Louis Bauman: Early Jewish Pioneer Jeweler of St. Louis, Missouri, 1840’s

Louis Bauman

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Louis Bauman was born in 1812, in Hessdorf, Bavaria.

Along the way . . . .

As a 26 year old watchmaker, Louis Bauman journeyed to America in 1838.

In New York City, he entered the jewelry trade.

After his marriage, Louis Bauman and his wife moved to Mobile, Alabama.

St. Louis

In 1844, the Baumans settled in St. Louis.

There, Louis and his brother-in-law, Meyer Friede opened a jewelry store called Louis Bauman & Company.

Soon, their firm became the largest wholesale jewelry store West of the Mississippi.

Community

Louis Bauman was an early member of B’nai El Temple.

Fraternal

Louis Bauman was active in the local Masonic Lodge.

Family

Louis Bauman married Marianna Friede. while living in New York.

Together they had eight children.

Two of their sons, Solomon and Meyer Bauman took over Louis Bauman & Company in 1872.

In 1882, the firm was incorporated as L. Bauman Jewelry Company.

 

Louis Bauman died in 1881.

 

Sources

  • Ehrlich, Walter. Zion in the Valley: The Jewish Community of St. Louis.  Volume 1. Columbia, Mo: University of Missouri Press, 1997.
  • Schwartz, Ellen Jane Freund. Freund Family Chronicles. 1992. http://home.earthlink.net/~anschwartz/personal/genealogy/freund/chronicles.htm

Samantha Silver is Curator of this Louis Bauman Exhibit.

Appropriate pictures would be appreciated.