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Joseph Gans was born in 1838, in Neustadt, Germany.
In 1861, Joseph Gans came to New York at the age 0f 23.
Along the way . . . .
In 1862, Joseph Gans crossed the Isthmus of Panama, visiting various western states – California, Oregon and Idaho.
He and tried out various jobs, including butchery and freighting.
In 1866, Joseph Gans moved to Helena.
He opened a general merchandise store.
He also tried his hand at ranching. “XIT” was his brand.
In 1876, Joseph Gans entered into a partnership with Henry Klein.
By 1882, their mercantile firm, Gans & Klein Co., was quite successful.
Louis and Herman Gans also worked at Gans & Klein.
Joseph Gans also raised sheep in Wyoming during this time.
Joseph Gans was a Master of King Solomon Masonic Lodge No. 9. He served as Treasurer 35 times.
In 1876, Joseph Gans married Frederika (Rachael) Kaufman (1847-1928).
Together they had 5 children: Sara (1878-1947) Marvin Lloyd Gans (1881-1947), who took over running Gans & Klein, Carrie M. (1887-1890), David S. (1890-1960) and Mrs. Henry Weigel.
Joseph Gans died in 1917.
He is buried at the Home of Peace Cemetery in Helena.
Frederika Gans died in 1928.
- Coleman, Julie L. Golden Opportunities: A Biographical History of Montana’s Jewish Communities. Helena, Montana: SkyHouse Publishers, 1994.
- Moses Morris papers, 1894-1932. Montana Historical Society Research Center – Archives and Photographs Archives. http://220.127.116.11/archivegrid/collection/data/420247227
- Birth/Death Date information from findagrave.com
- Montana Women’s History. http://montanawomenshistory.org/using-quilts-as-a-window-into-montana-womens-history/#more-2082
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