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Simon Steinberg
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Birth: Oct. 3, 1833, Germany
Death: May 9, 1903
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA

The United States Biographical Dictionary, Kansas Volume, S. Lewis & Co, Pub, Kansas City, MO, 1879, p 387-8.

Simon Steinberg, Lawrence

Simon Steinberg's character is an example of what can be accomplished by determination under the most trying circumstances. At the age of thirteen he was determined to become a merchant, and without means he started to America. The most of the distance from his home in the interior of Germany to the sea-port he traveled on foot, then embarked on a sailing-vessel at Bremerhaven, and after many adventures and hardships, (being three weeks going through the British channel,) and many dangers from a stormy passage, arrived in America, and is now among the prominent pioneer merchants and benefactors of the "historic city." Simon Steinberg was born in Bavaria, Germany, near Nuremberg, October 3, 1833. His father was a merchant of considerable note. He was one of Napoleon's hussars, was with him in most of his campaigns, crossed the Alps with him, and was in nearly all of his battles, gaining a high reputation for bravery and receiving a medal of the "Legion of Honor" and other medals for his daring. He was frequently intrusted with exploits requiring prudence, shrewdness and courage. His mother, whose maiden name was Hannah Thallinger, is still living in the city of New York, is a lady of high education, accomplishments and intelligence.

Simon Steinberg was educated in the common schools of Germany, and when he came to America, at the age of thirteen years, locating in New York City, he understood no other than the German language. His education from that time onward was self-acquired. He studied the English language nights and in the intermediate hours of his labor as a cigar-maker, at which trade he was employed two years as an apprentice and one year as a journeyman, and is emphatically a self-made man, of the very best business qualifications. After quitting cigar-making he removed to Providence, Rhode Island, where he soon secured a position as a clerk, at the age of sixteen years, in the Bazaar, then one of the most prominent clothing establishments in Rhode Island, where he remained six years, securing a high reputation, and before he left having entire charge of the establishment as the head business employee of the house. While there he was offered a situation in San Francisco to take charge of a business house, the proprietor of which want to travel in Europe, but such was his standing with his employer that his wages were raised and he was induced to remain until the principal of the house retired. In the crisis of 1855 the house suffered great embarrassments, but with Mr. Steinberg's ready resources he suggested an effort in Portland, Maine, and was intrusted with a large stock of goods, in the disposition of which he was so eminently successful as to relieve the house from its temporary embarrassment and secure the highest encomiums for his business tact and ability. While in this house his father died, and his widowed mother and her children needed his assistance, which was cheerfully rendered, and eventually he sent money to bring them to America; but still, on leaving the house, he had accumulated nearly $500 with which to start business.

In 1857 he removed to Wakefield, Rhode Island, where he entered into partnership with Mr. Charles Rosenbaum, under the firm name of Steinberg & Rosenbaum, where Mr. Steinberg took charge of the business stand, and his partner, formerly a peddler, still carried on the peddling business. This business was very successful, turning the stocks very fast, and he continued in it until 1864; but in 1862 they opened a brand house at Lebanon, Missouri, of which Mr. Steinberg took charge, keeping up that business till 1866. Among their other business enterprises, in 1864, they opened a wholesale hat store in St. Louis, which they conducted with good success for one year. In the same year the firm of Steinberg & Rosenbaum opened stores in Warrensburg and Pleasant Hill, Missouri, and took in Mr. Steinberg's brother Leo, giving him one-third interest in these stores, and, besides the usual clothing, kept a large assortment of military clothing, mostly for officers, (General Brown having command of the Central District, of which Warrensburg was the head-quarters,) their store being known as the "Headquarters for Military Clothing." The Missouri Pacific Railroad was then in teh course of construction which greatly added to their sales. This adventure was highly successful, and placed the firm upon an independent footing among the best houses in the country. They met, however, with considerable misfortune here during the Price raid, losing $5,000 in an attempt to remove part of their stock to St. Louis, the train being captured by the enemy at Miller's Landing. They also met with severe losses by their wagons being taken by bushwackers at various points on the road, there being then no railroad connections. Still retaining their business at Lebanon and Warrensburg, in 1865 the firm opened a store at Lawrence, Kansas, with a veiw eventually to concentrate their business at one prominent business point, but in the early part of 1866 opened a store in Topeka. In the same year, Mr. Rosenbaum retired from the firm disposing of his interest to a brother-in-law of Mr. Steinberg - L. Steinberger - and the firm was then changed to Steinberg & Co. This firm continued for two years. In 1868 the firm dissolved, and from that time to the present the firm has consisted of Simon and Leo Steinberg, under the name of Steinberg & Brother, who still carry on a successful business, having two of the largest stores in Kansas - one embracing all kinds of clothing and the other exclusively dry goods.
During the war Mr. Steinberg was well known as a thorough Union man, and, although never a politician, was always a Republican. At one time he was the only man who had the exclusive right to sell ammunition in Lebanon and Warrensburg, and he was the first business man in Lebanon who dared to raise the American flag over his business house. He has never sought office but has held various local positions. He served for three years in the Lawrence city council, making a leading, useful business member, being chairman of the committee on finance. He has also held the office of vice-president of the Turnverein, and was director and treasurer of the German Building Association. He has generally declined public position, preferring todevote himself to his large business interests. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity. He is liberal in his religious views, is not a member of any church, but has generously contributed to the various religious enterprises.
He was married in New York City December 17, 1863 to Miss Mary Steinberger, an educated, accomplished woman, to whose good counsels he has been greatly indebted for his success in life. She was the daughter of Jacob Steinberger, a prominent merchant in Germany. They have had seven children, four of whom survivie - Carrie, Arthur, Isabelle and Frances. They also, in 1866, adopted Max Strauss, the son of Mrs. Steinberg's deceased sister, whom they have liberally educated, and who ranks among the best violinists in Lawrence.
Mr. Steinberg has done much for the improvement of the city, and the firm owns three of the best business houses in Lawrence, besides a fine residence and other real estate, as well as large interests in Lincoln, Nebraska, and other places.
Family links: 
  Hannah Thallinger Steinberg (1805 - 1885)
  Marie Steinberger Steinberg (1837 - 1926)*
  Carrie Steinberg Barnett (1863 - 1953)*
  Arthur Harrison Steinberg (1866 - 1943)*
  Isabelle Steinberg Abrahams (1871 - 1949)*
  Frances Steinberg Boas (1872 - 1953)*
  Caroline Steinberg Heyman (1831 - 1909)*
  Simon Steinberg (1833 - 1903)
  Leopold Steinberg (1838 - 1908)*
  Fannie Steinberg Wise (1844 - 1918)*
*Calculated relationship
New Mount Sinai Cemetery & Mausoleum
St. Louis County
Missouri, USA
Plot: Lot 3, Section 12
Maintained by: Kingfisher
Originally Created by: Charles W Brown
Record added: Jul 07, 2009
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Simon Steinberg
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Simon Steinberg
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Simon Steinberg
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 Added: May. 12, 2011

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