Lehman Weil, Jewish Merchant of Mokelumne Hill, California

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Lehman Weil

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Lehman Weil (AKA Levi) was born in Bavaria in 1827.

Lehman Weil journeyed to America in 1858.

 

Along the way …

Weil settled in Mokelumne Hill, California in 1860.

Mokelume Hill CA, Old Postcard

Mokelume Hill CA,
Old Postcard

When he arrived in California, Lehman Weil rented one of the Danielewicz  brothers’ stores. [Click Here]

In 1866, Lehman Weil purchased the store.

There he sold books, cigars and liquor.

The Danielewitz Stores, one was rented, then purchased by Lehman Weil in 1866, Mokelumne Hill CA

The Danielewitz Stores, one was rented, then purchased by Lehman Weil in 1866, Mokelumne Hill CA

In 1870, Weil turned the store into a saloon.

 

After ten years, in 1880, Lehman Weil and his family moved to Virginia City, Nevada, where his wife’s family lived.

He joined his wife’s brothers, Abraham, Levi, and Mark Strouse in their butcher business in the mining boom town.

 

Mark Strouse, was also the Virginia City, Nevada Chief of Police.

C Street in Virgina City during its hayday, postcard.

C Street in Virgina City during its hayday, postcard.

Eventually , Lehman and Sarah Weil retired to San Francisco.

 

Family

In 1863, Lehman Weil married Sarah Strause (b. 1834 in Storndorf, Hesse, Germany).

They had six children, all born in Mokelumne Hill: Theresa (b. 1865), Mark (b.1866), Emma (b.1868), Josephine (b.1870), Clara (b.1872) and Lillie (b.1874).

 

Lehman Weil died in San Francisco in 1901.

Sarah Strouse Weil died in Portland, Oregon in 1910.

 

They are both buried at the Home of Peace Cemetery in Colma, California.

 

For more information see the following issue of Western States Jewish History:

  • The Danielewicz Store of Mokelumne Hill, California, by Victoia Fisch, Vol. 44, #1 – Includes photos by permission from Mokelumne Hill Historical Society

Samantha Silver is our curator for this Lehman Weil Exhibit.

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