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Louis Goldberg was born in Koenigsberg, Germany in 1832.
Along the way . . .
In 1851, Louis Goldberg emigrated to Louisiana.
Around 1867, Louis Goldberg moved to Texas, where he and his wife settled in the East Texas, steamboat town of Jefferson.
In the 1870s, Louis Goldberg opened a mercantile firm.
In 1873, Louis Goldberg helped found the Hebrew Sinai Congregation in Jefferson. The Hebrew Sinai Congregation is now the Jefferson Playhouse.
As the Jews left Jefferson, the synagogue was given to the Jessie Allen Wise Garden Club in exchange for the garden clubs perpetual care of the Mt. Sinai Cemetery.
Louis Goldberg married Miriam Levy (1837-1916).
Their children were Isaac (1857-1910), Rachel (1866-1910), Jeannette Miriam (1868-1935) and Isaiah (1876-1923).
Louis Goldberg died in 1899 in Jefferson, Texas. He is buried in the Mt. Sinai Cemetery with his family in the Goldberg Mausoleum.
Isaiah Goldberg graduated from the Agricultural & Mechanical College of Texas. He served as Mayor of Jefferson, Texas from 1920-21. Though many Jews, including his sister Jeannette, chose to leave Jefferson when the economy turned, Isaiah remained in the town of his birth for his whole life.
Isaiah Goldberg was a 32nd degree Mason.
Isaish Goldberg passed away in 1923 .
He is buried in Jeffereson’s Mt. Sinai Cemetery.
Jeannette Miriam Goldberg graduated from Vassar College and Rutgers College.
She was the first Field Secretary of the National Council of Jewish Women.
In 1905, she became the secretary of the Jewish Chautauqua Society.
Later, Jeannette moved to Philadelphia and was an active member of the Pennsylvania Federation of Temple Sisterhoods, as well as the Temple Rodeph Shalom Sisterhood.
For more information, see this issue of Western States Jewish History:
- Louis Goldberg & Family: Pioneer Jews of Jefferson, Texas, by Jeff Campbell, WSJH, Vol. 45, Issue #4
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