Maurice Kremer: Very Early Pioneer Jewish Merchant and Civil Servant of Los Angeles

Maurice Kremer

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Maurice Kremer, Early Los Angeles Merchant


Maurice Kremer was born in Lorraine, France, in 1824.

When he arrived in the United States he stayed for a while in Memphis.

Then he traveled down the Mississippi River to New Orleans taking a steamer to Panama.

Then he walked across the Isthmus, sailed up to San Francisco by steamer, and then down to Wilmington and Los Angeles – arriving in 1852.


Business Career

In Los Angeles he joined his cousin, Solomon Lazard and they formed Lazard & Kremer Co. – in dry goods – 1852.


Maurice Kremer’s early Los Angeles store.

In 1856, he joined with Joseph Newmark, Joseph P. Newmark and Harris Newmark in Newmark, Kremer & Co. – Wholesale and Retail Drygoods.

Later, Kremer opened his own fruit shipping company for farmers – M. Kremer & Co.


In 1889, he entered the Insurance business selling Fire Insurace.

He remained in this business until his death in 1907.


Civic Career

From 1860 to 1865, Maurice Kremer was Treasurer of Los Angeles.

Children of Maurice Kremer. 1887, #WS1013

Children of Maurice Kremer. 1887,

From 1866 to 1874, he served on the Los Angeles School Board.

In 1875, he was City Clerk of Los Angeles.

From 1876 to 1879, he was Tax Collector of Los Angeles.

In 1800, he was the Chief Tax Collector of Los Angeles.


Maurice Kremer spoke English, Spanish, French and German, all which helped him in these civic duties.


Community Life

From its founding Marice Kremer was a member of Congregation B’nai B’rith (now Wilshire Boulevard Temple).

He was a founder of the TurnVerein, in 1859

In 1860, he helped found the French Benevolent Society.

In 1880, he was a Trustee of the Hebrew Benevolent Society of Los Angeles.


1887 – Mrs. (Mitilda) Kremer was a Charter Vice-President of the non-secular Ladies Benevolent Society of Los Angeles.

In 1891, she helped found the Home of Peace Society to beautify and maintain the Jewish Cemetery in Chavez Ravine.

In 1890, she helped found the Temple Union Sewing Circle to make clothes for the poor and needy.



Maurice Kremer married Matila Newmark in 1856 – the daughter of Joseph Newmark.

Together they had 12 children, but only 6 survived infancy.

Their daughters were Rachel, Emily, Eda and Agnes.

Their sons were Fred and Abraham.


Marice Kremer passed away in 1907.


Maurice Kremer, #WS1001

Maurice Kremer,

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

Kremer; Maurice Family; Interview with Abraham M. Kremer; LA; 1966; Norton Stern; 41/3


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