Isaac Wax, Merchant
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Isaac Wax was born in Stepan in the Ukraine in 1879 to Shmuel and Faigye Wachs.
Wachs became Wax.
Isaac had three brothers, Max, Sam and Hyman, and one sister, Florence.
Along the way . . .
Isaac Wax came to America, entering the country in Boston in 1904.
He settled in Brooklyn, New York and sent for his wife, Sadie.
He worked as a carpenter.
In 1914, Isaac Wax and his family moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, because Isaac’s cousin, Louis Block, lived there.
Isaac Wax worked as a peddler, meat packer, and hide buyer.
In 1923, Isaac Wax moved to Salina, Utah.
The family lived in the back of a Boston Store. Sadie ran the general merchandise store, while Isaac traveled to rural parts of Utah, peddling dry goods.
Loa and Aurora, Utah
In 1928, Isaac Wax bought property in Loa, Utah and the family moved to a town that was lacking in Jewish community.
He ran the Loa Co-Op, which was known as “Ikie’s Store.”
In 1940, Isaac Wax moved to Aurora, Utah and opened a new general merchandise store. A year later, he decided to sell the store.
Isaac and Sadie Wax attended services at Congregation Montefiore, the Conservative synagogue in Salt Lake City.
Isaac Wax married Sadie Weisblatt (b. 1887) around 1904.
They had 4 children: Harry (b. 1906), Yetta (b. 1908), Ida (b. 1913) and Morris (b. 1920).
Harry Wax founded the San Diego Janitorial Supply and Chemical Company in San Diego, California in 1945.
In 1946, his brother Morris Wax joined him in business and by 1954, they incorporated as Waxie Sanitary Supply, which now includes businesses in California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Colorado and Utah.
Waxie is still family owned; CEO Charles Wax is Morris Wax’s son.
Isaac Wax died in 1962 in Salt Lake City. He is buried in Montefiore Cemetery.
Sadie Wax died in 1966 and is buried in the Shalom Mausoleum in the Greenwood Cemetery in San Diego, California.
For more information see the following article in Western States Jewish History:
- Harrison, Donald H. Isaac & Sadie Wax: Pioneer Jews in Rural Utah. Western States Jewish History. Vol. 46, Issue #4.
Samantha Silver is Curator for this Isaac and Sadie Wax Exhibit.