I ran across a great article from D Magazine called “The Jews Who Built Dallas.” The article details the Jewish professionals who came to Dallas and became a major influence on its economy and culture. And many of our aforementioned merchants are discussed in the article as great leaders and businessmen of the time.
For example, The article calls Alex Sanger (of Sanger Brothers/Sanger Harris) “the most powerful merchant in Dallas in 1899 and an important player in the Jewish Community.”
As it turns out, the early Jewish merchants of the time were asked to lead the charge in other ways as well. “In 1907, for example, the city turned to Albert Linz (of the Linz Bros. jewelry firm) to look after arrangements for one of te major events in early Dallas history, the visit of President William Howard Taft.”
“…the Klan paid a visit to Edward Titche, the congenial head of Titche-Goettinger. They told Titche about the organization, what it stood for, and why it was so important. Then they asked the department store executive to join. Amazed, Titche carefully explained to his guests that he appreciated their time and interest, but membership would be quite impossible. He was Jewish. The Klansmen grabbed their hats and made for the door. ‘Too bad,’ retored one of the Klansmen over his shoulder, ‘you would have made a wonderful Kleagle.’”