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Gabriel Siegel
Occupation: Grocer, factory manager
Born: August 1829
Birthplace: Germany
Died: N/A

Despite Gabriel Siegel’s time in Leadville being short, he played a role in the founding of the grocery business Siegel, Kern & Co. located at 519 Harrison Avenue until its dissolution in 1883. Though his brother, Louis Siegel, was the name most associated in the founding of the business alongside Adolph Kern [1] and nephew Julius Ikelheimer, [2] Gabriel physically worked at the store for up to a year and resided in the city. Louis, on the other hand, appeared in Leadville’s city directories, though they recorded his residence as New York. There is no evidence of him setting foot in Leadville, much less living there.

Gabriel was born in August 1829 in Germany, two years prior to Louis and nine to sister Rosetta. He and Louis arrived in the United States in 1846 and 1848, respectively. [3] Unlike most Jewish arrivals in the United States, the Siegel brothers’ port of entry was not New York, but instead Louisiana where they took up residence with the Adler family in St. Martin by 1860. [4] Gabriel and Louis relocated to New York sometime prior to the 1880 U.S. Census [5] where they founded the Siegel champagne factory, producing Siegel’s “extra dry” champagne. [6] The Siegels, now including Louis’ children with an unknown wife, were joined by their sister, now Rosetta Ikelheimer and her children. [7]

Neither Gabriel nor Rosetta’s eldest son, Julius, were in New York at the time of the 1880 census. Instead, the pair had departed for Leadville to assist in the opening and management of Siegel, Kern & Co. [8] While Julius remained in Leadville until 1883, Gabriel only resided in the city briefly, appearing exclusively in Leadville’s 1880 city directory. [9] No further records exist on Gabriel’s time in Leadville.

After leaving Leadville, Gabriel likely immediately returned to New York where he resumed living with his brother and sister in Manhattan alongside their children, nieces, and nephews. [10] Gabriel’s final U.S. Census listing was in 1900 which recorded him at the age of 71 and continuing to live with his large family.

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

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

Courtesy of Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection.

New Store! New Goods! The Leadville Daily Herald. Thursday, July 1, 1880. Page 4.

1 For more on the Kern family, see: Quinn Whittington, Kern (Leadville, CO: Temple Israel Foundation), 2020: http://www.jewishleadville.org/kern.html.
2 For more on the Ikelheimer family, see: Quinn Whittington, Ikelheimer (Leadville, CO: Temple Israel Foundation), 2020: http://www.jewishleadville.org/ikelheimer.html.
3 "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MSKK-NCS: accessed February 4, 2021), 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.
4 "United States Census, 1860,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MFPC-84G: accessed February 4, 2021), G Seigel in entry for Lewis Seigel, 1860.
5 "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MZXS-R6P: accessed February 4, 2021), Louis Siegel, New York, New York, New York, United States; citing enumeration district ED 589, sheet 555A, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), FHL microfilm 1,254,895.
6 Siegel, Kern & Co. (Leadville, CO: Leadville Weekly Democrat), January 1, 1881, P14.
7 "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MZXS-R6Y: accessed February 4, 2021), Rosetta Icketheimer in household of Louis Siegel, New York, New York, New York, United States; citing enumeration district ED 589, sheet 555A, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), FHL microfilm 1,254,895.
8 New Store! New Goods! (Leadville, CO: Leadville Daily Herald), July 1, 1880, P4.
9 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), P329.
10 "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MSKK-NCS: accessed February 4, 2021), 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.

Bibliography

Corbett, T. B., 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.

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

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

"United States Census, 1860.” Database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MFPC-84G: accessed February 4, 2021). G Seigel in entry for Lewis Seigel, 1860.

"United States Census, 1880." Database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MZXS-R6P: accessed February 4, 2021). Louis Siegel, New York, New York, New York, United States; citing enumeration district ED 589, sheet 555A, NARA microfilm publication T9. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d. FHL microfilm 1,254,895.

"United States Census, 1880." Database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MZXS-R6Y: accessed February 4, 2021). Rosetta Icketheimer in household of Louis Siegel, New York, New York, New York, United States; citing enumeration district ED 589, sheet 555A, NARA microfilm publication T9. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d. FHL microfilm 1,254,895.

"United States Census, 1900." Database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MSKK-NCS: accessed February 4, 2021). 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.

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

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

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AUTHOR: Quinn Whittington
EDITOR: William Korn
SOURCE: Jewish Surnames/Siegel
PUBLISHED BY: Temple Israel Foundation. Leadville, CO; USA. 2021
STABLE URL: http://www.jewishleadville.org/siegel.html  

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