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Jewish Research and Education - Cuba Family Archives, Finding Aids

Dates:  1875-1996

Creator:  Louis Cohen Family

Summary/Abstract:  A German immigrant, Louis Cohen was elected mayor of Sandersville in 1887 and served several terms. The papers consist of certificates from the Banking House of Louis Cohen, family genealogical materials, a scrapbook completed by Louis Cohen, the recipe book of Henrietta Happ, family bibles containing additional genealogical records, and correspondence from Cohen and Happ family members.

Quantity/Physical Description: .6 linear feet

Language(s):  English

Repository:  The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Restrictions on Access:  There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Restrictions on Use:  Copyright restrictions may apply.  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.  Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation:  Box #, Folder #, Mss 190, Louis Cohen Family Papers, The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Arrangement: The papers are arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Biographical/Historical Note:  Louis Cohen was born in Germany in 1849 and immigrated with his parents to Georgia in 1852.  Louis was raised in Americus, Georgia, and moved to Sandersville in 1877, where he established a general merchandise business.  In 1887, along with Morris Happ, he established a banking house which later became the Banking House of Louis Cohen.  Cohn later led the campaign for the construction of the Sandersville and Tennille railway, serving as its president.  This three mile short line railroad is still in existence, providing freight service to Washington County, Georgia.  Louis Cohen was elected mayor of Sandersville in 1887 and served several terms.

Scope and Content:  Researchers studying the Louis Cohen Family Papers will gain insight into early Jewish life in Sandersville, Georgia, and Jews in politics. The papers are arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Collection Inventory

Box File Description Date
1 1 Bach, Davie – Temple – Atlanta, Georgia – book gift inscribed by Rabbi Leo Reich 1890
2 Bible (contains genealogical information) 1864
3 Central of Georgia Railway Company – Sandersville Rail Road 1894
4 City of Sandersville – coupon bond 1928
5 Cohen, Anna – prayerbook 1875
2 1 The Cohen National Bank – Sandersville, Georiga 1910-1996
2 Correspondence 1889-1920
3 Genealogical information and family history 1924-1995
4 Invitation – Stag banquet of H. Edward Cohen and calling card Undated
5 Lemer, Ben – telegram regarding missing in action, World War II 1945
6 Marriage Licenses 1904-1943
7 Newspaper articles 1904-1958
8 Recipe book of Henrietta Hein Undated
9 Scrapbook 1885-1894
10 Standard Club 1970, Undated
11 Union Box Manufacturing Co. – Atlanta, Georgia Undated


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