
|Cause of Death|
|Other Family Data||Children: Rosie Donnenberg Weill (4B4), Samuel Dunn (4B5) and Pauline Donnenberg Komor. Sister-in-law: Elyse Lyons (2E14). Sons-in-laws: Albert Weill (4B7) and Siegfried Komor (4E2). Grandchildren: Sophie Rachel Odell (4B2) and Leon “Leo” Weill (4B6). Great-grandson: Victor Jack Cario (4B9).|
|Inscription (Eng)||SACRED TO THE MEMORY|
JOSEPH HAIEM DONNENBERG
4TH. JANUARY 1850
10TH. JANUARY 1914.
DEEPLY REGRETTED BY HIS LOVING CHILDREN
|Inscription (Heb)||מצבת קבורת המ הזקן יוסף חיים דאנינברג נע בן שמואל אברהם הלוי נפטר יום שק יב להו טבת התרעד ין ג׳נוורי והיו ימיו סד שנה תנצבה|
|Historical||Hebrew inscription says he was 64.|
He went to Japan in 1888 and, in partnership with J. Bercovich, who had lived and operated a saloon in Japan for some years, he established Bercovich & Donnenberg, proprietors of the Hotel Europe, Yokohama # 41. In 1889, his wife and daughter Pauline joined him. They operated the hotel until 1890. It was sold to A. Goldman in 1891 and they left Japan for Hong Kong.
According to the Carl Smith archives, he took charge of the Globe Hotel on Queen’s Road Central in 1891. Three years later he transferred it to Isydor Silberman, the father of the Sarah Silberman (1H8) and the unnamed child buried in 1H4.
In 1897, he became the proprietor of the Colonial Hotel on Jubilee Street, which was previously licensed to Moritz Sternberg, the father Jacob Sternberg (1H7). In 1901, the license was transferred to Annetta Papier, the wife of Pinchas Moses Papier (1G3) and mother of Emily Papier (1D1).
His wife is not mentioned. She probably died before him. Certainly, she is not buried in Hong Kong and she may have died in Japan, perhaps in 1890.
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