Goldstein, Isaac A. (1857–1920)

By: Roger N. Conger

Type: Biography

Published: January 1, 1995

Updated: May 18, 2016

Isaac A. Goldstein, Jewish businessman, editor, civic leader, and philanthropist, was born near San Marcos, Texas, in 1857, the son of Moses and Amanda Goldstein. The family moved to Waco in 1868. Goldstein graduated from Baylor University and joined Lovey Migel to organize the Goldstein-Migel Company, a dry-goods and clothing store, in 1888. In 1892 Goldstein began publication of a weekly society paper, The Gossip. He changed its name to The Artesia in 1893 and published it for the next ten years. Goldstein served as president of the Waco Public Library board of directors from 1901 to 1920; largely through his influence Waco received a grant of $30,000 from the Carnegie Foundation for construction of its first library, built at Twelfth and Austin streets. For many years Goldstein was a director of the First National Bank of Waco, and he founded the Hebrew Free Loan to help Jewish settlers in need of financial assistance. He was married and had two sons. He died on November 19, 1920, and is buried in Hebrew Rest Cemetery, Waco.

Dayton Kelley, ed., The Handbook of Waco and McLennan County, Texas (Waco: Texian, 1972). Natalie Ornish, Pioneer Jewish Texans (Dallas: Texas Heritage, 1989). Waco Daily Times-Herald, November 19, 20, 1920.

  • Journalism
  • Newspapers
  • Editors and Reporters
  • Peoples
  • Jews
  • Activism and Social Reform
  • Civic Leaders
  • Patrons, Collectors, and Philanthropists

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January 1, 1995
May 18, 2016