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Herman Gans
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Birth: Mar. 28, 1849, Austria
Death: Sep. 3, 1901
Cook County
Illinois, USA

The Daily Independent, Helena, Montana, September 4, 1901

Herman Gans Dies in Chicago

Had Been Ill But a Few Days and Was Reported Improving Having Undergone an Operation

News Came As A Sad Surprise to Many Friends

Died Yesterday Morning at Seven O'clock, a Short Time Before the Arrival of Wife and Daughter From Helena - Was One of Helena's Most Prominent Citizens

The news of the death of Herman Gans, which occurred in Chicago early yesterday morning, came as a severe blow to the many friends of the well known Helena business man. it had been known that Mr. Gans was critically ill. News to this effect came Saturday upon the immediate receipt of which Mrs. Gans, Miss Gans, wife and daughter of Herman Gans together with David Marks, a brother of Mrs. Gans, left for Chicago. Sunday a telegram was received stating taht Mr. Gans had successfully undergone an operation for stoppage of the intestines, and it was thought that his chances for recovery were good. Advice received from the bedside in Chicago Monday were encouraging, and the friends of the well known merchant were hopeful of his recovery.

The first news of the death of Mr. Gans was contained in a telegram received early yeesterday morning by Arthur J. Frazier, cashier of the firm of Gans and Klein, from L. M. Herman, traveling salesman for B. Kuppenheimer, and an intimate friend of the fmamily. This message stated that Mr. Gans had died, and expressed sympathy. later another dispatch was received from David Marks, corroborating the sad new of the earlier message and stating that Mr. Gans had died at seven o'clock, shortly before the arrival of his family.

Upon the receipt of the sad news, Mr. Frazer immediately communicated it to Louis Gans, an uncle of the deceased, whose home is in New York, but who is visiting in Helena for a short time. Henry Klein, the senior member of the firm of Gans and Klein, who is ill at his home in this city, was also informed of the death of Mr. Gans. The corner of Main street and Broadway, was closed, the blinds were drawn and crepe placed on the door. It will remain closed until after the funeral, which will probably be held the latter part of the week.

Herman Gans had been a resident of Helena for 30 years, and was 52 years of age. He was born in Bohemia in 1849, coming to America, when he was 17 years of age. After coming to the United States, he resided four years in New Haven, Conn., arriving in Helena in 1860. He later became associated with the firm of Gans and Klein founded by Louis Gans, an uncle of the deceased and Henry Klein. Herman Gans was first employed as bookkeper and worked himself up to the position of partner and manager. Since that time Mr. Gans has resided continously in Helena, except for such times as he has been called away for short periods of business missions.

He was married 21 years ago to Miss Alice Marks a daughter of Leopold Marks of Helena. Besides his wife, Mr. Gans leaves two children to mourn his loss. They are both girls - Sadie, a young lady and Dorothy age 10. Mr. Gans was the last of a family of ? children.

Mr. Gans was member of a number of fraternal organizations, among them being the Ancient Order of United ? and the Masons as well as the Jewish benevolent association known as the B'Nai Brith. He was a prominent worker in the congregation of Emanu-El in this city, of which he was treasurer.

The firm of Gans and Klein, of which Herman Gans was a member is one of the oldest and most substantial business houses in Montana. having been established in 1866. It is the pioneer ? establishment of Helena. In the early days, branch stores were maintained at Fort Benton, Diamond, Deer Ldoge and other places. Besides the establishement in Helena, the firm has a large branch house in Butte, wihch was opened in 1877.

During his long residence in Helena, the sterling upright character of Mr. Gans has been rewarded, not only by business successes, but by the fact that it has brought to him countless warm personal friends. No one who had the slightest acquaintance with him could be found who did not wish to be classed as his friend. The sad news of yesterday cast a gloom over the city and many experssions of sorrow were heard on the street. To the employees of Mr. Gans he had been a true friend, and upon them the loss will fall heavily. No arrangements for the funeral can be made before the arrival of the family who left Chicago with the body last night. It is expected the funeral will be held either Friday or Saturday."

From a History of Montana,by Joaquin Miller, 1894:

"Herman Gans, junior member of the firm of Gans & Klein, wholesale merchants of Helena, and a nephew of Louis Gans, was born in Austria, March 28, 1849. He comes of a family who have been merchants for several generations. In the public schools he received his education, and in his father's store his businesss training was obtained.

It was in 1866 that Herman Gans landed on American soil. After spending four years in New York City, he came in 1870 to Montana and for a short time managed a small store at Fish Creek for his uncle, Joseph Gans. In 1871 he accepted a position as salesman with his present firm. Since 1877 he has been a member of the company...

On coming to Helena, Mr. Gans at once became identified with the interests of the city, and during his career here has acquired the reputation of being one of her most enterprising and sussessful men. He built one of the handsome homes of Helena, where he resides with his family.

Mr. Gans was married in 1881 to Miss Alice Marks, who was reared in this city from early childhood. They have two daughters, Sadie C. and Dorothy H. In social as well as in business circles Mr. Gans is a prominent factor. He belongs to the Masonic fraternity, the K. of P., AOUW and United Hebrew Assocition. He aided materially in the errection of Temple Emmanuel, in Helena served acceptable as president of the society, and is at pressent its efficient secretary. He is Past Master of his Masonic lodge. Politically he is a Republican."
Family links: 
  Sadie Gans Franc (1882 - 1960)*
  Dorothea Gans Rothschild (1891 - 1978)*
*Calculated relationship
Home of Peace Cemetery
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