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

David L. Haas

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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.



The Bank of Napa

The Bank of Napa

At age 17, in 1859  David Haas clerked for his older brother in a book store.

Later David Haas operated his own book and stationary store in Napa City.



David Haas became Director of the Bank of Napa, an impressive edifice that still stands today in downtown Napa at First and Brown Streets.



David Haas married Francis (Fanny) Squibb.

Together they had two children, Leopold and Munson Haas.

Napa Fire Department Vintage Postcard

For more information, see:

Under the Vine and the Fig Tree: The Jews of Napa Valley, by Lin Weber, ISBN 0-9667014-4-5, 2003

Napa Valley’s Jewish Heritage, by Henry Michalski and Donna Mendelsohn, ISBN 978-0-7385-8898-8 Arcadia Publishers

Both books are available thru the Jewish Historical Society of Napa Valley, info@jhsnv.org




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Lauren Chevlen is curator of this David Haas Exhibit.