Biography of Louis Cohn
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LOUIS COHN
Louis Cohn, one of Salt Lake City's most progressive and successful merchants, was born in Doberzyn, Poland, Russia, April 18, 1842. He was educated in the Government public schools there, and in 1859, at the age of seventeen, he emigrated to New York, in which city he clerked in a dry goods store for two years, when he went to California and entered the mercantile business in Sierra County, where he kept a general store for the next four years, in which he was quite successful. In 1865 he left California., driving his own team from Poker Flat; made famous by Bret Harte, and started for Salt Lake City, where he arrived after a tedious six weeks' journey. Shortly after arriving in Salt Lake he started a general store under the firm name of Cohn & Munter, which continued for two years, when the dry goods establishment known as The California Store was formed by Mr. L. Cohn and his brother, Alexander, which, after many ups and downs, was finally merged into the Cohn Dry Goods Company. That firm went out of business, and in 1887 the present house was established and has been very successful ever since, and is today one of the leading dry goods houses in Salt Lake City. The success attained by this house was due mainly to the business ability and good judgment of Mr. Louis Cohn, who believes in sticking close to business and hanging on even when severe reverses happen. He has always been a firm believer in Salt Lake and the community and when he came here he determined to stick, which he did and has made a success of his business. His brother and partner, Mr. Alexander Cohn, died in 1902, and the company was incorporated in 1907, and his widow retained her husband's full share of the business.

Mr. Cohn, besides being president of the L. & A. Cohn Dry Goods Company, is connected with the Kaysville Brick Company, and has numerous mining interests. He was a member of the city council for two terms during the administration of Mayor Scott, also in 1894, while Mayor Baskin held office, and was subsequently fire and police commissioner.

Mr. Cohn was married April 20, 1876, to Miss Carrie Lippman, and they have two children, Edna C and Sylvia Cohn Druehl. Mr. Cohn is a member of the Alta and Commercial clubs, a thirty second degree Mason and Shriner, and was grand master of the Masonic fraternity in Utah in 1872.

From:
Sketches of the Inter-Mountain States
1847 - 1909
Utah Idaho Nevada
Published by: The Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake City, Utah 1909


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