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Julius B. Ikelheimer
Occupation: Grocer
Born: Est. 1863
Birthplace: Louisiana
Died: December 9, 1947

Julius B. Ikelheimer is estimated to have been born in Louisiana in 1863 [1] to Rosetta Siegel Ikelheimer, [2] a Germany immigrant, and Gustav Ikelheimer whose birthplace is unknown. [3] Prior to his arrival in Leadville, Julius and his family moved in with the family of Gabriel and Louis Siegel of New York City. [4] Gustav had died sometime prior to 1880 and Louis and Gabriel were Rosetta’s brothers. [5] The death of Gustav likely precipitated the Ikelheimer family moving in with the Siegels. Julius’ relationship with Louis Siegel, as his nephew, was the major impetus for his move to Leadville.

Julius arrived in Leadville by 1880, likely at the behest of his uncle. [6] Louis was the owner of a profitable champagne factory in New York but wanted to expand his business. [7] He sought to open a distribution branch in Leadville, partnering with Adolph and Henry Kern [8] and sending Julius to the city to work at the new business. [9] Located at 519 Harrison Avenue, the store, Siegel, Kern & Co., did not exclusively sell Siegel champagne, but also sold a variety of groceries. Julius’ position at the business is not listed in Leadville’s city directories, nor is he mentioned in a short “history” of Siegel, Kern & Co. published in the Leadville Weekly Democrat. [10]

Julius lived at 519 Harrison Avenue while in Leadville, the same address as the grocery store. [11] Unlike his co-workers, Adolph and Henry Kern, Julius was hardly in the public spotlight. He was listed in a single guest list alongside the Kerns for the one year anniversary celebration of Rocky Mountain Lodge 322, Independent Order of B’nai B’rith in November 1880. [12]

Julius remained in Leadville until 1883, the final year he and Siegel, Kern & Co. were reported in the city directories. [13] Whether the business failed or was simply dissolved is not known. Julius returned to New York where he resided for the remainder of his life. He died in Manhattan on December 9, 1947 at the age of 84. [14]

Siegel, Kern & Co. was located at 519 Harrison Avenue highlighted in the above 1883 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map for Leadville.

Siegel, Kern & Co. was located at 519 Harrison Avenue highlighted in the above 1883 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map for Leadville. Curiously, 519 Harrison is labeled as a restaurant.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Leadville, Lake County, Colorado (Sanborn Map Company, September 1883), map, https://www.loc.gov/item/sanborn01031_001/.

Courtesy of Library of Congress.

The first advertisement for Siegel, Kern, & Company announcing its opening on July 1, 1880.

The first advertisement for Siegel, Kern, & Company announcing its opening on July 1, 1880.

New Store! New Goods! (Leadville, CO: Leadville Daily Herald), July 1, 1880, Page 4.

Courtesy of Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection.

1 "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M57Q-FJC: accessed December 10, 2020), Julius B Ikelheimer in household of Rossetta Ikelheimer, Manhattan Ward 12, New York, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 586, sheet 8B, family 153, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 1023; FHL microfilm 1,375,036.
2 "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M57Q-FJW: accessed December 10, 2020), Rossetta Ikelheimer, Manhattan Ward 12, New York, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 586, sheet 8B, family 153, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 1023; FHL microfilm 1,375,036.
3 “U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995,” database with images, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryui-content/view/1327026814:2469?indiv=1&tid=&pid=&queryId=ce864205c4788ac01c1790abd517a688&usePUB=true&_phsrc=RNi294&_phstart=successSource: accessed December 10, 2020), Rosetta Ikelheimer, New York, New York, United States; citing Trow’s General Directory of the Boroughs of Manhattan and Bronx City of New York Vol. CXXIII for the Year Ending August 1, 1910 (New York: Trow Directory, Printing and Bookbinding Company, 1909), P701.
4 "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MSKK-NCZ: accessed December 10, 2020), Julius B Ikelheimer in household of Gabriel Siegel, Borough of Manhattan, Election District 17 New York City Ward 29, New York County, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 788, sheet 12A, family 248, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972); FHL microfilm 1,241,116.
5 “United States Census, 1880,” Rosetta Icketheimer in household of Louis Siegel.
6 T. B. Corbett, W. C. Hoye, and J. H. Ballenger, Corbett, Hoye & Co.’s First Annual City Directory of the Inhabitants, Institutions, Incorporated Companies, Manufacturing Establishments, Business, Business Firms etc. in the City of Leadville for 1880 (Leadville, CO: Democrat Printing Company, 1880), P211.
7 Siegel, Kern & Co. (Leadville, CO: Leadville Weekly Democrat), January 1, 1881, P14.
8 For more on the Kern family, see: Quinn Whittington, Kern (Leadville, CO: Temple Israel Foundation), 2020: http://www.jewishleadville.org/kern.html.
9 Siegel, Kern & Co., January 1, 1881, P14.
10 Siegel, Kern & Co., January 1, 1881, P14.
11 T. B. Corbett and J. H. Ballenger, Corbett & Ballenger’s Second Annual City Directory: Containing a Complete List of the Inhabitants, Institutions, Incorporated Companies, Manufacturing Establishments, Business, Business Firms Etc. in the City of Leadville for 1881 (Leadville, CO: Corbett and Ballenger Publishers, 1881), P168.
12 The B’nai Brith (Leadville, CO: Leadville Daily Herald), November 14, 1880, P4.
13 T. B. Corbett and J. H. Ballenger, Corbett & Ballenger’s Fourth Annual City Directory: Containing a Complete List of the Inhabitants, Institutions, Incorporated Companies, Manufacturing Establishments, Business, Business Firms Etc. in the City of Leadville for 1883 (Leadville, CO: Corbett and Ballenger Publishers, 1883), P157.
14 “New York, New York, U.S., Extracted Death Index, 1862-1948,” database with images, Ancestry (https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=9131&h=4617909&tid=&pid=&queryId=374109175b16e7d84b0b500fb75aa53f&usePUB=true&_phsrc=RNi292&_phstart=successSource: accessed December 10, 2020), Julius Ikelheimer, Manhattan, New York, United States; citing Index to New York City Deaths 1862-1948, certificate number 26457 (New York: New York City Department of Records/Municipal Archives, n.d.).

Bibliography

Corbett, T. B., W. C. Hoye and J. H. Ballenger. Corbett, Hoye & Co.’s First Annual City Directory: Containing a Complete List of the Inhabitants, Institutions, Incorporated Companies, Manufacturing Establishments, Business, Business Firms Etc. in the City of Leadville for 1880. Leadville, CO: Democrat Printing Company, 1880.

Corbett, T. B. and J. H. Ballenger. Corbett & Ballenger’s Second Annual City Directory: Containing a Complete List of the Inhabitants, Institutions, Incorporated Companies, Manufacturing Establishments, Business, Business Firms Etc. in the City of Leadville for 1881. Leadville, CO: Corbett and Ballenger Publishers, 1881.

Corbett, T. B. and J. H. Ballenger. Corbett & Ballenger’s Fourth Annual City Directory: Containing a Complete List of the Inhabitants, Institutions, Incorporated Companies, Manufacturing Establishments, Business, Business Firms Etc. in the City of Leadville for 1883. Leadville, CO: Corbett and Ballenger Publishers, 1883.

New Store! New Goods! Leadville, CO: Leadville Daily Herald. July 1, 1880.

“New York, New York, U.S., Extracted Death Index, 1862-1948.” Database with images, Ancestry (https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=9131&h=4617909&tid=&pid=&queryId=374109175b16e7d84b0b500fb75aa53f&usePUB=true&_phsrc=RNi292&_phstart=successSource: accessed December 10, 2020). Julius Ikelheimer, Manhattan, New York, United States; citing Index to New York City Deaths 1862-1948, certificate number 26457. New York: New York City Department of Records/Municipal Archives, n.d.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Leadville, Lake County, Colorado. Sanborn Map Company, September 1883. Map. https://www.loc.gov/item/sanborn01031_001/.

Siegel, Kern & Co. Leadville, CO: Leadville Weekly Democrat. January 1, 1881.

The B’nai Brith. Leadville, CO: Leadville Daily Herald. November 14, 1880.

"United States Census, 1900." Database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MSKK-NCZ: accessed December 10, 2020). Julius B Ikelheimer in household of Gabriel Siegel, Borough of Manhattan, Election District 17 New York City Ward 29, New York County, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 788, sheet 12A, family 248, NARA microfilm publication T623. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972. FHL microfilm 1,241,116.

"United States Census, 1910." Database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M57Q-FJC: accessed December 10, 2020). Julius B Ikelheimer in household of Rossetta Ikelheimer, Manhattan Ward 12, New York, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 586, sheet 8B, family 153, NARA microfilm publication T624. Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982. Roll 1023; FHL microfilm 1,375,036.

"United States Census, 1910." Database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M57Q-FJW: accessed December 10, 2020). Rossetta Ikelheimer, Manhattan Ward 12, New York, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 586, sheet 8B, family 153, NARA microfilm publication T624. Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982. Roll 1023; FHL microfilm 1,375,036.

“U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995.” Database with images, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryui-content/view/1327026814:2469?indiv=1&tid=&pid=&queryId=ce864205c4788ac01c1790abd517a688&usePUB=true&_phsrc=RNi294&_phstart=successSource: accessed December 10, 2020). Rosetta Ikelheimer, New York, New York, United States; citing Trow’s General Directory of the Boroughs of Manhattan and Bronx City of New York Vol. CXXIII for the Year Ending August 1, 1910. New York: Trow Directory, Printing and Bookbinding Company, 1909.

Whittington, Quinn. Kern. Leadville, CO: Temple Israel Foundation, 2020: http://www.jewishleadville.org/kern.html.

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AUTHOR: Quinn Whittington
EDITOR: William Korn
SOURCE: Jewish Surnames/Ikelheimer
PUBLISHED BY: Temple Israel Foundation. Leadville, CO; USA. 2020
STABLE URL: http://www.jewishleadville.org/Ikelheimer.html

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