Maurice Silverman was born in Romania in about 1891 and came to the U.S. in 1902.  Maurice married Louis Berkuvitz’s (as it was spelled in the announcement) daughter Dora on August 22, 1915, and they moved to St. Louis Park after November 1, 1915.  (The announcement spelled his name Silberman.) He served in World War I, and the 1920 Census said that he was a District Court Clerk.  By 1930 he was a Prohibition agent; his obituary stated “He narrowly escaped with his life many times in his undercover assignments which brought him in contact with notorious rum runners, beer barons, and gang lords.”  When Prohibition ended in 1934 he became an Investigator, Alcohol Tax Unit, according to the 1940 Census.  The Silvermans lived at 2908 Salem, a house that was built in 1924 and is still standing.  He and Dora enjoyed gardening and at one point they operated a flower shop at the Nicollet Hotel. 


Maurice and Dora’s children were:

  • William Joseph, born @ 1917, who lived in Chicago in 1955

  • Razel, born @ 1918.  Razel’s married name was Hoffman and she lived in Chisholm in 1955.

  • In 1930 nephew Sanford Berkwitz was living with the Silvermans. 

Maurice died on December 2, 1955, and the obituary in the Dispatch honored him by calling him a Prominent Park Resident.