Isidore Karsky & Samuel Karsky: Father and Son Jewish Merchants of Weaverville in the California Gold Country

Isidore Karsky & Samuel Karsky

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Isidore Karsky

Isidore Karsky (1830-1867) and Hannah Abrahm Karsky (1831-1897) came to the United States in 1857 from Prussia, settling in California.

Isidore  was the proprietor of I. Karsky & Co. in San Francisco.



In 1866, Isidore Karsky entered into a partnership with M. Karsky and I. Abraham.

Together, they founded a mercantile firm called Karsky & Abraham in Weaverville, the County Seat of Trinity County in the Gold Country.

Prospector in Weaverville, CA, Vintage Postcard

Prospector in Weaverville, CA, vintage postcard


Isidore and Hannah Karsky had six children: Samuel, Morris, Miriam (1857-1929), Theresa, Sarah, and Victor (1861-1886).

Isidore Karsky died suddenly in Weaverville in 1867.

S.F.SchoolBoard Letter to xxxxx xxxMiriam was employed by the Rincon Grammar School, a frail wooden building containing small and poorly arranged classrooms. There were 993 boys and girls enrolled at that time, indicating a large town population.

The Letter above reads:

Feb. 21st, 1877

Miss) M. Karsky:

 At a regular meeting of the Board of Education held on the 20th ?????, you were elected to the position of Teacher in the Silver St. Primary School.

Very respectfully,

George Beanston, Sec’y


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Samuel Karsky

Samuel Karsky was born in 1862 in San Francisco, California.

Around 1876, Samuel graduated from South Cosmopolitan Grammar School in San Francisco.

He was confirmed at Congregation Emanu-El.

Around 1882, Samuel Karsky joined the Weaverville mercantile firm, which had been renamed I. Abraham Dry Goods & Clothing in 1879.

In 1883, the firm was again renamed as Abraham & Karsky.

Weaverville, early 1900's

Weaverville, early 1900’s


Samuel Karsky was a member of Mount Bally Parlor, Native Sons of the Golden Westand Chosen Friends.



Samuel Karsky married Beckie

They had two children: Irving L. (1900-1989) and Walter S. (b.1910?).


Samuel Karsky died in 1927 in San Francisco, California.

He is buried in the Hills of Eternity Cemetery in Colma, California.


  • “Karsky of Weaverville,” Western States Jewish Historical Quarterly 15/2.

Samantha Silver is  curator for this Karsky Family exhibit.

Thanks to Ken Katz for the photo of the letter to Miriam.