The Levy Brothers: Pioneer Chiropodists/Podiatrists of San Francisco & Aurora

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Alexander, Jacob & Samuel Levy

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Alexander, Jacob & Samuel Levy were three of the ten children of Leopold and Nanette Levy who had both been born in Alsace-Lorraine, but met and married in San Francisco in 1862.

Tempted by the Gold Rush, Leopold and Nanette Levy rushed to the just-discovered mines at Aurora, on the California-Nevada border.

No-one was sure whether Aurora was in California or Nevada.

A joint survey team was named by two judges, one from each state, to determine the proper borders.

Alexander Levy was born in 1964, in the small frame cabin in Aurora – and was recorded as having born in Aurora, California.

Jacob Levy was born to the same parents in the same cabin, but was recorded as being born in Aurora, Nevada – after the state lines had been verified.

(Years later the two brothers, born in the same place, but in two different states made it into the columns of Ripley’s “Believe It or Not.”

Aurora, CA & NV, birthplace of the Alexander & Jacob Levy

Aurora, CA & NV, birthplace of the Alexander & Jacob Levy

Alexander, Jacob, and their younger brother Samuel had long careers as practicing chiropodists, or podiatrists, in San Francisco.

Each had his own office by the turn of the century.

Dr. Alexander Levy practiced at 122 Taylor Street.

Dr. Alexander Levy in his office, San Francisco, 1900, #WS2023

Dr. Alexander Levy in his office, San Francisco, 1900,
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Dr. Jacob Levy at 6 O’Farrell, and Dr. Samuel R. Levy at 415 Sutter.

Dr. Jacob Levy in his office, 1900, San Francisco. #WS2021

Dr. Jacob Levy in his office, 1900, San Francisco.
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Later Jacob Levy’s office was in the Phelan Building and Samuel Levy had his office at the Palace Hotel.

It was Dr. Samuel Levy who was instrumental in obtaining a California licensing law for chiropody in 1914.

 A later chiropractic symbol

 

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

  • The Levy Brothers: Chiropodists of San Francisco & Aurora, California – or Nevada, by Dr. Norton B. Stern, WSJH, Vol. 41, Issue 1

Any more information on these three brothers would be appreciated.

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