Isaac Brunn: Early Jewish Pioneer Food & Liqour Wholesaler and Civic Servant of San Bernardino

Isaac R. Brunn

Isaac Brunn, San Bernardino Merchant, WS#1568

Isaac Brunn, San Bernardino Merchant,

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Isaac Brunn was born in 1836 in Pussian occupied Poland.


Along the way

Isaac Brunn became a United States citizen in 1858, at the age of 22, in Los Angeles.

Isaac Brunn had arrived in Los Angles in 1852 where he clerked in a general merchandise store.


San Bernardino

Isaac Brunn moved to San Bernardino in 1856.

There he partnered with Louis Jacobs.

Later he became a wholesale dealer in cigars, foreign and domestic wines, liquors , representing also some of the well known distilleries of the East, with whom he was well acquainted, having formerly lived in Tennessee.



Isaac Brann was well known in and out of business circles, and has been identified with most of the public enterprises that made San Bernardino the important center of the county.

Isaac Brunn was elected as a member of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors in the 1870s.

Isaac Brunn was also a member of the San Bernardino City Council for 8 years – four years as its President.



Isaac Brunn was a founder of the Hebrew Benevolent Society of Los Angeles in 1854.




Isaac Brunn was a Mason and member of the Knights of Pythias.


Isaac Brunn died in 1917.


Isaac Brunn's Store, San Bernardino, 1877, WS#1570

Isaac Brunn’s Store, San Bernardino, 1877,


More information can be found in the following issue of Western States Jewish History:

  • A Few San Bernardino Businessmen in 1892, 15/2