Max Friedwald: Jewish “Scholar” & Saloon Keeper of Billings, Montana

Max Friedwald

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Max Friedwald was born in Poland, in 1865.

When he came to America, he settled in Deadwood, South Dakota, where he operated a saloon before moving to Billings.


Billings, Montana

Max Friedwald  owned and operated a saloon in Billings.

He also owned a new and second-hand furniture store, the Billings Mercantile Company.



Max Friedwald was self-educated and eventually donated many Jewish books to the Temple Aaron library.

He was considered a “scholar” in Billings.

Friedwald was the Montana Director for the National Farm School in Buck’s County, Pennsylvania — a Jewish school of “Scientific and Practical Agriculture.”


National Farm School's original chapel

National Farm School’s original chapel


Max Friedwald was a Charter Member of the local B’nai B’rith Lodge #815.



Friedwald married Fannie Feller in 1898.


Max Friedwald died in 1937.

His estate had enough to support his widow as well as to send $40,000 to the United Jewish Appeal.

Fannie Friedwald died in 1959.

They are buried in Beth Aaron Cemetery in Billings.



Samantha Silver is curator for this Max Friedwald exhibit.