The Reinharts: Pioneer Jewish Family of Nevada

The Reinharts: Pioneer Jewish Family of Nevada

Simon Reinhart, Elko,NV, #WS0209

Simon Reinhart, Elko,NV,
#WS0209

 

 

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For two generations (from the 1860s to the 1930s), the Reinhart family was one of the major economic forces of Nevada.

 

Simon Reinhart, Sr.

Simon Reinhart, Sr. was born in Oberlustadt in Bavaria, Germany.

Along the way . . . .

In 1844, Simon Reinhart, Sr. came to America, where he first settled in Victoria, British Columbia before moving to Elko, Nevada.

Reinhart’s father, Maximo, established a general merchandise store in Elko, Nevada.  The store sold everything from flour to wedding dresses.

Simon Reinhart, Sr. and his brother Benjamin managed this store until they argued and Simon joined Eli, another brother, at their Winnemucca, Nevada store.

Reinhart & Co. Store-Winnemucca,NV, #WS0216

Reinhart & Co. Store-Winnemucca,NV,
#WS0216

After the argument was resolved, Simon commuted between the Elko and Winnemucca stores, which were owned by all three brothers and called Reinhart Brothers. 

In 1872, Eli purchased the Winnemucca store from his brothers.  Simon continued managing the Elko store.  This store’s name later changed to M. Reinhart and Company.

 

The Reinhart brothers also owned the Winnemucca Water and Light Company as well as shares of ownership in the Winnemucca State Bank & Trust Company and the Reinhart Land and Live Stock Company.

 

Eventually, Simon Reinhart, Sr. retired to San Francisco, California.

 

Four Reinhart Brothers and a sister in Winnemucca,NV, #WS0220

Four Reinhart Brothers and a sister in Winnemucca,NV,
#WS0220

Eli Reinhart

Eli Reinhart was born in 1834 in Oberlustadt, in Bavaria, Germany.

Along the way ….

In 1865, Eli Reinhart came to America.

He settled in Marysville, California, where his brothers, Benjamin and Simon Reinhart, already lived.

The three brothers owned a men’s clothing store in Marysville, CA.

In 1868, Eli Reinhart opened a store in Winnemucca, Nevada.

In 1872, Eli Reinhart bought ownership of his brothers’ store.  He renamed it E. Reinhart & Company

In 1911, this store was the “heaviest dealer in general merchandise in Nevada.”

Eli Reinhart did not marry.

From 1876-1882, Eli Reinhart adopted five of his nephews.

He arranged for their passage to America.  Amson, Edward, Simon, Louis and Moses were educated in Bavaria.

They worked for the family business and eventually assumed its management.

Eli Reinhart died in 1892 in San Francisco.

 

The Reinhart's Water Company, Winnemucca, NV, #WS0223

The Reinhart’s Water Company, Winnemucca, NV,
#WS0223

Benjamin Reinhart

Benjamin Reinhart was born in Oberlustadt in Bavaria, Germany.

Along the way . . . .

In 1844, Benjamin Reinhart came to America with his brother Simon.  He settled in Victoria, British Columbia.

Benjamin and Simon Reinhart moved to Maryville, California.  They ran a men’s clothing store with their brother, Eli.

In 1867 or 1868, Benjamin Reinhart moved to Elko, Nevada where he worked with his brothers.

Benjamin Reinhart had a son, Edgar, who married Essie.  By 1913, Edgar ran the store.

 

Moses Reinhart

Moses Reinhart was born in Oberlustadt in Bavaria, Germany in 1860.

He had four brothers, Edward, Amson, Louis and Simon, and a sister, Fanny.

Along the way . . . .

In 1876, Moses Reinhart came to America, where he settled in Winnemucca, Nevada. 

In 1889, Moses and his brother, Edward, worked for his uncle’s store, E. Reinhart & Company.

In 1892, Amson and Simon Reinhart, Moses’ other brothers, became partners in the Reinhart firm.

Moses Reinhart was president of the Reinhart Land and Stock Firm.  Simon was vice president and Edward was secretary.

 

Moses Reinhart was a thirty-second degree Mason and a Shriner.

Moses Reinhart married Marie Ruckteshler in 1888 in Winnemucca, Nevada.  They had three children: Oscar, Edna and Helen.

 

For two generations (from the 1860s to the 1930s), the Reinhart family was one of the major economic forces of Nevada.

 

Dora Levy Reinhart of Winnemucca, NV, #WS0222

Dora Levy Reinhart of Winnemucca, NV,
#WS0222

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

  • Reinhart Family; Reinharts of Nevada: A Picture Story; Nevada; 19/2

Samantha Silver is Curator of this Exhibit on the Reinhart Family of Nevada