LOEWENTHAL, BENJAMIN - Dawes County, Nebraska | BENJAMIN LOEWENTHAL - Nebraska Gravestone Photos


Greenwood Cemetery
Dawes County,

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1855 - 1935
"The following information comes from an article by George Ledbetter in the Chadron Record newspaper, Chadron, Nebraska: the 2012-Fur-Trade-Days Supplement.
Benjamin Loewenthal, who was born in 1855, came to the Black Hills of South Dakota from his home in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1878, lured by tales of adventure and gold mining riches. With experience working in clothing store as a young man, he opened a clothing store in Deadwood and tried to expand into nearby Central City. Things didn’t work out with that enterprise, so he relocated a few years later to the new town of O’Linn, in northwestern Nebraska, which was supposed to be on the railroad line that was then extending through the region. When the railroad bypassed O’Linn, Loewenthal and other merchants packed up and moved the five miles east to Chadron. As the story goes, he put his entire store on skids and kept it open even as a team of horses hauled it across the prairie in August, 1885.
Lowenthal purchased the first lot sold for cash in Chadron, and in 1888, built the brick building on Second Street that now houses Feik’s restasurant. That was the location of the clothing store that he and his brother, Max, operated for many years. Family members continued to operate the store until 1965.
A strong supporter of Chadron, Loewenthal was the first City Treasurer and served as a county commissioner, city council member, mayor and was on the school board for 21 years."
There is a second gravestone.

Contributed on 6/14/06 by JimNebraska99
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Submitted: 6/14/06 • Approved: 7/14/12 • Last Updated: 2/16/13 • R8042-G0-S3

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