Ivie Stein was born in New York on August 7, 1891. He followed his older brother Sam (Simon) Stein, of Stein’s Stationery Store, to Santa Ana, where he worked as a commercial photographer. He opened the Stein Photo Shop and “maintains such a completely equipped Kodak finishing house that, as the only concern of its kind in the county, he does work for many other stores all over Orange County,” according to Samuel Armor’s 1921 History of Orange County, California. In the American Jewish Year Book of 1946-47, Ivie is listed as “President of the United Welfare Fund of Orange County, org. 1939, 110 E. Fourth St.,” which was the address for Sam Hurwitz’s store. He had one son, Ivie Jr., born in 1940, served as president of Temple Beth Sholom in 1949 and was active in many Santa Ana civic affairs.