Napa Valley Jewish Pioneers

The Frank Family, Early Jewish Pioneers of Calistoga, California

Frank Family Values Codes  I-E-L   The Frank family is thought to be the first Jewish family to settle in Calistoga, California – around 1860. The Frank’s home, a modest Victorian cottage, built in the 1870s, now houses the Sharpsteen Museum at 1317 Washington Street.   Jacob Frank operated

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Leopold Lazarus, Early Jewish Pioneer of St. Helena, California

Leopold Lazarus Values Codes  I-E-L   Leopold Lazarus was born in France, in 1827. Leopold Lazarus left France in 1848 at the age of 21, to seek his fortune in America.   Along the way Leopold Lazarus journeyed from New Orleans to California. In California,  Leopold Lazarus engaged

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Jules Eugene Straus, Early Jewish Pioneer Merchant of St. Helena, California

Jules Eugene Straus Values Codes  I-E-L Jules Straus, Leopold Lazarus’s brother-in-law, was born in Alsace, France, in 1844.   Along the way . . . At age fifteen, Jules Straus came to America, sailing from Havre de Grace to New Orleans, arriving in 1858. There, Jules Straus

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Henry Getleson and Abraham Friedberg, Early Jewish Pioneers of Calistoga, California

Henry Getleson and Abraham Friedberg Values Codes  I-E-L   Trained as a sculptor in Germany, Henry Getleson came to Calistoga, California in 1866. Henry Getleson, by the invitation of Sam Brannan, built the town’s first general store at Washington and Lincoln Streets. A sister store in San Francisco

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Herman Shwarz and Elizabeth Fleishman Shwarz, Early Jewish Pioneers of Napa, California

Herman Shwarz and Elizabeth Fleishman Shwarz Values Codes  I-E-L   Herman Shwarz was born in Germany, in 1848.   Napa Herman Shwarz arrived in Napa, Californi,a in 1871. In 1871, Herman Shwarz and his new wife, Elizabeth, opened a hardware store that, by 1906, was the largest of its

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David L. Haas: Early Jewish Pioneer of Napa, California

David L. Haas Values Codes  I-E-L David Leopold Haas was born in Germany, in 1842.   Along the way . . .  David Haas and his brothers, Martin and Solomon Haas, came to America via the Isthmus of Panama route, in 1859.   Napa At age 17,

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