Isaac Goldstein, Jewish Pioneer Merchant & Rancher of Tulare County, California

Isaac Goldstein

Isaac Goldstein of Visalia, WSJH, V2/#3, 1970

Isaac Goldstein of Visalia,
WSJH, V2/#3, 1970

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Isaac Goldstein was born in Bavaria, in 1839.

His father, Simon Goldstein was a cattle buyer.

The family came to the United States and settled in Connecticut.


Along the way

After a few years of schooling, Isaac sailed for California in company with United States Senator John Weller who was later elected Governor of California.

Isaac Goldstein, then 16 years of age, found work in the store of the Acherman Brothers in San Francisco and later clerked for Godchaux’s Department Store in that same city.

In 1858, he went into the Gold Country eventually heading south into the lower San Joaquin Valley and went to work for S. Sweet & Company.


San Joaquin Valley

Four years, in 1862, he went into partnership with D.R. Douglas and Marshall Johnson which only lasted for a short time. Then Isaac Goldstein went into a new partnership with his brother-in-law, S. H. Collins, and with S. Reinstein, as Goldstein & Company.

Check issued by Goldstein's Store, 1911.

Receipt issued by Goldstein’s Store, 1911.

In 1876, Isaac Goldstein left the merchantile business and became actively engaged in the buying and selling of livestock.

The range of the Lower San Joaquin Valley was open and feed was no problem.

The principle expense was hiring vaqueros to round up the stock and to drive hogs, cattle and sheep to market.

By 1872, Isaac Goldstein had herds of cattle and hogs feeding around, now dry, Tulare Lake.


Issac Goldstein also ran sheep and cattle in the Sierra  Nevada, now Kings Canyon National Park.

Goldstein Peak is named after Isaac Goldstein.

Kings Canyon National Park. One of the peaks is "Goldstein Peak." Vintage Postcard

Kings Canyon National Park. One of the peaks is “Goldstein Peak.”
Vintage Postcard


Isaac Goldstein married Rebecca Abrahams, a native of England, in 1868

Together they had 6 children: Henry, Sarah, Albert, Madaline, Ralph and Fanny.


Isaac Goldstein passed away in 1908.


For more information on Isaac Goldstein, see the following issue of Western States Jewish History:

  • Pioneer Merchants of Tulare County, California, by Annie R. Mitchell, WSJH, Vol. 2, Issue #3, 1970.

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