Isidore Karsky & Samuel Karsky, Father and Son Jewish Merchants of Weaverville in the California Gold Country

Isidore Karsky & Samuel Karsky

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Isidore Karsky (1830-1867) and Hannah Abrahm Karsky (1831-1897), came to the United States in 1857 from Prussia, settling in California.

Isidore Karsky, was the proprietor of I. Karsky & Co. in San Francisco.


Weaverville, California

In 1866, Isidore Karsky entered into a partnership with M. Karsky and I. Abraham.

Together they founded a mercantile firm called Karsky & Abraham, in Weaverville, California, the County Seat of Trinity County in the Gold Country.

Prospector in Weaverville, CA, Vintage Postcard

Prospector in Weaverville, CA, Vintage Postcard


Isidore and Hannah Karsky had six children: Samuel, Morris, Miriam (1857-1929), Theresa, Sarah and Victor (1861-1886).

S.F.SchoolBoard Letter to xxxxx xxxMiriam was employed by the Rincon Grammar School, a frail wooden building containing small and poorly arranged classrooms. There were 993 boys and girls in attendance at that time, indicating a large town population at that time.

Letter above reads:

Feb. 21st, 1877

Miss) M. Karsky:

 At a regular meeting of the Board of Education held on the 20th ?????, you were elected to the position of Teacher in the Silver St. Primary School.


Very respectfully,

George Beanston, Sec’y


Isidore Karsky died suddenly, in Weaverville, in 1867.

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Samuel Karsky

Samuel Karsky was born in 1862 in San Francisco, California.

Around 1876, Samuel Karsky graduated from South Cosmopolitan Grammar School in San Francisco.

He was confirmed at Temple Emanu-El Synagogue.


In 1879, the Weaverville firm was renamed I. Abraham Dry Goods & Clothing.”

Around 1882, Samuel Karsky joined the Weaverville mercantile firm.

In 1883, the firm was renamed, again, Abraham & Karsky.”

Weaverville, early 1900's

Weaverville, early 1900’s


Samuel Karsky was a member of Mount Bally Parlor, Native Sons of the Golden West and Chosen Friends.



Samuel Karsky married Beckie

They had two children: Irving L. (1900-1989) and Walter S. (b.1910?).


Samuel Karsky died in 1927 in San Francisco, California.

He is buried in the Hills of Eternity Cemetery in Colma, California.


For more information see the following articles in Western States Jewish History:

  • “Karsky of Weaverville,”  Western States Jewish History, vol.15, #2.

Samantha Silver is our curator for this  Karsky Family Exhibit.

Thanks to Ken Katz for the photo of the letter to Miriam

Any family pictures would be appreciated.