|Birth: ||1816, Germany|
|Death: ||Mar. 1, 1891|
John Weiss was born about 1816 in Germany.
He was a long-time and very active member of the Markleeville community, running a well-known general merchandise store in town and serving as the Wells Fargo Agent; a secretary of the local "Hook and Ladder" volunteer fire company; postmaster; and member of the Board of Education.
His store was originally on Main Street, and supplied goods to many of the local mining operations, including prominent mine operator/promoter Lewis Chalmers. He also advanced money for taxes to strapped miners from time to time or allowed them to pay his bills over time; Chalmers called him a "man of men."
Weiss's store burned in the 1885 Markleeville fire, and he suffered a $4,000 loss which included his store and merchandise, two residences, and a barn. After the fire, Weiss moved the store's location to nearby Montgomery Street. A warehouse associated with the store still stands today.
Weiss died at 5 p.m. on March 1, 1891, and local Judge N.D. Arnot conducted the ceremonies at his funeral. The Genoa Courier described Weiss as "highly esteemed for his noble quality." Weiss died a wealthy man, and the probate of his estate consumed several years. Records of the probate are in the Alpine County Archives.
Created by: Karen D.
Record added: May 12, 2013
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