Jacob Klein

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Jacob Klein (1831-1899) Born in Alsace, France and immigrated to Nevada in 1860. Jacob started the Carson Brewery with John Wagner and August Berhauser. Nevada’s first and longest operating brewery (1860-1948), the location was on King Street and today, it’s operated as the Brewery Arts Center. No marker remains. 


His two daughters memorialized him in a stained glass window at St. Teresa of Avila Church.

Article from San Francisco Call 7 February 1899:


JACOB KLEIN, the Carson brewer, died at the Golden State House on Sunday night. His death records the passing of another of Nevada's old and progressive citizens, and his loss will leave a wide gap in the Sagebrush State's enterprise.

Klein was the founder of the Bullion and Exchange Bank in Carson City, Nev., and managed its affairs at a time when the Comstock mines poured out their silver store. -and bullion and coin passed over the bank's counters In tons. It was perhaps one of the richest banking houses on the coast, and its profits were enormous. About three years ago a crash came, -however, In which Klein was a sufferer to the extent of thousands of dollars. For some time it was suspected that the bank had been made. a trolley on which many of the clandestine transactions of the famous Hale & Norcross steal rode, and later a clerk, H. K. Brown, looted the concern for $75,000, which sum had been placed in his possession for safekeeping. When those associated with Klein in the bank divided the spoils, it was found that the bulk of the money had been taken from Klein's personal account, and he was obliged to bear the burden of the loss. Whatever may have been transacted through the bank of a sinister character, it may safely be said that the man who passed away Sunday was innocent of it all, although he often was called upon to cover up the tracks of others. Brown, the absconder, was indicted by a grand jury, but has never been produced, owing to an indisposition on the part of the bank officials to bring him back.

Klein was at the time of his death owner of the Carson Gas Works, the Carson Brewery and a director in the Bullion and Exchange Bank, which was reorganized after its financial difficulties were straightened out. He was 69 years of age and left a widow and two daughters Miss Clotilde and Miss Belle. He was a member of Carson Lodge No. l, F and A. M. and Lewis Chapter No. l. . His funeral will take place from Masonic Temple at 2 o'clock to-morrow afternoon.

Klein's wife has conducted the Golden State, corner of Mason and Eddy streets, for a, number of years. Her husband's death was the result of heart failure and general debility. JACOB KLEIN.