Edward Rodgers Levy: Early Pioneer Jewish Merchant of Folsom, California

Edward Rogers Levy

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Edward Rogers Levy was born in Poland in 1839.


Along the way . . .

In the late 1850’s, Edward Levy headed West to San Francisco, California.

A short while later, he moved to Shingle Springs, California, then called Mud Springs, where he worked in a store.


Folsom, California

In the early 1860’s, Edward Levy moved to Folsom, where he settled permanently.

In Folsom, on Sutter Street, Levy opened a liquor and tobacco store.

Levy spoke German and Yiddish, in addition to English – a great attribute in the Gold Rush days.

In 1873, he bought the family’s home on the northeast corner of Scott and Figueroa Streets.

This house remained in the family for nearly 100 years.

Edward Levy Residence in Folsom, 1890's, #WS2333

Edward Levy residence, Folsom, CA, 1890’s, #WS2333


Edward Levy was a member of the Folsom Masonic Lodge.

In 1926, he was honored by the lodge for serving as its treasurer for more than 50 years.



Though not observant Jews, Levy and his family attended High Holiday services in Sacramento.



Levy married Augusta Golde (b.1845) in Folsom in 1869.

They had known each other in Poland.

Mrs. Edward R. Levy, 1869, #WS2331

Augusta Golde Levy, 1869, #WS2331

Together, they had three children: Hattie (1872-1960), Irma Ruth (1874-1958), and Lotta Leona (1882-1955).

All three daughters graduated from high school in Folsom.


Edward Rogers Levy died in 1927 in Folsom.

Augusta Golde Levy died in 1916.

They are interred in the Folsom Jewish Cemetery.

Today there is a Levy Road in Folsom named for the family.


  • Norton B.  Stern, “The Levys & the Wahrhaftig,” Western States Jewish History 41/4.

Samantha Silver is curator of this Edward Rogers Levy exhibit.