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Julius Deutsch, retired merchant and capitalist, of Atchison is a citizen who has made his own way in the world and achieved a satisfactory measure of success in the mercantile field. He was born in Lorraine, the French province of Germany, November 27, 1858, a son of Molling and Melanie Deutsch, who were born and reared in Lorraine. Molling Deutsch was a wholesale grain and flour merchant in his native town. Melanie Deutsch was a daughter of M. FRIEND, a soldier in the Napoleonic Wars and who was awarded the Medal of St. Helena for bravery on the field of battle. Both parents lived their lives and died in the land of their nativity.

When Julius Deutsch had completed his education at the age of fourteen years, in 1872, he immigrated to America coming direct to Atchison, where he made his home for a short time with an uncle, L. Friend. Later, he entered the employ of another uncle, I. Friend, a merchant doing business in Seneca. He worked in the store at Seneca for two years sold goods in Atchison for another year, spent one year in a mercantile establishment at Topeka, and then embarked in business for himself. Mr. Deutsch established a general store at Muscotah in 1878, which was a successful venture. Prosperity attended his efforts and it was not long until he and his brothers embarked in the mercantile business at Horton, KS and established a store which they still own. He was associated in his business ventures with his brothers, Sylvain, Maurice, Simon and Isaac. Simon is now a resident of Cleveland, OH. Isaac is deceased. The brothers established a chain of stores and operated them at Beloit, Atchison, Valley Falls, Muscotah and Concordia, which were generally successful and make money on the investment to Atchison in 1902. He first came to Atchison from Muscotah in 1885, turned over the business at Muscotah to his brother and then engaged in business in this city. His brother, Maurice, now operates the store at Horton, KS. Sylvain Deutsch makes his home principally in Kansas City. During the later years the Deutsch brothers have disposed of a number of these various stores and now operate the Horton concern only. Their capital is mainly invested in real estate, consisting of city property and farm lands in Kansas and the west. Isaac Deutsch was the first of the family to come to America to seek his fortune and his brothers followed and a community of interests which held them together at all times, resulted in all becoming well-to-do.

Mr. Deutsch and his brothers are interested in a number of financial institutions and he has many friends among the substantial citizens of his home city. He took an active part in the incorporation of the town of Muscotah, serving as city councilman. He is of the Jewish faith and is prone to assist all religious denominations to the extent of his ability, being tolerant and broad-minded in this respect. He is fraternally allied with the Odd Fellows and the Elks. Mr. Deutsch possesses a likable personality, which, coupled with a kindly and courteous demeanor at all times, makes him well liked by his associates and esteemed for his many excellent qualities.

Taken from:

History of Atchison County, Kansas

by Sheffield Ingalls - 1916

Submitted by:

Clemi Higley Blackburn, July 2001

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