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Dr Jacob Mahne "Jake" Bodenheimer
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Birth: Jan. 28, 1883
Louisiana, USA
Death: Jun. 16, 1965
Caddo Parish
Louisiana, USA

The son of Emanuel Mahne Bodenheimer, the only mayor of South Highlands, then an annex of Shreveport. His mother was Bertha Levy Bodenheimer. Dr. Bodenheimer's grandfather was Jacob Bodenheimer, cotton planter and bar owner, who is believed to be the first Jewish settler in the Shreveport area. The Bodenheimers became very prominent citizens in northwest Louisiana.

Dr. Bodenheimer graduated from LSU and became a pediatrician. Dr. Bodenheimer was also the president and historian of the Shrevport Medical Society during the 1920's. He was a tireless advocate for children's health, vaccinations, and free medical care for indigent families.

In the early 1900's Dr. Bodenheimer teamed up with Mary DeGarmo to establish "Scientific Better Baby" Competitions. These were a forerunner to beauty pageants, however, these contests relied on measurements formulated by Dr. Bodenheimer. Those measurements would include physical and intelligence markers for the fittest and healthiest baby/child. Most of these contests were evented at the Louisiana State Fairs and included trophies, sashes, and other pageant type awards to the winners.

Dr. Bodenheimer was married to Lucille Levy. Their children were Bertha Omega and Elias Bodenheimer. Dr. Bodenheimer had the following siblings: Harriet Bodenheimer Goldsmith and Gabriel Bodenheimer. 
Family links: 
  Emmanuel Mahne Bodenheimer (1860 - 1939)
  Bertha Levy Bodenheimer (1865 - 1907)
  Lucille Weil Levy Bodenheimer (1896 - 1969)
  Jacob Mahne Bodenheimer (1883 - 1965)
  Harriet Bodenheimer Goldsmith (1884 - 1964)*
  Gabriel M. Bodenheimer (1889 - 1947)**
*Calculated relationship
Note: Hebrew Rest III Section
Greenwood Cemetery
Caddo Parish
Louisiana, USA
Created by: Scout Finch
Record added: Mar 10, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 49521461
Dr Jacob Mahne Jake Bodenheimer
Added by: Scout Finch
Dr Jacob Mahne Jake Bodenheimer
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