David L. Haas: Early Jewish Pioneer of Napa, California

David L. Haas

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David Leopold Haas was born in Germany in 1842.

In 1859, David and his brothers, Martin and Solomon Haas, came to America via the Isthmus of Panama route.

The Bank of Napa

The Bank of Napa


In 1859, at age 17, David Haas clerked for his older brother in a book store.

Later, he operated his own book and stationary store in Napa City.

David Haas became director of the Bank of Napa, an impressive edifice that still stands today in downtown Napa at First and Brown Streets.



David Haas married Francis (Fanny) Squibb.

Together they had two children, Leopold and Munson Haas.

Napa Fire Department, vintage postcard


  • Lin Weber, Under the Vine and the Fig Tree: The Jews of Napa Valley (Jewish Historical Society of Napa Valley, 2003).
  • Henry Michalski and Donna Mendelsohn, Napa Valley’s Jewish Heritage (Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2012).
  • Jewish Historical Society of Napa Valley, info@jhsnv.org

Lauren Chevlen is curator of this David Haas exhibit.