|City/Town: • Northern Florida|
|Location Class: • Residential|
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Marcus Loeb was born on December 27, 1852, in Kirrweiler, Germany. His father was a farmer who specialized in growing grapes and making fine wines. Loeb attended local schools and took after his father by apprenticing in the wine business. When he was 18, he left for the United States in search of better opportunities, arriving in New York on November 14, 1870.
He first moved to Plymouth, Indiana where he spent two years working as a store clerk. He decided to move south and relocated to the Carolinas and then sometime in the late-1870s, he moved to Palatka, Florida. After saving up about $600, he started a small clothing store and saloon. Between 1878 and 1883, the Calhoun House, better known as the Azalea
Loeb was active in the business, financial and political affairs of Palatka. He was vice-president of the Old East Florida Saving & Trust Co., and President of the Palatka Telephone Company in 1894. He was a member of the city council from 1884 to 1886 and served a term as Mayor. He was also a member of the Palatka Masonic Lodge and served as Treasurer for 12 years and as Grandmaster.
Palatka’s great fire occurred on November 7, 1884, virtually wiping out the entire business district, including Loeb’s store. His damages were estimated at $25,000, of which $10,000 was covered by insurance. In 1898, he was the owner of an orange orchard when a freeze destroyed the crop. That, coupled with a desire to be a part of a larger Jewish community, caused him to move his family to Atlanta, Georgia, wherein in 1899 he opened a factory for manufacturing overalls and other work clothes for men. The corporation was known as Marcus Loeb & Company and employed approximately 300 people. He resided in Atlanta until his death on September 16, 1930, where he is buried at Oakland Cemetery.
Col. Samuel J. Hilburn
After Marcus Loeb moved out of his home, Colonel Samuel Johnson Hilburn would later occupy the home. Samuel Hilburn was born in Gainesville, Arkansas on May 30, 1869, spending much of his early life on a farm. Upon completion of his high school
That same year, he was admitted to the bar in Wilson County, Tennessee, and moved to Palatka afterward where he served as city attorney for 11 years, and as chairman of the county school board for seven years. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1909, and the State Senate in 1911. He resigned the position to run for Congress but lost by just a small margin of 384 votes out of 25,000 votes cast. Samuel would later again be elected to the State Senate in 1933. In 1915, he was appointed Judge of a new circuit court by Governor
The Weekly True Democrat. (April 9, 1909). Hon. Samuel J. Hilburn