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Vicksburg in Warren County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Business Men

 

—Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail —

 
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By Mark Hilton, March 23, 2018
1. Business Men Marker
Inscription. In the mid-1800's Vicksburg began to grow and prosper. An 1866 city directory listed 35 Jewish-owned stores and about 90 Jewish families living in Vicksburg. These three homes were owned by Jewish businessmen who prospered with Vicksburg's growing economy.

Guider House (1860)
This house was built by the owner of a jewelry store, Maximillian Guider Kuner, in 1860. In 1864 Benjamin bought the house and took over the jewelry business. Guider built the business and became known as one of the country's leading jewelry businesses.

Baer House (1870)
Lazrus Baer started his career as a traveling peddler and in 1865 opened a dry goods store in Vicksburg. He and his wife Leona built their elaborate house in 1870. Lazrus brought in his brothers, Isaac and Abe, and together they ran Baer & Brothers Dry Goods.

Issac's House (1870)
Louis Isaacs came to Vicksburg before the Civil War and purchased the house in 1878. He was a partner in Ruhman and Company, a tailoring business. After Louis's death his sons, Charles and Max, lived in the house and ran Charles Isaacs and Brother men's furnishing business.

Maximillian (Max) Kuner
1824-1913
In 1859 Max Kuner, a local watch maker and jeweler, installed the clock in the "new" Court House. After the war,
Business Men Marker & the Baer House. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 23, 2018
2. Business Men Marker & the Baer House.
Kuner left Vicksburg and built a "canning empire" that is still in operation today.

The back of their can labels for many years had this statement printed on them:

"Max Kuner, a Bavarian watchmaker who fought in the Civil War, moved to Colorado to found the Kuner Pickle Co. in 1864. By 1901 he had built a mustard mill, bean kitchen, and vinegar factory. His natural, old workd flavors and seasonings continue to this day."
 
Erected 2017 by the City of Vicksburg. (Marker Number 15.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mississippi, Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail marker series.
 
Location. 32° 21.091′ N, 90° 52.589′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker is on Grove Street west of Locust Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1117 Grove Street, Vicksburg MS 39183, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hard Times Square (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Growing and Changing (about 600 feet away); The Daily Citizen (about 600 feet away); If Walls Could Talk (about 600 feet away);
Sign for the Baer House Inn - Bed and Breakfast. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 23, 2018
3. Sign for the Baer House Inn - Bed and Breakfast.
Vicksburg and the Vick Family (about 600 feet away); Featherston-Magruder House (about 600 feet away); Vicksburg (about 600 feet away); Martha Vick House (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings
 
The clock, that Max Kuner installed, can be seen in the tower in far background. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 23, 2018
4. The clock, that Max Kuner installed, can be seen in the tower in far background.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 31, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 27, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 47 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 27, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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