Joseph P. Newmark: The First Newmark in Early Los Angeles, Part 1, 1852

Joseph P. Newmark  

Values Code: I-E-L-P

Joseph P. Newmark was born in Loebau, Posen, Prussia in 1827.

Joseph P. Newmark, First Newmark in Los Angeles


Joseph P. Newmark came to America in 1848, at the age of 21.

He traveled to Kentucky and back to New York before coming to Los Angeles in 1852.


Los Angeles

Arriving in Los Angeles, Joseph P. Newmark opened a clothing store with Jacob Rich.

He soon invited his younger brother, Harris Newmark, to come to California from Prussia to join in the business.

Joseph P. Newmark then joined with his brother, Joseph Newmark, his uncle, and Maurice Kremer to form Newmark, Kremer & Co., a wholesale-retail dry goods store.


Joseph P. Newmark, tiring of the long hours of the wholesale business, left the partnership shortly to move to San Francisco to become a commission broker of merchandise.

When he retired, Joseph P. Newmark returned to Los Angeles in 1888


Joseph P. Newmark was a member of the Masons, Lodge #42 in Los Angeles.


Joseph P. Newmark married Augusta Leseritz (1834-1915) in Posen in 1855 and brought her back to live in San Francisco.

Mr. & Mrs, Joseph P. Newmark & Leo


Joseph P. and Augusta Newmark had seven  children:

Harriet married Morris H. Newmark; Leo became a promonent medical doctor in San Franciso; Phineus went into the coffee business in Los Angeles; Rose married her first cousin Maurice H. Newmark, son of Harris Newmark; Samuel; Meyer; and Emma.


Jospeph P. Newmark passed away in 1897.


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

  • Newmark, Joseph; A Leading Jewish Businessman of Pioneer California; 1799-1833?; San Francisco; 1967; Unknown author, copied by Norton Stern; 41/3
  • Other notations in Vol. 38, #3/4, pages 33, 36, 39; Wol. 42, #2/3, page 28


  • 60 Years on Southern California, by Harris Newmark, see extensive notes in index.

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Joseph P. Newmark, Older Brother of Harris Newmark