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Meyer Halff

Birthdate: (69)
Birthplace: Lauterbourg, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France
Death: December 23, 1905 (69)
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry Halff and Eve Herftel Halff
Husband of Rachel Halff
Father of Henrietta Goldsmith; Alexander Hart Halff; Henry Mayer Halff; Lillie Elizabeth Oppenheimer; Sidney Halff and 1 other
Brother of Julie Halff; Rosine Ruff; Solomon Halff and Adolphe Halff
Half brother of Babet Halff and Samuel Halff

Managed by: Kevin Lawrence Hanit
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About Meyer Halff

Several Jews who came to San Antonio after the war amassed significant fortunes. Alsatian-born Mayer Halff came to America in 1850, when he was just fourteen years old. After peddling with his older brother out of Liberty, Texas, the two opened a store in the town in 1856. After his brother drowned tragically, Mayer brought over his younger brother Solomon to help him in the business. The two moved to San Antonio in 1865, opening a large dry goods operation called M. Halff & Bros. When some of their customers offered to pay their bills in cattle, the Halff brothers moved into 19th century Texas’ most famous industry, ranching. Solomon ran the wholesale dry goods business, which became the largest supply house in the southwest, while Mayer focused on their cattle interests. Mayer bought several ranches in west Texas; at their peak, the Halff brothers owned over a million acres of land while their ranches were the third largest producer of cattle in the country. They were among the first ranchers to bring Hereford cattle to Texas. While their cattle interests were in west Texas, the brothers resided in San Antonio, becoming leading figures in the city’s business community. Solomon Halff helped to organize Alamo National Bank, becoming as its first vice-president, while Mayer helped found City National Bank, serving as its president. The Halff’s ranching empire did not continue long in the 20th century. Solomon left the business in 1900, and Mayer’s sons eventually sold off most of their ranching interests.

Source N. : AD67NUM-5/9 (JCL)

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About Meyer Halff (Français)

Several Jews who came to San Antonio after the war amassed significant fortunes. Alsatian-born Mayer Halff came to America in 1850, when he was just fourteen years old. After peddling with his older brother out of Liberty, Texas, the two opened a store in the town in 1856. After his brother drowned tragically, Mayer brought over his younger brother Solomon to help him in the business. The two moved to San Antonio in 1865, opening a large dry goods operation called M. Halff & Bros. When some of their customers offered to pay their bills in cattle, the Halff brothers moved into 19th century Texas’ most famous industry, ranching. Solomon ran the wholesale dry goods business, which became the largest supply house in the southwest, while Mayer focused on their cattle interests. Mayer bought several ranches in west Texas; at their peak, the Halff brothers owned over a million acres of land while their ranches were the third largest producer of cattle in the country. They were among the first ranchers to bring Hereford cattle to Texas. While their cattle interests were in west Texas, the brothers resided in San Antonio, becoming leading figures in the city’s business community. Solomon Halff helped to organize Alamo National Bank, becoming as its first vice-president, while Mayer helped found City National Bank, serving as its president. The Halff’s ranching empire did not continue long in the 20th century. Solomon left the business in 1900, and Mayer’s sons eventually sold off most of their ranching interests.

Source N. : AD67NUM-5/9 (JCL)

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Meyer Halff's Timeline

1836
February 6, 1836
Lauterbourg, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France
1867
September 25, 1867
Age 31
San Antonio, Bexar, TX, United States
1869
February 5, 1869
Age 32
Detroit, Wayne, MI, United States
1874
August 17, 1874
Age 38
San Antonio, Bexar, TX, United States
1877
August 4, 1877
Age 41
San Antonio, Bexar, TX, United States
1886
September 23, 1886
Age 50
1905
December 23, 1905
Age 69
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