The Danielewicz Brothers, Jewish Real Estate Merchants of Mokelumne Hill, California

The Danielewicz Brothers

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Joseph Danielewicz was born in Prussia in 1823.

Gustave Danielewicz was born in Prussia in 1825.

Julius Danielewicz was born in Prussia in 1839.


Along the way …

Joseph Danielewicz journeyed to America in the 1850s with his brothers Gustave and Julius.

The Danielewicz brothers settled in Mokelumne Hill, California, a mining center in the heart of the Gold Country.

Danielewitz Store Mokelumne Hill CA

Danielewitz Store Mokelumne Hill CA

In Mokelumne Hill in 1858, the Gustave and Julius Danielewicz brothers built to stores on Main Street.

They rented one store rented (and later sold it) to Lehman Weil.

From 1958-1881, the Danielewicz brothers rented and sold these properties to numerous Jewish proprietors who came to California during the Gold Rush.

The Danielewicz’s former property is a designated historical building located at 8317 Main Street.

This was combined into one store by the Sauve family in 1910.

Mokelume Hill CA, Old Postcard

Mokelume Hill CA,
Old Postcard

A fourth brother, Samuel Danielewicz (1841-1926) went to San Francisco.


Around 1862, Joseph Danielewicz and his family left Mokelumne Hill for San Francisco.

There, he worked as a dry goods merchant at 516 Sixteenth Street.


At the same time, Gustave Danielewicz and his family, including younger, unmarried brother, Julius, moved to Sutter Creek in nearby Amador County.


A couple of years later, in 1872, Gustave and Henrietta’s eldest son, David Danielewicz, died.

He was buried at the Pioneer Jewish Cemetery in Amador County.


During the 1890s, Gustave Danielewicz and his family relocated to Oakland, California, sans Julius Danielewicz, who remained in Sutter Creek.


Rosa Danielewicz, Gustave’s daughter, became a successful poet, writing and illustrating three books: Rose Petals (1911), The Birth and Growth of a Soul (1918?) and Logic and Love – Poems of Peace  (1924).  The Birth and Growth of a Soul contains one poem dedicated to President Woodrow Wilson.


In 1881, Julius Danielewicz filed a claim for a mine in Amador County.

By 1887, the claim was still active.


In 1902, after Gustave’s death, Julius moved to Oakland to live with the family.


Joseph Danielewicz married Pauline Posner.

They had four children: Isidor, Mary, Rachel and Amelia.


Gustave Danielewicz married Henrietta Glickman.

They had five children: David, Rosa, Samuel, Emma and Carrie.


Joseph Danielewicz died in 1905 in San Francisco.

Pauline Danielewicz predeceased him in 1887, also in San Francisco.

They are buried in the Hills of Eternity Memorial Park in Colma, California.


Gustave Danielewicz died in Oakland in 1899.

Henrietta, his wife, died in 1913, also in Oakland.

They are buried in the House of Eternity (Jewish Section) of Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland, California.


Julius Danielewicz died in 1921.

He is buried in the Mountain View Cemetery next to Gustave and his family.

His headstone identifies him as “Uncle Julius.”


For more information see the following issue of Western States Jewish History:

  • The Danielewicz Store of Mokelumne Hill, California, by Victoia Fisch, Vol. 44, #1 – Includes photos by permission from Mokelumne Hill Historical Society


Jews in the News

   Around this Time

Gold Country Ladies Organize in Mokelumne Hill, California — 1860

The Hebrew ladies of Mokelumne Hill have formed themselves into a benevolent society — the object of which is to extend aid to all of their people who may stand in need of it, to watch over and comfort the sick and to do such other acts of kindness and charity as their loving hearts may suggest.

—The Marysville Appeal, November 14, 1860, WSJH, Vol. 12, #2.


Samantha Silver is our curator for this Danielewicz Exhibit.