Panikoff, William L


     William L. Panikoff, a diamond setter and manufacturing jeweler of New Haven, was born May 15, 1873, a son of Simon and Sophia (Persoff) Panikoff, who came to America in early life, establishing their home in New Haven, where the father has since engaged in the jewelry business, ranking among the leading jewelers of the city. In their family were four daughters and one son, namely: Mrs. Dora Cohen, a resident of New Haven; William L., Mrs. Harry Gillespie and Miss Nettie Panikoff, all of New Haven; and Mrs. Anna Horvitz, of Brooklyn, New York.

     William L. Panikoff attended the schools of New Haven and after completing his education was employed in bench work at the jewelry trade in his father’s establishment on State street. He received thorough instruction in every branch of the work and remained with his father for thirteen years, after which he embarked in business on his own account in 1899. During the intervening period, covering eighteen years, he has built up a business of extensive and gratifying proportions and is prominently known as a manufacturing jeweler, making a specialty of class and fraternity pin work. He has an enameling plant and also does diamond setting. His output in pins and his other pieces are most attractive in design and workmanship. Because of the excellence of his work and also because of his straightforward business methods and earnest desire to please his patrons he has built up a business that is most gratifying.

     In 1900 Mr. Panikoff was united in marriage to Miss Sarah L. Bergin, a daughter of Morris and Katie Bergin. They have two children: Harriet S., who was born in New Haven in 1902 and is attending high school; and Herbert I., who was born in 1907 and is a pupil in the graded schools.

     In his political views Mr. Panikoff maintains an independent course, voting according to the dictates of his judgment. He is well known in Masonic circles, belonging to Hiram Lodge, F. & A. M.; Pulaski Chapter, R. A. M.; and to Crawford Council, R. & S. M. He is also connected with Hejaz Grotto and with Columbus Lodge. His life exemplifies the beneficient spirit of the Masonic fraternity and he is ever loyal to the teachings of that organization, which is based upon a recognition of the brotherhood of mankind. In his business career he has made steady progress and New Haven ranks him among her representative manufacturing merchants. He has built up interests of importance, contributing to the commercial development of his city, and deserves credit for what he has accomplished.

Modern History of New Haven
Eastern New Haven County


Volume II

New York – Chicago
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company 

pgs 743 - 744

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