Max Friedwald, Jewish “Scholar” & Saloon Keeper of Billings, Montana

Max Friedwald

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Max Friedwald was born in Poland, in 1865.

When he came to America, he went to Deadwood, South Dakota, where he operated a saloon before moving to Billings.


Billings, Montana

Max Friedwald  owned and operated a saloon in Billings.

He also owned a new and second-hand furniture store – the Billings Merchantile Company.



Max Friedwald was self-educated and eventually donated many Jewish books to the Temple Aaron library.

He was considered a “scholar” in Billings.


Max Friedwald was the Montana Director for the National Farm School in Buck’s County, Pennsylvania. – a Jewish School of Scientic and Practical Agriculture.


National Farm School's original chapel

National Farm School’s original chapel


Max Friedwald was a Charter Member of the local B’nai B’rith Lodge #815.



Max Friedwald married Fannie Feller in 1898.


Max Friedwald died in 1937.


His estate had enough to support his widow as well as to send $40,000 to the United Jewish Appeal.


Fannie Friedwald died in 1959.

They are buried in Beth Aaron Cemetery in Billings.




Samantha Silver is our Curator for this Max Friedwald Exhibit.

We need pictures and more information to help fill out this exhibit.