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Alfred Hiller 1903 Bio



History of the Jews of Louisiana

Their Religious, Civic, Charitable, and Patriotic Life.

Compiled by The Jewish Historical Publishing Company of Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana   1903

p. 123


A saying there is which has the force and currency almost of proverb, remarking how very largely the class of noted city men has always been recruited from the country. On second thought this seems a fact easy to account for: The country breeds health and strength and sterling character, and these develop energy and natural ability when city-ward transplanted.  New Orleans at all event as the Southern metropolis, draws to it like a loadstone the best brain and talent of its tributary country; such men for example, as our subject, Mr. Alfred Hiller, a man of prominence as merchant and bank director, and socially also from his connection with many fraternal and charitable bodies, more particularly as president for two terms, of that famous organization, renowned far and wide for its luxury and hospitality, the Harmony Club.  Mr. Hiller hails originally from Summit in the cotton region of Mississippi.  He was born there some forty years ago, and was raised and went to school in the same district of country. He began his business career as a boy of fifteen in the Bank of Summit, of which institution he was president at the early age of twenty-live. There also he was in the cotton business in company with his father, as H. Hiller & Co. In 1893, the Hillers, father and son, came here, seeking a larger field for their capital and activities than Summit afforded. That year they engaged in business as the Ong--Hiller Co., successors to Ong-, a house then already established many years, as a dealer in building materials, naval stores, oils, sugar house and mill supplies, etc.  This was predecessor of the house of Alfred Hiller & Co., Ltd., in the same line, of which Mr. Hiller is president. It is perhaps the largest importer of cement and dealer in materials of that character in this market. Mr. Hiller is a Mason of superior standing-, a Knight of Pythias, a member of the I. O. B. B , and has been a director of both the Jewish Home and Touro.

 

 



Owner/SourceHistory of the Jews of Louisiana
Date1903
Linked toAlfred HILLER

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