So we now know about the European immigration that brought retail to Texas. Let’s look a little closer at the roots of retailing in Dallas by exploring the history of one of the first major merchants to set up shop downtown.
Emanual Meyer Kahn (dba E.M. Kahn’s) was born in 1849 in Alsace-Lorraine, France. According to the publication Pioneer Jewish Texans, he arrived by ship in Georgia and began working as a merchant. From Georgia he moved on to Mississippi and then Dallas.