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Herman Wolf Hellman
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Birth: Sep. 25, 1843
Bamberger Landkreis
Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
Death: Oct. 19, 1906
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Friday Morning October 19, 1906
Los Angeles Herald

Herman W. Hellman, pioneer banker of Los Angeles and widely known throughout the west, passed away at his home, Tenth and Hill streets, this morning, following a short illness...

Mr. Hellman came to Los Angeles May 14, 1859. He was at the time about 15 years of age and Los Angeles was a town approaching 3000 inhabitants. He brought little with him besides a good public school education, backed with good health. The following June he entered the employ of Gen. Phineas Banning of Wilmington as freight clerk in the forwarding and commission business. In December, 1861, he resigned to join a cousin in the stationery business in Los Angeles. After several years he embarked in the fancy goods and stationery business and continued therein until March, 1870, when he disposed of his business and spent a year and a half in Europe.

Upon his return in November, 1871, he and Jacob Haas, an old schoolmate, founded the house of Hellman, Haas & Co., which under Mr. Hellman's general direction carried on a wholesale grocery business for nineteen years. From time to time Mr. Hellman made investments in Los Angeles realty and business enterprises, among which may be mentioned the purchase of stock in the Farmers and Merchants Bank, of which he was elected a director. In 1890 he retired from Hellman, Haas & Co. and accepted the position of vice president and local manager of the Farmers and Merchants bank.

The panic in 1893 brought out strikingly the wisdom of the policy which has been elemental in the building up of this bank. Never were the times more stressful for a bank and never did a bank meet the issue more proudly or more gloriously than did the Farmers and Merchants bank. Several financial institutions of Los Angeles closed their doors, one permanently, but the bank founded by I. W. Hellman and then, as now, under the management of H. W. Hellman, was not of the number.

Mr. Hellman was also vice president of the Los Angeles Savings bank, a director of the Main Street Savings bank, a director of the Security Savings bank (all of this city) and a director in several banking institutions in the various towns and cities of Southern California. He was chairman of the Los Angeles clearing house committee and director and treasurer of various business corporations of Los Angeles and its vicinity.

Mr. Hellman was a native of Bavaria, Germany, and was born in the town of Reckendorf, September 25, 1843. His father, Wolf H., a native of the same place, was a weaver and also followed mercantile pursuits. He died there at the age of about 72 years. He had married Sarah Fleischmann, who spent her entire life in that town, dying when 67 years of age. They were the parents of thirteen children, five of whom are living. Her father was a farmer and cattle trader. Wolf Hellman's father was a prominent merchant and capitalist. Some of the ancestors of Mrs. Hellman filled important positions, such as quartermasters, during the revolution of Napoleon I.

H. W. Hellman was educated in the schools of southern Germany. When 15 years of age he accompanied his brother, Isaias W. Hellman, to this country, arriving in Los angeles May 14, 1859. He was married in Italy July 26, 1874, to Miss Ida Heimann. She was born at Treviso, near Venice, a daughter of Moritz and Fannie Heimann, the former a native of Germany and the latter of Trieste, Austria. They became the parents of six children, four of whom are living - two daughters, Frida and Amy, and two sons, Marco and Irving.

Mr. Hellman was a prominent member of the Reformed Jewish congregation B'nai B'rith, of which he had been president since 1886; under his administration the elegant temple on Hope and Ninth streets was erected. The family are liberal supporters to the religious and charitable movements of the city, county and state.

Mr. Hellman was a Mason of high degree. He was initiated September 20, 1869, and exalted to the sublime degree of Royal Arch Mason August 14, 1883, in Signet chapter No. 57.

--- In a further article on October 20:

The funeral will be held tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock from the family home, corner Tenth and Hill streets. Dr. S. Hecht, rabbi of the Temple B'nai B'rith, of which the deceased had been president a number of years, will officiate. The interment will be in the new Jewish cemetery.
Family links: 
  Ida Heimann Hellman (1850 - 1923)*
  Fanny Clotilde Hellman (1875 - 1884)*
  Frida Hellman Cole (1876 - 1944)*
  Marco Herman Hellman (1878 - 1948)*
  Irving Herman Hellman (1883 - 1975)*
  Waldo Hellman (1885 - 1887)*
  Amy Hellman Aronson (1888 - 1920)*
*Calculated relationship
Home of Peace Memorial Park
East Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Section C, Plot 3, Grave 2 & 6
Created by: Clifford Mullis
Record added: Dec 20, 2012
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Herman Wolf Hellman
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