Solomon L. Mack: Jewish Pioneer of the San Joaquin Valley & San Francisco, California

Solomon L. Mack

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Three Mack brothers, Solomon, Adolph, and Julius, were born in New York in the 1850’s.

They were three of the ten children of Lawrence and Miriam Mack.

[See our Adolph Mack and Julius Mack exhibits.]

San Joaquin Valley

In 1875, the three brothers came to California, settling in the San Joaquin Valley.

They went their separate ways, but later reunited to make their fortunes and contributions to their community.

Solomon Max first opened a general merchandise in Lemoore, in Kings County, with his brother Julius.

The business included banking, and insurance.

Lemoore California flag or pillow

In the 1880’s, Solomon Mack sold the business and moved to San Francisco, where the three brothers were united for a while.

Solomon then moved to Port Hueneme in Ventura County on the Central Coast.



Solomon Mack helped organize the Masonic Welcome Lodge #225 in Lemoore in 1879.

He acted as Junior Warden for the lodge, David Brownstone being the first Master.

In Port Hueneme, he was elected Senior Warden of the Oxnard Masonic Lodge in 1892



In 1895, Solomon Mack is recorded as being present at a bris (ritual circumcision) for Herbert Cohn, son of David Cohn, in the little town of New Jerusalem in Ventura County.



  • Norton B. Stern, “The Mack Brothers: Merchants & Philanthropists, San Francisco, Visalia & Port Hueneme,” Western States Jewish History 41/2.