Isaac Marks, Early Jewish Pioneer Merchant of Manketo, Minnesota

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Isaac Marks, Merchant

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Isaac Marks was born in 1823, in Prussia.


Along the way …

In 1840, Isaac Marks came to America, at the age of 17.

He traveled to the Mississippi River, and then headed North from St. Louis.

Wherever he settled, Isaac Marks set up a trading post.


Mankato, Minnesota

In 1856, Isaac Marks settled permanently in Mankato, Minnesota, Southwest of St. Paul  on a large bend of the Mississippi River.

There he built a successful general merchandise store.

Early Manketo, Minnesota on the bend of the Mississippi River

Early Manketo, Minnesota on the bend of the Mississippi River


Isaac Marks was a member of the first Masonic Lodge in Mankato.

Masonic Seal,


Isaac Marks married Anna Schoffman (b. 1841) in 1862.


Isaac Marks died in 1885, in Mankato, Minnesota.

Anna Marks died in 1877.

They are buried in Calvary Cemetery in Blue Earth County, Minnesota.



Plaut, W. Gunther.  The Jews in Minnesota: the first seventy five years. New York: American Jewish Historical Society, 1959.


Samantha Silver is curator for this Exhibit.

Any pictures of the family would be appreciated.

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