Mark Strouse, Jewish Meat Supplier to the Comstock Lode and Virginia City Chief of Police

Mark Strouse

Mark Strous of Virginia City, Nevada, #WS0206

Mark Strous of Virginia City, Nevada,

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Mark Strouse was born in 1845 in Lauderbach, Germany.

He was the youngest child of Moses and Bertha Strouse.


Along the way

In 1860, Mark Strouse, his parents and brother came to America.

They family settled in Mokelumne Hill, California, in the heart of the Gold Country.

In Mokelumne Hill, Mark Strouse worked in the mining industry as well as the mercantile and butcher business.


Virginia City, Nevada

In 1863, Mark Strouse moved to Virginia City, Nevada where he opened meat markets and developed a hog ranch.

He also built a stock ranch in Honey Lake, California.

in 1886, due to his growing business, Mark Strouse created a partnership with his brother Abraham Strouse.

Soon, theirs was the largest meat business in Nevada.


Later, as the Comstock Mine ‘s production started to falter, Mark Strouse moved to San Francisco.

There he opened the Bay City Market, owned the Bay City Packing House and operated a couple of other  meat markets in San Francisco.



In 1868, Mark Strouse was elected Chief of Police of Virginia City, Nevada.

Mark Strouse also served as City Treasurer of Virginia City,

Mark Strouse was foreman of Company No.1 of the Virginia City Volunteer Fire Department.



In 1874, Mark Strouse married Lillie B. Edgington.

They divorced in 1878.

Tomestone of Bertha Strous in Mokelumne Hiil Cemetary, #WS1404

Tomestone of Bertha Strous in Mokelumne Hiil Cemetary,

Mark and Lillie Strouse had three children: two daughters born in 1874 and 1876, respectively, and a son who died not long after his birth in 1877.


Mark Strouse died in 1898.

Mark Strouse is interred at the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery in San Francisco.


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

  • Strouse, Mark; Notes on a Virginia City Police Chief; Nevada; Stern, Norton B.; 12/1
  • Strouse, Mark; Meat Merchant of Mokelumne Hill, CA and Police Chief of Virginia City; Stern, Norton B.; 41/4

Samantha Silver is Curator of this Mark Strouse Exhibit