Simon Nordlinger: Los Angeles’ Pioneer Jewish Jeweler

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Simon Nordlinger  

Simon Nordlinger, Early Pioneer Jeweler of Los Angeles

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Simon Nordlinger was born in Alsace near the Swiss border in 1845

At 13 years of age he was apprenticed to a Swiss watchmaker.

Simon Nordlinger came to the United States in 1864 and to Southern California in 1869.

Nordlinger Jewelers

In 1869 Simon Nordlinger bought a watch-making business at 3 Commercial Street between Main and Los Angeles Streets in Los Angeles.

Nordlinger started with a small stock of watches and some cheap jewelry, displayed in a small window, back of which was his work bench.

A large wooden watch hung outside as a sign.

Nordlinger lived in the rear of his store, locking up when he went for lunch.

A few years later Simon Norlinger moved around the corner onto Main Street where he employed a watchmaker and a salesman, Mr. Abramson, who remained with Nordlinger for 20 years.

In 1886 Nordlinger’s moved south to 130 Main Street and added a manufacturing jeweler to his staff.

His nephew, Louis Nordlinger joined the firm.

The business expanded to include jewelry and gold and silver smithing.

Considered one of the pioneer merchants of Los Angeles, Nordlinger expanded his business and included his sons in it.

Inside of Nordlinger’s Jewelry Store, Los Angeles, 1890’s

The business continued until  his sons merged with another company in 1923.

 

 

Family

Simon Nordlinger married Fanny Berg  in 1874, the first Jewish girl on record to be born in San Francisco.

 

Simon Nordlinger died in 1911.

 

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

  • Nordlinger, Simon; Interview with Mrs. Milton Abrams; LA; 1968; Norton Stern; 41/3
  • Nordlinger, Melville; LA; 1924; Rabbi William M. Kramer; 42/2-3

 

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