|Birth: ||Dec. 20, 1840|
Munich (München), Germany
|Death: ||Oct. 10, 1917|
South Dakota, USA
Though born in Bavaria, Solomon "Sol" Star is best known as one of the most influential figures in the most American of towns: Deadwood, South Dakota.
When Sol was ten years old, he was sent to the United States to live with his uncle in Ohio. As a young man, he worked in retail in Ohio and Missouri. Between 1865-1872, Star operated a store in Virginia City, Montana. In 1872, President Grant appointed Star as Receiver of the Land Office in Helena, Montana. It was in Helena that Star met Seth Bullock, who became both his business partner and lifelong friend.
Star also served as territorial auditor and personal secretary to the governor of Montana, but moved to the Deadwood mining camp in 1876, when the Black Hills Gold Rush was booming. Star and Bullock arrived in Deadwood on August 1st -- the day before Jack McCall murdered James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok at Nutall & Mann's Saloon No. 10. Upon arriving in Deadwood, Star and Bullock immediately started their hardware business, selling their wares from a tent until they established a permanent location at the corner of Main and Wall Streets. Star and Bullock were also partners in a ranching business in nearby Belle Fourche, as co-owners of a flour mill in Deadwood, and -- eventually -- as owners of The Bullock Hotel, which was established after their hardware store burned down in 1894.
Sol served the community of Deadwood in more than just an entrepreneurial sense. Star served as a councilman and postmaster of Deadwood. In 1884, he was elected Mayor of Deadwood -- a position he held for 14 years. After South Dakota achieved statehood, he served as a state Senator. He was elected Clerk of the Lawrence County Court in 1899, and served in this capacity until his death in 1917.
After a reportedly lavish funeral in Deadwood, Star was not buried in Mount Moriah Cemetery in Deadwood, as one might assume he would have been. Instead, his family had his body transported to St. Louis, Missouri, where he was laid to rest in New Mount Sinai Cemetery.
Sol Star has been located in this Cemetery thanks to a great person who took the time to find him Thank you Mochabaer
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New Mount Sinai Cemetery & Mausoleum
St. Louis County
Created by: Crimson Eric
Record added: Feb 07, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24442503
A tip of the hat to a prominent member of a pretty exclusive group: The Great Jews of South Dakota. (That's not meant to be mean; it's just that we now have fewer than 400 Jews in South Dakota. Sol Star was, and is, an interesting anomaly.)|
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