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Samuel Cohen was born in 1837, in New York City.
After working for seven years in the jewelry and brush making trade, Samuel Cohen decided to head West in search of new opportunities.
Along the way . . . .
Samuel Cohen opened the first clothing and men’s furnishings firm in Bannack, Montana.
He opened a second store in Virginia City, Montana.
After the stock market panic of the 1870s, the Cohens headed to Leadville, Colorado’s mining town.
Samuel Cohen opened another clothing store there.
Eventually, Samuel Cohen moved to Helena, Montana.
He opened a store and stayed for twenty years.
In 1872, Samuel Cohen married Yetta Posnanski in New York.
Samuel and Yetta Cohen’s son, Lew Allen Cohen, worked for the Sands Brothers Dry Goods Store, eventually becoming President of the firm.
He married Yetta Feldberg, daughter of another Helena, Montana pioneer.
- 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://220.127.116.11/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 Samuel Cohen Exhibit.
We need pictures and more information to help fill out this exhibit.