Sam Vinner: Jewish Jeweler of Billings, Montana

Sam Vinner

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Sam Vinner was born in a town on the Russia-Manchuria border in 1886.

His wealthy family of tanners sent him to London, England for his education.


Along the way . . .

After completing a jewelers apprenticeship, Sam Vinner traveled to the United States.

He journeyed West to California, arriving just after the 1906 Earthquake-Fire, at the age of 20.


Billings, Montana

Sam Vinner decided to settle in Billings and joined a jewelry business there as a fine jewelry maker and designer.



In 1916, Sam Vinner married Blanche Wolf.

They had one son: Jack Vinner.


Blanche Vinner became an American citizen in 1956, just before she died of multiple sclerosis.

In 1958, Sam Vinner married Sophie Blinston, his late wife’s caregiver.


Sam Vinner died in 1970.

He is buried next to Blanche in the Beth Aaron Cemetery.




Samantha Silver is our Curator for this Sam Vinner Exhibit.

We need pictures and more information to help fill out this exhibit.