MOSE IRALSON, Dallas Jewish Merchant

30 November 2018 19:10 น. Dallas, Featured

This amazingly clear 1892 photo of Mose Iralson was taken at the studio of Clifton Church. Almost no trace of Mose Iralson, or his family remain in Dallas history.



However, a story in the May 24, 1893 edition of the Daily Times Hearald list M. Iralson and company as being in the manufacturer of millinery business.

Sam Iralson (possibly his father) came to Dallas early on. The following taken from the Institute of Southern Jewish Life:
“The young congregation held weekly services on the second floor above Bradford’s Grocery Store. In 1886, Shaareth Israel was officially chartered with 20 members. Most of these charter members were recent arrivals in Dallas; only one of the 20, congregation president Sam Iralson, lived in Dallas in 1880”.

It appears that I. Iralson ran ads in the Daily Herald newspaper. His ad on August 14, 1877 announced that the business had moved from 514 Main Street 512 Main Street in downtown Dallas. His millinery shop claimed to have the largest stock of human hair in the state of Texas. The shop also claimed to do hair dressing, along with all kinds of hair work.

Photo courtesy George W. Cook collection at Southern Methodist University’s DeGolyer Library.  Alex Singer, early Dallas Jewish merchant info can be found here.