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Passenger Receipt, First Cabin, No. 11, E. Hirshfield [158893]

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Passenger Receipt, First Cabin, No. 11, E. Hirshfield [158893]
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Passenger receipt for first cabin, #11, to E. Hirshfield recovered from the S.S. Central America shipwreck. We include this receipt because there is virtually nothing found by Klare or the Bowers team on this man, nor is anything found in newly digitized newspaper or other records. But... food for thought... Lewis Hirschfield was born in Utica, New York in 1837, back at a time when census records were few and far between. He became one of the most powerful bankers in the northwestern United States, based in Virginia City, Montana. Hirshfield kept to himself. Little is known of his life prior to his arrival in Montana in the 1860s. We were also not able to find a published obituary in New York where it was reported he died, such that we could find out (maybe) about his family. One thing is certain -- by the time Hirshfield made it to Montana, he had capital. Was Edward Hirshfield an older brother who was returning from California? Here we have the coincidence of a New York family, a New York destination, and an early First Cabin ticket, which indicates "money." But who was he?

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Provenance: SS Central America Collection