Jacob Schiffman: Jewish Pioneer with a Sweet Tooth of Butte, Montana

Jacob Schiffman

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Jacob Schiffman was born in Zodludek, Russia, in 1868.

In 1884, Schiffman came to America at the age of 16.

In 1885, he traveled West, where he settled in Butte, Montana.


Butte, Montana

Schiffman worked for a store before opening his own confectionary shop.

In 1895, he became the Anaconda Company’s supplier for mining timber, grain and hay.

Wooden mining timers holding open mines.

In 1901, Jacob Schiffman sold his confectionary store.

He traveled in Central and South America until around 1902, when he returned and opened a new confectionary shop in Butte.

In 1903, Schiffman worked for a cigar manufacturer as a traveling salesman.

In 1904, he settled in Gregson Springs, Montana, where he opened a mercantile store.



Jacob Schiffman was a 32nd Degree Mason, and a Noble of the Mystic Shrine.



Schiffman was a member of B’nai B’rith.



In 1910, Schiffman married Nellie Kilburn (1875-1948).

They had one son, Moses (Maurice) (1911-1998).


Jacob Schiffman died in 1945.

He is buried in the Mount Moriah Cemetery (Section 13, Block A-3, Lot 7, Grave 1).

Nellie Schiffman died in 1948.



Samantha Silver is curator for this Jacob Schiffman exhibit.