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Bel, J. A. Bel Lumber Co., Lake Charles 212
A merican Laundry 70 Bank of Abbeville, Abbeville 221
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Ahrens&Ott Mfg-. Co 92
Bogan, James D Baton Rouge 204
Adams the Hatter 118

Abita Spring- Water Co., Ltd 174 Belisle, Chas A , Baton Rouge 204
Agiirs & Kingsmore 182 Bank of Abbeville, Abbeville 221
Arnaud, A., Hotel and Restaurant 120 Barrett Mfg. Co 6
American Brewing; Co 86 Bank of Donaldsonville 202
Alexander, J. W., Alexandria 200
Blue Grass Stables, Ed C. Wathen, Prop., Don-
American Paint Works 48
aldsonville 218
Alabama Block Coal Co 172
Andrews, C. A. Andrews Coal Co 32 Bank of Napoleonville 223
Aitken, Jas. H 60
Ascension Coal Co. Paincourtville
Allen's F'oundry, Donaldsonville
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Arbour, Jas. W., Baton Rouge 204
Caddo-Rapides Lumber Co., Alexandria 200
Cafiero, Jos., Donaldsonville 200
B Cage, Drew &
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Carre, W. W. Co., Ltd 104
Ballejo Grocery Co 74 Cartwright's Cafe 158
Bean, Albert. ."
110 Carter's Drug
Store, Shreveport 180
Bradstreet Co.. H. C. Hailey, Supt 132 Cavaroc Co Ltd
, 160
Bildstein, F The Photo Eng-raving-
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Brunnert, C. A 30 Chatwin Bros Shreveport
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Blaffer, J. A 138 Cloverlands Dairy Farm Ltd., Geo. A. Villere.. 116
Baumann. August 140 Commercial National Bank, Shreveport 188
Blanchard, R. E 144 Commander, A 124
Bircheimer. F G . 148 Coleman, H., Dudley 158
Backes, V. J. A 148 Commercial Hotel 144
Bobet Bros 122 Cook, M., & Son 40
Barzana. J., the Jackson Cigar Factory 88 Cooney, Wni T 40
Babst, Chas. J 88 Cosmopolitan Hotel 122
Bluefields Steamship Co., Ltd 96 Cincinnati Furnishing House 80
Bedell, Chas. Bedell Structural Iron Works 96 Combination Toilet Stand Company, Ltd 106
Boylan Detective Agency 50 Commander, E., Commander's Place 100
Biedenharn-Burnett Candy Ltd Co., 63 Crescent News and Hotel Co 120
Bertrand, Fred, Varieties Hall and Bertrand's Crescent City Steam Laundry 30
Branch 64 Crescent Forwarding & Transportation Co., Ltd. HO
Bertucci, F. & Son 56 Cusimano, A., & Co 58
Bryner & Gut 58 .
Calcasieu National Bank, Lake Charles 210
Burg-hardt, John David 64 Calcasieu Steam Bakery, 8. & J. Jessen & Co.,
Betat, Mrs. A 104 Lake Charles "
Blanchard & Files. Shreveport 180 Carlson & Co., Lake Charles 216
Bain, H. H., Shreveport 186 Crowley Steam Laundry, Hoffman Bros., Crow-
Brewer, G. H Shreveport
, 182 le.y 222
Batchelor's Kitchen, Shreveport 182 Colomb, L. A. & Son, Agents, Hartford Fire
Brewer, C. J., Shrev. port 182 Insurance Co Donaldsonville , 206
Brooks, F. M. & Son, Baton Rouge 198 Central Drug Store, L. Blanchard, Donaldson-
Bank of Ascension, Donaldsonville 196 ville 208
Bank of Baton Rouge 192 Club Saloon, Donaldsonville 208
Bourgeois, Dr. C Baton Rouge, 102 Casso, Lucien, Donaldsonville 202
Broghan-Doll Furniture Co., Shreveport 190 Carter, I. C, Lake Charles
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Eble, Chas 170 Hartwell, C. C, Lynn Filters 114
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Hageni, A 134
Holzer, R. G 146
Ferry, John 138
Heiderich, Martin 158
Finan, J 140
Hatry, G. T 92
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Hinrichs, J. H 94

Holmes, D. H. Holmes Co 72
Fox, the Hatter & Co 66
Hardie, John T. Hardie's Sons
Frankenbush, J. M. & Sons .... . . 58
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Farmers' Consolidated Dairy Co. 38
Hunsinger, Jno. H 62
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Herfartli Bros 40
Frigerio, Widow Louis 174
Hopkins, John P 40
Feldner, H. W. 170
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Hibernia Ins. Co II
Fridge, S. C. Baton Rouge 198 104
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Lake Charles National Bank. Lake Charles ... .

Lake Charles Carriage & Implement Co., Ltd.,

Interior Decorating- Co S4 Lake Charles 21()
Interstate Trust & t5anking- Co 154 Lake Chdrles Steam Laundry, Lake Charles. . . 2U)
Independent Oil Retininj,' Co HiO
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Illinois Life Ins. Co., T. J. Cocke, Mgr 218
McKendrick, Thos 152
Magee & Dow 114
J Maxwell Co The , 82
Mandot, John, •'Bontemps" Dye Works. 118
Jahncke, F 30 Mancuso, B ".

Johnson, F. Johnson & Son Co . Ltd 70 Mathes, L & Co .
Joachiiii, J ij(,
Miller, A. K. &Co 13()
Jensen, P. H 1 24 Melrose Dairy Farm, Miss Martha Hottinger. 142
Johnson, F Johnson & Son Co., Ltd It, 2 McDermott Surgical Instrument Co The.. .. , 8(>
Maloney. K'obert J 9f>
Moran, l^hos. J
K MuUer Furniture Mfg. Co., The
McArdle, P. H Sf>
Kuhnert, Gus. Baton Rouge \')b
McCloskev Bros 42
Klumpp, W. F.. & Co. 114
Marion's Drug Store
Kuntz, Emile, r>o
St. Charles Mansion 1U8
Kellv. Thos J
Mims, J. C 48
Koretke. F. H.. Koretke Brass & Mfg. Co., Ltd. 1-1(.
Moir. W. F T 50
Misse. A ug. H
Kel'ey, James M 14S
Morris J. C. Morris Co 42
Kearney, J. Watts & Sons 4f>
Mercier. I). Mercier's Sons
Kleindorf, S Si,
Klaw & Erlanger's 'I'heattes, The 'i'ulane and
N! anion& Co 98
Crescent 102
Mehle & Kausler 48
Murphy Lumber Co. The 98
Macon & Kernaghan 100
L Miller's Billiard Hall !... 172
McMahon, Patrick J 172
Kolb's Saloon K.s Manahan. L. N., Shreveport 188
La. Glass & Mirror Works, Ltd 110 Model Steam Laundry Co Shreveport . 184
Leber, Philipp & Co 84 Monongahela River Consolidated Coal and Coke
Longshore & Co 170 Co Win. O'Day. Raton Kouge
Lewis, H. F. & Co 78 Miller, W. W.. Baton Rouge 198
Lister, Edwin 144 Miller, H. W., Grocery Co.^ Lake Charles 210'
Louisiana Excavating: & Manufacturing Co 148 Mathieu, J. H., Lake'Charles
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Lochte, Henry Lochte Co., Ltd 144 Maurin. The Co Ltd., Donaldsonville
Louisiana National Bank ISO .Maurin. ('has., Donaldsonville 20f>
Laux, H. J & Co 144 Menge Patent Pump, J W. Westerfield, Mgr.. 11
Louisiana Tobacco Co 70 Monroe Hotel Co C L. Bradley, Mgr Monroe
, , 220
Loubat Glassware and Cork Co Ltd , 1(,0 Monroe Paint & Wall Paper Co Monroe , 220-
Langhoff Bros 92 Mercliants & Farmers Bank, Monroe 220
Lambour, M (,§
Lacey, J. D & Co 52
Leidenheimer. (ieo H
Larroque, J. S. Napoleon Cigar Store
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Long, N J 100 Newcomb, H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial Col-
Le.ihy. Geo M 102 lege 112
r^egendre, J. A., Medical Bldg. Pharniucy . 40 New Orleans Roofing and Metal Works
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10,2 Nunn, Fred. B 34

Lemley, David 58 New Orleans Stencil Works
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Lake Charles Ice, Lig-ht & Water Works, Lake New Orleans Transfer, The, W.C.Faust 148
Charles 214 New Orleans Worsted Store. Geo. A. Hoffman.. 152
Lake Charles Steam Laundry, W. F. Gauthier, New Orleans Furniture Mfg. Co 2(>
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Lake Charles Planing Mill, G. Mutersbaugh, New Orleans Brewing Co t,H
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New Orleans National Bank 1(>8 Rapides Steam Laundry. Alexandria 200
National Blow Pipe and Mf-r. Co , Ltd 102 Ronaldsons Agency. Ltd.. Baton K'ouge. 108
Norton. E. W 152 Rathoffs Steam Bakerv, Uonaldsonville . 202
Xicliolls Hotel, Fred. Rog-ge, Proprietor. Baton
Rou g^e 2i 14

Nicholas & Renz, Lake Charles 21li

National Automatic Fire .Alarm Co <i
Standard Brewing Co 110
Solari A M. & .i., Ivtd 110
Smith. .Marshall J.. & Co 112
o Schwab. John, Schwabs Music House (The
Connor Piano) 114
Otto. J. N. W 13S Siiarez. Antonio 156
O'Connor & Co Ltd . 142
Salmen Brick and Lumber Co 80
Quo, .1. S J 1(1-1
Schwartz. Joseph Schwartz Co Ltd , 74
Onorato. J L • . . 1(14
Shumard .\L A. & Co.. German Ins. Co 76
O Shee Bros.. Alexandria 2(0 Stewart, S. J t-0
O'Brien. Peter 58 Sell Inter. E 130
Oteri.S 50 St. Clair's Cafe, L. St. Clair 118
Ozone Spring' Water 4U
Sleekier. J Steckler Seed Co 120
(^pelousas National Bank. Opelousas 221 Simon Photographer 144
S. B.Stewart 124
Segassie A. I'. J 146
Southern Mirror WorUs . 146
Sparks Bros. & .VlcCec 152
Pescud. Peter F 82 Seebold. W. E 88
Philadelphia Ice Cream Co 78 Schneidau Paul M., Monongahela River Coal
Peters. S. J. Peters Livery Co 142
an Coke Co
1 70
Postal Telegraph-Cable Co 15U
Stern's Auction l^xchange 15S
Pelican E-xxavating Co 152
Seidel Furniture Mfg. Co 94
Parker. Jno. M. & Co 22 Spearing & Co 40
Prevost, James. Continental Fire Lisnrance Co. Sport Towel Supply Co.. Shreveport ISO
of New York K.O
Seymour & Pattison 142
Pfister. Louis 14()
Singernian, Samuel 74
Putnam & King, Ltd MO
Smith's Studio 168
Peoples Savings Bank Baton Rouge l')4
Smith. J. C !24
Pistorius, Joe '14
Scales. E. G. & Co 1,^8
Pumilia, L (.4
Schnetzer. Jos., Cale Restaurant Vonderbank .- 100
Parker-Blake Co.. Ltd 86
Spaar, J A Old Woods House
. 100
Palmer, K. C, & Co 36 Singer Sewing Machines 66
t'erry Bridges & Snyder, Shreveport ISh
Scalafani, Geo (i2
Peojiles Bank. Natchitoches 2(10
Swiss Steam Laundry 6S
PlicxMii.x. The. W. G. Tebault Jr Mgr , '»S
Simui':, J D. & Sons 64
Perkins & Miller Co., Ltd., Lake Charles 210
Sclioen. .facoli & Son .... 62
St. Charles Hotel A R Blakely & Co , Ltd ... 54
Schcrer, l'"red 56
Stanton. T. J 44
Stanford, Gabriel D., Lake Charles 214
Redwitz, Cafe-Restaurant, The 114
Stroube, H. R Baton Rouge, 204
K'ed River Line . . . 82 Sam's Saloon, Dona Idsonvilie 218
Roder, Hcnrv lis
St. Landry State B. ink, Oiielousas 221
Robbert, H."j • 13S
Ramsey Piano Mfg. Company 15<)
Reynolds, L 64
Reliage, J. A., Co., Ltd 64
Reiss. Jas J Co 64 Teutonia Insurance Co 166
K'emington Consti uction Co t.O Tujaque, Justin 94
Rivet, F. P 48 T^iylur, J D. 88
Rapp, A. J .^8 Trov Laundry Co. Ltd .
Rabito, A. P 36 Thompson, W. B. & Co 44
Royal Carpet Cleaning Co Louis , F. Leonhard. 42 Tulane University of Louisiana 46
Ruby. The Old Ruby 124 Tarrant, L. & Co 34
Ramos, H. C 174 Trepagnier, F. L. & Bro.. Donaldsonville 206
Roumain. J. K.. Baton Rouge V>2 Triche, C. L Napokonville
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Weiss, F. J •+•'

,. ,. .,, Wellmim & Co., Shrevcport 1'"'

United Fruit Co'sSteamshii) Lines 3.,
Wehrmann, Mrs. V 1?2
Uter, L.'s Heirs l--^
Wliann. Kobert J ^«
Uniacke, (Painter) ^^ Whitney National Bank S
rill .V Flholt. Shreveport 1-^-f
Williams, M. J., Baton Rouj;e T'4
Ward & O'l oniiell. Slireveport ISO
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V Wortman Emil. Shreveport ISf)

West End Hotel and Restaurant, T. Trancliina 152

Vittur A ... 108 Wisdom & Few 32

Vea-a, Jose ^'8 White the A H. White Co .
Ltd US
Virgin, U. J
Vega, Col A. I) ,

'Cheap Toneys" New Stinv.
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Donaldsonville 2FS
X-Ray Drug Store, Donaldsonville 204

Weinfurter's Jewelry I'ahice 7S Yzao-uirre, M.J i^O

Wegener. H. W., Novelty Wood Works 114 Young, Jacob F34

Writrht's Pharmacy, \\ right & Grunlz 74
Wooddy. N. A .
Wayand's Grocery F^4 ^
Williams. Richardson Co 72
Weiblen. Albert '-2 Zengel & Heiderich '^ft

W'alter, D. A 58 Zansler, Edw. L .

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Wdle for^Catak.gu^a nd Full Particulars , NcwOrlcanS, La

Gumbei. Ferdinand 159

Greenwall. Henry 163
Abraham, Henry 87 Gutmann, Euif. H 163
Adler, Wm ! 84 Good. Adolph 165
Ashner. I. W 115 Goldstein, David
Gradwohl. Meyer H
Aletrino, Gerson 117
(i umbel, Henry E 173
Aschaflfenburg-. A lf>4
Abraham. Morris 1 73 Godchaux, Paul L 125
Abraham. Nathan, Lafayette 20'»

B Heimburg Rev. I., Monroe 207

Braunfekl, Rev. Julius 105 Hoffman. Wolf. Lake Charles 213
Blum, Sam 117 Heller. Rev. Max 81
Bhiom, Dr. J. D '

139 Heidenheim. August 91

Block, Henrv 173 Heidenheim. M 101
Bauer, Achille. Alexandria 205 Hevmann, Michel lui
Bernstein, Henry. Monroe 207 Hollander, M. F 143
Blum, Joseph, Crowley 209 Hyman, Samuel 159
Blum, Samuel, Donaldsonville 197 Alfred
H'lller. 123
Herold, Simon, of Shreveport 189
Herold, Herman, Shreveport 191
Cerf, Samson 157 I

Cain, Jos L. 109

Cahn, Edgar L 135 Israel, Melville, Donaldsonville 199
Cohn, Chas. W 1 78
Israel, Mayrr 137
Isaacs. M arx ... 135
Isaacson. Simon, Palmetto 217
Dreyfus, Leon, New Iberia 217
Dreyfus, Jule<, New Iberia 217
Davis, Isadore H., Lake Charles 211 Jacobson, Rabbi M
P., Shreveport 187
Dinkelspiel, Max 123 Jacob, S. Opelousas
, 209
Jacobs, Jules, Rosedale 219

Elling-er, Emil, Rabbi. Alexandria 203
Eng:utter. Leopold, of Newellton ... 217 Krower, L 93
Kahn, Gabriel 99
F Kreeger. Dr. Geo
Kaufman. Chas .A

Florsheim, Henry, Shreveport 189 Kohlmann. Ur Wm 131

Falk, Benjamin, Lafayette 205 Kahn. Edgar M 135
Farrnbacher, Jacob, Baton Roug-e 195 Kahn. (^oleman H .
Farrnbacher, S., Baton Rouge 195 Kursheedt, Col E.I 153
Kohn. Jos 11)5
Kaufman. Ferd 178
G Keiffer. Sigmund 181
Kahn. Arthur T.. Shreveport 187
Godchaux, Albert 93 Kahn, Sol. Magnolia 187
Gumbei. Simon 97 Kaufman. Leopold. Lake Charles 211
Goetz, Edward 155 Kaufman. Sam'l, Lake Charles 213

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Kahn, Tlieodore, Jenning's

Klotz, Sol., Napoleonvilie
Klein, M. Kabbi. Doiuildsoiiville 147 Pfeiffer, Simon 139
Klotz, Abraham, Donaldsonville V)'> Pforzlieimer, Henry, Donaldsonville 197

Lehman, Gus, Sr 125

Leucht, Rev. Dr. Isaac L 83 Rosen, Chas 109
Lew, Leopold 107 Rose, Dan A 165
Lazard, C 129 Rosenberg, Ephraim 178
Lehman. Gus, Jr 133 Rosenliauni, Ben 179
Lemle, Gustav 133 Rosenthal, Jonas, Alexandria 203
Levy, Samuel 141 Roos, Isaac, Opelousas 209
Liclitenstein, D. M 153 Roos, I Opelousas
) , 209
Lazarus, Judg-e H. L 154 Rosenthal, Rabbi P. L., Baton Rouge 193
Levy, Lazare Ill
Lazard, Jacob C
LichtentBg, Ale.x H
Levy, Felix N 171 Stern, David, Amite City 219
Loeb, I'lrnest M. 175 Stern, M aurice 85
Levy. M. MGibson and Donner 195 Shwartz, N. I 91
Lehminn. Mver 177 Stern. Henry 95
Lazard. Dr. Jules 179 Strauss, Nat 90
Landauer, Elias 181 Simon, Chas 113
Levy, Lazare 181 Shwartz, S.J 145
Lichtenstein. I M 183 Schwartz, Lazar 147
Lenostield, W. H 183 Silverstein, Samuel 149
Levin, Julius, Alexandria 201 Stern, Samuel H 143
Levy, V'ictor, Lafayette 2ii5
Stern, Leonard L 151
Levy, Armind, [.ake Charles. 213 Simon, Joseph 155
Levy, Abe, Elkinsville 195 Schaefer, Cuthbert 161
Shwartz, Leon L
M Samson, Max
Moore. Hon. I. D 103 Seiferth, Herman 176
Marx. Sol . 127 Silverstein. Louis 177
Metz, Dr. A. L 111 Sch wartz, Sam 178
Moses, Jos. \V 111 Steeg, A... 179
Moss, H artwig- 113 Schwartz, Leon E 181
Meyer, Manfred 115 Simon, Jake, Lake Charles 213
Mayer. Abe 119
Moss, Will
Marx. A rchibald A
Moses Gustave lf.7
Trautman, Jac 103
Magner, Jos 175
Titche, Bernard 131
Marks, Jos. H 176
Tobias, Sylvan, Baton Rouge 193
Mayer, Gus 121
Tobias, Maas, Donaldsonville 199
Meyer, Gen. Adolph, M. C. 177
Moses, Phineas
Marx, Morris
Meyer, Henry, Alonroe
. . 179
Mayer, E. H.", Baton Koug-e 195 Warsaw, Rabbi Isidor, Lake Charles 211
Wolff, Julius 141
N Weil, L.
Waldhorn, M
H 145
Newman, Isidore Sr. r7-79
Weinberger, Frank J 147
Newman, Hart . . . .
Weinberger, Jacab 153
Newman, J K 137
Weis, Julius 75
Neugass, Edwin 181
White, Dr. E A
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o Wolf, M. J
Wolbrette. David
Odenheimer, S 183 W^inter, Wm., Shreveport 191
Offner, E 121 Wise, Sol., Abbeville 215
Ochs, Louis 149 Wise, Eli 215
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Association for tlie Relief of Jewish Widows Katz, Sigmund

and Orphans, its orig-in 45 Kohlmann, Jacob 35
Benjamin, Judah P l"l-2l
Ladies Hebrew Benevolent Association 59
Bensudon, Dr .los 25-27 Lehman n 35
B'nai B'rith, Order of 67
Marks. I'^erdinaiid 35
Crawcour, Dr. I. L 35 Marks. Alexander 35
Cain, Lambert, B 35 •

Metairie Burial Place 65

Congregation Gates of Prayer (Jackson Ave-
Nefusah Yehudah 37
nue Synagogue ) 41
Newman, the Isidore Newman Manual Train-
Chebra Bikur Cholim 59
ing School . . 55
Congregation Tenieme Derech 61
Congregation Somech Nophlim 61
Old Portugeese Cemetery .'
Congregations, Louisiana Interior Cities 185 222
Old Rampart Street Synagogue 37
Cemeteries, Jewish, Old and New 63 Old Jewish Families 33

Dreyfous, Abel 35
Provident Aid Society 61
Phillips, Alex 21-23
Earh' Jewish Residents 19
Phillips, at the Battle of Chalmette 25
Frank, Michel 35 Portugeese Congregation 37
Gemilath Chassodim 61 Pioneer Jewish Families 19
Gutheim, Rabbi Jas. K 25-29 Rachel Benevolent Association 61
God's Acres 63
Simjjson, Meyer M 29-33
Harmony Club 69 Scherck. Isaac 31-33
Hebrew Public School 59-()l Shaarai Chesed 37
Hebrew Benevolent Society and Founders.. .. 45 Shaarai Tetila 41

Jackson Avenue Synagogue 41 Touro, Judah 17-19

Julius Weis Home 49 Touro, Judah and Bunker Hill Monument. 21
Jewish Charities of New Orleans. 45 Temple Sinai 41
Jewish Orphans Home 51-53 Touro Synagogue 39-41
Joseph Street Cemetery (>s 'J'ouro Intirmary. . . . 4r-47
Kursheedt, Gershom ... 23-27 Young Men's Hebrew Association. 71
Kaufman, Henry 35 Young Ladies' Sewing- Society.. .. 61

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V-'v^- '-r

A Word or Two of Introduction.


^g^VERY class and element in the heterog-eneous commonwealth, where they have always minyled on
Jmm^ in)pulati()n of our Pelican State has had its even terms with the best and hig-hest, they would
encomiast and memorialist — some one to in- be judg-ed if judg-ed at all, upon individual merit.
form the world of the industry, intelli'u-ence and Here many have risen to eminence, not only among-
virtues of that particular stock, to recount its achieve- their own kind, but in the community g-enerally.
ments, business, professional t)r individual; to make And this not alone as merchants, bankers and men
known the honors acquired and institutions to be of every day affairs, but as Judges, Cong-ressmen,
credited to its exemplars. Every class do we say? Senators, Cabinet officers, —to the hig^hest, indeed, of
All but one. AH indeed, except the Jew. state places.

Something' there seems of long--felt want in this But not of high and mighty only, their lives and
deficiency. Sketches there have been, it is true, actions, is our story. Rather a plain and simple,
press notices, ephemeral contributions and publica- straight-forward and unvarnished, matter of fact ac-

tions, of transient interest and desultory character. count, of the Jewish people of our State and city,

But no systematic, or at all complete or authentic past and present. Of them and for them and for

compilation. There is at all events, a certain void their brethren of other States and places, and also,

which affords us aim and purpose. This purpose is all others interested. And as such, presented by its

not, we may say, defensive. For the Israelites of Editor and Publishers without further formality of
Louisiana, no special plea is needed. In this free pycainhiihim.

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«•^kEL^'ING in the mustv archives of the past, g-ath- It was in 1(>S2 that LaSalle, having descended the
ering- frag-mentarv evidence here and there, un- Great Father of Waters, planted at the point where
J^J the eddying river mingled with the briny waters of
raveling" tangied skeins of historical allusions
briefly asservated, leg-ends, superstitions and the in- Mexic's gulf the lily-spangled escutcheon of his King,
numerable theories handed down througdiout the past Louis XIV of France and gave the Pelican State and
four centuries, it is a log^ical deduction that the Jews unknown lands the name it has borne with credit to
were among; the hardy men who soug^ht out the New this day, Louisiana. The prior discovery of DeSoto,
World, the intellig-ence of a Jewish savant g^iving- to whereby Spain made an ineffectual protest availed
Columbus the sug-g-estion of the voyag-e to the Setting naught and France made good its claims.
Sun and Jews' money, extorted from their coffers by In 171S De la Tour marked off the streets of Old
Isabella, furnishing" the Caravels. New Orleans at the bidding of Bienville, "the father
In that era the Inquisition had its inception and in- of Louisiana" and for years the early pioneers strug-
controvertible facts may be de- gled against floods and famines,
duced convincing" that among" through Indian wars and in
the g-randies of Hispania and 1762 when France surrendered
Portug"al many adventurous every foot of territory on the
spirits were of the Jewish faith, American continent, and, as
preferring the hardships in a trophies ofwar, Louisiana
New World to the rigt)rs of in- again wore the yoke of Spain,
tolerance, if not death or abju- "in July, 17f>'»," O'Reilley, the
ration of their ancestral faith Spanish Captain (General, with
in the Land of their birth. his army and navy took formal
possession and organized the
To-day it is a matter of spec-
government upon Spanish
ulation who were the first Jews
principles. At that time New
to follow Columbus in his vvy-
Orleans had a motley settlement
age of discovery. It is proven
of three thousand inhabitants,
that several of those close to
one-fifth of whom were slaves.
him in his memorable voyage
were Spanish Jews. However That Jews were among these
this may be, it can be traced pioneers, from the
with accuracy and positiveness first settlement inaugurated by

that the Jews of Spain and DeSoto and LaSalle cannot be

their descendants in Holland positively proven, but, what is
played an important part as proof positive developes in the
pioneers in opening up the New fact that with the recurrence
World culminating in the civ- of Spanish domination follow-
ilization of the present. ing the year, 1762, Jewish
traders were already on the
It must be borne in mind
scene of activity.
that the history of the "Early
Jews in Louisiana" practically
JUDAH TOURO, Conspicuous among these
begins with the earliest history Soldier, Citizen a nd Philanthropist were Depalachios and other
of New Orleans, the then un- Spanish Jews, who were in-
known South and Southwest. timately associated with the commerce of that day
A hundred years ago a vast territory, now constitu- and to whom grants were made.
ting notable States of the Union, known by the term Following the Colonial War, the restless spirit of
"the Louisiana Purchase" was acquired by the LTnited adventure, the untrammeled life of the Pioneers, grad-
States. ually opened up the then /er9-a inro^nila, and, as the
The story of the intrepid LaSalle "prepared ages flags of Spain, of England, trailed in the dust and
of happiness for inniuuerable generations of human their defending hosts were swept away by Americans,
creatures" in a land, to-day, the haven of freemen who Jews from other of the colonies, possibly participants
owe no responsibility save to the Supreme Architect in the incidents on many a bloody battle field "beat
of the Universe and, who, in the language of divine their swords into plough shares" and, returning to
scrit, may stand upright in the presence of their Maker peaceful pursuits aided in laying the corner stone of
and their fellowmen. Louisiana's future prosperity.

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The Early Jews in Lt)uisiana recoynizing the lib- lands. From these sturdy and devout Jews are
erty of conscience granted by the United States in the descended the early settlers in the American Colonies
Colonial days, no doubt realized that it was a question and there is no doubt that many of the notable fam-
of time when they too would be sheltered 'neath its ilies, descendants of whom are to-day residents of
flag, and accessions were made to their number and various sections of Louisiana, can trace their ancestry
in turn, followini,"" the march of civilization these back to the first Jewish settlers of the Carolinas.
pioneers, transplanted the faith of Abraham, Isaac and As far back as 1783, names most familiar to Louis-
Jacob througiidut the adjacent territory. ianians of to-dav are a matter of record in Charleston,
Legend asserts that as far back as 17S0 Jewish res- S. C, and there is no doubt that the descendants of
idents of Old New Orleans had a Miii\iiii — a quorum these early comers were among the active participants

consisting of no less than ten adult males for the in the stirring events of Old New Orleans before the
purpose of holding divine worship. Facts, stubborn opening of the nineteenth century.
facts, prove conclusively, that when New Orleans, Conspicuous among these pioneers we note the fol-
was, as mapped out and designed bv De la Tour, lowing: Aaron, Aarons, Abraham, Alexander, Ben-
limited to Canal street on the upper side, Elvsian edict, Cohen, DaCosta, De La Motte, DeLeon, Depass,
Fields on the lower side and boundecl bv the river and (xomez, Harlev, Harris, Hart, Hyams, Isaacs, Jonas,
what is now known as N. Rampart street, nearlv a Joseph, Kursheedt, Lazarus, Levi, Levy, Lopez,
century and a quarter ago, a House of Ciod was situ- Marks, Moise, Moses, Myers, Nathan, Philips, Seixas,
ated on Toulouse street, not' far removed from where Solomon, Suarez and Woolf.
the Old Deutsche Shule, on N. An effort in unfolding the
Rampart street was once situ- dim vista of the past would no
ated, at this writing the site of doubt result in tracing a rela-
a laundry. tionship between the men and
For how many years this women of the present in Louis-
Min\an existed no one knows, iana with these honored names
but this nucleus of Early Jews which are to-day a memory.
in Louisiana was the forerun- We content ourselves, how-
ner and afterwards the organ- ever, in dealing with cherished
izing factor of Congregation memories of the past, yet with-
Shan!Ja7'iii Chesed —Gates of in the range of recollection of
Mercy —chartered and
in 182S venerable and esteemed people
for years occupying the Syna- who are spared to us and whose
gog on N. Rampart street, al- fondest recollections are asso-
luded to above, and which ex- ciated with the acquaintance,
ists to-dav in connection with with friendship, of names which
the CongTegation Dispersed of will never pass away from the
Judali, known as the Touro hearts of Louisianians, Judah
Synagog. Touro and his contemporaries
The Charter issued in 1828 and Judah P. Benjamin con-
was for a tenure of twenty-five spicuous figures in the history
years and was renewed in 1853, of New Orleans nearly a hun-
but, sad to sav, it was destroy- dred years ago.
ed when the State House in Conspicuous, in truth it may
Baton Rouge succumbed to lire be said, occupying alone a posi-
during the Civil War, and, tion, which will be always
hence, important data, which cherished by his coreligionists
can never be replaced, was lost in the United States, was
HON. JUDAH P. BENJAHIN Judah Touro, soldier, citizen,
to history.
the verdict of intelligent
It is Statesman and Jurist. philanthropist, whose life and
people that the Jew has been a works are a part of the history
most important factor in the development of every of New Orleans, in the early days of the 19th century.
land wherein he has reared a home. History is replete His father, Isaac Touro, was born in Jamaica and
with facts that the Jew, wherever he has resided, has was reared and educated in the refining influences of
demonstrated a loyalty, a patriotism, a willingness to a Jewish home, hallowed in the annals of the past,
share the modest honors of citizenship even at the and in his youth began the studies to fit himself for
sacrilice of life. the Jewish pulpit. Coming from Jamaica to the
The story of the Early Jews in Louisiana will never United States before the eighteenth century was com-
be written as it should be. A
few traditions, dis- pleted, he met and wedded a daughter of Michael
torted even if facts, legends that though bearing the Moses Hays, a prominent merchant of Boston, Mass.
impress of facts cannot be accurately traced, a few JUDAH TOURO was born of this union in 1775, in
fragments, here and there, are all that is tangible of Newport, R. I., where the Rev. Dr. Touro had ac-
the pioneers of Judah coming hither. cepted a call sometime before that period.
During the early part of the eighteenth century it When the American Revolution began Isaac Touro
is not at all improbable that the Jews of Spain and returned to Jamaica where he died seven years later,
Portugal, driven ruthlessly from the land of their his widow surviving him only four ^-ears.
birth, dispersed to more congenial climes. At the time of his father's death, Judah Touro was
Many of these refugees sought a haven and a new eight years old and when his fondly loved mother
tenure of life, first in Holland, afterwards attracted joined the silent majority he had just attained his
to the Barbadoes, Jamaica and other Caribbean Is- twelfth year. His education and care was entrusted

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to his maternal jrrand-father in Boston, in whose took an active part in communal work of the day. It
countintj- room the youth had his lirst business cx- was he who purchased the once palatial home of a cit-
perience. izen, situated the corner of Annunciation and
In 1S(I2. Ju(hih Touro came to New Orleans where Gaiennie and presented it to a promising young
intey-rity,honesty and application won for him friends physician, of that era. Dr. Jacob Bensadon, a South
and, later, fortune. He acquired wealth by his thrift Carolinian of a distinguished Portuguese family long
and industry and commanded the respect of his fel- time resident in the colonies.
low citizens.
The Infirmary played an important part in the early
When the war of 1S15 was proclaimed he yolunteered Jewish charities. Dr. Bensadon carried out the re-
and when the British marched aifainst New Orleans quests of Judah Touro, that any indigent Jew, appli-
and the memorable onslaug-ht on the Field of Chal- cant for admission, should be received and cared for
mette became history, Judah Touro was on the bat- with the same attention as if he was a pay patient.
tlefield carrying- shot and shell from the mag-azine to Further reference will be made to Dr. Bensadon and
the battery, one of the most trying ordeals in a sol- the Old Infirmary under another caption.
dier's career. While doing his duty as a soldier he Judah Touro died in the city of New Orleans on
was severely wounded by being struck on the thigh January IS, 1854, and his remains were taken to New-
with a twelve pound shot. R. A. Shepherd, an inti- port. R. I., where they were intered, adjacent to a
mate friend and afterwards one of monument erected to the memory
his heirs and executor, who was of his sainted father in the Jew-
also serving the glorious cause ish cemetery.
under Andrew Jackson, learning He left a princely bequest to
of Touro's mishap, immediately the Synagogue and Infirmary in
came to his assistance, bore him New Orleans which to-day bears
off the battlefield, and, despite his name. He bequeathed large
the positive statement that Touro sums to many Jewish institutions
was beyond surgical or medical in different parts of the LTnited
aid. Shepherd secured a cart and States.
had Touro conveyed to his pala- Fourteen charitable institutions
tial home where he was cared for under the control of various Chris-
and nursed back to life by the tian denominations received be-
Shepherd family. In later life quests averaging five thousand
both these distinguished citizens dollars each.
became millionaires and though The city of New Orleans was
separate in religious beliefs were made legatee of eighty thousand
always boon companions and in- dollars for its poor and only in
separable friends. recent years was the bequest car-
Judah Touro was a philan- ried out by the Touro-Shakes-
thropist who knew neither creed peare Alms House taking upon
or church in his generosity. He itself the care of the city's poor,
purchased for Dr. Clapp, one of the who for years following the de-
eminent divines of that period, a struction of the Touro Alms
church, on Canal street near a House during the Civil war, had
Jewish Synagog of the Portuguese —
no haven a haven reared for
Congregation Dispersed of Judah, them by Judah Touro.
both structures occupying a site In the annals of the past of
near the corner of Canal and Bour- New Orleans, in the promise of a
bon streets. He left a bequest of future undreamt of by those of
three thousand dollars to Dr. its people of to-day, no one has
Clapp and one half of his estate ALEXANDER PHILIPS occupied, or will occupy the first
was distributed among various Soldier and flerchant. place in the hearts of its people
charitable institutions, including as long as the memory of Judah
handsome endowments to every Jewish Synagogue in Touro will be recalled.
the United States at that epoch. JUDAH PHILIP BENJAMIN was born in St.
He demonstrated his fealty to the land of his birth, Croix, West Indies, August 11,1811. His parents
his loyalty to the stars and stripes by contributing were English Jews, who in 1811 sailed from England
ten thousand dollars to the Bunker Hill Monument. to settle in New Orleans, The mouth of the Missis-
A pretty incident is associated with this gift. Judah sippi river being blockaded by the British fleet, they
Touro notified the Bunker Hill Monument Committee landed at St. Croix, where Mr. Benjamin was born.
that when all the money except ten thousand dollars His boyhood was passed in Wilmington, N. C.
had been secured he would give personally the amount In 1825, at the age of fourteen, he entered Yale, but
specified. This was an incentive to increase the num- left the college three years later without receiving
ber of donors. a degree. He returned to New Orleans, where he
At the height of the excitement and interest in the studied law in a notary's office, being admitted to the
proposed monument, a great Fair was given by the bar, December 11, 1832. He did not at that time un-
Ladies of Boston. The delegates from Louisiana pur- dertake to engage actively in his profession
chased the model of the monument, sent it to New For some time he was engaged in teaching school
Orleans where it occupied a place of honor in a public and compiling a digest of cases decided in the local
building which was destroyed afterwards by fire. courts. This, at first intended for personal use only,
Judah Touro was a strict adherent of Judaism and was subsequently enlarged and published as "A
Dig-est of Reported Decisions of the Supreme Court of dent Davis was in the habit of sending tt) him all
the Late Territory of Orleans and the Supreme Court work that did not obviously belong to the department
of Louisiana" 18.^4 ).
( of some other minister. It was his habit to begin
From this time on Mr. Benjamin's rise was rapid, work at 8 a. m., and he often occupied his desk until
and in 1S4I) he became a member of the firm of Slidell, 2 o'clock the next morning.
Benjamin & Conrad, one of the most powerful lej^al On the fall of the Confederacy he fled from Rich-
firms in the Southern States, having- an extensive mond with other members of the Cabinet, and on be-
practice in phinters' and cotton merchants' cases. coming sei)arated from the party, escaped from the
liKNJAMIN'S POLITICS. coast of P'lorida to the Bahamas in an open boat,
Politically the subject of this sketch was a Whig-, thence going- to Nassau, and in September. 1865,
and in 1845. was elected as a member of the conven- reached Liverpool. He at once began the study of
tion held to revise the Constitution of the State. Here Knglish law, and was entered as a student at Lin-
he advocated the addition of an article requiring the coln's Inn, January 13, 1866.
Governor to be a citizen born in the United States. In the following summer Mr. Benjamin was called
In 1847 a United States commissioner was appointed to the English bar at the age of fifty-five. At first
to investigate the Spanish land titles, under which the his success was slight, and he was compelled to resort
early settlers in California claimed their property, and to journalism for a livelihood. In 1868 he published
Mr. Benjamin was retained as counsel, making a trip "A Treatise on the Law of Sale of Personal Prop-
to the far West. On his re- erty," which is now the author-
turn he was admitted to prac- ity on this subject in English
tice in the United States Su- law.
preme Court, and for a time HONORS IN ENGLAND.
much of his business was witli
After the publication of this
that body at Washington. book the practice of Mr. Ben-
In 1848 he became one of the jamin grew rapidly, and in
presidential electors at large June, 1872, he was made (Jueen's
from Louisiana, and four years counsel, after which his busi-
later was elected to the United ness became as large and re-
States Senate, being again munerative as that of any law-
chosen by his party for the yer in the land. Among his
same honored position in 1857. many arguments the one most
But on the secession of Louis- generally known is that which
iana from the Union, Mr. Ben- he delivered before the Court
jamin, together with his col- for Crown Cases Reserved, in
league, John Slidell, withdrew the behalf of the captain of
in February, 1861. the "Franconia." His last
During his senatorial career great nisi prius case was that
he had attained pre-eminence of Anson and others against
in the Southern wing of the the London & Northwestern
Democratic party, and a sharp Railway. After this he ac-
personal controversy between cepted only briefs upon appeal,
himself and Jefferson Davis and appeared solely before the
seemed likely to cause a duel, House of Lords and the Privy
when the latter apologized on Council.
the floor of the Senate for hard Early in 188.^ he was com-
language he had used. pelled by failing health to re-
Mr. Benjamin advocated the
QERSHOiW KURSMEEDT, tire from practice, and a fam-
Kansas-Nebraska bill of Mr. Friend of Touro and Kinsman of Montefiore ous farewell banquet was given
Douglas in 1854, but afterwards him in the hall of the Inner
insisted that the principle of popular sovereignty had Temple, London, June 30, 1883. He then withdrew
been definitely set aside by the declaration of the Su- to Paris, where his wife and daughter resided, and
preme Court in the Dred-Scott case, which, he con- where his health rapidly failed until his death, May
tended, should be accepted as conclusive. His firm 8th, 1884.
advocacy of the legal claims of slavery brought from
Senator Wade, of Ohio, the remark that Mr. Benja-
ALEXANDER PHILIPS, one of the pioneers of
min was "a Hebrew with Egyptian principles." conunerce in old New Orleans, was born in indigence,
and reared in the school of adversity. In his youth
IN THE CONFKDEKATE CABINET. emig-rating from Holland to a foreign land, where un-
On the formation of the provisional government of known and uncared for, without home or abiding
the Confederate States he was appointed Attorney- place, by his indefatigable perseverance and unswerv-
general, and in August, 1861, was transferred to the ing integrity, he succeeded in amassing wealth, ac-
War Department, succeeding L. P. Walker. Having quiring- reputation and attaining a hig-hly enviable
had some trouble with a committee from the Confed- position in society. His life offers reflection to the
erate Congress, he resigned his position, but imme- old —
example to the young. He was born in the year
diately became Secretary of State, which place he 1775 in the city of Amsterdam, and after having re-
held until the final overthrow of the Confederate ceived the trade of a whitesmith, and enduring num-
Government. erous privations always attendent upon poverty, he, at
Mr. Benjamin had the reputation of being "the the age of sixteen years, emigrated to the United
brains of the Confederacy'," and it is said that Presi- States, in quest of a comfortable maintenance, which

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his t)\vn lioiiif could not aiford. He settled in the ing lustre on the American arms, putting an end to
State of Pennsylvania where he was oblit^ed by his his service, he resumed business pursuits.
necessitous circumstances and g-ladly received employ- In the year ISll, he allied himself to a lady from
ment in the capacity of a farmers boy. For two Baton Rouge. A numerous progeny blessed their
years he did service in this luunble capacity, during- union, having the cares of a family incumbent upon
which time, by his industry and fidelity, he won the him, he redoubled his exertions, success crowned his
confidence of his employer and the friendship of many. efforts, and after years of toil, lie retired from active
In 17')4, with that reckless spirit, which characterized business.
his youth and impelled by that love for military g^lory Among the veteran residents, and very few survive
which all young; men of warm and gfenerons impulses —
to-day it is recalled that the Philips establishment
admire, he enlisted under Gen'l Anthony Wayne, to was located on the wood side of Chartres street near
quell the "Whiskey Insurrection," but the happy the corner of Bienville street. Later the subject of
termination of this difiicultv sot)n after caused the dis- this sketch established himself in the grocery business
bandment of the volunteer corps, and, he ag^ain found on what is now known as St. Charles avenue, at the
himself destitute of funds and employment. He se- intersection of Jackson avenue, directly facing the
cured employment from Gen. Hennen of Harrisburg", Harmony Club building, and which establishment
Pa. With this g-entleman he remained until 17'*'), years afterward became an enterprise made famous
when, removingf to the city of by its untiring proprietor, Mr.
Philadelphia he, under the advise- Charles Ballejo.
ment of a friend procured a small At the era when Mr. Philips
quantity of merchandise and thus founded the establishment, a
equijiped, he g"irded up his loins wide and unobstructed view of
and marched throug-h the country the Mississippi river was to be
an itinerant merchant, always had from the doors of his store.
finding- a ready market for his St. Charles avenue was lined
merchandise' his pleasing- appear- with cotton wood trees, a public
ance winning- the patronag-e of road leading to the plantations
the women, his unassuming- de- bordering the banks of the river
meanor the aid of the men. For- for hundreds of miles.
tune smiled upon his undertak- The veteran and honored citi-
ing-s. Continued success, extend- zen, iSIr. Ballejo, entered his em-
ing credit and g-reater means, plo}- in the early 40's and enjoyed
soon enabled him to extend his the esteem of the pioneer and his
business operations and at the end family in his j'outh and man-
of a few years, he became master hood.
of his own establishment and The sons and daughters of the
seated permanently in the Quaker veteran and honored citizen were,
in their day, prominent and social
After a residence of seven years, favorites. A son, Alfred, was a
during- which time, by close ap- ])artncr of the famous lawyer,
plication to business he had real- Roselius. Elenora Philips mar-
ized a considerable amount, fol- ried Simon Newburger, also a
lowing- the bent of his mind, pioneer in industrial and com-
which being- enticed away by the mercial circles. Eliza Philips
alluring- representations made to married a namesake of Ohio, and
him of the newly-acquired terri- Mrs. Judge Jno. B. Cottom was
tory of Lt>uisiana, of the wealth also a daug-hter.
of its inhabitants and the fine At an advanced age, far be-
field there offered for speculation,
RABtJl JAMES K. aLUHEIM, yond that allotted to man, Mr.
he, in the year ISOS, removed to Philips died regretted by the
the city of New Orleans and im- Scholar, Educator a nd Pjiilanthropist. people of Old New Orleans, for
mediately entered into the mer- in him they recognized a useful,
cantile business. By means of his energ-y, experience honored citizen, -who had contributed greatly to the
and nice discernment, he soon assumed a respectable progress of the city and its best interests.
position in the mercantile world. He continued to
flourish in this capacity, without the occurrence of DR. JOSEPH BENSADON, whose name and fame
any event worthy of record pursuing- the "even tenor will always be associated with the Touro Infirmary,
of his way" an honest money-making- boKrurois. Until though born in New York, January '*, ISIM, is claim-
the year 1S14 when, called away from his calculations ed by the South as a favored son. A
descendant of
by the invasion of the British he, with all the enthu- an aristocratic Sephardic family, who removed to
siasm of a man who seeks to protect his fire-side from South Carolina when the subject of this sketch was a
the assaults of an invading- foe, immmediately enlisted child, he was reared amidst the elegance and refined
a volunteer, receiving- the commission of first lieuten- surroundings of a Southern Jewish home.
ant, and served during- the whole campaig-n with After receiving a liberal and scholarly education
g-reat g-allantry and ze.il. At the battle of Chalmette the youth applied himself to the study of the Science
Plains the connnand of his company devolving; up.)n and Art of .NIedicine, graduating with honors as a
himself; by his able management and the intrepidity Doctor 9! Medicine, at the age of twenty-one from
of his men, he received the approbation of his supe- the famed University at Charleston.
riors in command. This battle, which shed an undv- Dr. Bensadon was among; the first of the Medical

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profession to offer his services to the g'overnment KURSHEEDT is a name associated with the United
when the War with Mexico was threatened and, when States since Colonial days. Israel Baer Kursheedt
hostilities begfan, he went to the front and served was born in Frankfort-on-the-Main, of a family who
with distinction in the American Army. had resided in that city for many years, where suc-
In 1847, Dr. Bensadon cast his fortunes with New cessive generations were noted for their culture, at-
Orleans. His splendid personality, his ability as a tainments and scholarship. Israel Baer Kursheedt
ph^-sician and surgeon was at once recognized and left the paternal home in his youth coming to seek
won for him the esteem of the community. By chance that liberty of conscience he desired, to Richmond.
he formed the acquaintance of Judah Touro and the \'a., when it was the center of Colonial life. Later
acquaintanceship merged into friendship that was he married a daughter of the Rev. Gershom Mendes
only shattered by death. He was not only the phy- Seixas. one of the most noted Rabbis of this countr}-.
sician of Judah Touro but his most intimate and con- Of this union, born in Richmond, Va., were two chil-
fidential friend and, it is recalled by those few of our dren, who, in after years participated in Jewish af-
venerable citizens who are familiar with the past, fairs in Louisiana. The family removed later to
that the venerable Touro and the capable young phy- New York City where they occupied a distinguished
sician were inseperables. position in social and commercial circles.
Whether Judah Touro conceived the idea or wheth- Mendes Kursheedt, born in Richmond, Va., in
er it was at the suggestion of Dr. Bensadon that the 1810, on attaining his majority went to Kingston,
Infirmary, now bearing the honored name of Touro Jamaica, where he entered commercial life. He mar-
was founded, no one knows, ried an English lady, a mem-
but it is known that Judah ber of the Duke family and, in
Touro purchased the Paulding 1840 removed to New Orleans,
residence, situated at the cor- '•.^ passing away on January 8,
ner of what is now known as 1886, mourned by numerous
Annunciation and Gaiennie friends, who, knowing him
streets, converted it into a hos- well, regarded him as the em-
pital and placed it in charge bodiment of Honor.
of Dr. Bensadon. Gershom Kursheedt, was
Carrying out the philan- born in Richmond, Va.. in
thropic views of its founder. \ 1815, was taken to New York
Dr. Bensadon was hampered , on the removal of the family,
to a great extent because it and in the ardor of youth, bade
became not only a hospital f farewell to the parental home
but a caravansary for poor and and came to New Orleans.
homeless people, for the char- After a little while Gershom
itable impulses of the calm, Kursheedt established himself
didactic, practical physician, in business but found ample
could not resist the plea of the time to devote to charitable
poor and suffering. and communal affairs.
Dr. Bensadon sustained his , Associated with the great
reputation as a physician and philanthropist, Judah Touro,
surgeon, notably during the and the coterie of liberal,
dread days of successive Yel- charitably disposed Israelites
low Fever epidemics and laid of that day, when the Widows'
the prestige of the Touro In- and Orphans' Home was pro-
firmary which year after year Gershom Kursheedt, at
becomes more famed. He par- DR. JOSEPH BEN5AD0N, once became its earnest advo-
ticipated in its affairs, after it cate. At the memorable meet-
had passed into the charge of A Distinguished Surgeon. ing held in the Old Armory
the Touro Infirmary and He- Hall, on November 25, 1854, he
brew Benevolent Association and while not actively occupied the chair and afterwards aided in shaping
associated in later years with its medical corps, al- the preliminaries. About -the same time Sir Moses
ways had a tender thought for the grand institution Montefiore, authorized by Oueen Victoria to visit
founded by his friend and mentor, Judah Touro. distant parts of Europe in the interest of persecuted
When the Civil War began, 1861, Dr. Bensadon Jews, extended an urgent invitation to Gershom Kur-
again exhibited his patriotism by offering his ser- sheedt to accompany him on this hallowed mission.
vices to the Confederacy, and was accorded the rank When the first officers of the Association for the
of surgeon and, with the "Boys who wore the Gray" Relief of Jewish Widows' and Orphans were elected
seen active service until the termination of hostilities.
Gershom Kursheedt declined the Presidency and later
left New Orleans going to England. He not only
Returning to New Orleans Dr. Bensadon resumed became identified with the great philanthropical
his professional work, attaining continued distinc- work of Sir Moses ]SIontefiore but also married a
tion and enjoying a lucrative practice. On December favorite neice of the greatest and most favored Jew
2, 1871, in the full possession of his faculties a vet- of England of that day, to whom and his family and
their successors royal favor was shown, and with
eran of two wars, this true and trusted Practitioner
whom the lamented Victoria and her children, in-
of Medicine, benevolent and charitable to a fault,
cluding Edward VII, King of England and Emperor
went to his eternal rest regretted and mourned b}- a of India, were and are on the most int mate footing.
grand concourse of friends. Gershom Kursheedt had ample opportunities to

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his time to the ainelii)ration of distresses amotiii-
(IcviitL^ Kampart street, introducing- there the great reform
his corelitrionists and manv instances are chronicled movement, of which he may justly be called one of
of his work and kindlv acts upon the history of the the distinguished American leaders. He laid the cor-
Engiish Jewry. His death occurred in Lon(Uin, En- ner stone of the Svnagog-ue Temimi Derech, in 18()(i.
i;-land, in 1S()2. The Temple Emanuel of New York being aware of
JAMES KOPPEL (lUTHEIM was born in Menne, his g-reat learning:, invited him to occupy the chair of
District of Warburg-, Westphalia, November 15, 1S17. English Lecturer, which he accepted in the fall of
His ancestry were noted for their learning- and he him- 18()8. The citizens of New Orleans, of all shades of
self early evinced gTeat thirst for knowledge and made belief, on learning- of his contemplated departure, pre-
rapid advances in his scholastic and collegiate pro- sented the following Memorial:
gTess. His first ministerial service was at Senden- New Okleans, June 1(), 181)8.
liorse, in 1838.
In 1843 he removed to New York whence he was in-
vited to Cincinnati in 1841), where he became pastor of "Rkvkkend Sik — We, the undersigned citizens of
the B'nai Yeshuren Congregatit)n, and dedicated the New Orleans, not of your faith, but for many years
first temple of that congreg^ation. In compliance with your personal friends and admirers, have learned with
the call of the Shaarai Chased Cong"reg'ation then profound regret of a movement having for its object
worshiping- on Rampart street in your permanent remo\-al to New
this city, he came to New Or- York.
leans in 1850, and dedicated its "Your long residence in this
first edifice in 1851. city has identified you with her
He performed the funeral rites \velfare and secured for you a
of the g-reat philanthropist, Judali hig-h place in the affections of her
Touro in 1854. In the same year people. We
recognize in you the
he became Rabbi of the svna- warm-hearted, genial friend, the
g-ogue known as the Dispersed of enlightened, patriotic citizen, and
Judah, and in 1857 dedicated their the divine of extraordinary learn-
Svnag-og-ue, Nefutsah Jehudah. ing-, clearness of ])erception
and power of eloijuence rarely
When the question oi States'
rights and secession was the t(]])ic
of the hour, James K. (iutheim "We reg-ard your removal from
showed his mettle and devotion us not merely an irreparable loss
to the South, his home, endeared to your church and people, but a
by associations that were only calamity to this city and state, as
severed by Death. He was as we cannot afford at this time to
frank as he was outspoken and lose such men as you. We most
his views were as weig-hty as sincerely hope, therefore, that
those of any of the actual leaders some satisfactory arrangement
in the cause. He was loval to the may bemade for your remaining-
Confederacy, aiding by voice and permanently among us, that your
pen its orig-in and with the cessa- example and eloquence may lead
tion of hostilities he was among this people in paths of education,
the foremost of the Southern men virtue and peace.
to urge accepting- cheerfully the "Believe us to remain, with
resultsand again strive to make sentiments of great respect, yt)ur
the South an Eden on Earth. most obedient servants."
His fealty to the Bonnie Blue The above letter was sig-ned by
flag-, his loyalty to principle and
over one hundred of the leading
his courage in expressing- his con- MEYER M. SIMPSON. men of New Orleans.
victions caused an episode that First President Jewish Widows' and Orphans' Home. Dr. Gutheim remained in New
will never be forgotten. New York, four years, attending the
( )rleans had surrendered and Ben Butler was in au- Rabbinical Convention in Philadelphia in 18()') of
thority. James K. Gutheim was among the irrecon- which he was the Vice-President.
ciliables who refused to take the Iron Clad Oath, de- During his Northern residence he, together with
clined any and all overtures and, furthermore, refused Hon. Morris Ellinger established '/7/c Jewish 7 iincs
with disdain to shield himself behind his ministerial and was associated editor.
calling-. Ben Butler had him escorted to the lines,
and again James K. Gutheim was among his people, The seeds of the reform movement which he had
sown in New Orleans fructified and in 1871 he was in-
the stalwart Confederates.
vited to return to this city and take charge of the new
Going to Montgomery, Ala., he accepted a call to reform congreg-ation known as the Temple Sinai.
occupy the pulpit of the Cong-regation in that city which call he accepted and in November, of that year,
and later removed to Columbus, Ga., thoug-h both of he laid the corner stone of the Temple which now or-
these communities were small, due to the fact that naments Carondelet street between Howard avenue
every Israelite capable to hold a g-un wore the Gray and Calliope street. In 1872 he entered upon his duties
Jacket. Thus from 18f)3 to 1865 Dr. (iutheim cast his as Rabbi. From that date until his death, June 11,
lot with minor cong-regations. 188(i, he, with unrelenting devotion and attention,
When the war was over, 18()5, he returned to New ministered to this large and influential congregation,
Orleans and resumed charged of the Synag-og-ue on constantly widening- and enlarging its infiuence until

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its membership are associated with numerous charities Dr. Gutheim was a man of great breadth of view,
in this city. Rev. Dr. (iutheim made it a strong- cen- of deep research and of a high degree of culture. In
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leans, but of the entire South, its principles of reform oughly equipped and was also well stored with his-
permeatinsj- almost every cong-reg'ation in this section. toric fore of all kinds. His vast erudition enabled
Dr. Gutheim took an active and prominent part in him to ably cope with all the great problems of his
founding- and promoting thtv success of many chari- day. He was ever the champion of Truth and man-
table institutions in New Orleans. fully defended the faith of the Israelites. His sweep
He was the principal mover in the org-anization of of thought led him to heig-hts not frequently reached,
the Association for the Relief of Jewish Widows" and and his power of oratory enabled him to rivet the at-
Orphans' and was successively its Secretary, Treas- tention of his larg-e audiences upon whatever theme
urer and Vice-President, which latter office he held for his versatile mind selected.
a number of years. In 1858 Dr. (iutheim married Miss Emilie, a daugh-
Of the Touro Infirmary he was the First Vice- ter of Mr. I. I. Jones, a prominent merchant of Mo-
President from its org-anization in 1S55 until his death bile, Ala., who with cheerful mien and courageous
in 188(). He was a member and President of the He- heart faithfully fultilled the duties of a Rabbi's wife,
brew Benevolent Association from the date of his seconding his every effort for the up-lifting of what-
residence in this city. ever community in which their
During his official career he lotwas cast. In none, however,
dedicated Temples for Hebrew have their lives made a deeper or
worship in Louisville, Ky.; St. more lasting- impression than in
Louis, Mo.; Cincinnati, Ohio; San
this city, where his widow still
Antonio, Tex.; Mobile and Mont-
Dr. Gutheim was an inlluential
gomery, Ala.; New Orleans and
other cities.
member of the Conference of
Charities, the New Orleans Aux-
For several years, from 1867, he iliary Sanitary Association, the
was a member of the Board of Louisiana Educational Society,
Directors of the public schools of
the Louisiana Historical Society,
New Orleans and its acting pres- the Society of the Red Cross and
a Counsellor of the Society of
As an author and sermonizer Civics.
he attained wide celebrity.
a He died on June 11, 1886, and
Many of his works have been pub- his remains, for the first time,
lished, the most noted being the in the Jewish history of Louis-
"Temple Pulpit" and a trans- iana, lay in state in the Temple
lation from the German of the until June 14, when they were in-
fourth volume of the "History terred. The following prominent
of the Jews" by Dr. H. Graetz; gentlemen, representing- all creeds,
also from the Hebrew about half acted as pall bearers:
of the Book of Psalms. In ad- Gov. S. D. McEnery, Mayor J.
dition to which his popular col- V. Guillotte, A. Lehman, Presi-
dent Touro Synagog-ue; M. Frank,
lections of Hymns for the Tem- President Temple Sinai; M.
ple Emanuel. Heidenheim, President Gates of
One of his most pleasing ren- Prayer; Z. Bruenn, President
ditions of the Hebrew is the fol- Ternime Derech; Julius Weis,
lowing- translations
ISAAC SCMERCK, President Touro Infirmary; E. I.
of the 23rd
Ex-President, Jewish Widows' ond Orphans' Home Kursheedt, President Jewish W.
& O. Home; Edward Fenner,
The Lord's mv Shepherd ever more. President Sanitary Association; S. B. Newman, Pres-
I bhall not want, nf»r e'er shall pine.
tranquil streams. He'll place my store ident Conference of Charities; Hon. Chas. Gayarre,
On pastures sweet malie me recline. President Historical Society; Jno. Kruttschnitt, Rep-
He cheers my soul for his own sake.
He ever leads in virtue's wake. resenting Red Cross Society; Hon. Louis Bush, Pres-
ident Louisiana Educational Society.
And though 1 walk throuph shades of Heath
Through silent vales (»' mortal gloom— The State Senate, then in session, upon motion of
I fear no harm from mould'ring breath,
Ood is with me beyond the t(»mb. Hon. Larry O'Donnell of New Orleans adopted the
His rod and staff will' surely be following resolution and adjourned out of respect for
My comfort in eternity.
his memory:
wants he kindly will supply.
table in his love i)repare.
"Be It Rk:solved, By the Senate of Louisiana that
Despite the glance of envy's eye we mournfully deplore the death of Rev. James K.
Ood will sustain me iii his'care. Gutheim, who in life was an exemplary citizen, an
He will with oil annoiot my head
And on my cup his blessings shed. accomplished divine, and a noble philanthropist.
Thus grace and goodness will attend "BeIt Resolved, That in his death the commun-
My journey to lire's hidden shore,
ityhe served with such exceptional devotion for up-
And happiness will crown my end
And be mv portion ever more, wards of forty years has sustained a severe if not an
For God's house I shall. abide
And ever bless my heavenly guide. irreparable loss.

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"Bk It Resolved, That in order that the virtues of ISAAC SCHERCK was a type of the honest, ardent
tlie<leceased may live and he perpetuated, and in just indefatig-able voutlis, who, turning away from the as-
recognition of liis exemphirv life, these resolutions be sociations of their childhood, parents, home, kindred
spread of record upon the minutes of the Senate and and friends, came to the United States to carve out
that the vSenate do adjourn in respect to his memory, their own career.
and that a copy of these rtjsolutions be transmitted to Isaac Scherck was born in Posen, Prussia, Decem-
the familv of the deceased si<rned bv the (rovernor ber 25, 1833, where he received a preliminary educa-
and Lieutenant Governor." tion according- to the system then in vog-ue. At the
The resolution was unanimously adoi)ted. 'age of thirteen vears he emig-rated to the United
The Judg-es of the Civil District Court sitting' cit States, his capital, good health, and the equivalent of
htuir listened to an eulogv delivered by Judg^e F. A. fiftv dollars. Coming- South his first effort in earning-
Monroe upon the life and career of the gTeat Rabbi a living was as a clerk in a countrv store in Summit.
and at its conclusion, the Court adjourned, a tribute Miss.
to the esteem he was borne in. His experience proved to his advantage, for, after
sev^eral years, he branched out in business on liis own
MEYER M. SIMPSON was one of a coterie of g-en-
account. His honest methods won friends for him,
tlemen, resident of the citv of New Orleans, over a
and step by step he laid the foundation of a success-
half centurv ag^o, whose culture, eng'aging" qualities
ful business career which yielded for him in after
and public spirit tended to g'ive eclat to the city in
years a fortune.
after years. He was an intimate friend of Judah
But the thoughts and methods of Mr. Scherck werp
Touro and the brilliant minds identified with him in
the plans looking- to the advancement of the city and
not all centered in business. He took an active inter-
est in public affairs, and, as he afterwards demon-
laying- the foundation of the g-reat charities that are
strated was a thoroug-h Southerner.
a pride to our people to-day.
In 18()1 when the South resounded with the alarums
Mr. Simpson was born in Charleston, S. C, in 1823,
of war, Mr. Scherck enlisted in a Mississippi reg-iment
a lineal descendant of a representative family whose
as a private and went to the front. With his com-
Judaism was never questioned and of which they were
panions he faced disaster and death upon many a hotlv
justly proud. He received an education in the best
contested battlefield. His couragfe and tacit obedience
schools of South Carolina and while a youth barely in
to orders won for him advancement and during- the
his teens, came to New Orleans where he secured em-
latter vears of the war he had risen to the rank of
ployment in a commercial enterprise as a clerk.
Majt)r an<l Chief Commissary, Confederate States
Apt and trained in the school of experience, he mas-
tered the intricacies of commercial and financial suc-
cess and before he was in the full prime of manhood
When war was over Major Scherck returned to
and resumed his business career, practically
civil life,
he embarked into business on his own account. A starting ag-ain at the bottom of the ladder. In 1S(>(>
shrewd financier and business man, whose integ-rity
he wedded Miss Esther Marks.
and honesty was fullv apj)reciated by the public, his
Devoting himself to his business he made rapid
career as a banker and broker for over thirty con-
strides and after years of marked activity and success
secutive years was a continuous success, creditable to
removed to New Orleans where he became a member
himself and profitable to his patrons.
of the cotton house, Alcus, Scherck & Autev.
Mr. Simpson never deviated from the jiath of duty
Thougfh untiring" in attending to the details of his
he had been reared in and the communal interests of
ever increasing business, Mr. Scherck found time to
that era found in him not onlv an ardent member but
devote to the study and precepts of Fraternities and
an untiring- worker. His earliest experience in phil-
anthropic work was in the dread days when Yellow
was an honored Mason as well as identified with other
charitable org-anizations, among- these the Association
Fever devastated the citv year after year, leaving- in
for the Relief of Jewish Widows and Orjihans of
the trail of the "Yellow Demon," homeless, friendless
widows and bereft, hapless orphans. which he was President at one time.
When the proposition was discussed bv representa- Ever actuated bv a high sense of honor and dutv.
Major Scherck always occupied a first place in the
tive Jews to found a haven for Jewish Widows and
hearts of friends, his most casual acquaintances in
Orphans, Mr. Simpson not onlv acquiesced but with
turn yielding of their esteem for him. His death,
indomitable zeal applied himself to the noble task.
He was a participant in the various preliminarv meet- which occurred in 1888, was deplored for in his passing"
an honored and useful citizen was lost to the
ing's and was present at the memorable meeting" in the
Armory Hall on November 25, 1854, presided over by S3 $ ss tU $
(iershom Kursheedt, and among" others present were
the lamented Gutheim and Georg-e Jonas, and other The influence and status of Israelites in Louisiana
g-entlemen whose meuiories will be ever cherished. to-day had its inception in the standard of excellence
When all the details of org-anization were completed reared by the Early Jews in Louisiana's history. It
and the Association for the Relief of Jewish Widows is reg-retable that no data is obtainable to do honor to
and Orphans a reality and the Jewish Widows' and the memorv of the many who aided in all good and
Orphans' Home a certainty M. M. Simpson was noble projects in the past.
elected president. Of those who participated in afl^airs, commercial,
"No storied urn or animated bust" are required to communal and social of a half centurv ago there are
perpetuate the memory of the courtly, talented M. M. three survivors at this date, Joseph Simon, Jos. H.
Simpson. As long- as there are Jewish Orphans to Marks and Jos. Magner.
house and educate in the paths of the rig"hteous, and Among- those g"one before, whose memory are re-
Jewish widows to comfort and provide for, the name called with reverence are Georg"e Jonas, the Levy
of M. M. Simpson, first president of the Association family, the Abrams, Emanuel, the Florance family,
for the Relief of Jewish Widows and Orphans, will be the Jose])h family, the Marks family, and others of
reverentlv recalled and his memorv blessed. equal imjxn-tance of that era.

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These representative people were practical, zealous was born in 1821, coming hither from his birth place
Israelites, their descendants none the less ardent, and across the ocean in his youth and at once imbued by
were honored by their fellow citizens. Some of these the privileges of citizenship in this great country
were leaders in the professions and callinj^s of learn- allied himself with representative people. His opin-
ing", others astute business men, who laid the founda- ions carried weight with them and in all the years of
tion of the prosperity of New Orleans. his life parsed in New Orleans he enjoyed the esteem
Dr. L. Crawcour, was a compeer of the celebrities
I. and regard of all. Though only in his sixtieth year
of New Orleans of over fifty years ag^o whose g-entle when he closed his eyes in slumbers sweet 1881 —
deeds of kindness and ministration to the sick are a his influence in affairs communal bore good fruits.
pleasant recollection of the best known people of the Jacob Kohlman, a brainy, courteous, honorable
city to-day. Born, reared and educated in Enufland, man was a contemporary of the many Israelites who
possessing- a keen and analytical mind, he studied med- aided in founding the reputation the Early Jews in
icine in the most renowned schools of Engfland, fitting- Louisiana enjoyed. He came likewise to New Or-
himself thoroug-hly for his profession. Graduating- leans in his early manhood from his birthplace in
with honors he came to New Orleans in the early '40s Germany and soon took a prominent position in af-
and at once entered upon an active career in the prac- fairs. He "wrapped the draperies of his couch about
tice of medicine and allied sciences. His ability and him" like a babe soothed to rest by its mother's
scholarly attributes were recognized and the practi- lulaby at the advanced age of 70, his death occurring
tioners of medicine in New Orleans recognized in him in 1897.
a peer of peers. Associated with the leading profes- Sigmund Katz arrived in New Orleans years ago,
sional men of the city, he was an imposing figure and at an era when Jewish Charity knew no such terms as
factor in Medicine for over forty years. When the "Organized" or "Almoners"; years before stately
New Orleans College of Medicine was found and dur- buildings dedicated to the sick and suffering, the
ing its tenure of existence, Dr Crawcour was one of widowed, orphaned and the aged were dreamt of. He
its professors. Dr. Crawcour was also identified with came provided with no other resources but his good
the Touro Infirmary for years and was a devoted friend health and indomitable perseverance to succeed. He
of the institution. In his demise, the profession carved out his own career. From an humble begin-
of medicine lost one of its most notable figures ning he became a small merchant, and as years pass-
and the community one of its most worthy and dis- en by amassed a fortune becoming a leader in com-
tinguished citizens. mercial affairs. He was a plain, blunt man, his
Abel Dreyfous, lilcrali, scholar, tiseful and good wealth and influence not altering his characteristics
citizen, was also a prominent figure of those da3-s. especially the habit of expressing his opinion and
Coming from La Belle F^rance in his early manhood, standing by his word. He was a power in financial
thoroughly educated in Arts, Sciences and the Law, and commercial affairs his brusque, rugged waj' only
he gave his attention to a professional calling and a cloak for a good, great heart, every pulsation of
before long became prominent as "Notaire". Suave, which throbbed for his fellowman.
courteous and competent he built up an immense pat- Abraham Lehmann was born in Germany leaving
ronage and up to his demise, was the leading Notary his birthplace and coming to New Orleans when a
Public of the city. While approachable and ever young man. He began his career in a most humble
courteous, his temperament was that of the student, way, but step Ijy step ascended the ladder of success
preferring to occupy himself with his work and his finally attaining an eminent position in the commer-
studies than to waste valuable time in social frivolities. cial world. He received many honors at the hands
Nevertheless, Mr. Dreyfous wielded vast influence of his co-workers in Congregation Shaarai Chesed
and contributed his share to the upbuilding of affairs. and afterwards in Touro Synagog, having been pres-
Michel Frank was a compeer of the ardent men ident for many years. His death in 1889 was mourned
who came from France in their young manhood and by the people of New Orleans for in his passing an
aided in all the plans for the welfare of the Crescent honored gentleman and useful citizen went to his
City in the years gone by. He was modest and un- Eternal sleep.
assuming and in a quiet and methodical manner pur- Ferdinand Marks, urbane, affable and courteous,
sued the even tenor of his way, as a clerk, as an em- was for many a conspicuous figure in social and com-
bryo merchant, as a merchant prince and finally as a mercial circles. While born in the Fatherland he
banker. He entered with zest upon anj- plan for the spent the greater part of his life in New Orleans and
betterment of conditions. When Congregation Tem- was recognized for his devotion and exertions for the
ple Sinai was projected he took an active interest in betterment of the city and its manifold interests. His
its establishment and was chosen its first president, life was placid, useful and honorable and his sever-
occupying that honored position for several successive ance from all that he loved, was most pathetic. He had
years. He was also prominent in other Communal bidden farewell to friends to go to Europe on a visit
bodies and in all things exhibited an interest and to the scenes of his childhood and when the steam-
loyalty to Judaism. ship was in sight of the white, waved lashed cliffs of
Henry Kaufman is recalled as a stalwart figure in Old England he paid Nature's debt. His demise was
affairs of Old New Orleans, a practical man of af- learnt of with great regret and months afterwards
fairs who, nevertheless, was always found at his post when his remains were brought home for interment
of duty when Charity called. He came to Louisiana the greatest respect was paid his memory, a grand
from the Fatherland in his early manhood and for concourse of friends being present to do homage to
upwards of two scores of years was conspicuous in his splendid reputation as a man.
affairs in this city. He passed away regretted by a Alexander Marks is also recalled for his worth and
concourse of friends in 1866. works. He was likewise a very young man whenhe came
Lambert was a familiar figure, an ardent,
B. Cain to the city of New
Orleans and worked his way to
wholesouled gentleman whose memory is zealously fortune and an honorable standing in the community,
guarded by all who knew his worth and works. He among others "whose likes we will ne'er see again."
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PAST and
Jewish Consresiations PRESENT.

.j» J* .j»

JTN the endeavor to trace the orig:in of the first con- SHAARAI CHESED.
II g:reg"ation in the city of New Orleans, judffing' The earliest record of a chartered congfreg-ation is
from the opinion of venerable residents dated 1828, when K. K. Shaarai Chesed, Gates of
yet among- us and whose reminiscences date back for Prayer, was incorporated. There is no doubt in the
over a half century, there is no doubt that the first minds of the survivors of manj- important incidents of
assembly for prayers ever convened in Old New Orleans over a half a century ago, that this congreg-ation had
was composed of followers of the Portug-uese ritual. its orig-in. as a Minyau, in the latter part of the 18th
When in reminiscent century-- 1775 to 1780,
vein the veteran Israel- its antecedents tracea-
ites, who can recall in- ble to the Sephardists,
cidents detailed and dis- French and German
cussed by the aged Jews then in New Or-
friends of their youth, leans.
relate of simple family It is regretable that
on the gfreat
g-athering-s the documents pertain-
holy days and festivals ing to its incorporation
in private residences, were destroyed during-
where some one famil- the Civil War by the
iar with the liturgfv and burning of the Capitol
chants sacred and re- Building in Baton
vevered because of their Rouge. However, many
association with the an interesting remines-
era when their ances- cence is associated with
try were in high favor the "Deutsche Shule"
with the aristocracy of as it was most affection-
S])ain and Portug-al. ately known. Years
long before Columbus ago the site and build-
dreamt of the Land be- ing on N. Rampart
yond the Sea. street, between Conti
It was simply in ac- and St. Louis streets
cord with custom that was acquired and util-
these Minvanim —as- ized until this congre-
semblies for the pur- gation amalgamated
poses of prayer -for, with the Portuguese
wherever ten — a quo- Congregation, which
rum — Jews can be found Synagogue of K. K. Shaarai Chesed. will be referred to un-
at stated intervals such der its proper caption.
The Old Deutsche Shule on North Rampart Street.
services were held. The congregation
However, the location prospered as years
of the earliest houses for prayer are conjecture. It is passed by and prominent and learned ministers occu-
asserted that nearly a century ago, as is in vog-ue even pied its pulpit, among these, recalled even to this day,
caused a divergence in
to this day, the ritual of prayer were Harris, Kaufman, Mosche, Rosenfield, Davidson,
the methods of the early comers. The Spanish, Por- Gutheim and Rabbi Leucht, the only surviving min-
tuguese and Hollanders formed one coterie, following- ister of the old Shule.
the Portug-uese method of chants and prayers; the NEFUSAH YEHUDAH.
(jerman had their peculiar Minhag-, and later the Pol- Meanwhile the flower of Judaism, those reared in
ish, Russian, etc., followed. and devoted to the Sephardic ritual, jealously pre-

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served their ritual and, whenever occasion offered, a Gershom Kursheedt was elected its first president,
Minyan assembled. An incident of the fealty of the and the following gentlemen were at different epochs
Sephardists to their faith is recorded, dating' back to his successors: J. J. Joseph, George Jonas, J. L.

the holiest of holidays, the New Year and Day of Levy, A. H. DeMeza, Captain B. Moses and L. A.
Atonement in 1845. Levy, Jr., who was the last president of the Portu-
Mr. E. h. Andrews, a prominent g-entleman and guese Congregation.
ardent Israelite residing- on Camp street, on a site The ministers of the Congregation Nefusah I'ehiidah
near the Memorial Hall, offered the use of his palatial were: M. N. Nathan, James K. Gutheim, Henry S.
home to those of his Sephardic friends who desired to Jacobs and J. H. M. Chumaciero, while Morais and
hold services. The invitation was cheerfully accepted De Silva were Secretaries of the hallowed old Synago-
and when the improvised congregation had assem- gue as well as serving as Sextons.
bled, the question rose who was among- the number Judah Touro presented the congregation with a
familiar with Hebrew and the ritual and who thus building, situated at the corner of Canal and Bourbon
could act as Minister or streets, which was util-

Chazan. Among- the ized as a Synagogue.

g-uests was E. J. Solo- The list of members
mon, a captain in the at that time, in addi-
United States Army, nam-
tion to the officers
and he volunteered to ed were: Abramson,

perform the function, Alexander Abrams, B.

and he demonstrated Abrams, I. P. Abrams,
by his reading- in the J. M. Abrams, J. C.

"Holy tong-ue" and Abrams, M. Barnett,

chanting- the ritual ac- Dr. Joseph Bensadon,
cording- to the Portu- Alex. A. Cohn, Dr. I.

guese Minhdii his abil- L. Crawcour, A. H.

ity, to the g-reat delig-ht DeMeza, Mrs. A. C.
of his auditors. DePass, Geo. W. Ellis,

This gathering- prov- B. Emanuel, A. T. Eze-

kiel, H. Florance, L.
ed an incentive to the
Florance, A. Friedlan-
followers of the Portu-
der, David Goodman,
gese Ritual, and a few
B. B. Hart, L. J. Har-
weeks afterwards K. K_ ris, A. D. Y. Henriques,
Neftisah Trhudah, Con- J. D. Henriques, J. M.
gregation Dispersed of Isaacs, Edward Jacobs,
Judah, was founded and Joseph, H. Kohl- J. J.
incorporated. meyer, E. L. Levy, I.
Gentlemen prominent C. Labatt, J. L. Levy,
in social, commercial L. A. Levy, Jr., L. L.
and civic affairs, were Levy, S. L. Levy, D.
signatories of the Char- Lopez, Alex. Marks,
ter, which was exam- D. H. Marks, Hillel
ined and attested, on TOURO SYNAGOGUE. Marks, Jos. Mendes, S.
June 8th, 1847, by L. Moses, S. L. Moss,
Sigur, District Attorney, on the same date attested in Geo. Nathan, Jos. Osterman, Ph. Runkel, S. Runkel,
the Executive OfBce, in the City of New Orleans and J. M. Seixas, Jos. Simon, M. M. Simpson, I. J. Salo-

on June 11, the Charter was approved by Charles mon, S. P. Solomon, Isaac Wolf.
Gayarre, Secretary of State. After a number of years had elapsed, the congrega-
The following names were appended to the Charter: tion having grown to important proportions, the site,
J.L. Levy, A. C. Labatt, Jos. C. DePass, A. T. now known as the Touro Synagogue, was secured
Ezekiel, I. Rodrigues, Jacob Ezekiel, G. Kursheedt, 185'>— and the Portuguese Congregation continued its
Henry Florance, Lewis Florance, Joseph Moss, Judah course of prosperity, under the wise administration of
Barrett, L.J. Solomon, David C. Labatt, L C. Labatt, honored officers, it always standing pre-eminent in
Samuel DePass, Adolphe Hecht, L. Hertz, Aaron communal work.
Harris, J. C. Peixotto, Chapman Solomon, C. M. An interesting episode in connection with the found-
Hyams, Sam'l. L. Harby, E. Sampson, Isaac Soria ing of the Portuguese Congregation and the royal
and L. A. Levy, Jr. gift of Judah Touro was his presenting Dr. Clapp, a

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at the corner of Canal and Dauphin street, near the met on Washing-ton Avenue, down-town side, near the
site of the Grand Opera House. Later the Unita- corner of Constance street. Then a house was secur-
rians disposed of the building- to what is now known ed, now Chippewa and
the site of a drug- store, corner
as Christ Church
Cathedral, Episcopalians. The First streets. Afterwards members met in a house
Unitarians secured a site and church on St. Charles situated at the corner of Tchoupitoulas and Seventh
street near Julia, recently demolished and converted streets.
into a Court and flower g-arden, the Unitarians remov- Four scores of years ag-o, situated in the center of a
ing- to the upper districts. lot, intersecting Fulton and St. Mary streets was a
THE TOURO SYNA(iOGUE frame structure, which was utilized as a
sing;le storv
had its origin in the fusion of the Congregation school house and as a church. The front of the
S/i(i(nai Lliesed — the Deutche Shule— once upon a time modest structure, access to which was a single door,
a landmark on N. Ram- faced St. Marv street.
part street, and the K. while on Fulton
K. A'efiisah Teluidah, street side a high fence
the Portug-uese Congre- screened the house
g- at ion. Rev. I. L. from the sig-ht of pass-

Leuclit, being- chosen ers by.

as minister. The old school house,
The amalgamation, in even to-day doing- ser-
1881, resulted in giv-
vice on the corner of
ing^ NewOrleans a rep-
the streets named, and
resentative congrega-
tion wherein conserva- giving shelter to its
tive Judaism is pre- tenant, is a part of the
served. history of the Early
Its officers at this date Jews in Louisiana.
are the following repre-
On January 13, 1850,
sentative and w e - 1 1

known gentlemen: a g-eneral meeting- was

called for the purpose
Leonard Krower,
of creating out of the
President; Gus Leh-
mann, Jr First Vice-
Miiiyaii, time honored,
Pres ; M. Waldhorn. and a useful factor in
Second Vice-President; Jewish charity for years
Sam Lowenberg.Treas- before, with the object
urer and G. Aletrino,
of taking- steps to
found a Cong-reg-ation.
SYNAGOGUE. ( whose family and des-
New Orleans, eighty cendants are prominent
years ago, had lines of in affairs in Califor-
demarcation and in the Lyons, Jacob nia) I.

respective districts Meyer, B. Goldenburg,

special Minyanim were Congregation Qates of Prayer Synagogue. S. Leopold, Isaac Hech-
organized, each in turn inger, M. Baer, D. Cahn.
becoming later the nucleus of org-anization of the Con- E. Long, Charles Goldenburg, L. Leopold, D. Hirsch,
g-regations. G. Walsh, I. Isaacson, I. Dreyfus, E. Lazar, S. Lazar
Among- the venerable Israelites of the city, reminis- and F. Bachrach responded to the call.
cences are treasured of the "Old Lafayette," as the Organization was then and there effected by the
upper district of that era, in and about Jackson Ave- election of Abraham De Young, as President, Jacob
nue, was denominated. Mayer, Vice-President and Hayem Kaufman, as Min-
Earl_v in the30'sa Chcvra — Society—was organized, ister, these gentlemen occupying these postions for
its objects and purposes was to aid the poor, nurse the many consecutive years.
sick and give religious burialthe dead. Previous
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were held on the Sab-
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communal affairs since that day.
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The congregation consisted of about thirty members
section of the city preserved, the ceremonialism in and its first step was to purchase the "little School
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the time used as a school house, where many of
saiiiL' was inaugurated years before by the greatest of Amer-
ican Rabbis, the lamented, Isaac M. Wise, of Cincin-
our notable Jewish people of to-day. received the tirst
nati, Ohio, founder of the Hebrew Union College, the
rudiments of their education. Union of American Hebrew Congregations and the
On January 24, IS.SO, the City Council of New Or- Central Conference of American Rabbis.
leans was petitioned and in due course of time the The reform movement was instituted so as to give to
Hebrew Rest on Joseph street was consecrated as the American Israelites a uniform ritual with a view of
ground of the Congretfation. uniting the different elements, each of whom in their
efforts to transplant the customs of their fathers on
In 185"> the Cong-regation secured the site of the
American soil, brought about a greater divergence in
present Synaufosfue on Jackson avenue and in 1860, the ritualistic observances.
buildinij;- bein.tir erected, was consecrated to its purposes. The culmination of the agitation for a congregation
"The holv of holies" occupying- to-<lay a place in based upon Reform Judaism was the organization ofCon-
the sanctuary on Jack- gregation Temple Si-
nai, founded in 1872,
son Avenue, was con-
the magnificent struc-
structed in 1S.=,(), by Mr. ture, architectually per-
J. Diez, who departed fect, an ornament
this life a few weeks among the sacred edi-
ago, and presented to fices reared in New Or-
leans on Carondelet
the congregation while
street, being dedicated
meeting- in the old
"School House." V Mr. Michel Frank
The ministers who was its first president
served Cong-reg-ation and Mr. Joseph Simon,
Gates of Prayer, a participant in the or-
from its inception to ganization of the As-
date were Hayem :
sociation for the Relief
Kaufman, M. Wurt- of Jewish Widows and
zel, I. Hechinger, Cerf. C )rphans and a past pres-
Rosenberg, Mosche, ident of the old Hebrew
Max Moses, L. Weiss, Benevolent Association,
A. Schverski, M. Eis- being chosen its first
senberg. Rev. Dr. Jacol)- vice-president, a posi-
son, M. Korn, Rabbi tion he has held since
M. Sessler and Samson Temple Sinai was
Cerf, the incuml>ent at founded.
this writing. Mr. Julius Weis, the
The following, a copy honored philanthropist,
from a tally sheet dat- succeeded Mr. Michel
ed, January 1st, 1851,
Frank and served with
advantage to the con-
is of historical interest, gregation for the better
giving names of mem- part of its existence.
bers present at a meet- He was succeeded by
ing held that date. Mr. Max Dinkelspiel",

L. Lehman, N. Guns- who in was suc-

ceeded by Mr. Henry
berger, Charles Gol- Newman when Mr. Weis
denberg-, D. Hirsch, I. was again prevailed
Hechinger, B. Golden- TEMPLE SINAI. upon to accept the pres-
burg, H. Katton, M. idency, he finalh' declin-
Levy, Abe De Young, L. Leopold, J. Lyons. S. Leo- ing on account of advancing years and with a desire to
pold, Jacob Salm, H. Asher, M. Baer. Jacob Blum, have younger men assume the honors and responsi-
F. J. Backrach, D. Cahn, M. Oury, G. Welsh, H. bilities. Mr. Maurice Stern of Lehman, Stern & Co.,
Kampman, M. Goldstucker, B. Dreyfus, N. Schwab, was his successor and under his administration the
L Isaacson, J. Leopold, Wolf Sahn.M. Aronstein. M. prestige of Temple Sinai is sustained.
Heidenheim, Aron Feitel, A. Kaufman, J. Dreyfous, Rabbi James K. Gutheim was chosen minister on its
Maier Kaufman, David Cohn, Jacob Hirsch, N. Guni- founding-, dedicating the corner-stone of the Temple.
bel, S. Wolf, the sexton and J. Deitz. On the death of Rabbi Gutheim the pulpit was given
A glance at the above names recalls vividly the for- t)ver to its present incumbent Rabbi Max Heller. Rev.
bears of some of our representative families who to- Julius Braunfeld, Cantor of Temple Sinai was chosen
day are as active in communal work as the prede- for that position in 1805, and his artistic ability and
cessors named. magnificent voice, coupled with the distinguished
CONGREGATION TEMPLE SINAI services of Rabbi Heller has created of Temple Sinai
had its origin in the wave of Reform Judaism, which the foremost congregation in the South.

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accord with time honored custom the Jewish when the remains of Hyam Solomon were bedded in
IT colony in New Orleans, nearly a century ago, Mother Earth to sleep the sleep of the righteous.

already had an org-anization possibly several Forty years later, in 1868, the Hebrew Benevolent
— for the purposes of assemblj' on the Sabbath or at Society amalgamated with the Touro Infirmary, and,
least on the great holy days. combined, continue to prosecute charitable work, sus-
There is no doubt that consecrated ground, for taining the prestige that has been enhanced, year by
purposes of burial, was also included in those days year, and every striving to do its duty to the poor
legend asserts that a Jewish burial ground was sit- and needy among us.
uated at that time adjacent to the old St. Louis street TOURO INFIRMARY.

cemetery nevertheless, the starting point of chari- A
retrospective thought of kindly, gracious deeds
table and synagogal bodies positively had its origin for love of fellowmen, in the earl}' days of the Jewish
in that epoch. history of Louisiana, leaves much to imagery. It
In 1828 the first step taken by the zealous and must not be overlooked that at that epoch the very
charitable inclined Jews in New Orleans toward lay- few Jews who located in the then colony, or happen-
ing the corner-stone of Charities they never even ed to visit it, were sturdy pioneers, traders, of Span-
dreamt of attaining the position they enjoy in the ish or French heritage. Instinct always plays an im-
was the organization of a charity named the
present, portant part in the recognition of those of Jewish
Hebrew Benevolent Society, among its promoters re- to. h and the same instinct coupled with a knowledge
called even after the lapse of all these years being that the Jew is never charj- or unwilling to relieve
Judah Touro, Alexander Phillips, Alexander Isaacs, the distresses of a fellow sufferer, no doubt strength-
Abraham Labatt, Morris Jacobs, Aaron Daniels, ened the bonds between them.
Abraham Plotz, Abraham Greene and Hyam Harris. It is no freak of the Imagination to say with as-
The Association from its incipiency was wedded surance that the early settlers practiced most com-
to performing Jewish Charity in the full acceptance mendable and praiseworthy acts of charity and that
of the term and such acts of kindness that bring the Charity was the link that united all of the professors
Sunshine of Joy into the lives of those overburden of Judaism.
with griefs or cast down by sorrow. Yet, no record exists beyond that of 1828, the date
One of the earliest incidents in the history of the of the organization of the Hebrew Benevolent Asso-
Hebrew Benevolent Society was the purchase of ciation, and, it is to be regretted, that time in its
ground for the purposes of establishing a cemetery. flight has. in part, effaced the transactions of this
What was deemed ample and properly situated ground sublime body of charitable workers.
was secured in a then suburb of the city, t'p-day the In the early part of 1820, when Judah Touro was
heart of the city, Jackson avenue between S. Ram- a conspicuous figure in social, commercial and com-
part and Saratoga streets. munal activities perfunctory reliefs were extended
The ground was purchased, fenced in and duly those in want with a liberality always notable in
consecrated, among the most active workers in this Jewish circles.
hallowed cause being Hyam Harris. This all iirt- As the Jewish colon}- became augmented by the
portant event in the history of the Hebrew Benevo- arrival of new comers from European lands, as well
lent Society occurred early in 1828. as the North, East and Southern States, the field
remarkable incident associated with this, the of Charitable work widened but found augmentation
firstJewish Cemetery known to have been opened in at the instance of those better favored by Prosperity.
New Orleans, that after its consecration the remains Among the notables coming from other sections of
of several corpses were removed from the Old St. the United States was a young physician, an ardent
Louis street cemetery and interred in consecrated student and thoroughly equipped by University train-
ground, but this is not known to be positively' cor- ing for his professional career. Doctor Bensadon of
rect. Charleston, S. C.
However,the first interment in the "Hebrew Judah Touro admired the young practitioner of
Rest" occurred in the afternoon of June 28, 1828, the Art and Science of Medicine, honored him for

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his attainments and watched his professional career disturbing factor to the patients, and, little by little,
and successes with critical delight. the old Infirmary became as it were impaled upon
The demands for an Infirmary presented itself to the horns of commercial activity and it became nec-
the charitably inclined Touro. was an
Yellow fever essary to take steps to secure another and more suit-
incident of each and every summer and the facilities able location and arrange for the construction of a
offered the poor and needy sick were limited. modern building on approved sccientific lines.
Without any pomp or parade Judah Touro secured There are many cherished memories associated
by purchase the Paulding- Mansion, situated at what with the old Infirmary, which only some years after
is now known as the corner of Gaiennie and Tchoup- its founding by Judah Touro was given his name.

itoulas streets. The most ardent of its admirers were the intimate
The Paulding Home, that era, was a notable
at friends and acquaintances of Judah Touro, gentle-
private residence, with an unobstructed view of the men composing the Hebrew Benevolent Association,
Great Father of Waters sweeping majestically on- which from the opening of the Infirmary acted in
ward to the sea. surrounding were rural and not
Its unison with the intentions of the great Philan-
much beyond it luxuriant fields of cane flourished thropist whose name will be cherished by the Jews
and made glad the hearts of a contented people. ill Louisiana forever.
Ornate and stately in its architectural lines, roomy The scope of humaneness, the demands for Charity


and airy, it was secured by Judah Touro, equipped increased continually, and after the death of Judah
as an Infirmary and Dr. Bensadon placed in charge, Touro, an association was formed, bearing his name
who demonstrated his ability, not only as Execu- which took upon itself the management of the Touro
tive but as a general practitioner of Medicine and Infirmary. In 186S the old and time honored Hebrew
Surgery, for the many years that he was identified Benevolent Association and this association united,
with its management. forming the Touro Infirmary and Hebrew Benevolent
With his accustomed g-oodness of heart Judah Association.
Touro made the provision that every necessitous Jew During all these years the Infirmary and the He-
applying should be admitted and given every atten- brew Benevolent Association were greatly hampered
tion and service, just as much so as those able to for want of space. During the later years of Touro's
contribute to its support. life and in fact for years afterwards the Infirmary

The Infirmary occupied the Paulding mansion for was not only a haven for the Jew suddenly stricken
years after "Old New Orleans" because absorbed in by disease, but incurables, cripples and others took
the progressive Crescent City. The rural surround- advantage of its charity. It is even recorded that
ings gave way to the impetus of factories and resi- entire families of poor or homeless Jews would in-
dences, the shriek of the "Iron Horse" coursing vade it and remain wards of the institution until
along the river front, the din and rattle of manifold provided with more suitable quarters.
industries established in the vicinity, all became a With the inception of Organized Charity and a
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better understanding of the needs of institutions, the the first spade full of Earth, and. amidst ap])lause,
Touro Infirmary and Hebrew Benevolent Association, Nathan Shwartz performed that duty.
I. K'ahbi
led by practical men of affairs, began plans for the Iveucht followed and then the lamented Frederick
general betterment of conditions. Loeber, M. D., for years Chief Surgeon, in turn fol-
lowed by the following distinguished and repre enta-
tive gentlemen: Messrs. Henry Abraham, Joseph
With the orphans safely housed amidst most ele- Magner, Archibald A. Marks, Henry Stern, Nat.
gant surroundings in the "Home", and, the sick and Stratiss, Leonard Krower, L. A. Livaudais, Archi-
suffering, sheltered neath the splendidly equipped
tect; Fred. Reusch, builder and others.
Infirmary, the next thought was to found a haven
The spade, of solid silver, mounted on an ebony
for Aged and Infirm Israelites.
handle l^ore the following inscription: "Presented
The Touro Infirmary always had room and food for
toRabbi I. L. Leucht, Chairman of the Building
the aged and homeless Israelite, but its progressive
management realized that the wards and buildings Committee, on the day of breaking ground for the
utilized for the sick were no fitting place for aged, Home for Aged and Infirm, March 2, IS')'), b^' the
homeless and friendless people. Board of Officers."
Under the
deft hands of
of a haven, ded-
icated solely
artisans the
for the p u r -
Home was soon
reared and then
poses of the
shaped for its
aged, had been
furnishing so
discussed for
as to be opened
some time and,
for the recep-
fi n a 1 1 y, the
tion of its wel-
Board of Man-
agement of the come guests.
Previous to
Touro Infirm-
ary and Hebrew
Benevolent As-
to rear a Home
sociation decid-
for Aged and
Infirm, $1.S,000
ed that the time
was propitious had been secur-
ed by contritiu-
to rear such an
tions, hence, no
The plans doubt existed
once conceived in the minds of
were put into the Association
that the plans
operation. A decided upon
section of the would be car-
squareonwhich ried out in de-
the Touro In- The Julius Weis Home for the Aged Gift of Mr. Julius Weis. tail.
firmary is situ- Plans a n d
ated was designated for the purpose, and, on Thurs- specifications for the construction of a Home for the
day afternoon, March 2, IS')'), at 3:30 o'clock, with- Aged and Infirm were called for and finally accepted.
out pomp or ceremonial the first steps were taken.
The Association was profoundly interested in the
work because sufficient money, at least, for its con-
There was no prearranged program, the officers and struction, was in the Treasury
— —
as to the future, the
Board of Managers of the Association, several officers care of the Old Folks "God would provide."
of District Grand Lodge No. 7, I. O. B. B., a number From distant Baden-Baden came a missive, wafted
of ladies, whose devotion to Jewish philanthropy has by cablegram, a free will offer to assume the cost of
been their life's work and representatives of the constructing and furnishing the Home, and, on Sep-
press being present.
tember 16, IS'i'J, the president of the Touro Infirmary
and Hebrew Benevolent Association was notified that
Proceeding to the space allotted for the projected Mr. Julius Weis had donated S25,000 for the specific
building, Mr. N. I. Shwartz, President of the Asso- purpose of defraying the expenses of building and
ciation, in a few remarks presented to Rabbi I. L. furnishing the Home which bears his name.
Leucht a minature spade in silver, requesting him to On Sunday afternoon, September 17, 18':>9, a special
break the ground. The respected reverend responded meeting of the Board was convened and the magni-
feelingly in appreciation of the honor and in turn re- ficent gift of Mr. Julius Weis accepted with enthu-
quested that the President of the Association turn siasm and applause.

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On Friday September 22, 1899, in the little
nig-ht, lous, rare and priceless, can compare with the gran-
Weis Home, the dedicatory
S3'nag-og-ue of the Julius deur of beneficent deeds of men and women, whose
services were consummated in the presence of the ministration to the poor and needy, the distressed
children and grand-children of the Philanthropist, and soul weary, the afflicted and sufferers fever tossed
Julius Weis, and distinguished representatives of the upon beds of pain, or the widowed, and liomeless,
various Hebrew charities, associations and fratern- friendless Orphans.
ities, Rabbi Leucht conductin.a^ the exercises, a bril- And such monuments for the harboring of the
liant program of sacred music and eloquence being widow, the care and education of the Orphans, the
the order of exercises, a fitting- climax to the g-reat sick and the aged are imperishable monuments, ex-
work and the equally great charity of Julius Weis. hibiting in a two fold character, the grandeur of
On Sunday afternoon, November 19, 1899. a public the conception of the founders, and the gratitude of
reception was accorded Mr. Julius Weis at the Home those, who were it not for the thoughtfulness of the
bearing- his name when elaborate and eloquent exer- noble men and women, would be waifs on the Sea of
cises were in order, participated in by Messrs. N. I. Life, buffetted by the waves of Adversity, finally to
Shwartz, Gustave Lemle, Rabbi Leucht, Dr. Joseph be engulfed beneath the seething, restless waves of
Holt and Ur. F. Loeber. Sorrowful Lives.
Exquisite resolutions were voted and Mr. Weis in Viewing the magnificent structure, the Jewish Or-
turn made a few sententious remarks of appreciation phans' Home, nestling midst sylvan surroundings on
for the honors shown him St. Charles avenue, in the
but disclaimed doing very heart of the residen-
more than a duty for, said tial district that has
he: "When I had the made New Orleans famed
honor of being the pres- throughout the World, it

ident of the Touro In- is difficult to realize that

firmary, I found that a a half century had elaps-
separate building was ed since the seed was
necessary to make the old implanted in kindly
folks more comfortable. hearts which resulted in
bringing about the re-
And, having this idea
sults, apparently beyond
in mind ever since, it af-
the dreams, aspirations
forded me the greatest
and fondest realization
pleasure to have relieved of those great hearted
your institution of the inaugurators of the move-
cost of erectingthis build- ment which called into
ing." existence one of the great-
of Charities the
Old Jewish Orphans' Home, Jackson and Chippewa Sts. history of the Jews in
HOME. Louisiana.
When the World was young-, nomadic races, others New Orleans at all times was cosmopolitan in
whose vain glorious deeds delighted in wars, suc- character, unostentatious in its Charities, magnifi-
ceeded in others by generations of individuals of ar- cent in its methods, and as far back as 1828 no ap-
tistic temperaments or Sybaritic tastes, each in turn peal for the suffering fell upon heedless ears, no hand
left their impressions, from the mounds, crypts, pyra- was idle when Charity made its plea and among the
mids and hieroglyphic carved cuneiform to the exponents of the Creed of Humanity were the He-
famed mausoleums and monuments that are a marvel brews, yielding their mite for the relief of the
to those who stand before them in this enlightened afflicted and caring for their brethren in faith.
era, when, in truth, each crumbling stone is a link In that era consecutive disasters the form of
with the ages of the Past. Yellow Fever epidemics created a demand for better
Every nation, race, religion and communit}' can be organization. Year after year widows bereft of their
judged with certainty of its progressiveness, its cul- mates, orphans, left homeless and parentless, were
ture and humane appreciation of full fellowship by exacting charges of the entire community and dur-
itsmonuments, be modest
the}' the chapel reared to
ing all these trying periods the Hebrew Benevolent
God's service, libraries for the encouragement of ar-
Association, at that epoch already a distinguished
dent students, art galleries and museums replete
and useful factor in charitable work, gracefully ac-
with the beautiful or priceless souvenirs of a Nation's
cepted the situation and the enforced guardianship
However, no monument though wrought of rarest of the survivors — widows
and orphans, of the vic-

marble or burnished bronze, no relic, however fabu- tims of the several Epidemics.

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Benevolent Association were charg-ed with tlie care Almoner as well as executive and, consequently, was
of seven widows and about twenty orphans, and. always intouch with the needy immigrant, the poor,
thanks to the inspiration of ardent professors of the suffering, the widowed and orphaned, not only as
Charity, to give these unfortunates a home indeed Almoner, but as a confidant, advisor and friend.
the Association for the Relief of Jewish Widows and Mr. Simon conferred with his friends, at the time
Orphans became a reality. when the Yellow Scourge had played sad havoc in
Pedestrians of to-dav sauntering- along- Camp street, New Orleans, leaving in its wake, bleeding hearts,
from Canal toward the upper districts, noting- the well inconsolable, starving widows and misery in every
laid streets and elegant banquets, lined on either side guise.
by stately buildings, the great throbbing heart of a James K. Gutheim, Gershom Kursheedt,
L. L.
busy, modern metropolis, can hardly realize that fifty Lew, M. M. Simpson, George Jonas, Joseph Magner,
years ago, in lieu of sidewalks, the gunwals of old Joseph Marks, M. Levison, Alex Phillips and others,
flat boats, the corduroy of huge logs and makeshifts whose names cannot be recalled, responded to the call
gave a footing to those who walked that thorough- and were present at the meeting in the Armory Hall.
fare, which, not Gershom Kur-
many hundred sheedt was call-
feet from the ed to the chair,
corner of Canal c o mm i 1 1 e e s
street marked were appointed
the limits of and subsequent
the then part of meetings were
New Orleans arranged for
above the cen- where plans
tral street, then were discussed.
as now known On March 18,
as Canal street. 1855, a meeting
Conspicuous was held when
among the not- all the plans

able sites on were ratified

and the Asso-
Camp street
ciation for the
were the thea-
Relief of Jewish
tre or circus and
Widows and
adjacent to it
Orphans w as
was the Armory-
ft)unded, a n d
Hall, utilized
M. M. Simpson,
for public gath-
elected Presi-
erings, the site
of this historic dent.

building being Wt)rk was

now occupied THE JEWISH ORPHANS' HOME. promptly inau-
by Keiffer Bros. gurated by se-
founders and promoters of a local industry. curing ground at the intersection of Jackson Avenue
Within the Armory Hall, on the evening of Novem- and Chippewa street and, on August 7, 1855, in the
ber 25, 1854, was assembled a notable gathering of presence of a g-rand concourse of citizens the corner-
Jews, residents of New Orleans, and, with few excep- stone of the structure, known for years afterwards as
tions, every man in New Orleans with a jot of Jewish the "Jewish Widows' and Orphans' Home" was laid
blood coursing in his veins was not onlv an interested with imposing ceremonies, Rabbi James K. Gutheim
spectator but heartily in accord with the objects of being orator of the occasion.
the meeting. On January 8, 185b, Benjamin F. Jonas, distinguish-
To Mr. Joseph Simon, who, to-day, hale and hearty, ed in after years by Senatorial honors and to-day one
though bearing the traces of advanced age, is the of Louisiana's favorite sons, pronounced an Oration
honor due of advocating, if not being the actual orig- when the Home, completed, was turned over to the
inator of the proposed meeting. He was at that time Association, thus marking the beginning of philan-
Hebrew Benevolent Association. He
president of the thropic monuments reared by the Jews of New Or-
had devoted much of his time in the years he had been leans.
in New Orleans to charitable work, and being quali- In the score of years following, the Home became
fied for the task by experience —
and, better still, a taxed to its capacity and it was deemed expedient to
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seek for a new site and erect a modern structure to Address of President K. I. Kursheedt.
meet future requirements. Oration by Leo. N. Levi of Galveston, Orator of
To conceive the idea was to act. The topic was the day.
taken up by the Board of Directors, discussed by the Address by Rev. I. L. Leucht.
Association, endorsed and encourag-ed by the public, Laying of the corner-stone b}- Hon. Jos. P. Horner,
reg-ardlessof reliu^ious beliefs, and steps taken to secure M. W. Grand Master of the Grand Lodge F. & A. M.
the site on St. Charles Avenue. of Louisiana.
On November 25, 1886, the corner-stone of the Jew- Closing- prayer by Rabbi Eisenberg, of Synagog-ue
ish Orphans' Home, as erected on St. Charles, corner Gates of Prayer.
of Peters Avenue, was consecrated in the presence of The officers of the Association at that memorable
a mag'nificent concourse of ladies and g'entlemen, con- time were:
spicuous among- the throng- being- disting-uished ofli- Edwin L Kursheedt, President; Rev. J. K. Gutheim,

cials of the National, State and Municipality, divines First Vice-President; A. Haber, Second Vice-Presi-
of every religious denomination, a grand outpouring- dent; S. Katz, Treasurer; Selim Barnett, Secretary.
of the beautv and chivalry of New Orleans. Directors: Henry Newman, Theo. Berkson, M.
The beautiful ceremony was conducted by the M. Heinemann, Kohn, Alex Levy, Morris Marks,
W. Grand Lodg-e, Free and Accepted Masons of Louis- Julius Weis, Gus Lehmann.
iana, the lamented Jurist and notable citizen, Joseph On Part of District Grand Lodge No. 7, L O. B. B.
P. Hornor, M. W. Grand Master presiding. The J. C. Levy, Seymor M3'ers, G. Kahn, Max Dinkelspiel,

Grand Master Ferd. Marks,

pronounced one Nat. Strauss,
of the most elo- Simon Cohn, E.
quent address- M. Tillman.
es, noted for its The Building
diction and Committee was
beauty of ex- composed of the
pression. Col. following prom-
Edwin Kur-I. inent g-entle-

sheedt, read an men:

address, g^iving Simon Hern-
the early his- sheim. Chair-
tory of the As- man; Bertrand
sociation and Beer, Abraham
the institution, Adler, Julius
and, Leo N. Weis, Simon
Levi, the talent- Gumbel, Jos.
ed lawyer, then Simon, Henr3-
o f Galveston, Manual Training School —Gift of Mr. Isidore Newman, Sr. Abraham ,

Texas, and now Isaac Scherck,

residing- in New
York, who, among- other honors at- Morris Marks, Dr. F. Loeber, F. Hollander.
tained is the President of the Order of B'nai B'rith, Committee of Arrangements: Rev. L L. Leucht,
delivered an oration which for conception and bril- Chairman; Morris Marks, Isidore Hechinger, Henry
lianc}- is one of the cherished memories of the occasion. Stern, J. K. Gutheim, F. Hollander, Gus Lehraann, Sig
One year afterwards the fondest hopes of the pro- Keiffer, M. Frank, M. Schwabacher, Max Dinkelspiel,
moters were realized The former Home, consecrated A. Gugenheim, Jonas Hiller, S. Mendelshon, F. Gold-
and reared in the name of Charity and dedicated to smith, Alex Levy, Jac. Trautman, Julius Goldsmith.
the Jewish Widows and Orphans in 1855 had passed Jos. Magner, Secretary.
into the possession of the City of New Orleans, but
not to be desecrated, but to be devoted as a Public
School, for the children of New Orleans. The Home
as it now is —was given over to Jewish Orphans and A Manual Training School for the educatit)n of
an imperishable monument dedicated for all time was Jewish Orphans in vocations which would ensure them
applied to the purposes for which noble men and a livelihood, when, leaving the Home, they would be
women had applied themselves. compelled to rely on their own efforts, had been a sub-
The program on the occasion of laying the corner- ject of reflection of the Board of Directors of the As-
stone was as follows: sociation having control of the Institution, of friends
Overture. of the Orphans, and of the B'nai B'rith of District
Prayer by Rev. M. Samfield, of Memphis, Tenn. No. 7.
1 1 1 1 1 1

.S. Kleindorf,
Merchant Tailor.

Near Charles Street,


Such a school had been a subject of jreneral discus- was this city that had made his money possible. Land-
sion, all agreeing- upon its value as an educational ing from a sailing craft, a poor boy, without a cent
way of consumma-
factor, but, the obstruction in the he had managed to accumulate more than was requir-
ting- was a lack of money which, without
the plan ed for himself and family. He had been fortunate in

hampering the Home, could be appropriated for the having sons who were also making good livings. He
purpose. had the monev to spare, he owed it to the community
However, through skillful financiering- a fund was in which he had lived and made his money, and his

created by the Association for the Relief of Jewish family agreed with him most thoroughly. He had
Widows and Orphans and, dollar after dollar, was the disposition to give it, and that was all about it.
added to it, the hopes of its promoters, finally grati- On receiving the munificent offer of Mr. Newman,
fied by the purchase of g-round at the intersection of plans and specifications to erect the Manual Training
Peters Avenue and S. Rampart street, of easy access School were called for and after several months ac-
from the Home. cepted and at this date arrangements are being made

It is now recalled that at the Convention of District

to dedicate it as it is nearing completion and will be

Grand Lodge No. 7, I. O. B. B., held in this city sev- opened by January 1, 1904.
eral years ag-o, Mr. Isidore Newman, Sr., advocated a But the appreciation evinced by the Association was
Manual Training School and suggested that the mem- not the only token extended to Mr. Newman. In 1901,
bers of the Order would constitute themselves a Com- The New Orleans Daily Picayune offered to the Pro-
mittee on subscription, and, on the spur of the moment gressive Union a "Loving Cup" to be awarded by that
offered several hundred dollars as his personal contri- body to a citizen, who, by some public benefaction,
bution. Nothing- was accomplished by either the should be entitled to receive the same. A prominent
B'nai B'rith or the Association, until the grounds were financier who had given to the city a Public School
secured and then, again, the subject was g-enerally building was the recipient of the "Picayune Loving
discussed. Cup" in 1902.

On May 3, 1902, Mr. Newman penned a note to Rev. While several notable incidents are of record in the

I. L. Leucht, couched in the following words:

history of New Orleans in 1902, the factors in the
same being well worthy of every honor that could be
"Dear Sir: — Appreciating ^-our noble efforts for the bestowed, acting under the conditions under which the
past ten years to erect a training- school for boys and "Picayune Loving Cup" is awarded, the Board of Di-
g-irls, and having- read the able and convincing- ad- rectors of the Progressive Union met and appointed a
dress of Mr. G. Bamberger, I have concluded to offer special committee, consisting of John T. Delahay,
to you the money requisite to erect such a building-, Chairman; Philip Werlein, Lewis Johnson, Louis P.
and hope that Providence may spare you to see this Rice and Eugene DeBlanc, giving the Committee in-
building completed and enable the boys and g-irls of structions to thoroughly canvass all the public bene-
our city derive the full benefit of your labor. factions during the year 1902, whereby the public and
Yours very truly, the citv had received the most general good. The
ISIDORE NEWMAN, Sr." Committee went to work and spent several weeks in-
vestigating every case, and it soon found that the peo-
At Board of Directors of the Asso-
a meeting- of the
ple of New Orleans had been the recipients of many
ciation for the Relief of JewishWidows and Orphans
blessings the past twelve months. But it was deter-
called for the purpose, the proposition of Mr. New-
mined that the award should be made strictly upon
man was accepted.
the individual merit of the service rendered, and al-
In discussing- the munificent g-ift proferred to the
though there were a number that entitled the donors
orphans and the poor children of New Orleans with
to thehonor mentioned, vet the Committee was unan-
representatives of the "Press," a discussion which
imous in its final decision that the "Loving Cup" should
the philanthropist endeavored to avoid and referred
be awarded to Isidore Newman, and it made that re-
to with the g-reatest diffidence, Mr. Newman said
commendation to the Board of Directors, on Friday
that he was prompted to endow New Orleans with
afternoon, February 13, 1903. in the following reso-
such a School because of repeated discussions he held
with members of his family and in the privacy of his
"At a meeting of the Picayune Loving Cup Com-
home, all of whom favored the idea. He had given
mittee held February 10, to finally consider all matters
the subject mature reflection. It had been discussed
in connection with the subject, the following resolu-
upon the floor of District Grand Lodge No. 7, at
tions were unanimously adopted:
various sessions; it was considered, annually, for some
vears at the meetings of the Association for the Re- "Be It Resolved, That after careful investigation
lief of Jewish Widows and Orphans. After he had into the merits of the benefactions which
arrived at a conclusion that would be a benefit to
it would seem to entitle a claim upon the generous phil-
the Orphans and poor children who would seek its ad- anthropy of the New Orleans Picayune, your Com-
vantages, he made the offer which was accepted. It mittee, appointed to determine the recipient of the

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dered Mr. Isidore Newman, of this city. program of exquisite vocal and instrumental music
the "Loving Cup" was presented to Mr. Newman,
"Be It Fukthek Resolved, That this tender is
amidst the plaudits of the assembled ladies and gen-
based upon his generous action in creating- for the use
tlemen who were fully in accord with public opinion
of the orphans of the Jewish Home, and for the or-
that the handsome gift was fittingly bestowed.
phans of the Independent Order of B'nai B'rith of the
seven States of Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Ala-
bama, Arkansas, Tennessee and Florida, and one Only a reference to other Charities is necessary,
hundred additional pupils from various walks of life charities whose founders, actuated by most selfless
beyond the confines of the institution named, a Manual motives, for the special purposes of the times in which

School, to have location in the City of New Orleans, they originated, had no idea that their example, thrice

and to cost $40,000. blessed, would be followed by successive generations.

Very few of the residents of New Orleans recall the
"Be It Fukthek Resolved, That this Committee
establishment of the Hebrew Public School, nor are
fullv believes Mr. Newman to be entitled to this 'Badge
there many younger people who may be aware
of the
of Service,' if the cup may be so expressed, as it be-
that the building on Calliope street between St.
lieves the institution of a manual training school to
Charles avenue and Prytania street, now the Boys
represent a philanthropy that is practical in the ex-
Public High School, was constructed by the Early
treme, providing as it does, a method whereby the
Jews in New Orleans and dedicated as a Hebrew
children of the poor may secure the elements of a
School. It is over a half century ago that the Jews
thorough industrial education and their hands and
of that era recognized the advantages of establishing
minds taught in the manual arts and sciences now so
schools, wherein Jewish children could obtain an edu-
necessary to complete the organization of society, and
cation in the vernacular and the rudiments of a com-
so necessary for individual sustenance and prosperity.
iTion school education, at the same time secular train-

"Your Committee begs, further, to state in connec- ing being a part of the curriculum.
tion with the entire subject matter, that the proposi- But Time in its flight has produced many innova-
tion of Mr. Newman includes the expenditure of a sum tions. In the broad spirit of Americanism the Public
between $35,000 and $40,000, and the gentleman has School System was recognized as the Cradle of Patri-
notified the Committee in charge of the estimate that otism and the Hebrew School succumbed to progress
he would donate the full amount. and was no more. Many of the most prominent of
"The site for the proposed training school has been the veteran citizens of to-day, of the Jewish faith,
purchased on Peters avenue and S. Rampart street, at a recall with pleasureable emotion the happy days of
cost of $8,500, and the plans have been prepared under childhood, associated with recollections of school days
the supervision of experts. in the historical building wherein the children of the
"We are assured that the benefaction will be non- People, regardless of religious belief, seek the intri-
sectarian, as applied to the one hundred pupils not cacies of learning which in the final demonstrates that
included in the Jewish institutions, conferring equal "Knowledge is Power."
advantages upon those of our younger population as
may feel inclined to accept same. We are in hopes
that this public recognition of Mr. Newman's donation Those Ministers of Grace and Charity, our revered

will be far reaching, and that it will stimulate addi- ladies, were equally untiring in demonstration of Jew-
tional philanthropy to the end that ovir city and State ish ethics, among which Benevolence is accorded a
secure the full benefits therefrom. first place by founding — in 1847 — the Ladies' Hebrew
Benevolent Association which for over fifty consecu-
"Respectfully submitting these resolutions and re-
port for such action as the Board of Directors may tive years has ministered to the wants of the poor and
decide, we beg to subscribe ourselves, distressed and whose Charitable impulses cannot be de-
scribed in words nor its gracious beneficence estimated.
"JOHN T. DELAHAY, Chairman.
CHEBRA BIKUR CHOLIM -1849 -and a Hebrew
"LEWIS JOHNSON, of Jews residing
Society dedicated to the alleviation
"LOUIS P. RICE, in foreign lands — 1853 — after several years of useful
"EUGENE DeBLANC, services disbanded, merging with other charities of a
"The Loving Cup Committee." like character.

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Among- the most notable of later day exponents of is charity of a practical kind and any deserving Jew
practical charity is a circle, organized nearly twenty is aided in securing a start in life. It also aids its

3'ears ago by representative Society Belles, whose members, cares for the sick and pays the last sad rites
— —
successors young ladies devote a part of their time to the dead. It is a thriving and ever growing society
to sewing for the poor as well as supplying the wants attracting an Orthodox constituency to its merited
of the Touro Infirmary in the way of articles for the work.
Linen Room.
modious rooms in Carondelet near Poydras streets,
the circle known, has a fund of its own secured by
is practically the successor of a beautiful conceived
donations from their own pin money and that of
charity founded by the most prominent Jewish Ladies
friends. Material is purchased therewith and at inter-
in New Orleans several years ago, as a Sabbath
vals, they meet in a well appointed room in the Touro
School, locating its domicile in the Kindergarten
Infirmary, dedicated to its purposes and with deft
Building on Poydras near Liberty streets and for the
hands, "sew the hours away," for the time being de-
benefit of the children of Immigrant Jews settling in
voting themselves to hallowed duties and turning
the city and residing in that section. The Hebrew
away from social frivolities.
Public School is open to all Jewish children, its curri-
THE RACHEL BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION culum being only the routine followed in teaching
was founded on September 2, 1894, its objects to nurse Hebrew, Biblical history and Catechism. It is con-
the members, or indigent Jewesses of the city, furnish- ducted by representatives of Orthodoxy and is recog-
ing the sufferers with medical aid and medicines, and, nized as a factor in Judaism as in vogue in their
in the event of death paying the deceased the last sad special circle.
tribute according to Jewish ethics. From its incep-
tion the Association has been a useful factor, and it THE PROVIDENT AID SOCIETY, founded on
has prospered in its self-assumed and noble purposes. the principles of a Geinilath Chassodim in 1902 by
prominent gentlemen at the instance of Mr. Julius
Weis, began operations with a donated capital of
Way, was founded forty years ago by votaries of the
$5,000. Its objects, copied after time honored Jewish
Polish ritual and at one time was a most influential
body, Rabbi Gutheim dedicating the Synagogue
aid known as Gnnilalh Chassodim — the holiest of good
erected for its purposes, on Carondelet street near
deeds — is to advance money to deserving Jews for the
purpose of aiding them in establishing themselves in
Lafayette. This congregation disbanded and early
business or tiding over critical moments when failure
in 1903 the Synagogue became the property of the
stares them in the face. During the year of its ex-
municipality by purchase and its site will be used for
istence upwards of twenty-five petitioners were aided,
the proposed annex to the City Hall.
and in each instance these succeeded in establishing
CONGREGATION SOMECH NOPHLIM was or- themselves in modest enterprises. Not a cent has been
ganized in 1895 as a charitable circle, afterwards in- lost, every loan being returned. Mr. Julius Weis has
stituting a Mivyan for prayers. The salient object in view, at this writing, increasing the advantages of
of this truly philanthropic circle of Orthodox Israelites this truly noble philanthropy.

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flTN seeking for the orig-in and location of the first and busy marts of commerce, excepting in L<i Melle
11 Jewish burial ground in the section of the coun- —
Villc were few and far between. Camp street and
try discussed, from an historical standpoint in others, paralel with St. Charles street, were prac-
this volume, again much is left to conjecture. There tically bogs, the remainder the swamps.

is no possibility of tracing the first death perchance, When steps were taken to secure grounds for a
it was some hardy son of Castile, dying among strang- Jewish Cemetery, a square was secured by purchase
ers as far as religious belief was concerned, who was on what is now known as Jackson Avenue and Sara-
borne to the grave and bedded in Mother Earth by toga street, and in due course of time, permission was
friendly hands, for, after all the grave equalizes all granted by the City Council. Among the gentlemen
men, and it is written of all the human kind. "Dust who took an active part in arranging for the found-
thou art and unto dust shalt thou return." ing of the Cemetery was Hyam Solomon, and on
A score of years ago an investigator gave publicity, June 2Sth, 1S?8, he was interred in consecrated
and for the first time of record, that, according to the ground, the first Jewish interment of record in
reminiscences of New Orleans.
an aged Creole Forty years af-
who asserted he terwards, in 1868
recalled the in- — the old Ceme-
cident, that as tery was sealed
far back as 1S12, and no more
Jewish inter- burials permit-
ments were made ted, for, in keep-
in the Old Saint ing with Jewish
Louis Cemetery, reverence for the
and in a plot, di- dead, a new
Tided of¥ from cemetery was
the Catholic d e d i c a t e d, on
Cemetery a by Gentilly Road,
fence, close
in situated most ad-
proximity to mi ral>ly upon
what is now Metairie Ridge.
known as the Here rest the re-
Jesuit Mauso- mains of men and
leum. This ra- women endeared
conteur asserted to memory, men
that about 1825, anil women, who,
the remains of after life's fitful
the Jews buried fever sleep the
in the St. Louis sleep of the
Cemetery were righteous and
exhumed and re- whose memory
moved "uptown" treasured by
where, he did not In Metairie Cemetery. their dear ones,
know, or could loved ones and
not recall. Whether this fragment, linking the past friends, verify the poetic idea of immortality. — "To
with the present, can be authentically relied upon, live in hearts we leave behind is not to die."
is a question for each reader to decide for himself,
Several years ago another magnificent section of
suffice to say, that subsequent developments, and
positively traceable, lead up to the establishment of ground was purchased for the uses of the Hebrew
the first Jewish Cemetery, of record, in Louisiana. Rest, on Gentilly Road, which, in the liberal manage-
In 1828, the then Crescent City, was bounded by ment of the Cemetery Association, composed of mem-
Canal street and the Champs ZsVyiec— Elysian Fields bers of Congregations Temple Sinai and Touro
street —
the levees borderingthe \Iississippi River, and.
Synagogue, has become a thing of beauty, one of
North Rampart street. Be^'onJ Canal street, a dirt
road, bordered with cotton wood trees marked the the most beautiful of Cemeteries in the South, a
lines afterwards followed in the laying out of St. fitting resting place for the dear departed whose
Charles street and St. Charles Avenue. Dwellings life's pilgrimage is o'er.

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THE JOSEPH STREET CEMETERY, Metairie Cemetery is renowned throughout the land
for its beautiful and historical monuments. Sarcophagi
a well appointed Hebrew Rest, to-day situated in the
center of the residential district of New Orleans, when and tombs, conspicuous among these being the silent
founded by Congreg-ation Gates of Prayer on January memorials dedicated to the Lost Cause wherein are
was a plot of gfround, distant from the habit- bedded away the remains of the followers of Lee and
24, 1850,
able section of the city. The kindly impulses of the Jackson, whose memory will be cherished until the
last scion of the Confederate Veterans will have jour-
Ladies Auxiliary of the Jackson Avenue Synagfogfue
and the interest of the members of the Congfreg-ation neyed into the Valley of Darkness to the realm of
have created of this Cemetery a beauty spot and the Eternal Light.
remains of their deceased members and their families The section secured by representatives of prominent
are sacredlv cared for by the survivors. Jewish families as a private burial ground, limited to
the most exclusive Social circles in Jewish society of
THE PORTUGUESE CEMETERY, New Orleans is most centrally and exquisitely situated
on Canal street, in the vicinity of consecrated g-round in the heart of Metairie Cemetery. The surroundings,
utilized by denominations of various relig'ious beliefs which include the most beautiful works of art ever
and fraternities, culminating' in beautiful "Green- lavished upon mortuaries, monuments and tombs,
wood" was founded in 1845 by Cong'reg'ation Netusak each of which are art studies delved out of rare mar-
— —
Kehiidah the Dispersed of Judah at that era the ble and time-resisting granite by masters of Sculptor
most prominent Portug-uese Jewish Congreg-ation in Art, are in keeping with Jewish ideas of interment,
the United States, since several years amalg;amated while the monuments marking the resting place of
with and composing- Touro Synagogfue. Its hal- those gone before are in keeping with the artistic
lowed limits are occupied by the remains of what had appearance of Metairie Cemetery as a whole.
been the most notable people of Old New Orleans
The private section established by the most prom-
and, even, at the present, prominent people of the an-
inent Jewish families who are identified with Congre-
cient Sephardic faith, own familv lots wherein, "when
gation Temple Sinai was secured in 1884, the first in-
the silent summons come" they will rest in Eternal
terment being the remains of the lamented and revered
Rabbi, James K. Gutheim.
The Polish Cemetery founded in 1860 by Congrega-
which from every viewpoint, situation, accessibility tion Tememe Derech, and several other minor Jewish
and eleg-ance, compares favorably with any place of Cemeteries on Canal street, and another adjacent to
sepulchre in the United States, and travelers assert the Hebrew Rest, Gentilly Road, are also to be men-
that it is the equal of the ancient site, famed in poesy tioned, each and all of these silent testimonials of
and romance, the renowned "Hetc It Chaisr,'^ where Jewish Custom insofar as paying tribute to the ulti-
the Mausoleums reared to the memory of men and mate end by according their dead burial in holy ground
women, whose life's tenure was identified with the where, sleeping the sleep of the righteous, undis-
glories of France, poets, historians, soldiers, litera- turbed by the flitting joys of this mundane life, they
teurs, the Mecca of every wanderer in the Old World, are at peace, at rest.
has amidst its luxurious sections one wherein, of re-
•^Fi>y Ihe hotist of heraldry, llie pomp of power,
cent years, the remains of once prominent Jewish peo-
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The Order B'nai B'rith.

/f^N September evening in 1851. in the city of

a On January 1'^,

L\\} NewYork, a few conscientious Israelites, 1873, in Memphis,

earnest men whose hearts were dedicated to Tenn., District No.
Humanity, were assembled for the purpose of estab- 7, was organized,
1 shing an organization which, for its fundamental its jurisdiction in-
object, would create in the name of Charity, a frater- cluding the follow-
nity dedicated to the highest ideals, caring for ing States: Ala-
the widowed and orphaned of deceased members. bama, Arkansas,
The main incentive for banding themselves together Florida, Louisiana,
was the realization of the fact that large numbers of Mississippi, Ten-
Jews would be attracted to the United States, and, nessee and Texas.
that some central organization would be necessary in From 1873 to 188')
order to influence the foreign element to rail}' around inclusive, the ex-
some central force for mutual protection, enlighten- ecutive headquar-
ment and concentration of action for the betterment ters of the District
of conditions. was located in
Among those present at this historical session held Memphis. Tenn.
over a half century ago were Henry Jones, who is ac- In 1890 New Or-
credited with being the originator of the idea. Dr. leans was 5.elected
Leo Merzbach, Baruch Rothschild, Dr. Lilienthal, as the seat of the
and Dr. Mitchel. At the following meeting, Julius District and Hon.
Bien, now the venerable Chancellor of the Order, M. Nat Strauss, elect-
Thalmessinger, Dr. S. Waterman, Isaac Dutenhoffer ed (irand Secre-
and other celebrities of that epoch were present. tary, he being NAT STRAUSS,
These gentlemen called the Order B'nai B'rith in- chosen as his own
Secretary District Grand Lodge
to existence and their efforts for Humanity, at that successor annually.
time, had no idea that the great .lewish fraternity From the found- No. 7, I. O. B. B.
would be destined to play an important part in the ing of District
deliberations of the nations of the world. Grand Lodge No. 7, the grand body met annually in

From inception, in 1851, its merits attracted the

the principal cities of the District New Orleans hav-
attention of representative Israelites. It has always
ing been repeatedly honored bv the presence of the
been the handmaiden of Jewish charity, and besides distinguished gentlemen elected as Delegates.
caring for its own members has succored and sustain- District No. 7 until recently included the Cleveland
ed Orphanages, Hospitals, Homes and entered with (Ohio) Orphan Asylum among its beneficiaries, but
zeal in every undertaking- for the alleviation of cares as it is deriving ample means from District No. 2, the
and sorrows among Jewish people, especially the per- severance seemed justifiable. The Jewish Orphans'
secuted and the friendless Immigrant coming to the Home, the Manual Training School, the Touro In-
Land of the Free in search of God given Liberty. firmary and the Julius Weis Home are beneficiaries
While in its incipiency the Order devoted its at- of the Order, while the National Hospital for Con-
tention to assisting the needy and caring for the poor sumptives at Denver, Col is also the recipient of its

and unfortunate. Later it assumed the role of bene- bounty.

factor by legislating into existence an Endowment The several B'rith lodges in New Orleans
Fund, the beneficiaries of deceased brethren receiv- and other sections Louisiana are in a prosperous
ing the sum specified. condition numbering auiong their membership the
incident in the history' of the Order, to demon- most notable Jewish gentlemen in the State.
strate its liberality, may be cited in the case of its The following representative gentlemen, all well
founder, Henry Jones. He was married to a most
estimable lady, not a member of the Jewish faith, yet and favorably known throughout the South, are the
on his death she was sustained by the Order and ofiicers of District Grand Lodge No. 7.
cared for just as if she had been a Jewess. Jos. Beitman, of Birmingham, Ala., President;
Radiating from New York City the beneficent work Ludwig Maj-er, of Demopolis, Ala., Vice-President;
outlined by the Order found many admirers and ar-
Mike Mohr, of Montgomery, Ala., Treasurer; Nat
dent votaries and gradually the Order spread all over
the United States, in several European lands and
Strauss, of New Orleans, La., Secretary; J. M. Op-
Jerusalem and to-day it is a conspicuous factor in penheimer, of San Antonio, Texas, Sergeant-at-
Jewish affairs. Arms.
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CLUB had its orig-in in the culating library, singing section and dramatic sec-
\\j days of '"Auld LangfSyne" whi-n Cosmopolitan tion furnished the increasing- membership with en-
gentlemen of New Orleans were associated tertainments of an interesting- and varied character.
for the purposes of enjoying- themselves accord- When in reminiscent vein our most representative
ing- to the customs in vogue in the Fatherland. As people dwell with pleasure upon the efforts of the or-
far back as 1850 various circles of this character ganization to entertain, the records showing- the pro-
existed, some dedicated to Gambrinius, including- duction of "Still Waters Run Deep," Taylor's brilliant
jest and song and stor}-, others to the Gentle Muses
comedy, "Sweethearts and Wives" an(i a number of
German comedies.
while others were more pedantic in their methods. The section of sweet sing-ers also made their debut
In the earl}- '60s the Deutsche Company was under brilliant conditions and repeatedly aided in con-
founded by a tributing-pleas-
coterie of con- uretothe "Com-
genial g-entle- pany" and their
men, Mr. Sal-
omon Marx
A younger set
be- had meanwhile
ing one of the organized for
promoters, an club and social
esteemed and purjjoses, final-

well-known cit- ly adopting the

name Harmony
izen, who, thir-
Club, with its
ty years later, domicile on
not many Camp, near
months ago, Julia street. In
1872 the "Com-
was the reci-
pany" consoli-
pient of the dis- date d , Jos.
tinguished con- Magner being
sideration o f
elected Presi-
dent and Simon
being made Cohn, Secre-
Hoiiorarn»i of
tary, and the
i t s successor,
the Harmony "C o m pa ny's"
club house, cor-
The intent
Alley and Bien-
and purposes of ville street, be-
the "Deutsche came the Har-
Company" was m o n y Club.
to foster socia-
Thence it re-
bility, delve in
moved to Odd
science and art,
Fellows' Hall,
all directed to- HARMONY CLUB. then to the
ward influen-
beautiful build-
cing traits tending to promote full fellowship. ing, corner of Camp and Delord streets, then to Canal
The sessions were thenceforth devoted to debates street, now occupied by the Boston Club.
and readings while an interminable number of sur- With the accession of Judg-e I. D. Moore to the
prise parties and iniormals brought about the crea- presidency of the Harmony Club, in 1897 came the
tion of social delig-hts participated in by the lady dedication of the grand Club House in keeping- with
members of the respective families. the prestige always enjoyed by this famed circle of
Year after year the affairs of the "Deutsche Com- gentlemen. The prompt assurance of its members
pany" became more elaborate and the grand "Charity and the wealth represented was an assurance and the
Balls" of that era were given under its auspices. plans, carried out to the letter, ha- given to New Or-
The Club Rooms were at that time, 1865, located leans one of the most sumptuous buildings ever erect-
at old number 112 Common street, and a splendid cir- ed in this city or section utilized for Club purposes.
— 69
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72 —
mental in attracting- the attention and enlisting- the President; Dan A. Rose, Vice-President; Sol. J. Levy,
co-operation of the gentlemen present. Secretary; August Heidenheim, Treasurer. Directors:
Mr. Sidney H. March submitted a series of resolu-
Sam Bkim, N. I. Shwartz and E. M. Cahn.
tions dealing with the objects of the proposed Asso- Entering with spirit and zeal on the plans proposed
ciation and outlining; its purposes, dwellingf especially the following gentlemen were named the Building
upon the intellectual, moral and social improvement Committee: Sim Weis, Ex-officio Chairman; Sam
of those who allied themselves with the Association, Blum, Chairman; D. A. Rose, L. H. Weil, E. M. Loeb,
a platform which would give its members opportun- A. Aschatfenburg, A. Heidenheim, A. Lichtentag,
ities, particularly "Establishing^ Jewish unity, broader N. I. Shwartz, S. H. March, E. M. Cahn and S. W.
than Congreg-ational lines or the limitation of wealth Weis.
and society, and the general promotion of the interest The
result of the efforts of the Association to secure
and progress of the Hebrew community." a permanent home was crowned on March 2, 1896,
The assembled gentlemen were given every latitude when ground was broken at the corner of St. Charles
for the discussion of the subject, the questions of avenue and Clio street and work thus inaugurated.
maintaining a club-house, with reading rooms, library On Wednesday afternoon, April 15, 1896, at 4 o'clock,
and other facilities, all with a view of establishing an a magnificent gathering of ladies and gentlemen wit-
institution which would be a center of intellectual nessed the laying of the Cornerstone, the ceremonies
culture and sociability. being conducted by the M. W. Grand Lodge, F. & A.
M., of Louisiana, under the personal supervision of
The subject matter being fully discussed and ap- M. W. Grand Master, Albert G. Brice, a distinguished
plauded the following gentlemen were elected, being
Jurist and erudite and scholarly Mason.
the tirst officers of the Y. M. H. A., of New Orleans:
President, N. I. Schwartz; First Vice-President, Elkin The exercises in honor of the momentous occasion
Moses; Second Vice-President, Felix J. Dreyfous; were as follows: Prayer, by Rabbi I. L. Leucht;
Third Vice-President, E. M. Cahn; Secretary', Sam Music; Laying of the Corner-stone by the Grand Mas-
ter, assisted by D. R. Graham, Past (irand Master,
Blum; Financial Secretary, Eugene Gutmann; Treas-
urer, Sim Weis; Librarian, Leonard Stern. and Rev. H. C. Duncan and L. L. vShwartz; Oration
by Judge Brice; Address by Edgar M. Cahn; Bene-
The officers constituted the Executive Committee diction, Rev. H. C. Duncan.
while the following gentlemen were named the Organ-
Committee of Arrangements: Messrs. Leon L.
izing Committee: E. M. Cahn, S. Metzger, S. H.
Shwartz, E. W. Loeb, E. M. Cahn and A. Lichtentag.
Stern, Jake Stern, L. H. Weil, S. H. March and H.
J. Seiferth. On Wednesday night, November 18, 189(), the
"Home" of the Y. M. H. A. was formally opened to
On Tuesday evening, November 24, in an office at the public and the most prominent people of the city,
old number 31 Carondelet street the officers and Or-
mingling with the charming matrons and beautiful
ganizing Committee held a joint meeting when the
belles, all representatives of society, formed a scene of
Executive Committee proper was founded by the selec-
brilliancy which will always be a treasured memory.
tion of the following gentlemen: S. H. March, H. J.
Seiferth, J. L. Beer, Horace Gumbel, Phineas Moses,
During the exercises the Athenaeum was thronged
by an interested audience and in this magnificent au-
L. H. Weil, August Heidenheim, M. J. Wolf, Ike Has-
pel, Sam Stern, Sol Loeb, S. J. Hart, Cerf. Hirsch,
ditorium, one of the most exquisite in the United
Jos. Trautman and S. Metzger. States. Rabbi Max Heller voiced an eloquent prayer.
Mr. Sim Weis turned the building over to the Y. M.
H. Seiferth, E. M. Cahn and Sam Blum were ap-
H. A. in an impressive address, eliciting an equally
pointed a Committee to draft a Constitution and By- eloquent response from its President, Mr. Sam Blum.
Laws and Sim Weis, S. J. Hart, Cerf. Hirsch and
Elkin Moses named to select rooms for the habitat of possessor of a "Home" in keeping with its ob-
the Association. jects, the Y. M. H. A. what it is, one of the rep-
resentative and most useful factors in communal work.
In December, 1891, the annex of the Grunewald
In an unpretentious manner it has striven for culture
Hall was nearing completion and the Association
and sociability and is doing a vast amount of com-
promptly secured a lease. Early in January of 1892
mendable work along the lines of Lectures, while
the magnificent rooms were taken charge of and hand-
harmless pleasures are not overlooked, its stated func-
somely equipped and the Association duly installed.
tions being events in society.
During the season of festivities of that year the Y. M.
H. A. gave a number of a most elegant functions and Recently adjacent property has been acquired and
at once established a reputation as entertainer. Its at an early date a Gymnasium and Natatorium will
members enjoyed every facility and everything tended be included among its splendid advantages in which
to creating of it an imposing and important social every Jewish gentlemen has the privilege of partici-
factor. pating by being identified with an Association which
in every essential is a credit to' New Orleans.
Grunewald Hall succumbed to a conflagration in
the earl^^ hours before dawn on Monday, October 31,
The officers of the Association at this date are as fol-
lows: Harold Newman, President; Aug. Heidenheim,
of the same year and the Y. M. H. A. was not only
First Vice-President; M. J. Wolf, Second Vice-Presi-
homeless but lost its furniture, records and effects,
dent; Jacob Levy, Third Vice-President; Sim Weis,
but nothing daunted established itself on the lower
Treasurer; Eugene H. Gutman, Financial Secretary;
floor of Odd Fellows' Hall.
Dr. Joseph Conn, Recording Secretar}-; S. H. Mar-
In 1895, when Mr. Sam Blum was elected President, cuse. Librarian. Board of Directors: Chas. God-
he suggested that the Y. M. H. A. should secure a chaux, M. M. Goldman, Sig. L. Loeb, Adolph Good,
permanent Home, and his views meeting general ap- Peter Gluck, Albert Aschaffenberg, Alex Lichtentag,
proval, the Y. M. H. A. Improvement Co., Ltd., was Sig. Levy, N. E. Wohl, E. Heidenheim, E. B. Gold-
established with the following officers: Sim Weis, stein and Sam Simon.

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MR. JULIUS WEIS. led the life of a vendor of merchandise, traveling from
• LAEARS hence, when an appreciative
people will point to point in Mississippi in the vicinity of Natchez.
If emulate their forbears in reverencing- the g-ra- In the course of a couple of years his profits gave him
I a sufficient capital, every cent of which he earned by
<—1* cious acts of beneficence rendered by loyal citi-
his labor, and with this he opened a small country
zens of Louisiana, side by side with the name of Judah
Touro will be recorded the name of the philanthropist store at Fayette, Miss.
who builded an everlasting- memorial when the Julius The methods and personality- of Mr. Weis asserted
Weis Home for Aged and themselves and, from the be-
Infirm Israelites was open- ginning of his career as a
ed as a home indeed for those country store keeper in Fa-
bereft of kindred, of health, yette to this day, he enjoys
of means to obtain a liveli- the confidence, esteem," and
hood and, when, in their ad- respect of every one who
vanced age and infirmities knows him.
were, thereby, not subjects P^rom an unpretentious
of Pity but welcome guests covmtry store keeper Mr.
in its ornate and beautiful Weis slowly laid the found-
apartments. ation for his future successes
While Judah Touro aided and, in 1864, he cast his lot
in creating an interesting with the people of New Or-
epoch in the history of New leans, among whom he was
Orleans he had splendid ad- previously known because of
vantages, being- native born, his repeated visits and iden-
familiar with the language tification with business.
and beginning- his career Coming- to New Orleans
when opportunities were in 18f)4 he founded the house
ample and willing hands ex- which for nearly forty years
tended to aid the aspiring to has been conspicuous among
achieve success. the leading "Cotton Houses"
When Mr. Julius Weis, of the States. His identi-
then a mere youth, de- fication with the financial
cided to seek the opportun- centres of the World is also
well-known and the firm
ities offered in the New name, J. WEIS & SON, is as
World, he had obtained all familiar on change and in
the educationaladvantages banking institutions of Paris,
offered in his birthplace, London and other European
which, in that epoch, were centres as it is in the State
limited to a fair common of Louisiana.
school education. But what Of his personal service in
he possessed was character the cause of charity, of the
and a firm determination to needy and necessitous, re-
succeed insofar as marking gardless of religious belief,
out his own career. It was whom he has aided and en-
but natural that he should courag-ed in the hours of dire
have turned away with need none will ever know
heavy heart and deep reg-ret nor the unnumbered inci-
from the home of his birth, his kindred and friends, to dents of kindness bestowed upon some fellow voyagers
seek new associations in the New World and he faced to whom life was a stormy sea.
the stern realities of life with indomitable will. His identification with affairs in New Orleans in-
He made his way to the Sunny South, all he pos- cluded an interest in communal work. He took a
sessed being 3'outh, energy, honesty and the modest livel_y interest in the affairs of the Hebrew Educational
ambition to succeed in gaining a livelihood. Though Society, which, at that time, having fulfilled its mis-
unfamiliar with the vernacular for the time being- he sion, was liquidated bj- his financial ability.

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Mr. Weis was elected to the presidenc}' of the Touro loved ones and friends, for she was a devoted Mother-
Iniirmary and Hebrew Benevolent Association and, at in-Israel,enwrapt in the faith of her ancestors and
that time, asserted that the day would come when a took just pride in the plans and works of her husband
separate institution would be required to shelter Agfed for Judaism. On February
13, 1864, Mr. Weis and
and Infirm Israelites. The Jewish Orphans' Home his youthful bride made New Orleans their home —
has also been recipient of his bounty and without home, indeed — wherein "Love and Hope reigned side
pomp or parade or desire for public notoriety, he has by side.'' In 1876 the palatial home in Jackson
rendered this Institution invaluable service as well as avenue, corner of Coliseum street, was taken j)osses-
contributing to other charities without reference to sion of, where, to-day, surrounded by everything
Religious beliefs, no appeal ever being unheeded. that love can suggest, midst luxurious environment,
Mr. Weis enjoys the results of his successful career,
When Congregation Temple Sinai was projected he
delighting in the happiness of his children and
was among its most ardent advocates and early in its
grand-children, h s children, two daughters noted
history succeeded to its presidency which he occupied,
for their interest in philanthropic work, and five sons,
with the brief exception of two terms, for over a score
one of whom is a physician of note, another a prom-
of years, finally declining re-election pleading his ad-
ising Attorney-at-Law and the others, prominent in
vanced age as his excuse and which his most ardent who are associated with
social and financial circles,
friends, the entire congregation, conceded with regret. him in the conduct of the well-known and represen-
Under his various administrations Temple Sinai at-
tative firm.
tained the prestige it enjoys as the foremost Jewish when men and women emu-
And years hence, will
communal body in the South.
late the examples of their predecessors, for Sweet
The Young Men's Hebrew Association, of which he Charity sake, and treasure in memory the kindly deeds
has been a valued and honored member since its or- of Louisianians of the Jewish faith, Judah Touro and
ganization, has also profitted by his generosity in Julius Weis will be reverentiallynamed as the first
various ways, and, at his suggestion and by his liberal philanthropists of record in the Sunny South.
donations, as free will offerings repeatedly contributed
in recent j^ears, the Lecture Course has been made MR. ISIDORE NEWMAN, Sr.

an important annual feature.

Early in November, 1853, a youth barely in his teens
For those to whom life seemed one continuous strug- landed in New Orleans, his fortune limited to youth,
arle, in the heart of the Garden District of New Orleans good health, thrift, and a desire to succeed. No doubt
stands a structure, a haven for Aged and Infirm Is- he had heard, while at home with parents, kindred
raelites— The Julius Weis Home — reared for the
and friends, of the wonderful land beyond the seas,
grandest of purposes, the housing of the aged who, for a land of possibilities, where those who labored were
the humane instincts of the greatest philantropist at least sure of success, however modest, and no —
since the days of Judah Touro, would be "naked and doubt he turned his thoughts to the future, not with
desolate, friendless and homeless," a burden to them- becoming a potent factor in affairs of state
an}' idea of
selves and to the State. and municipality, in finance and industries, but with
The record of the efforts of an honored gentleman, only a desire to gain a livelihood.
for love of his fellowmen, must be recalled, was,
it A few months ago, when representative people of
by yielding of the wealth he accumulated through New Orleans, ladies and gentlemen, were assembled
his own efforts. He arrived in New Orleans on Nov- in honor of the presentation of the "Picayune Loving
ember 2, 1845, possessing j-outh, honesty and nn in- Cup," the youth of fifty years ago, now an honored
domitable will coupled with the laudable desire to and distinguished citizen, referred to his coming to
succeed, little dreaming that his labors would be New Orleans penniless, casting his lot with this peo-
crowned by being in a position to round a happy old ple, where opportunities were offered him which made
age with examples which will prove an incentive to his efforts successful.
generations unborn. Of his application to business, Mr. Isidore Newman was born in Kaiserslautern,
of his devotion to Judaism, of his inestimable services Germany, in 1838, and enjoyed whatever education
to charities and communal work has been told and and advantages then offered to children in European
retold and will be treasured in jears to come. lands. At the age of fourteen he left his paternal
Yet, that part of his career, pertaining to his home home. On his arrival here he proceeded to adapt
life cannot be described in words. On January 27, himself to the customs of the people, and became an
1864, he led to the altar an accomplished and love- American in the full sense of the term. His perse-
able lady, nee Carrie Mayer, one of the fairest daugh- verance, courtesy, personality and integrity gained
ters of Natchez, Miss., whose memory is cherished by for him the good will of all.

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be justly proud of, for he was the architect of his for- low-citizens, for, free from prejudice, he knows no
tune, a worthy model of the unassuming-, modest distinction between men and men, or creed and creed,
man, whose ability has g-ained for him a deserved his faith in humanity and the brotherhood of men
reputation. being unbounded.
Years ag-o, when the financial conditon of the State On November 14th, 1903, was the fiftieth anniver-
sary of the arrival of Mr. Isidore Newman in the city
of Louisiana was endang'ered Mr. Newman was
of New Orleans. The memorable event was only
among the first of its worthy citizens to present a recalled by a few of his veteran friends, and occasion
solution of the problem. Whenever an^- plan has been was taken by these to extend their felicitations. Yet
advanced for the improvement of New Orleans, indus- the day was not permitted to pass unnoticed by gen-
trially or for its beautification, he has been found tlemen who have been associated with Mr. Newman
amongst its advocates, and his purse open on demand. in charitable work. Measures were taken by the
His record as a public-spirited citizen exhibits him as Board of Managers of the Touro Infirmary and He-
one whose lofty patriotism is of the purest type. brew Benevolent Association to commemorate the
His personal efforts to fiftieth anniversary, the gol-
bring- about a spirit of civic den jubilee, of his coming
pride by advantages never to the city; the Board met
before enjoyed by the cit- at the Harmony Club on
izens of New Orleans cul- Sunday morning, Novem-
minated in the inaug-uration ber 22nd, and a committee
of the electric surface rail- was appointed, consisting
way system. He secured an of Mr. N. I. Shwartz, the
interest in, and afterwards President of the Associa-
the control of, the then tion; Mr. Julius Weis, an
Carrollton Railroad, and con- and Rev. I.
verted it into an electric
system, following- this inno- L. Leucht, the Vice-Presi-
vation with the Claiborne dent, to wait upon Mr.
Street line, part of the pro- Newman at his residence,
jected work. Since the elec- and to present to him a
tric motive power has at-
small token in the shape of
tained pre-eminence, Mr.
Newman has successfully a loving cup, in apprecia-
financed the surface rail- tion of the great services
way systems in various he had rendered the insti-
places, notably Birmingham, tution, and the hearty wishes
Ala., and Nashville, Tenn. of all for his continued
Of his other ventures, all happiness and prosperity.
of which stamp him as a Mr. Newman, as a mem-
useful citizen, whose inter- orial of the anniversary of
ests, however vast, have as the fiftieth year of his ar-
the objective point, the up- rival in this cit}', donated
building- of sections where- many thousands of dollars
in he is interested, it is un- to Christian and Jewish
necessary to dwell upon. charities, which, according
Identified with the B'nai to his method, were un-
B'rith of District No. 7, he heard of by the press be-
has served the order to ad- cause of his expressed wish
vantage in various capaci- that no publicity be made.
ties. As Treasurer of the En- In public and private
dowment Reserve Fund, his life, Mr. Newman is a plain,
great experience in finan-
ISIDORE NEWMAN, Sr blunt man, unassuming,
cial matters, and his ever- approachable, enjoying the
ready service were helpful to place it upon its present advantages of his affluence and doing gracious acts
sound foundation. The Denver National Hospital for of kindness in a true spirit of charity, never seeking
Consumptives, of Denver, Col., was called into exist- notoriety. In the many years of his identification
ence by the exigencies of the situation, and when it with Jewish charities, he never permitted his name
became known that the institution would be non- to be brought before the public until recently, when
sectarian, Mr. Newman allowed himself to be placed he assumed the privilege of donating the large
on the Board of Managers. Through his instrumen- amount necessary to erect the Manual Training
tality, and largely through his means, a number of School, which now bears his honored name, and
afflicted people were sent to the National Hospital, which will forever stand as a monument of his muni-
and they have good cause to bless the generosity of ficence and his love for our orphans. And this unos-
their benefactor. tentation applies with equal force to his benevolent
To dwell upon the services of Mr. Newman to the actions towards every charity in New Orleans, irre-
state or municipality, its public works, or in com- spective of den rminational differences.
munal or charitable work, would be to record all the His home life is an ideal one, and with his noble
happenings of a useful career abundant in laudable wife by his side it has been an inspiration.
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RABBI MAX HELLER. to the South and Southern Judaism, a devotion re-

Eminently qualified for the calling- wherein, from paid tenfold by his legion of friends and admirers.

the inception of his career, he has occupied a distin-

His charge at Houston was limited to five months,
g-uished position; for years minister of the foremost
for, when the lamented Rabbi, James K. Gutheim,
congregation in the South, a congregation that in paid Nature's debt and, the representative Southern
cong-regation he had founded and nurtured to the
point of membership, which from personality, intelli-
gence, wealth and devotion to Judaism, equals any honor of Southerners and the glory of Reform Juda-
ism, sought for, a fitting successor, one whose ability
in the United States, the erudite scholar and eloquent
and worth, honesty of purpose and personality would
divine, Rabbi Maximillian Heller, is recog^nized as
well worthy the honors and distinction he has at-
further the cause. Rabbi Heller was chosen.

tained by his ability and fitness. Congregation Temple Sinai, individually and col-
Rabbi Heller was the architect of his own career, lectively,and Israelites of Louisiana in general have
the basis upon which he builded being- inherent no cause to regret the coming of Rabbi Heller in
qualities, intelligence, st^^dious application and in- their midst. He has been true to his trust, loyal to
domitable will. He was born on January 1st, 18G(), his faith and by his personality contributed not only
at Prague, Bohemia, his parents being Seligman to the elevation of Judaism but welding together in

Heller and Mathilde, nee Kas- bonds of fellowship (ientile and

sowitz. Acquiring- the rudi- Jew. He has been intimately
associated with every cause of
ments of education he 'was then
note, every happening of im-
sent to the Neustadter (gym-
portance occurring for the past
nasium of his native city, where
sixteen years in New Orleans
he received a thorough scholas-
and in the State of Louisiana
tic training. According to the
and his opinion and words have
European system of education.
had weight in the Councils of
Rabbi Heller had rare o])por-
the People. In public or pri-
tunities to master Hebrew and vate life he is invariably just,
the languages, and his mastery ;
influenced alone by what he re-
of many of the living and dead gards the rig-ht, — in charitable
languag-es was an incentive to work healways methodical

renewed application, hence, his and untiring and his interest

ability as a linguist, long- since in the Orphans' Home, the
established, is well earned, the Touro Infirmary and the Young
result of his efforts and scholar- Men's Hebrew Association has
ship. been repeatedly exhibited where-
Coming to the United States by these Institutions have been
in his early manhood, he evinc- the beneficiaries.
ed a desire to continue his RABBI MAX HELLER Two years after assuming
studies, and entered the Hebrew charge of the pulpit of Tem-
Union College, time devoting his at-
at the same ple Sinai he wedded one of the intellectual and
tention to the study of science and art at the Uni- charming young ladies of New Orleans, Miss Ida
versity of Cincinnati. Marks and his estimable wife, devoted to the cause
The matriculants in the Hebrew Union College ofJudaism, has proven herself an ideal helpmate.
were at that time limited in numbers, yet, as has been Of this happy union several children have been born
demonstrated by the distinction they, as g-raduates, who, God willing-, will be a source of many joys

have attained, they were imbued with the right to their fond parents.

spirit for their holy calling-. Attaining the degrees While Rabbi Heller may be reg-arded of a reserved
Batchelor of Letters and Master of Letters from the disposition, those who know him intimately recog-
University of Cincinnati, and the distinction of nize in him all the attributes of congeniality, none
Rabbi from the Hebrew Union College, Rabbi Heller question the fact that a becoming dignity, associated
entered upon his career in 1884 as Minister of Zion with ability and scholarship, honesty of purpose and
Congregation of Chicago, occupying its pulpit for principle are virtues he possesses and whereby he
two years. enjoys the esteem and respect of all who recognize that
In 1886 he was called to Houston, Texas, and from with so stalwart a leader Southern Judaism cannot
that time to the present has exhibited his devotion fail in being- a force in affairs, communal and social.

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RABBI ISAAC L. LEUCHT. man, our Rabbi. "Write me," AbDU ben Adhem says,
An Israelite and something- more is he, the well- in Leigh Aunt's beautiful poem, "write me as one
beloved minister of Congregation Touro, whom the who loves his fellow men."
Christians of his home cit3' as well as its Jews, de- Rabbi Leucht was born in Darmstadt, Germany,
light to honor. To whom was accorded for example, and there took a preliminary course for his ministry.
so flattering a reception as that of January 25th, 1904, He afterwards studied at other European centers of
his sixtieth birthda}'and the twentj'-fifth anniversary education. He came to the United States in 1864 at
of his pastorate of Touro, when ministers as well as the age of twenty and located in Baltimore. There
prominent laity of the Methodist, Presbyterian, Epis- he resided four years and then came to New Orleans
copal and other faiths joined personally in the felici- as assistant to the late Rabbi Gutheim, minister of
tations of the occasion. K. K., Shaarai Chesed. From that the two went
Nor is this the first time such deference has been together to Temple Sinai when it was erected, but in

paid him. A man of public spirit and civic pride, 1879 Rabbi Leucht returned to his first love, since

not the mere leader of flock and people, he has often become, by consolidation with the Portuguese Con-
taken active part in public movements side by side gregation, the noted Synagogue of Touro.
with Christian pastors. At Rabbi Leucht was for a long

the dedication of the Fisk Free time Secretary of the Hebrew

Library he was conspicuous Educational Society organiz-
upon the platform along with ed to provide a school for

the Catholic Archbishop Jans- Jewish children in the trying

sens and the Episcopal Bishop "Carpet Bag" days. He has

Sessums. In the relief work been a member of the State
of the terrible Cheniere Cam- School Board; he was one of

inada hurricane of '93, he the founders of the Y. M. H.

labored hand in hand with A., and is a charter member
Rector Waters of vSt. Pauls, Harmony Club of New
of the

and the Catholic Archbishop. Orleans. He has been a

When, some years back, the member of the Jewish Wid-
New Orleans Sanitary Associa- ows' and Orphans' Home since

tion was flourishing, it was 1868 and its First Vice-Presi-

Mr. John T. Gibbons, a brother dent since 1886. Heis First Vice-
of the distinguished Catholic President also of the Touro
Cardinal of Baltimore, who pre- Infirmary and the Hebrew
sented Rabbi Leucht's name for RABBI ISAAC L. LEUCHT. Benevolent Association. He
the presidency of the organ- has been President of the
ization. At the present time indeed, he is acting Commission of Prisons and Asylums, President of the
president of the Red Cross Society, of which he has United_,Hebrew Charities, President of the Southern
said: "The cross is its emblem, but I see in it only Conference of Rabbis, and for two years was Vice-
the noble and humane purpose for which the Society President of the Reformed Rabbis of the United
is enrolled." States.
Herein we have the keynote to his character— in a Among the testimonials received by Dr. Leucht
word — breadth and liberality. And here is the reason upon the anniversary above referred to,was a silver
of the esteem in which he is held so generally by his pitcher from the First Presbyterian Church of New
fellow citizens. "I have tried to follow in Dr. Gu- Orleans, the church of the famous Dr. Palmer, whose
theim's footsteps," he has said, "by devoting my labors funeral sermon was preached by Rabbi Leucht, for
to develop unsectarianism." And again: "I am a Jew our subject has earned reputation abroad as a man of
and yet am Protestant and always
also Catholic. I higii culture as well as higdi character, and as a pul-
protest against anything that opposes light and pro- pit orator of influence and power. An easy and
gress and I am universal in my belief in the father- gracious manner with all, high or low, is also a char-
hood of God." A large souled as well as broad minded acteristic for which Dr. Leucht is to be remarked.

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ject and has given a great deal of thought to the
beneficial and useful than that of Mr. Maurice Stern.
betterment of education. Since filling the position
He was born in (lerman}-, January dth, 1855, and
a new set of books for the public schools has been
passed his youth in acquiring- an education in the
selected, and these have given great satisfaction.
public schools of his natal land. In 1S71, when but
sixteen years of ag-e, he left his home and crossings
Other improvements have been made which lack of
the Atlantic settled in New Orleans. Brig-ht and space precludes mention. The selection by the gov-
determined to win for himself a name and a place in ernor of Mr. Stern was a happy intuition and has
the city of his adoption, he entered the office of the given great satisfaction to the people, and he has
firm of Lehman, Neug"ass & Co., and so faithfully acquitted himself with due credit to himself and his
and well did he perform his duties until step b}* step constituents. It is to this class of men that our in-
he advanced until the year 1880, when he was ad- stitutions, public and otherwise, owe their high
mitted as a i^artner, the name of the firm becoming standing and causes Louisiana to take her place
I^ehman, Abraham & Co. In 1885 the business was among the great and leading States of the Union.
incorporated under the name of Lehman Stern & Co., Education is the great pivotal point around which
Limited, and to-day Mr. Stern occupies the presi- centers everything desirable in life, and public edu-
dency of that organization. cation is one of the great basis upon which rests the
In addition to filling that position he holds many ])reservation and conservation of liberty, the great vital
others of honor and responsibility. He is Vice-Pres- principle of the American republic. These facts are
ident of the Lane Cotton Mills, fully recognized and appreciated
one of the best equipped plants by Mr. Stern, hence the great in-
in the country, a director of the terest he manifests in such mat-
Whitney National Bank, a direc- ters.
tor of the Morgan State Bank and Personally Maurice Stern is a
the Cotton Exchange. Mr. Stern pleasant, genial gentleman, easy
is President of the International of approach, with no overbearing
Land Improvement Company and ideas of dignity. Plain and un-
Treasurer of the Southern States assuming he is of and for the peo-
Land and Timber Company, both ple whose aims, sentiments and
aspirations he shares and enjoys.
hand ling principally timber lands.
He stands for progress and ad-
Mr. Stern is a consistent advo-
vancement first, last and all the
cate of the onward progress and time.
development of New Orleans and May 19, 1883, he was happily
has always contributed liberally married to Miss Hanna Bloom, a
both of his time and means in that talented and accomplished yonng
direction. His name associated lady of New Orleans. This union
with any enterprise means the has been blessed with three chil-
ultimate success of that con- dren, two boys and one girl. Mr.
cern. He is a hard and earnest and Mrs. Stern are pleasantly
domiciled at the corner of St.
worker and has the happy facul-
Charles and Soniat streets.
ty and ability of disposing of
In conclusion the writer would
vast qualities of work without
say that
any seeming eff^ort on his part.
Lives f)f (jrent men, all leiiiiiiil ua
Aside from the busy cares en- We can muke our iires siihllme,
tailed by the numerous business HAURICE STERN. And ihpiirlinfi, le((re behind us
projects in which he is interested FdOlpiiuts (m the sunds of time.
Mr. Stern has found time to devote to other matters Lines containing more truth than the above by the
and is a member in excellent standing of the New Or- famous poet Longfellow were never penned. The
leans Board of Trade, Sugar Exchange, Cotton Ex- sketch of a man's life has wider and more useful ser-
change and Progressive Union. vice than in ministering to the vanity of its subject
He is a man of great charity and the cord between or the pride of friends. Its true mission is to seize
his purse and heart is short and direct. He delights upon such points of character and career as may be
in doing good and is unostentatious in all matters of presented for imitation or encouragement. These
this character. He is the President of Temple Sinai are such as live devoted to their work and their in-
and an active member of the Touro Infirmary, the fluence for good will continue to act, their charac-
Jewish Widows' and Orphans' Home, B'nai B'rith and teristics fixed and ineffaceable. Such has been the
a trustee of the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital. life history of Maurice Stern.
Socially he is a member of the Harmony Club.
If parents or guardians would furnish their chil-
While not a politician in the sense of seeking polit-
dren with biographical sketches of successful men
ical preferment for emolument he has always taken
such interest in politics as every good citizen should there would be far less "flowers that blossomed to
do. He is a Democrat, who believes in the princi- die unseen." Almost in the boyhood of rich mental
ples of Democrac}'. activity he gives promise of man}^ years of public
In 1901 he was appointed by Governor Heard as a usefulness, and had New Orleans just 1,000 more men
member of the State Board of Education for the of like calibre that would mean just 1,000 of the
Second Congressional District of Louisiana. His highest type of citizenship.

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MR. HENRY ABRAHAM. has always been of the highest value and greatest
benefit to the community of commercial and financial
Among" the many able business men who have im-
activity and has helped to establish that confidence
pressed themselves on the affairs of New Orleans and
and stability in business which is so well defined in
who have helped to make the cit}' great and prosper-
this city. He has also been connected with important
ous and renowned as a commercial center there is no
commercial and manufacturing enterprises and al-
man who stands hig-her than Henry Abraham. Not
ways has been ready to stand with those who stood
onlv has he made a name that is looked to with pride
for the advancement of the city.
and honor bv the business world, but he has added to
the beauty and attractiveness of the city by helping Natural tact and ability to comprehend commercial
to make its residence section the most delightful that problems, capacity to see into the future and venture
can be found in any city, so he has helped also to make as far as was safe and wise and no farther and a full
more marked the social and benevolent characteristics comprehension of the correlation of business interests
which are strong^ here and tor which the city is so peculiarly fitted Mr. Abraham for the place that he
widely noted. It is remarkable that among- the Jew- has assumed in the business world. But he did not
ish people there is hardly a man of prominence who reach that position without years of hard work, self
has achieved fame and fortune who has not at the sacrifice and keen attention to details, which are the

same time made his name essentials to advancement. He

known as a man of public came across the Atlantic with

spiritand benevolence and this no capital but his training
is what has gfiven the Jewish and ambition and determina-
people such a high standing- tion to succeed, which are the

in the community. They have characteristics that have

never been found wanting- in given New Orleans so many
anything that helped to make valued Jewish and other citi-
the city more prosperous or zens from the Old World.
more fit to live in and enjoy It may have seemed to some

life in. that they fell into fortune but

the fact is that it came from
Mr. Abraham, like so man}-
hard work and following the
other successful Jews, was born
essentials to success.
in Germany, where he was
educated and trained in those In private life Mr. Abraham
carefulbusiness habits which presents to his friends in his
he afterwards combined with beautiful home among fam-
enterprise and push and de- ily and friends, or out in the
voted to the upbuilding- of his social world the picture of a
business, thereby benefitting- man plain, unassuming, mag-
the community as every man netic, well informed and pleas-

does who truly looks after his ant in manner, refined and a
own affairs. Mr. Abraham student of men and affairs,
lived before coming- to New HENRY ABRAHAH a delightful man to talk with,

Orleans, in Montgomery, Ala., a lover of books and art and

where he beg-un the business career which afterwards everything that pleases the intellect and attracts
brought him to this city. He was for number of
a the cultured. He is an interesting talker and when
years a factor in the great firm of Lehman, Neug-ass he consents to talk of the eventful years of his life

& Co., Lehman, Abraham & Co., and

afterwards and gives his views and impressions gathered in a
afterwards established a business in the name of H. wide field of travel and observation, there is no more
Abraham & Son, which has become one of the great- interesting host and entertainer.
est cotton houses in the world and has always been By those characteristics which have been the force
regarded by the business world as one of the most of his business life — integrit3% intelligent, activity
representative and prog-ressive and at the same time and devotion to details, Mr. Abraham was amassed a
careful and judiciously managed business concerns of fortune that places him high among the moneyed men
the country. of the South, but this has not drawn him, nor his

His ability and business standing- naturally brought family away from their devotion to the city and the
Mr. Abraham into wider relations to the financial people among whom they have lived, nor changed the
world. As a director and afterwards as Vice-Presi- geniality and friendliness with which he mingles with
dent of the Germania National Bank he has exercised the people, nor lessened his interest in the progress
an influence on the financial affairs of the city that and development of the city.

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WILLIAM ABLER. ber has devoted more earnest and intelligent effort to
No name among- the Jewish people of this city is the great work of redeeming the city from its former
more respected than that of William Adler, who is a condition.
leading- man of it in every form of activity, bus- The services of such men in the public work are
iness, social and municipal, and not only has made above any consideration of reward; they are some-
himself a high reputation in regfard to the carrying thing that only the true spirit of public enterprise
on and development of his private business, but has and ambition can inspire and without such leaders
taken a position in public affairs that has always been and thinkers progress must be slow and unsatis-
honorable, progressive and up-to-date, while in the factory.
social world he stands as high as any man in the city. Another line of activity in which Mr. Adler has
Mr. Adler is still a young man, too, having been shown himself is as one of the leaders in the work of
born in 1858, on the 30tli of December in the German Progressive Union and such efforts to uplift and ad-
Fatherland, which he left full of hope and confidence vance the city as a whole, without regard merely to
and determination, about twenty-five years ago. His the interests of his own personal business. In all
hope was to make an honorable name in a new coun- public affairs of this kind his presence has always
try and his ambition to achieve success on the lines been noted and his voice has been heard when there
in which he has succeeded so well. was occasion to speak for progress and advancement
He came without capital and and better methods.
began at the bottom of the lad- A man of pleasant address
der, taking a place with the and social disposition Mr.
important firm of Hirsch, Adler Adler has not failed to im-
& Co., wholesale grocers, im- press his personality on those
porters and exporters, now A. who have come in contact
Adler & Co., of which Mr. with him and this same dis-
Adler is a member. The repu- position and spirit of enter-
tation established in this bus- prise have made him promi-
iness he has carried into others nent in all the charitable and
and his appreciation of the im-
benevolent affairs of the city,
portance of the city and the
especially, of course, those
opening for investments led
conducted by the Jews. In all
him early to take an interest
in manufacturing and business of the great enterprises which
enterprises outside of his direct have called forth such eulo-
firm. He is a big stockholder gies of the Jewish people of
in and Vice-President of The the city from visiting phil-
Kohlmann Cotton Mill and anthropists and sympathetic
Manufacturing Company, the people Mr. Adler has been a
Schwartz Foundry Company, factor, though he may have
Ltd., and the Adler- Weinber- been a quiet one working be-
ger Steamship Comjjany, and a hind the scenes and furnish-
Director in the Bluefields WILLIAH ADLER. ing more than words and sug-
Steamship Company. gestions.
which he has engaged
In every line of business in Mr. Adler is ex-President of the Congregation
he is regarded as a leader and his opinion sought on Gates of Mercy of the Dispersed of Judah, of which
all important matters. His connection as a director Rev. I. L. Leucht is Rabbi.
of the State National Bank has been an important He has always been an active member of that splen-
feature of the success of that institution in recent did, live organization, the Young Men's Hebrew As-
years and he has taken an especial interest in that sociation and in all its plans his advice and co-opera-
success and in the high standing of the institution. tion helped, especially in the building and equip-
Since he became President this has been even more ment of the beautiful home of the club, in the work
truly the case than before and he has been recognized of its extension and enlargement and in the public
as the peer of any financier in the South. benefits that have accrued to the city from the ac-
When Mayor Flower was looking over the city tivity of the organization. Aside from his connec-
for men big and public-spirited enough to place tion with the Drainage and Sewerage Board he has
on the Drainage and Sewerage Board, Mr. Adler not held office and is in no sense a politician, though
was obviously a natural choice because of his he has taken a commendable interest in political af-
ability and because he had always shown a decided fairs and in 1896 served as an elector on the ticket
liking to public affairs which did not involve pol- which gave the country that splendid statesman and
itics. His selection was a wise one, for no mem- and noble representative, William McKinley.

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MR. NATHAN I. SHWARTZ. attracted Mr. Shwartz to communal and charitable

younger set of a score of work, he no doubt realized that charity to be effec-

One among- the first of the
tive should be conducted on business principles. He
years ag-o who entered with zeal upon a career of
took amodest part in the affairs of the Touro In-
usefulness without the expectancy of acquiring- any
firmai V and Hebrew Benevolent Association, of which
notoriety or reward for unselfish services rendered,
he has been a member since his early manhood and
devoting his energies, his time and his means
from his identification with the Association he has
for the betterment of the distressed and unfortunate
who for years has occu-
been a zealous worker.
was Mr. Nathan I. Shwartz,
pied an honored position in the affairs of New Or- (iradually his opinions attracted the attention of
leans, in communal, charitable, social and commer- the great hearted men who have labored assiduously
cial circles. Humanity for years, and. realizing
for the cause of

Mr. Shwartz is to the manner born, a native of that the day was near at hand when others must
New he was reared, educated and
Orleans, where assume the burden of office and management, Mr.
given the opportunity of carving out his own career. Shwartz was given a position on the Board of Direc-
His lamented parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Abra- tors in 1877.

ham Shwartz, had made this In 1898 he was elected Pres-

city their home years ago in ident of the Touro Infirmary

the spring- of their useful and Hebrew Benevolent Asso-

ciation and this famed institu-
lives and lived to witness the
tion owes much of its suc-
realization of their fondest
cesses tothe splendid execu-
hopes and aspirations.
tive ability of the gentleman
Born on April 22, 1853, Mr. whose name has been identi-
Nathan I. Schwartz was edu- fied with its splendid progress
cated in the Public Schools of since his assumption of the
the city and, thoug-h a mere president's chair.
youth entered in the employ-
ment of his fatherwho had
founded the prominent busi-
Mr. Heidenheim is one of
ness house known for years as
the most active and influential
"A Shwartz," and which in
younger Jewish element
of the
course of time assumed only
of the Crescent City. He is a
such changes as were neces- director and first vice-presi-
sary when the sons became dent of the Young Men's He-
identified and finally
with it brew Association, and an
becoming- the care and pride ardent worker in its cause,
of Mr. N. I. Shwartz e.xclu- and with other or-
is affiliated

sively. NATHAN I 5MWARTZ. ganizations, social and frater-

Step by step Mr. Shwartz nal, of his people.

acquired the technique of business and before he had He the son of M. Heidenheim. retired, long a

attained his majority was a practical man of affairs, merchant of the up town district of the city, and for

knowing- the details of the ever increasing "Shwartz very many years the president of the Congregation of
Jackson street Synagogue His business is under-
Dry Goods House" from Alpha to Omega. He was
writing He is ("resident of the Ferd. Marks Insur-
practically manag-er of the establishment before he ance Agency, Ltd one of the largest general agen-

was eighteen years age and under his astute,

of cies, and one of the oldest also, of New Orleans.

courteous and comprehensive business methods "A Mr Heidenheim is a native of New Orleans, and a
graduate of the local schools, to the manner born

Shwartz's Son" has become noted throughout Louis-

and bred." as Shakespeare has it, in point of fact.
iana as a synonym for integrity. His wife is a New Orleans lady. Miss Sarah Marks,
Mr. Shwartz found time when "a youngster" to daughter of the late Ferd. Marks. As an insurance
man he began at the very bottom of the ladder. While
consider the daily' problems of those less fortunate, still in h s teens he was a practical man of business.
men, women and by the waves of
children buffeted Like his brothers, also prominent men of affairs here,
he early disclosed superior managerial talents. His
adversity, poor, homeless, destitute and sick, and the
agency under his direction steadily increases its
indigent ag-ed more helpless than the babe wooed to patroriage. It has an especially large clientage in
slumber's sweet in mothers' arms. While sentiment the cotton trading district in which it is located.

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The familiar name, Godchaux, conspicuous in com-
mercial, financial and social circles, and representing
varied interests which have aug-mented the prosperity
of Louisiana, and the city of New Orleans in particu-
lar, isworthily borne by Mr. Albert Godchaux.
Mr. Godchaux, the fourth son of the lamented
Leon Godchaux, was born in New Orleans, Aug"ust 7,
1870. Rearsid amidst the elegant and refined influ-
ences of the Godchaux home on Esjilanade avenue,
enjoying- ever}' advantage that wealth can contribute,
at an early age Mr. Godchaux was given opportuni-
ties rarely enjoyed to acquire an education befitting
his future prospects. When sufficiently advanced he
matriculated at Tulane Universit}' where he received
a thorough literary education. Proceeding thence to
famous "Exeter," located at Exeter, N. H., he con-
tinued his studies, finally completing an extended
course at the Institute of Technology-, Boston, Mass.
Returning to New Orleans he was thoroughly pre-
pared by the advantages he enjoyed to enter a profes-
sional career, had he so desired, but instead he en-
tered active commercial life in the famous Godchaux
establishment and gave h s attention to the upbuild-
ing of this important New Orleans' establishment. of the New Orleans
ness, he is fir<t vice-president
In due time Mr. Godchaux became identified with Progressive Union; he is also president of the God-
the various ramifications of industries and agricul- chaux, Shelby & Mioton Co., Insurance Agents, and
ture established by his father and has aided in en- a director in various other important industrial or-
hancing their importance. ganizations.
But Mr. Godchaux is not so bound up in business He is in full fellowship with the Masonic fraternity,
that he takes no interest in other issues. To the a member of the Chivalric Order of Pythias and an
contrary he finds time to devote to fraternal work, to ardent member of the Elks. Likewise he is President
society-and any and every measure directed to the of the Harmony Club and interested in and holds
betterment of state and city. membership in the Young Men's Hebrew Association,
In addition to his conduct of the Godchaux busi- the Chess, Checker and Whist Club, and the Young
Men's Gymnastic Club.
Mr. Godchaux has a fellow-feeling for all human
kind; hence he is a valuable member of the various
Jewish charities whose labor of love include main-
tenance of the Jewish Orphans' Home and the Touro
Regardless of the multifarious duties of a civic,
commercial and fraternal character Mr. Godchaux is
seen at his best within the precincts of his home.
There on April 4, 1899, he brought his bride nee
Aline Zodiag, one of the most charming and intel-
lectual ladies of Shreveport, La. There Love reigns
supreme; there business aside he enjoys the compan-
ionship of his intimates. There too in idle moments
he finds solace in his favorite literature. For he is a
student by temperament, in the wooing of the muses
delighting much.


Among the many gentlemen of New
Orleans whose
zeal and efforts for its progress and prosperity are
heartily applauded by all good citizens Mr. Leonard
LEONARD KROWER. Krower is justly entitled to the distinction accorded

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him, not only as a promoter but as an advocate of its Whether from the viewpoint of business, fraternal
advantages from every view point. or social life Mr. Krower enjoys the esteem of all
Mr. Krower was born in Amsterdam. Holland, on and his course of life, always creditable, has won for
February 28, 1855. There he enjoyed splendid educa- him that which is far better than honors and wealth,
tional advantag-es. However, attracted to the United a ofood name.
States by resources and opportunities, he crossed
the Ocean in his early youth, locating- in New MR. HENRY STERN.
York cit}'. There, not many months afterwards he
enjoyed the emoluments of a lucrative position and Among theunselfish, earnest workers for the
there he gained the esteem and confidence of new cause of Judaism and for those grandest of Jew-
made friends. He was the architect of his own for- ish charitable manifestations, the care and educa-
tune; he had nothing to rely upon but his own abil- tion of the orphaned, the comfort of the needy,
ity; he was inspired with an exalted idea of ho.ior and ministering to the sick and suffering, Mr.
—qualifications far better for the beginning of a Henry Stern occupies a deserved and conspicuous
career than wealth. place in the esteem of all.
New Orleans became his home in 1884. He came di- Mr. Stern was born in Albersweiler. Germany, on
from New York where his extensive
rect to this city February 18th, 1831, and after receiving a thorough
experience with the re- schooling in the father-

nowned Jewelry house, land, so as to be equipped

Albert Lorsch, equipped to face the realities of
him for the successes that |!. life, he sought a home in
came to him in afteryears the United States, finally
settling in New Orleans,
of earnest application in
on the 20th of January,
his chosen pursuit. ^ 1851.
Mr. Krower won his way His training in youth
in a strange land, unac- was such as to interest
him in commercial pur-
quainted with its customs r4 suits and he
at once iden-
and language, by his in-
tifiedhimself with trade
dustrj-, application and soon building up a Mer-
personality. His arrival in cantile establishment of
New Orleans was hailed note.
with pleasure by those On December b, 1860,

who knew of him and his he wedded Miss Annette

successes as a youth in Newman. Their marital
the Great Metropolis. blisshas been unmarred
It was realized that he by the faintest shadow
would prove a valuable and in the happiness and
prosperity of children
addition to New Orleans
and he has sustained his and grand children they
record during the years live "Life's young
dream" of happiness oe'r
that he has been a citizen
of that city. and oe'r again. Mr.
Stern tho' over sixty
To New Orleans he
came as we have said in is alert and active, pre-
1884, and since that siding over a well es-
time he has demonstrat- tablished business found-
ed that this cit)- was ed by him years ago and
his home indeed. His HENRY STERN. known as Henry Stern &
successful venture as a Co., Wholesale Boots and
business man is well-known; furthermore, as he pros- Shoes, New Orleans, La., and Boston, Mass. But
pered he exhibited himself a man of fellow-feeling; Mr. Stern has also had time to devote to the cause
also of generosity and charity. of humanity, whether it be that of the fraternities
Mr. Krower takes an active interest in all communal he is associated with— for he is a Mason, B'nai B'rith,
work and his splendid services have been appreciated Knights of Pythias and other noted secret societies
by the Touro Infirmary and Hebrew Benevolent As- wherein he has been repeatedly honored with posi-
sociation, the Association for the Relief of Jewish tions of trust— or those magnificent Institutions the
Widows and Orphans, the Young Men's Hebrew As- Touro Infirmary, Jewish Orphans Home and Temple
sociation, the B'nai B'rith, and last but not least Sinai. In the noted Jewish charities of New Orleans,
Congregation Touro Synagogue, of which he is at Mr. Stern has invariably taken a prominent part and
this writing the honored President. during many consecutive years (extending be-
In his sphere as a business man Mr. Krower has yond a generation) has been Treasurer of sev-
been likewise honored, being a Director of the New eral. Whether in a social, commercial or
Orleans Boardof Trade and the Progressive Uni m. He charitable affairs, Mr. Stern is always noted
is also a valued member of several of the prominent for his avoidance of display, being "a plain, blunt
social organizations including the Harmony Club, man" faithful, earnest, a good citizen and a con-
the Southern Athletic Club and others of equal note. scientious Israelite.

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idea than this had been conceived by friends and pa-
men, wlio in their advanced only witness tlie
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trons of the Jewish Orphans' Home and the "Simon
realization of their aspirations, ambitions and hoi)es, (lumbel l<\ind" will be a m nument to its founder for
but are as well exemplars for the youn<jfer men is Mr. all time to come.
Simon Ginnbel, whose business qualities and ener^-y
I^ittle by the modest enterprise of Mr. Gum-
successfully accomplished his ideals and placed him
in the ranks of prominent factors and promoters. bel grew in proportion and within ten years he was
His successes are a demonstration of tlie fact that fortunate in having a well established and lucrative
application and honesty of purpose are equal to casli business. His business aptitu<le and enterprise re-
capital if properly applied and he is also one of the cognized the necessity of promoting industries and,
many who begfan a career that led to Fortune's in 1859, he was the first man to build and conduct a
heifj'hts a poor, friendless youth. cotton seed oil mill with great success an<l advantag-e
Mr. (kimbel was horn in that ex((uisite section of to the Parish until the breaking- out of the Civil War.
Bavaria, (Germany, bordering- on the Khine in IS.^2, The CJonfederacy had an earnest sympathizer in
attaining- the rucliments of an education in the (Ger- Mr. Gumbel who proved of invaluable service to the
man lang^uag-e in his native land. At the af^-e of six- "Lost Cause" for he placed at the disposal of the Con-
teen he left the parental roof to seek a livelihood in federates a steamboat he owned, and others he was
the Land beyond the Sea, interested in, which were
and amonof the arrivals from utililized as transports.

Europe on May Id, 1S4S, was Mr. Gumbel moved to

Mr. Gumbel. He lost no New Orleans in 18f)4. There
time in embarkinjr in bus- he embarked in the whole-
iness and a few weeks af- sale notion and
terwards was touriiif^- the conducted this special line
river parishes in the modest of merchandizing- success-
caj)acity of a vendor of mer- fully until 1873 when he
chandise. He followed this disposed of his interest to
business for two years and enter the Cotton and Com-
finally opened a small estab- mission business founding
lishment amon^ friends. the well-known house, S.
With his coming- to New Gumbel & ("o., of which he
Orleans in Mr. Gum-
18(>4 is to-day the senior and as
bel assumed an honored po- active in business circles
sition in Jewish communal as he was when on May
and charitable circles. By If), 1848, he first stepped on
disposition modest and re- Louisiana soil. While de-
tiring- he has never been voting his attention to the
conspicuous before the pub- affairs of the prominent
lic but the various Asso- house he founded over a
ciations in which he has score of years ago Mr.
held membership for up- .
Gumbel is interested in

•wards of forty years have otherimportant industrial

protitted by his advice and SIMON GUHBEL interests, conspicuous
unassuming work on com- among- these Louisiana's
mittees. He was elected Treasurer of the Associa- most important one, the cultivation and milling of
rice, being- not only a promoter of rice mills but the
tion for the Relief of Jewish Widows' and Orphans
owner of valuable tracts of rice lands.
and has been his own successor, his administration
When the Provident Aid Society was projected Mr.
of the finances proving most efficient. (Tumbel was enrolled among the donors to the fund
An incident of his association with the manage- which created this most comprehensive and useful
ment of the Jewish Orphans' Home is well worthy a charity and since its formation has been its Treas-
place in the record of gracious deeds of charity cred-
urer. He is an active member of the Y. M. H. A.,
ited to Jews of Louisiana. Mr. (iumbel no doubt de-
the B'nai B'rith and the Harmony Club all of which
sired to demonstrate his interest in the inmates of
the Jewish Home. They had every advantage of he has served officially.
education and were cared for even when they left the Within the precincts of his palatial home are his
"Home." The inspiration came to him on the occa- jewels, wife and children and daughters and sons,
sion of a "joyful event" in his family and in honor of daughters-in-law and sons-in-law cast in the self
the marriag-e of a daug^hter he created a "Dower same would as the honored subject of this sketch,
Fund," donating $5,000, and thereafter every girl strive out of love for human kind to bring joys into

of the institution who married or will marry received the lives of those less fortunate than themselves.

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MR. GABRIEL KAHN. president of the John J. Brown Memorial Associa-

A familiar and respected name, not among- Jews tion, which every year gives the orphans of New Or-
onl}', but to all old residents of New Orleans, is that leans irrespective of creed, a steamboat outing and
of "Gabe" Kahn, a shortening- indicating- friendly pic-nic at one of the nearby plantations.

feeling and appreciation, not disrespect. Mr. Kahn

is well-known on 'Change to which, altho' now past
three score and ten he still resorts, rather from force
of habit however than necessity, for both his son and At the time New Orleans was selected as the Dis-
grandson are associated with him in business. trict seat and headquarters for No. 7, I. O. B B in ,

Mr. Kahn was born in Rodalben, Rheinpfalz, Ger- 1890. Hon. Nat Strauss long a prominent working
many. He attended school there, and having fin- member of the Order was chosen to the position of
ished his course, embarked in 1851 on a sailing- ves- Grand Secretary (and in that capacity its Executive
sel for America. He was then about twenty years officer) and has been continued in the office ever since.

old. He sailed from Havre, France, and arrived in "Mr. Strauss,'' says an account of the Order from
New Orleans in January, 1852. He has lived in which we draw our facts, "it is generally conceded,
Louisiana ever since, except is the man for the place. He
when serving with the is a man of distinct personal-
Confederate arms in the Old ity, of marked character, popu-
Dominion. Before the war he lar, talented, a man of discern-
ment and His portrait
was engaged in g-eneral mer-
is presented on another page
chandising in the country. He
of this book along with a
embarked in his present line,
sketch of the Order itself.
the cotton pickery business,
Mr. Strauss was born in
some thirty-seven years ago.
Alsace when it was French
Mr. Kahn has been connect- territory, like so many other
ed at one time or other with prominent Israelites of this
all the Jewish charitable as-
part of the country. He came
sociations of the city. He
to New Orleans before the
has been a director of Touro
war, in his early manhood,
Infirmary. He is president of
and has had many a change
the Jewish Widows' and Or-
phans' Home; has held that and experience since then.

office in fact for the past From this city he moved to

twelve years; and worthy
it is Mobile, and there eventually
of note that it was during married. His wife was a help-
his administration that the GABRIEL KAHN. mate indeed, and was almost
long cherished plan for a as well known in the Ladies'
manual training school for the orphans and others Auxiliary as he in his sphere. She died in 1899.
was brought to a successful issue. He is president At Mobile Mr. Strauss enlisted for the Civil war
of that institution by virtue of his office as president under the stars and bars and saw active service,
of the Orphans Home, i. e., the Isidore Newman there, some 3'ears after he was elected to the Ala-
Manual Training School, endowed by the Jewish bama Legislature. Here he distinguished himself as
banker whose name it bears, which school, at this a leader, law maker and debater. His connection
writing, is built and just about to be occupied. with the Order of B'nai B'rith began very many
Mr. Kahn was a contributing member to the above years ago, and he had been long prominent in its
named organizations for years before he held an of- councils when he was chosen to succeed the lamented
fice. Aside from these he belongs to the Jewish Pub- Ulman, in the post he holds. He represents it on the
lication Society, the Masons, the Knights of Pythias, Board of the Jewish Widows and Orphans Home.
the Free Sons of Israel, and the Order of the B'nai Naturally, with his affiliations, he is a pillar of

B'rith of which he was at one time Grand President. the faith, and a stout champion of every cause
He is a charter member of Temple Sinai and for for the well being and up lifting of the Jewish
many years was on its Board of Directors. He is also people.

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One of the fathers in Israel, one of the elders in the
faith, isour subject; truly an exemplar, during a long-
residence and honorable career of all that is good in
it; a man highly respected by all who know him both
Christian and Jew.
Mr. Heidenheim is now going on four score. He
came to New Orleans fifty-seven years ago. For
nearly fifty years he was engaged in business at Jack-
son avenue and the Levee, a quarter once the scene of
busy traffic, tho' now, with the changes that have
come over the water front, sensibly declined. He
was successful there, but for some years has been
It is a half century now fully since Mr. Heiden-
heim identified himself with the Jackson Avenue
Congregation, Gates of Prayer. He was one of the
founders of the old Shtc/e in Lafayette, as this por-
tion of the city was formerly known. He was secre-
tary of the Congregation, and afterward its treasurer,
and for nearly thirty years he has been its president.
He has taken a deep and continuous interest in the
Jewish Orphans Home; in fact was one of the first
respondents to the call which, in 1853, resulted in its
Touro likewise has received his patronage and as-
sistance from its inception. His interest indeed has niCHEL HEYMANN.
been readily enlisted in ever}' Jewish philanthropy.
So now, surviving to a green old age, through the Mr. Heidenheim is fortunate in another respect,
many vicissitudes of life peculiar to the Crescent his sons following in his footsteps. One of them,
City, through flood and pestilence, war and panic; August has been vice-president of the Y. M. H. A.
he has lived to behold in Israel a wonderful progress for a long term and another likewise a director.
and development. Where in 1847, when he landed,
there was but a handful of his co-religionists there MR. MICHEL HEYMANN.
are now thousands, among them many of the weal-
thiest and most influential itizens of New Orleans.
Aman held in the highest esteem by the Jewish
residents of New Orleans and IvOuisiana is Michel

Where there were but an altar or two in primitive

Heymann, Superintendent of the Jewish Widows' and
houses of worship, now there are magnificent tem-
Orphans' Home, an institution of which they are
ples; not to speak of those flourishing charitable in-
justly proud. His management of this institution
stitution which, in large measure are the pride of the
has been much commended; it is indeed regarded gen-
race, particularly gratifying to those who, like him-
what such an institution shouldbe.
erally the model of
self, ministered at their foundation.
He has presided over it for jears. and his adminis-
tration has been such as to earn him the name of the
"father of the orphans." It is a truly paternal gov-
ernment which he exercises, and as a father he is
obeyed and beloved by the inmates of the Home one
^v and all.

The right man in the right place he is reg rded.

And not merely as an efficient administrator for he is
more, a scholarly man, a writer and speaker, to whose
abilities recognition is fr ely accorded.
Mr. Heymann is Secretary of the Charity Organi-
zation Society; in fact it originated with him in 1897.
He has been president of the Board of Prisons and
Asylums of the State, and is a member of the Board
of Free Kindergartens of New Orleans One of the
free kindergartens of the city is named in compli-
ment to him. He has been a delegate to the Inter-
national Prisnn Conference, Brussels, repesenting
the United States; also to the International Charity
Conference of the Paris Exposition last held. For
that Exposition he prepared a special exhibit of the
\ Home over which he presides, showing its develop-
ment and condition; a work that attracted much at-
tention as an illustration of American, as well as
Jewish social status. A broad minded man of philan-
thropic spirit, it is a labor of love with him to further
the advancement, not only of this institution and his
M. HEIDENHEIM. own people, but humanity of every sort.
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HON. ISAIAH D. MOORE. years and ranks high in the councils of the

For every material fact there an explanation;

is party. He is leading member of the Harmony
every circumstance has its reason and cause Tho' Club; in fact, as mentioned in the sketch of that in-
biography and not controversy is our province we stitution, was long its president, and guiding spirit.
may ask: Is it strange that, among- the crowd of Chiefly through his labors was it housed in a club
professional men which New Orleans can muster so house which is perhaps the finest in all the South.
many of, the most noted are Jews? He is a participant in the charitable and philan-
Reflection answers, not at all. Does not history thropic movements of his people and firm in the
tell us how, even in the dark ag-es oi Christanity, faith A foremost representative, in short, of the
who were the conservators of the learningf and science culture, ability and integrity, the highest and best in
of preceding civilization, the leaders, the scholars, the stock from which he is sprung.
the sages of the times ? And why not now in an age The Judge has always been a true blue advocate
of enlightenment, progress and freedom of speech and champion of Democracy. He has served his party
action and conscience, this new intellectual blossom-
long and faithfully; his character and record have
ing and fruitage of the race which we plainly behold?
True it is, at all events that here as elsewhere — been such as to inspire confidence. He is still in his
also has been remarked —
the distinguished lawyers, prime; and it is not too much to expect that in the
doctors and scientists of this faith, bear a strangely future, further honors await him, and at the hands
large proportion to the professional body as a whole. of the good people of the Crescent City and Pelican
Of particular examples many State. His career hitherto
might be cited, our subject. augurs well for further
Judge Moore, for one. preferment.
Judge Moore is a member
of the Court of Appeals of JAC. TRAUTMAN.
the State, sitting at New
Jewish names figure numer-
Orleans, and is not only one

ously need we say conspicu-
of the most prominent ously also— in the commerce
bers of his race in Louisi- of New Orleans, more es-
ana, but one of the most pecially the finance and cot-
eminent members of the bar. ton trade of the place; Jew-
He has figured much in pub- ish lawyers stand high at
lic life in the Pelican State, the bar; Jewish doctors are
as one of the supervisors of at the head of the great
the Louisiana State Univer- hospitals of the city; Jewish
sity and Agricultural and politicians,like Benjamin,
Mechanical College; as Jonas and Kruttschnitt have
Mayor of Thibodaux, one of led in the legislation and
the most thriving towns of public affairs of the State;
the State; as Colonel and many are the old family
Aid de Camp on the Gover- names in city and parishes
nors Staff; as presidential thatcan readily be identified
elector, 1884; and delegate as of this s ock. Has not
to the Constitutional Con- the character and capacity
ventions of 1879 and 1898. of the adherents of this
He has represented the State ancient creed been amply
upon several occasions in certified?
inter-state conventions and The name of Trautman
assemblies; also notably in is well known here, and has
,the Louisiana Purchase HON. ISAIAH D. MOORE been for a matter of fifty
Convention of 1899. In years or more, particularly
the Constitutional Conventions especially was he an in a business way as one of character and standing.
active and valued member. He was Chairman of the It distinguishes at the present time a leading house
Committee on Limitations in the first named (1879) in the grain and feed line, Jac. Trautman & Co., a
and was in charge of the suffrage ordinance in the firm prominently identified through its business with
other, that of 1898. the New Orleans Board of Trade.
Judge Moore was born in the British West Indies Of this firm Mr. Jac. Trautman, subject of our
in 1846. He came here however, quite young. He sketch, is the senior member. He was born and
was educated at the University of Louisiana and at brought up here, went to school here, married here,
St. Marks and was admitted to the bar in 1866. He in early manhood, and as the father of a family all
was mayor of Thibodaux ten years and came here to born here, may be truly considered to have given this
enjov the wider field the city affords for a man of city as Bacon has it, ample "hostages to fortune."
talents and activity. He was of Lazarus, Moore & Mr Trautman. true to his bringing up observes the
Luce, one of the principal law firms here before his tenets of the ancient faith of Israel. He is identified
elevation to the bench. As judge his reputation, by membership with the principal Jewish social and
both for ability and fairness is high. charitable bodies of the city, and a regular contribu-
Judge Moore has long been an active and influen- tor to their support. None worthier to be enrolled,
tial member of the Democratic party. He was a mem- indeed, in this collection of biographies of the repre-
ber of the Democratic State Committee for fifteen sentative Israelites of the Ciiy and State.


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This g:entleman is distingfuished in the business Temple Sinai has oft resounded during the past ten
years to the magnificent vocal execution of the dis-
world, in civic service and in Jewish institutional
tinguished Cantor, the Rev. Julius Braunfeld, the
affairs. He has passed the greater part of his life magnificent baritone whose artistic temperament and
here; he is very well-known; of him it can truly be splendid musical ability have contributed to the crea-
whether public con- tion of a high standard in synagogal music.
said, that in business, social or
This grand cantor was born in Sajo-Szeutpeter,
cerns, he commands the respect, confidence and es- Hungary, on July 17, 1863, He is the lineal descen-
teem of who have come in contact with him.
all dant of a most prominent European family, who for
Mr. Kohn is of Kohn, Weil & Co., (formerly Simon many generations have been numbered among the
foremost of musician-*, composers and Cantors.
& Kohn) wholesale hats, Canal street, a house estab- Besides a thorough gymnasium and college educa-
lished in 1868. He is German born but came to this tion, Cantor Braunfeld enjoyed the facilities of a
country in his youth, settling- first at Indianapolis. thorough musical and vocal training under instruc-
Baton Rouge. During the war he tion of the most noted professors of Austria.
Thence he went to
Following the time honored European custom of
served with the engineers in the camps of the con- the young men who fit themselves for the hon-
federacy. After the war ored calling of Cantor,
Mr. Braunfeld began his
he settled here.
career, after being thor-
His first employment oughly versed in music as
was as book-keeper in the a singer in Temple choirs.
house of which he is now His ability and mastery
of the Art soon gained
the head. He rose in a
him deserved promotion
little while to a partner- firstas director and later
ship. The house has as Assistant Cantor.

long held a leading posi- His splendid voice and

tion in the trade and is
musical ability attracted
one of the most substan- public attention and he

tial in New Orleans. was persuaded to forego

his intention to devote
For eight years he was
his efforts to the profes-
a member of the State
sion of Cantor and accept
Board of Health. He was a position as "First Bary-
chairman of the combined tone in Grand Opera."
committee of the Ex- However his success on
the Lyric stage, his crea-
changes of the city for
tion of roles, the compli-
Sanitation at the time of ments of royalty and pop-
the last outbreak of yel- ular applause all failed to
low fever. His work in woo him from his first
love; and, though both
behalf of the community fortune and fame smiled
at this trying time, was upon him, he turned from
appreciated. His appoint- what promised to be Oper-
atic career to resume his
ment to the School Board JOS. KOHN duty to himself and to Ju-
subsequently maybe taken daism once more as Cantor.
as a recognition of his capacity. So after serving prominent European congregations
Mr. Kohn stands high among his co-religionists. as Cantor for some time he concluded to seek new op-
He is ex-president of the Harmony Club. For six- portunities in the United States. From his arrival
teen years he was a director of the Jewish Widows' on American soil he found his metier and rising day
and Orphans' Home, serving as chairman of its by day in reputation has achieved a place among the
finance committee. He was the secretary of the old first and foremost of the noted Cantors of this country.
Hebrew Educational Society. He is a member of He came to New Orleans ten years ago, personally
Temple Sinai, of the Young Men's Hebrew Associa- an utter stranger, though preceded of course by his
tion and other Jewish organiiiations, and active in all name and fame as a scholar and Cantor. His initial
of them. A man of weight, in short, among his people. hearing in Temple Sinai won all hearts. How he
Mr. Kohn is unmarried. But he maintains the liftsthe soul indeed to the Throne of Grace with his
home tie along with his nephews and nieces As to spirit-stirring vocalization!
his disposition and character the interest he has dis- His home life is the ideal life of an artist, it is
closed in the schools and the orphans speaks volumes. most delightful, and in his wife he has one worthy
He is a man of culture and refinement, in manners a the term of helpmeet. For family he has a dutiful son
thorough gentleman at all times and everywhere, a and bright daughter. A charming home, particu-
charitable man, observing naturally the injunction, larly to all imbued with a love of the Art of which
"let not thy left hand know what the right giveth." he is master.
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MR. LEOPOLD LEVY. ing the advantages of fraternities when directed to
Application, energ-y and tact have proven to be the the amelioration of distress and care for the widow-
road to success as far as Mr. Leopold Levy of New ed and orphaned. While not, to use the hackneyed
Orleans is concerned. For these attributes must expression a "clubman," Mr. Levy is nevertheless an
have assuredly been the incentives in every influentialmember of the Young Men's Hebrew As-
commercial and social career, g-ainingf
effort of his sociation and the Harmony Club. Both of these well-
for him, after years of arduous labor in the con- known clubs, have shown their appreciation of his
duct of business a name which is the equivalent of abilities by bestowing honors, upon him. He has
genuine probit)'. been president of the Young Men's Hebrew Associa-
The subject of this sketch was born in Saar Louis, a tion, which during his regime, profitted much by
beautiful little city in the heart of Alsace-Lorraine, his executive ability.
on February After receiving- a scholarly
26, 1849. In the Congregation Gates of Prayer— the Jackson
education, though barely in his teens, he sought em- Avenue Synagogue— has he centred an affection
ployment in his birth place and began his business too profound to be gauged by words. Within its
career. A few years afterwards he came to New Or- —
sacred precincts loved parents long since numbered
leans and though yet a youth, with the sainted dead— worshipp-
soon attracted the attention ed according to the tenets in
of representative business men which they had been reared.
by his invariable courtesy and Within its precincts he had as-
application to his work. For sumed his right to a place in
the first few years of his resi- the council of professors of Ju-
dence in the Crescent City he daism. So, in after years he
found employment in the most has served the Congregation in
noted commercial houses of the many capacities of honor, hav-
city. By and by having saved up
ing been repeatedly chosen as its
the capital, Mr. Levy established
president. Under his guidance
himself in an unpretentious bus-
the Jackson Avenue Synagogue
iness on his own account which,
has become an honored and most
gradually, by dint of strict per-
useful factor in communal work.
sonal attention has assumed the
He has been identified with the
proportions and the reputation of
Jewish Orphans' Home and the
being the most important, in the
Touro Infirmary for years, al-
line, in the Southern States. His
ways yielding ungrudgingly of
successful venture, the creation
his time and means to aid these
of his own by years
of arduous application to en- glorious benefactions.
sure its success, has not chang- In 1881 he wedded Miss Ophelia
ed in the least a disposition Bruenn, a talented and most
and manner distinctively genial estimable lady, and native of
and sunny; for, while a cas- New Orleans. So, to-day, in the
ual acquaintance or indifferent vigor of manhood, enjoying the
spectator may regard Mr. Levy LEOPOLD LEVY fruits of his own handiwork, he
as a strict disciplinarian or en- is surrounded by a loving family
grossed at times with business, those who know
all and all the concommitants of an ideal home. Mr.
him are well aware that
like the character of the Levy is justly entitled to all the esteem extended

poet kindliness and good humor are his in large him for he has demonstrated what can be accom-
degree. plished by capacity, rectitude and untiring appli-
His magnificent business interests and his efforts cation.
to attain prestige in the special line he has devoted And it is not alone among the people of his faith
himself to, his love of Art accentuating this lauda- that Mr. Levy's qualities of heart and mind are ap-
ble project, has in no wise interfered with his per- preciated; Christian and Jew alike esteem his inva-
sonal service for the poor and distressed. Masonry riable courtesy and upright character. He is proud
finds in him a devoted craftsman, for he wooed its of the city in which, despite many obstacles, he has
captivating mysteries in the ardour of young manhood made his way, and very public spirited; a liberal

and in its theoretical application to the real and contributor in fact to funds for all public purposes.
tangible in Life he finds much delight. He is like- And while eschewing politics he is still deeply in-
wise an ardent member of various modern fraternities, terested in the growth and march of New Orleans the
among these the Order B'nai B'rith, thereby realiz- city of his home and hope.

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MR. CHARLES ROSEN. several times. regarded by many one of the
He is

This gentleman is one of the most conspicuous of coming men has taken up, the
of the profession he

the 3-ounger members of the New Orleans bar. He exceptional brilliancy of his attainments and career
has already built up a lucrative practice. He was hitherto auguring for him an uncommon measure of
formerly a member of the firm of Florance & Rosen reputation.
and his services as a public speaker are in general
demand. His merit and ability certainly commend
him for mention among the representative men of the
Jewish race in New Orleans. Of the younger medical men of New Orleans, Dr.
Mr. Rosen is a native of the State. He was born in George Kreeger has been one of the most successful,
Bayou Sara in 1872, which makes him 32 this year. very likel}' because he was one of the best prepared
He acquired the educational rudiments in the place of when he started to practice He had received an ex-
birth and was then sent to an academy at Port Gib- cellent yenernl education and was a graduate of Tu-
son, Miss., nearby. That was in '86-87. He thus lane University when he took the special course of
secured one of four scholarships for Tulane. The that institution preparatory to the study of medicine.
next year, '88, he led his After serving a year as
class and won the class resident student in Touro
Infirmary, a position only
scholarship the next year.
to be won through com-a
On graduation four years
petitive examination he
later with the B. A. de-
graduated in medicine
gree, he was one of the
with honors in 1892, but
four commended by the tho' fully qua'ified then
authorities for "special for practice he concluded
distinction" and was one to pursue his studies fur-
of the commencement ora- ther and thus thoroughly
tors as well. ground himself. Accord-
During his college ingly he went abroad and
course Mr. Rosen was an spent nearly two years in
acknowledged leader the hospitals and noted
medical institutions of
among the debaters of
Paris, Vienna and London
the college literarj' soci- so that on his return to
ety, Glendy Burke,
the this his native city, ten
years or so ago, patron-
and was editor and man-
age and reputation rapid-
ager of the College Mag- ly came to him. His skill
azine, theTulane "Colle- particularly in his spec-
gian." He won the Glendy ialty diseases of the skin
is known, and his success
Burke Societ}' medal with as we have intimated is
his essay on the "Dram- marked.
atic Unities," and the Dr. Kreeger has been a
Judah Touro historical CtlARLBS ROSEN member of the Young
medal with two theses, Men's Hebrew Associa-
viz: "The Life and Character of Philip of Macedon" tion for many years. He has also been a director of
and the "Life and Times of Mithridates. His essay it. rie is a contributor to the Jewish charities and an
observer of Jewish tenets. He married in 1896, Miss
"The Rise, Influence and Decline of Chivalry" won
Delia Straus of Columbus, Ga.
the Glendy Burke English Essay Medal of '91 and
was the onh' one the Faculty considered worthy this
established reward in six years. MR. JOS. L. CAIN.
Mr. Cain is B. Cain, one of the organ-
the son of L
Mr. Rosen began the study of law upon gradu tion
izers and first president of Touro Infirmary. He is a
in 1892 meantime instructing private classes and as-
merchant of prominence in the wholesale grocery line,
sisting in the Tulane Summer School. He was vale- a partner in the house of Lazare Levy & Co. He is a
dictorian of his law class. native of the city, brought up and educated here, and
As a lecturer he is highly popular. His talents are a consistent and conscientious supporter of Jewish
doctrine. In many of the good works of his people
eminently oratorical and literary. His address to
he is an active participant, Touro Infirmary and the
the B'nai B'rith of Montgomery, Ala., on the subject Orphans Home especially. Particularly is he inter-
"The Position of the American Jewish Youth to- ested in the Y. M. H. A., of which institution he has
day" has been repeated before other bodies by request been a director.

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It is something- surel3\ to have reached a well- Mr. Levy is of Lazare Levy & Co., wholesale
merited distinction in earlj- manhood; to be known grocers of 410 Tchoupitoulas street, a line in which he
far and wide as a chemist of the first order, and con- has been engaged here since 1888. He is the Treasurer
sulted as to important cases from all parts of the of the Harmony Club of New Orleans, the "swell"
country. To have attained prominence as a patho- club of the Jewish residents. He is also well-known
logist and success as a specialist in medical practice. in the New
Orleans Board of Trade; is a director of
This is the record of our subject; yet not all in- it He is a contributing member of Touro
in fact.
deed, with which he is to be credited. For he has Infirmary and the Jewish Orphans' Home. He also
risen to this rank and reputation alone and unaided. belongs to the I. O. B. B and the local young Men's

"To Dr. Metz," says a sketch of him, from which we Hebrew Association.
may quote, "is truly a self-made man. His early life Mr. Levy is a man of middle age, born in Stras-
was one of hardship. It was in fact a struggle for bourg, (Alsace), in the old French days, but came to
subsistence. No one knows what sacrifices he was this country still a youth. Here his first commercial
obliged to make. Happily for him he was endowed, experience was as clerk in a general store in Opelou-
not only with a vigorous intellect but with that pluck sas, St. Landry Parish, La. From the country he
which will not down. In- graduated, like so many
the word of our successful men of
domitable is
affairs, into the whole-
best applicable to his
sale business of the city.
character. This is high Needless to say he has
praise but well deserved. been highly successful.
Dr. Metz is just turn- Mr. Levy's personal
popularity is indicated in
ing 40. He is a graduate the official positions he
of the New York College holds, and so also is il-
of Pharmacy and has the 71 lustrated in great meas-
ure the estimation in
degrees of both the phar- which his business abil-
maceutical and medical ities are held. Christian
departments of Tulane. and Jew alike we see re-
spect him, which is some-
He has been chemist for
thing certainly to be
the city of New Orleans, proud of. Mr. Levy is
and for the State Board married, has a family and
lives and dispenses hos-
of Health of Louisiana.
pitality to his friends in
He had achieved reputa- one of the fine homes of
tion as a chemist before the old Garden district
of the city.
he was 30. His services
were in demand both pri-
vately and publicly. He JOSEPH W. MOSES.
was called into the inves- Mr. Moses is one of
tigation of important the younger element of
criminal cases, of poison- DM. A. L. HETZ business men of the Cres-
ing cases, often, for ex- cent City. He is still on
ample. In his specialty, stomach trouble, he is a the sunny side of forty, and generally known as a
member of the wholesale and importing crockery
leading medico of the cit}-. His success in his chosen
firm, Abe Mayer & Co., 530 Common street a leader
field was crowned when he was chosen Professor of in its line.
practical chemistry in Tulane University, one of the He is a New Orleans man by birth, raising and
most important institutions of learning in the South. schooling. He began first as clerk with Katz & Bar-
nett in the notions business and remained with that
And with such an indefatigable worker, still in the
house about two years. Since then (about fifteen
noontide of his powers, it is unlikely that he has yet years) he has been in crockery.
reached the summit of his career. Mr. Moses devotes himself largely to business. So-
Dr. Metz has achieved a considerable measure of cial dutiesoccupy but little of his leisure. He is
however a member of the Masonic Order, and of the
material as well as professional prosperit}'. He is Harmony Club, the club of the elite of the Jewish
happily married, his wife being Miss Cicely Marx of residents, maintaining what is unquestionably the
a well-known New Orleans family. His home is in
most sumptuous and richly appointed club-house of
the city. He is also a contributor to the Jewish
Rosa Park in the fashionable up-town residence quar- charities and a staunch supporter, we need scarcely
ter of the city. add, of the institutions and faith of his fathers.

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Among the more substantial and successful busi-
ness men of the Jewish faith in New Orleans, we count
as distinctly representative the subject of this sketch.
Mr. Moss is a leading- insurance man He is of Jan-
vier& Moss, Ltd., prominent as General Agents for
leading companies.
Mr. Moss was born a little more than half a century
ago in the little German village of Randegger. At
eighteen, in 1869, having finished his education he
embarked for New York. Here he started to earn a
livelihood and remained about a year. Then he came
The _year 1870 found him in North Louisiana, en-
gaged in planting. There he remained for some
time, and until he accepted the place of confidential
man for the cotton house of V. & A. Meyer & Co.,
with whom he remained until the firm went out of
existence. Then he went into the insurance office of
Ferd. Marks, remaining five years and thorough]}-
mastered the business. Then he started on his own
account in the partnership with Mr. Janvier.
Fortune has smiled on Mr. Moss in business; like- CHARLES SIMON.
wise in his domestic affairs. He has been happily
married for man}' years. His wife was Miss Rosa
Rose of Memphis. They have an interesting family. Words of encomium surely are those in which a

Mr. Moss is a subscriber to all the Jewish charities. certain Jewish journal speaks of our present subject.

He takes an especially active interest in the Young Mr. Charles Simon, formerly a merchant of the city

Men's Hebrew Association of which he is a member.

of New Orleans, now retired. "A life" it says of
him, "well spent; a life of honorable industry, of vir-

tue and benevolence such a life as should be a source
of sincere satisfaction to any one."
Mr. Simon has been a resident and business man of
New Orleans the greater part of his life. He was
engaged for many years in the wholesale millinery
business with his brother, Mr. Joseph Simon and
brother-in-law Mr. Jos. Kohn, as Simon & Kohn,
later Kohn, Weil & Co. He retired in 1898 at the
age of seventy, feeling that he had earned a respite;
from business cares.
Mr. Simon was at one time president of Touro In-
firmary. His relations with that institution have
always been intimate, so that he feels a personal
pride and satisfaction in the work it takes among
hospitals of the country He has also been identified
in official capacities with the management of the
Jewish Widows' and Orphans' Home, and much of its
development may be credited to his labors in its be-
half. The children have always found in him a true
Mr. Simon believes in the fraternal idea, and is a
member of the I. O. B. B. From social affairs of a
public nature Mr. Simon has withdrawn; confining
himself to the home circle. Herein he is happily
situated; fortunate in the affection and devotion of a
HARTWIQ MOSS. family of several daughters and sons.
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Nos. 333-335 Girod St. Nia£j;choupitouU^s^ \ MAGEE & DOW.
H. W. WEGENER, Cabinet Maker, Prop.

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Telephone Main 3857. New Orleans, La.
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John Schwab's Music House
Member New Orleans Board of Trade, Ltd
lOisenNnu st.
Louisiana Sugar and Rice Exchange. New Orleans, La.
To the business world of New Orleans and tribu-
taries, this g-entleman is well and widely known, as a
member of the firm of Landauer & Meyer, wholesale
hats, caps, trunks, rubber g'oods, etc., 422 and 424
Canal street, a house established twenty years ag-o,
and also, as the Secretary and Treas. jr of the J.
Rosenberg- Co., Ltd., fancy g-oods, notions and novel-
ties, etc., at 827 Canal street.
His name and works are likewise familiar to his
co-relig-ionists of the city and surroundings, among
whom he is conspicuous as a member of Temple Sinai,
as member and ex-president of the Young Men's He-
brew Association; member of the Order of B'nai B'rith,
and a generous supporter of Touro Infirmary and the
Jewish Orphans fiome.
This year, 1904, Mr. Meyer reaches so to speak his
52nd mile stone. He was born in Saar Union, France,
on February 17, 1852, and obtained his earlier educa-
tion there and in Nancy, France. He came to this
country as a youth and settled first at Nat-
chez, Miss., where he served as clerk in a general
merchandising business for eight years. Then he
started on his own account in Lake Providence, La.,
there remaining until his venture in the metropolitan
field,with Landauer in 1884.
Mr. Meyer is naturally a man of a most affable and I. W. ASMNER.
kindly disposition and therefore popular a^ well as
respected. He is blessed with a family, has a fine MR. I. W. ASHNER.
home on Prytania street, one of the fashionable resi- What's in a name, says the old saw. Well in some
dence thoroughfares of the Creole city, and is agree- not much to be sure. But in this of Ashner, —espec-
ably situated in all the relations of life. ially in Jewish circles in New Orleans, — there is much
to commend it. To the business community also it

isknown, particularly the produce line.

Mr. Ashner is of Seesel, Ashner & Sugarman, a
leading house of Poydras streets the great street of
the produce trade in our Southern metropolis It

originated in Memphis as Seesel & Ashner and was

established here in 1895, since which time it has been
a leader of its line.
Mr Ashner was born in Peine a place near Han-
over, Germany, and there also was educated. He
came to America in lS6f> and first settled in Mem-
phis. Thence he proceeded to Oxford. Miss., and in
1869 started on his own account. He was in business
at Oxford for eighteen ye:irs and then moved to Mem-
phis again. About tliat time the firm of Seesel &
Ashner was founded.
In Memphis Mr. Ashner was president of the Mem-
phis Club, a social organization like the Harmony
here. He was also a member of the I O. B B. He
joined the Young Men's Hebrew Association not long
after he came here, and was chosen its pres-
in 1900
ident, a position in which he served with ability
and credit.
Mr. Ashner observes faithfully the tenets of his
faith. He gives freely to Jewish charities. His home
life is an ideal one. His name in business and among
MA.NHRLD MEYER. his co-religionists carries weight.

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lU) —
A man's
intimates naturally know him best his —
streng-th and his weaknesses, his good points and
bad. Our subject is well known; one of the best
known in fact of the New Orleans Jewish confrater-
nity. Offices and responsibilities have been pressed
upon him; but if we look for a te-t of the estimation
in which he is held, we shall find i', not in the fact
of his service, but in the length of it. His is a char-
acter evidently, which, to use an old, but expressive
phrase, "wears well."
Mr Blum was born in Donaldsonville, La., in 1860.
He was brought up in New Orleans, and there, in the
public schools of the Crescent City, acquired the
foundation at least, of those superior attainments
which have served him so well in his public career
His first emplovment was in the old "Blue Store" of
Schwartz & Kaufman in the dry goods trade, near
the French Market. From that jrosition he graduated
to "the road and passed several 3-ears traversing the

country generally, as a commercial traveler. In 1890

at tiie ag-e of 30, he established himself in business.
He has been successful and his establishment, the
wholesale gfrocery and commission house of S Blum,
is a leader in the Poydras street district of the city.
Among business men he is widely known as one time
president of the Produce Exchange of the cit}-, as a Q. ALEFRINO.
member of the Wholesale Grocers' Association and
the Progressive Union, and as a member of the Board acquired; and his administration is credited with
of Trade; also as formerly the President of Post B., much of the institution's financial success. His asso-
T. P. A. of Louisiana. ciates at least, accord him this praise. He was pre-
So much for his business experience and associa- sented by them, upon his retirement, with a loving-
tions; now something- of him personally. Among cup; this in token of their esteem, and "in apprecia-
those of his race and faith his standing-, as we have tion," so the inscription upon it says, "of his assiduous
intimated, is deservedly high. He professes the and successful efforts in behalf of the Y. M. H. A."
principles and precepts of Judaism and endeavors to Mr. Blum is president now of Touro Infirmary.
act up to them. He is a charitable man, giving For sixteen years has he served that institution as
freely, not only money, but time; in other words a director and committeeman, performing yeoman's
worker in the cause. He was the first secretary of service, gradually rising from one position to an-
the Young- Men's Hebrew Association, and was its other to the headship; helping to make it what it is
president lor six years. Larg-ely through his efforts — a model institution, one that not Jews alone, but
the Athenaeum, that splendid home it occupies, was the gentile population of New Orleans also, regard
with pride.
He has long been a member also of the organiza-
tion of the Jewish Widows and Orphans' Home, and
as a loyal son of Israel, taken an active interest in
congregational affairs. He is a member of Touro
Synagogue and for several years has been one of its
trustees. Jewish fraternal affairs have likewise
interested him. He has been president of B'nai
Israel Lodge I. O. B. B., and Chairman of the Joint
Committee of that Order.
He belongs also to the American Legion and
Knights of Honor. He is an affable man and tolerant,
has a good word in fact, for and of everyone He is
a ready and agreeable speaker, and well qualified to


The portrait at the top of this pag-e is that Mr.
Gerson Aletrino, Secretary of Touro Synagogue, a
young man, who, like his father before him, takes a
lively interest in congreg-ational affairs. He is a son
of the late M. Aletrino, foi many years assistant and
coadjutor to Dr I. L. Leucht, and in that capacity
often officiating in the pulpit.
Mr. Aletrino was born in New Orleans in 1868, and
SAM BLUM. was educated at the Hebrew Educational Institute of

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wenty-five years or more ag-o, and in the public sively in crockery, especially imported articles in
schools of the cit3\ His business career beg-an at an that line.
early For fifteen years or more he has been
ag-e. When this old and honored firm was dissolved Mr.
with the famous house of Julius Weis & Co cotton , Mayer continued the business, solely controlling its
factors and commission merchants in an import:int interests.To him for nearly thirty years its pros-
position. He is also in business on his own account. perity has been a matter of pride and it as well an en-
Mr. Aletrino is married. He is a member of the terprise most creditable to the Crescent City.
Touro Infirmary and of the I. O. B. B. He is a Past As a man enamored with New Orleans, one who
President of Jas. K. Gutheim Lodg'e No. 439, and has has striven to place it among the galaxy of foremost
also been its deleg'ate to the Grand Lodg-e. He is a cities in the United States, Mr. Mayer has always
member Yacht Club and has
also of the Southern advocated and been aligned with every measures for
been connected with the Washington Artillery for a its improvement.

number of years. He is also a member of the Knights While practical and eminently worthy of the dis-
of Pythias Virginius Lodge No. 48. tinction he enjoys as a business man, Mr. Mayer is

devoted to such fraternal

MR. ABE MAYER. and social amenities as
From the viewpoint of are the "salt of life." He
most capable services ren- has been an ardent mem-
dered the commercial and ber of the B'nai B'rith
social interests of New and naturally is devoted
Orleans Mr. Abe Mayer to its work, especially in
eminently deserves the charitable fields. As a
position he has attained
member of the Associa-
by force of his personality
tion for the Relief of
and individuality. He
Jewish Widows and Or-
was born in Kallstadt,
Germany, in 1833. There phans and the Touro
in his childhood he re-
Infirmary and Hebrew
Benevolent Association
ceived a rudimentary edu-
he has rendered marked
cation. He severed man}-
tender assoiiations on
service and has served
these splendid bodies on
coming direct to the State
at the age of fourteen. their directorates and as

Here, in Clinton, La., he committeeman also.

beg"an his career, a career This work in fact, has

need we add, which has been at once a hobby and
led to affluence. duty,— almost a passion
The youth merged into indeed- and to it he has
the ambitious young- man devoted both his money
and then the business and time.
man of character and enterprise, enjoj'ingf the un- The Harmony Club has profited too by his zeal
limited confidence of the people of that section. A and executive capacity. Besides being one of its
strenuous laborer in the upbuilding; of the many in- most active members he has served it for several
terests of Clinton and vicinity he helped to bring the successive years as President and during his official
pretty "Inland City" conspicuously before the com- term the far famed club attained much of its pres-
mercial world. tige.
Later, thoroughly experienced by his efforts in men
Genial and kindly, according all a courteous
Clinton, Mr. Mayer attracted by its advantages as a
hearing, whether "princes or paupers," Mr. Mayer
commercial center, came to New Orleans. It is nearly
may be cited as one who is "everybody's friend," a
three decadi^s of years since the firm of "Mayer &
Stratton" was launched. It proved a highly success- man well meriting indeed, the consideration and re-

ful venture. During- this time Mr. Mayer gfave at- gard bestowed upon him and, in private life, his in-

tention even to the most minute details of an ever teresting family, who, likewise enjoy a prominent
increasing and prosperous business, a trade exclu- position in Jewish social circles.

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In Cius Mayer we have one of the most enterprising
and successful of the youn_i>-er element of business
men of New Orleans. He was born in 187() and is
therefore under thirty, but he has established and is
conducting- one of the most prosperous concerns of
Canal street, the principal business thoroughfare of
the city. This is the "Specialty Store" of the Gus
Mayer Co., Ltd., so culled by him; devoted to retail
furnishings for ladies and children, a hovise occupy-
ing the building at No. 823 Canal street and the
only one of the kind in this city.
Mr. Maj-er is a native of New Orleans and is a
graduate of Soule Commercial Institute. He began
in business first as book-keeper for the Rosenberg

Co., a prominent Canal street house, but, as we have

seen soon branched out for himself on his own ac-
count in another line of business. He is married
and lives in the favorite "up-town" residential quar-
ter of New Orleans. He has membership in the Y.
M. H. A., Touro Infirmarj'. the Jewish Home, Tem-
ple Sinai, the Harmony Club and the Young Men's
Gymnastic Club of the city. E. OFFNER,
We present herewith a half-tone portrait of this
energetic and enterprising character; a young man MR. E. OFFNER.
already accounted one of the leading merchants of The house of E. Offner is a leading one in the
Canal street. crockery and glassware trade of New Orleans, and
one of the oldest. It was established by its present
head more than forty years ago.
Though he began on a small scale Mr. Offner has
long been prominent as a business man of the city.
He makes a handsome display in his Canal street es-
tablishment, conducts his business in modern fash-
ion and lives in one of the palatial homes of luxu-
rious St. Charles avenue. He is in short one of the
progressive and successful merchants of the city.
This he is to the public generally. Among the
people of his faith he is known for other character-
istics. He is, to them, a reading man and thinker, a
giver to the charities of the race, a participant in the
management of their institutions. He has been a
member of the Y. M. 11. A., for example, since its

foundation. He belongs to the Harmony Club and

to the I. O. B. B. He has been on the building com-
mittee of Touro Infirmary, and on the Board of the
Jewish Widows' and Orphans' Home. He is also one
of the congregation of the Temple.

He is a member, aside from these Jewish institutions,

of the American Legion of Honor and the Masons.
Surelyj^we may call him one of the representative
UU5> MAYER. men of the Jewish race in New Orleans.

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New Orleans the cosmopolitan, socially one of the
most liberal and unprejudiced communities in the

world affords at least a fair field, if it gf.ves no
special favor, to that type of the aspiring' and capa-
ble Jew who would carve out fortune professionally,
rather than to follow the more prosaic walk, the
beaten track, so to speak, of commerce, wherein tlie
race proverbially excels.
Who has not heard of them, the Hvamscs and
Jonases of this professional categfory. Chief Justices
and Senators, not to speak of Benjamin, Secretary of
State for the Confederacy, and afterward, in his exile
foremost of London advocates. Or of Dr Dyer, friend
of the leper, and expert in that frightful disease, or
Dr. Bensaden head of Touro Infirmary, Gottschalk
world renowned as a pianist and composer, Menken
the stage celebrit}'. Jews all of them of New Or-
leans. And how many more?
Of the ancient faith not a few at all events shine to
day at the Louisiana bar, among" them none of more
substantial character or solid reputation than the sub-
ject of this sketch. Mr Max Uinkelspiel of Dinkel-
spiel &
Hart, 134 Carondelet street, core of the finan-
cial and commercial quarter of the Crescent City from,
which district much of this firms patronage is derived.
Mr. Dinkelspiel was educated and was admitted to
practice here For many years in his earlier career
he was associated with the well-known law firm of ALFRED MILLER.
Braughn, Buck, Dinkelspiel & Hart, a firm to which
many important interests corporate and private were MK. alfrp:d hiller.
entrusted, and of which two members at least, have A saying there is which has the force and currency
g-raced the Bench. almost of proverb, remarking^ how very largely the
He has ever had an open hand and warm heart for class of noted city men has always been recruited from
the local charities and has been an active spirit in a the country. On second thought this seems a fact
number of the local fraternal bodies. He is a member easy to account for: The country breeds health and
of the Y. M. H. A. and of the Harmony Club; a mem- strength and sterling character, and these develop en-
ber and high official of the L O. B. B.; a member and ergy and natural ability when city-ward transplanted.
liberal contributor to Touro Infirmary and the Jewish New Orleans at all event as the Southern metropo-
Orphans' Home of New Orleans, and is prominent in lis, draws to it like a loadstone the best brain and
the Congregation Temple Sinai. talent of its tributary country; such men for example,
as our subject, Mr. Alfred Hiller, a man of promi-
nence as merchant and bank director, and socially
also from his connection with many fraternal and
charitable bodies, more particularly as president for two
terms, of that famous organization, renowned far and
wide for its luxury and hospitality, the Harmony Club.
Mr. Hiller hails originally from Summit in the cot-
ton region of Mississippi. He was born there some
forty years ago, and was raised and went to school in
the same district of country. He began his business
career as a boy of fifteen in the Bank of Summit, of
which institution he was president at the early age of
twenty-live. There also he was in the cotton busi-
ness in company with his father, as H. Hiller & Co.
In 1893, the Hillers, father and son, came here, seek-
ing a larger field for their capital and activities than
Summit afforded. That year they eng-aged in busi-
ness as the Ong--Hiller Co., successors to Ong-, a house
then already established many j^ears, as a dealer in
building materials, naval stores, oils, sugar house
and mill supplies, etc. This was predecessor of the
house of Alfred Hiller & Co., Ltd., in the same line,
of which Mr. Hiller is president. It is perhaps the
largest importer of cement and dealer in materials of
that character in this market.
Mr. Hiller is a Mason of superior standing-, a Knight
of Pythias, a member of the I. O. B. B , and has been
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