Joseph Hirshberg, Early Jewish Pioneer Merchant & Cattle Dealer of Helena Montana

Joseph Hirshberg

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Joseph Hirshberg was born in 1847, in Posen, a province of Poland recently taken over by Prussia.

In 1863, Joseph Hirshberg came to New York., at the age of 16.


Along the way . . . .

Joseph Hirshberg headed West to California.

Once there he began his career as a clerk for a dry goods store.

He, then, became a traveling peddler.

In 1864, Joseph Hirshberg headed to Salt Lake City, Utah with his merchandise.

There, he and his friend opened a store in Smithfield, Utah.

Joseph Hirshberg soon sold this store and moved on to Lincoln Gulch, Montana, where he opened a new store with Louis Caro.

This store was sold when he opened his next store in Cedar Creek, Montana.


Helena, Montana

In 1874, Joseph Hirshberg moved to Helena and opened his fourth store.

From 1875-1878, Joseph Hirshberg worked in the mercantile and cattle business.

Montana Cattle Pen


Joseph Hirshberg married Eva Davis (1857-1907) in 1878.


Joseph Hirshberg died in 1926.

He is buried in the Home of Peace Cemetery in Helena, Montana.

Eva Davis died in 1907.




Samantha Silver is our Curator for this Joseph Hirshberg Exhibit.

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