Issac Cohen was born in Germany in 1848 and immigrated to the U.S in 1866, settling first in Kentucky and then moving to San Francisco two years later. He eventually set up shop in Anaheim, where he ran a successful dry goods and clothing store with his two brothers, Leopold and Max. He placed frequent ads in the local newspapers and was active in the community, serving on the City Council in 1878. He later headed back to San Francisco, where he married fellow German Jewish immigrant Emma Stencel. They had three children, two boys and a girl, and their daughter Gertrude went on to become an accomplished pianist who played in Europe, New York and at the White House Tea for First Lady Taft.
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