|Birth: ||Jul. 13, 1835|
|Death: ||Jul. 6, 1932|
Deer Lodge County
The Great Falls Tribune July 8, 1932
Ben Falk, Pioneer of State, Dies
Montana's First Jewish Citizen Succumbs at Anaconda; Burial Salt Lake
Anaconda, July 7 - Ben, "Uncle Ben" Falk, who would have been 98 years old had he lived until July 13, died here Wednesday of infirmities of age. He was considered the first Jew to locate in Montana and was Anaconda's oldest voter. Entering businesss first at Helena in 1870, he also was credited with estabilishing one fof the first butcher shops in Montana territory. The body was sent to Salt Lake City Wednesday for burial.
Coming across the plains in the early sixties he went first to Wella Walla, Washington, then the only city in that state. From there he went into Brittish Columbia, a 500 mile trip, on which he met no white person and saw no houses.
Mr. Falk came to Montana territory in 1884. He is survived by five sons and three daughters. Born near Bruchsall, Obergrambach, Baden, Germany, July 13, 1835, he came to America in 1857. he made the trip west from Atlantic coast by boat, stagecoach and on foot. He went from Helena to Butte in 1881 and to Anaconda in 1883. He established a meat business here, being succeeded by his sons, Felix and Barry, both of whom have retired.
The great Helena fire of April 28, 1869, wiped out Mr. Falk's meat business and he returned to New York, where he entered a partnership with his brother for 11 years. Having married, he left in 1881 for Butte. There were nine children, among whom Mr. Falk had been accustomed to visit during his later years.
The pioneer never read with glasses and ignored formulae of diagnosticians, declaring that every man was a law unto himself. He used tobacco and liquor regularly all his life and was much opposed to the 18th amendment.
BNai Israel Cemetery
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Created by: Judie Latshaw Huff
Record added: Dec 28, 2008
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