Edward Rodgers Levy, Pioneer Jewish Merchant of Folsom, California

Edward Rogers Levy

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Edward Rogers Levy was born in Poland, in 1839.

Along the way . . .

In the late 1859s, Edward Levy headed West to San Francisco, California.

A short while later, he moved on to Shingle Springs, California, then called Mud Springs where he worked in a store.

Folsom, California

In the early 1860s, Edward Levy moved to Folsom, where he settled permanently.

In Folsom, on Sutter Street, Edward Levy opened a liquor and tobacco store.

In 1873, Edward Levy bought the family’s home on the northeast corner of Scott and Figueroa Street.

This house remained in the family for nearly 100 years.

Edward Levy Residence in Folsom, 1890's, #WS2333

Edward Levy Residence in Folsom, 1890’s,
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Edward Rogers Levy spoke German and Yiddish, in addition to English – a great attribute in the Gold Rush Days.

Fraternal

Edward R. Levy was a member of the Folsom Masonic Lodge.

In 1926, he was honored by the lodge for serving as treasurer for more than 50 years.

Community

Though not observant Jews, Edward Levy and his family did attend High Holiday services in Sacramento.

Family

Edward Rogers Levy married August Golde (b.1845) in 1869 in Folsom, in 1869.

Mrs. Edward R. Levy, 1869, #WS2331

Mrs. Edward R. Levy, 1869,
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They had known each other back in Poland.

Together they had three children: Hattie (1872-1960), Irma Ruth (1874-1958) and Lotta Leona (1882-1955).

All three daughters graduated from high school in Folsom.

 

Edward Rogers Levy died in 1927 in Folsom.

August Golde Levy died in 1916.

They are interred in the Folsom Jewish Cemetery.

Legacy

Today there is a Levy Road in Folsom named for the family.

 

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

Stern, Norton B.  The Levys & the Wahrhaftig: Report of an Interview with Mr. Felix S. Wahrhaftig, 3300 19th Street, Sacramento, California, July 22, 1967. Western States Jewish History, v.41, no.4.

 

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