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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. There he walked across the Isthmus, up to San Francisco by steamer, and then down to Wilmington and Los Angeles – arriving in 1852.
In Los Angeles he joined his cousin, Solomon Lazard and they formed Lazard & Kramer Co. – in dry goods – 1852.
In 1856 he joined with Joseph Newmark, Joseph P. Newmark and Harris Newmark in Newmark, Kremer & Co. – Wholesale and Retail Drygood. 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.
From 1860 to 1865 Maurice Kremer was Treasurer of Los Angeles.
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.
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. She was 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.
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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