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Max Sklower was born in 1842, in Prussia, Germany.
Max Sklower was a baker by trade.
In 1866, Max Sklower came to America and headed West until he settled in Helena, Montana.
In 1889, Max Sklower was naturalized as an American citizen.
Settling in Helena, Max Sklower worked as a pastry chef at the old St. Louis Hotel.
With his boss, Chef V. Charles Rinda, Max Sklower bought the Imperial Restaurant and the International Hotel in Helena.
Max Sklower eventually left the International Hotel and bought a billiard hall – the first billiard hall in Helena.
Max Sklower went on to lease the Springs Hotel in White Sulpher Springs.
He also built the Great Northern Hotel in Malta.
Max Sklower was a member of the Odd Fellows, and Past Master of the Diamond City Masonic Lodge.
He was also a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen in Montana.
Max Sklower married Bettie Silverman (1862-1951) in 1880.
They had two sons: Josef (1881-1969) and Emanuel (b.1884).
Max Sklower died in 1920 in Helena.
He is buried in the Home of Peace Cemetery.
Bettie Sklower died in 1951.
- Coleman, Julie L. Golden Opportunities: A Biographical History of Montana’s Jewish Communities. Helena, Montana: SkyHouse Publishers, 1994.
- Moses Morris papers, 1894-1932. Montana Historical Society Research Center – Archives and Photographs Archives. http://184.108.40.206/archivegrid/collection/data/420247227
- Birth/Death Date information from findagrave.com
- Montana Women’s History. http://montanawomenshistory.org/using-quilts-as-a-window-into-montana-womens-history/#more-2082
Samantha Silver is our Curator for this Max Sklower Exhibit.
We need pictures and more information to help fill out this exhibit.