Julius J. Mack, Jewish Pioneer of the San Joaquin Valley & San Francisco, California

Julius J. Mack

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Three brothers, Julius J, Solomon, and Adolph, were born in New York in the 1850’s.

They were three of the ten children of Lawrence and Miriam Mack.


In 1875, they came together to California, and settled first in the San  Joaquin Valley, went their separate ways, then came back together to make their fortunes and contributions to their community.


Julius Max first opened a general merchandise in Lemore, in Kings County, with his brother, Solomon.

The business included banking, and insurance.


Julius took up residence in Visalia.

Julius Max went into banking in Visalia, and soon became the Cashier of the Bank of Visalia.




Julius Max also became one of the founders of Visalia Oil & Petroleum Company in Bakersfield, in 1877.

Oil Wells in Bakersfield at the Turn of the 20th Century, Vintage Postcard

Oil Wells in Bakersfield at the Turn of the 20th Century,
Vintage Postcard


In 1880, Julius Max, his brother Adolph, a pharmacist, and Leo Guggenhime, established a wholesale firm in San Francisco – J. J. Mack & Co.



Juluis Mack became a major contributor to the Pacific Hebrew Orphan Asylum of San Francisco and to the San Francisco Federation of Jewish Charities.

In 1916 he gave $2,500 to fund the new orphanage site.

Library of the Pacific Hebrew Orphans Asylum, #WS1947

Library of the Pacific Hebrew Orphans Asylum,


Julius Mack married a daughter of Simon Silverberg.


For more information on Julian Mack, see the following issue of Western States Jewish History:

  • The Mack Brothers: Merchants & Philanthropists, San Francisco, Visalia & Port Hueneme, California, by Dr. Norton B. Stern, WSJH, Vol. 41, Issue #2.

Also, for information on Julius’s brother, click on their name here to see their exhibits.  Adolph Mack Exhibit    Solomon Mack Exhibit

Any additional information or pictures would be appreciated to make this a more complete exhibit..