|Birth: ||Aug. 28, 1854|
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
|Death: ||Sep. 1, 1922|
San Francisco County
Isadore Coleman Levey was born in New York on the 28th of August 1854. His parents Marcus Levey and Bertha Aaron were originally from the town of Wreschen in the province of Posen, Prussia. They were married on the 19th of August 1851 and immediately afterward left for America, arriving in New York after a voyage of thirteen weeks on a sailing Vessel across the Atlantic Ocean. They stayed in New York for four years where their two first sons Lewis and Isadore were born. They then moved to San Francisco, arriving on the 19th of August 1855. Two more sons were born of Marcus and Bertha's union in San Francisco: Charles and Benjamin and remarquebly all sons carried the same middle name: Coleman.
Isadore started his work life as a hairdresser, and in 1879 he opened a Salon in partnership with Julius Harris at 705 Market Street. During the same period he met his future wife Theresa Kuttner, who at that time was working in her father's shop as a feather manufacturer. They were married on the 17th October 1880 and had their first son Edgar in 1881. Isadore continued to be a hairdresser until the age of 34 when he was hired by the San Francisco Postal Service as a letter carrier. Three more children were born during that time; Adele in 1883, Bert in 1885 and twins Melville and unknown in 1887. Isadore was then involved in numerous associations; the Defiance Club with his brother in law Louis Kuttner (1890), The Royal Society of Good Fellows (1891), and the Golden Gate branch of the National Letter Carrier Association (vice–president in 1892). By 1902 he was the president of the Pacific Coast Musician Union and of the California lodge of the Masonic organisation: The Sons of Benjamin.
Throughout his career Isadore was continuously involved in artistic activities. In January 1894 he founded the famous San Francisco Letters-Carriers Band with W. Inwood. Later, he was secretary and manager of the band, which performed on numerous occasions including the Letter Carriers Annual Outings and Annual ball, and at Emma Roebke's birthday party where Isadore sung the comic song, "A slide on the horn"...
Isadore's wife Theresa gave birth to two more daughters; Blanche in 1891 and Stella in 1895. The household was now composed of three sons and three daughters. On the 7th of March 1896, the postal authority arrested him for embezzling postal cards. He was accused of having sold them to a cigar dealer for one cent each instead of delivering them but the charges were rapidly dismissed.
In 1907, after 21 years as a postman Isadore resigned and started a new career in theatrical management. He managed several theatres and organized vaudeville shows in collaboration with his son Bert Levey, first at the Columbia theatre in Oakland and then at the Victory theatre in Sutter Street (San Francisco), that they built and opened on the 21st of October 1907.
In 1910, he became associated with C Overman in the Metropolitan Theatrical Display Co. and was a theatrical agent until 1919 where he became Sexton for the Congregation Ohaibai Shalome Temple. He remained in this capacity until his death on the 1st of September 1922 in his residence of 19 years, 1988 Bush street in San Francisco. He was survived by his children; Edgar, Bert, Melville, Blanche and Stella as well as by his wife Theresa, who died on the 14th of September 1954 in San Francisco. Both Isadore and Theresa are buried in Salem cemetery in Colma California.
Marcus Levey (Levy) (1827 - 1905)
Bertha Aaron Levey (1823 - 1909)
Salem Memorial Park and Garden
San Mateo County
Created by: Stephanie Schiller
Record added: Dec 10, 2011
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