Blumenfeld and Fried papers
Scope and Contents
Business papers of the Bernhard Blumenfeld (1853-1923) and Simon Fried (1843-1912) families, including deeds, promissory notes, stock certificates, (including two from John M. Stone Cotton Mills) and letters from Mena Blumenfeld concerning life in New York, a World War I celebration, and other. Items added by Henry Meyer include photographs of family members and homes. Places documented include Oktibbeha County, Mississippi, and New York City.
- 1889 - 1955
- Fried, Simon. (Creator, Person)
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Biographical / Historical
Simon Fried and his family settled in Starkville in 1880. Originally from Bavaria, he came to Pennsylvania in 1857 and was naturalized in 1865. In addition to running a dry-goods store, Simon Fried served as an alderman and was a member of the Knights of Pythias for 42 years. Fried had the honor of serving as the Grand Warden of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows in 1894, a global altruistic and benevolent fraternal organization that had a strong presence in Mississippi during the 19th century.
In 1888, Simon’s daughter, Carrie Fried, married Bernard Blumenfeld, a senior partner of the firm Bernard Blumenfeld. The marriage initiated a long-term business partnership between the two families in Starkville, Mississippi. Because there was no temple in Starkville, their wedding took place in the local Methodist church. The two families opened a dry good store in the 1890s, and it grew to be a successful wholesale grocery business.
The following details the genealogical history of these families: Simon Fried (b. 4-1843; d. 1912, buried in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Starkville). Sophie Fried (wife of Simon; b. 11-1848, d. 1927). Simon and Sophie had 2 daughters, Carrie (b. 9-2-1869, d. 7-1-1956) and Nellie.
Bernard Blumenfeld (b. 1853, d. 1923) had a son Simon Blumenfeld (5-24-1889, d. 12-12-1935)
Carrie and Simon married and had a daugther, Mena Blumenfeld (b. 8-20-1892, d. 7-6-1965)
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