Alexander County

Biography - Samuel Rosenwater

SAMUEL ROSENWATER, of the firm of Goldstine & Rosenwater, Cairo, Ill., was born in Hungary on the 13th of May, 1840. His parents, Aaron Rosenwater and Leah Gross, were each natives of Germany, the former born in 1798 and the latter in 1809. The father, who was a farmer and hotel-keeper, died in Europe, in 1872. The mother is still living and enjoys a pleasant home with her son, Samuel, in Cairo. She is the mother of seven children, three of whom are deceased, and of the four surviving ones, two are in Europe, one in Sikeston, Missouri, and one in Cairo, Ill. Samuel was educated in his native place, and when twenty years old came to the United States, and, being possessed of limited means, he began business as a peddler at Cleveland, Ohio. He pursued this business in Ohio for three years, and also for a few months after coming to Cairo, which he did in 1863. During this time he had so multiplied his twenty-dollar gold coin (which was the amount of his cash account on landing in this county) as to be able to locate in regular style; accordingly, in the early part of 1854, he formed a partnership with J. A. Goldstine in the dry goods and clothing trade, and has been in active, successful business ever since. They are located on Commercial avenue and have three well stocked rooms. He is a member of the I. O. O. F., the I. 0. B. B. and the Hungarian Aid Society. Politics, Republican. He was married in Cairo, Ill. August 31, 1868, to Miss Fannie Black, daughter of Adolph Black. She was born December 31, 1850. Their family comprises three children— Eddie L., born June 5, 1869; Ernestine B., born August 23, 1879, and Vintie Rosenwater, born December 31, 1881. Family residence on Eighth street, between Washington avenue and Cedar street, Cairo.

Extracted 31 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, pages 40-41.

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