Harris, Solomon, 1857-1954
Solomon Hirsch and Hannah Levi Hirsch had six sons who immigrated to the United States and changed their last name to Harris. They were born in Fordom, Posen (Poland) and settled in New Jersey. Solomon Harris followed his brothers to the United States at the age of 13. He settled in Orange, New Jersey with his brother Julius Harris, who had established a dry goods store. Sol was a peddler in Bloomfield, New Jersey until he had saved enough money to go west. He and his brother Eli went out west and settled in Virginia City, Colorado. The brothers opened the Harris Bros. Beehive dry goods store by 1880 when Solomon became the town's treasurer. Because of confusion with Virginia City in Nevada and Montana, the town was reincorporated as Tin Cup in 1882. The name of Tin Cup came from Tin Cup Gulch which was named in 1859 when a prospector found gold and carried it back to camp in a tin cup. By the mid-1880s Solomon Harris returned to Bloomfield, New Jesey and opened another Harris Bros. Behive store. He married Clara Goodman of the Goodman Matzos.
Found in 9 Collections and/or Records:
Framed envelope from the Gunnison County Clerk and a document appointing Solomon Harris as treasurer of Tin Cup, Colorado signed by mayor and clerk of Tin Cup.
Framed ledger sheets from July 1880 to April 1881 and ledger sheets from June 14, 1881 to July 14 1981 for Virginia City, Colorado created by Sol Harris as treasurer. Also in the frame is an envelope from the U.S. Department of the Interior, Census Office addressed to the Village Treasurer of Virginia City Colorado. The envelope is dated December 16, 1880. The town of Virginia City was reincorporated as Tin Cup, Colorado in 1982.
Black and white print of Studio photograph of six Harris brothers taken in New Jersey. From left to right are Isadore (1854 - ?), Jacob (1855-1948), Solomon (1857-1954), Eli (1859-1930), Julius (1848-1912), and Louis (1852-1912). The brothers were the children Hirsch and Hannah Levi Hirsch and were born in Fordon, Posen (Poland). Eli and Solomon went to Virginia City (Tin Cup), Colorado and began the Harris Bros. Beehive dry goods store.
Contains framed envelope from the U.S. Census Office and two ledgers of Virginia City, Colorado and framed envelope from Gunnison County Clerk and document appointing Sol Harris as treasurer of Tin Cup.