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Karon Family papers

Identifier: umja0101

Scope and Contents

Materials within this collection date between 1900 and 1955 and consist of: newspaper articles, petitions for naturalization, a family tree, and a Northwest Scrap Iron account book.


  • Creation: 1900-1955


Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.


This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Samuel "Shopse" Karon, was born in Lithuania on September 15, 1865, and immigrated to the United States in 1887 in an effort to escape being drafted into the Russian army for the second time. He settled in Duluth, Minnesota, where he began his career by collecting bottles and rags and eventually established the Northwestern Iron and Metal Company in 1890, located in Canal Park. He also established Norwestern Wiping Cloth Company. He married his first wife Sarah, whom he brought over from Lithuania, in 1890; they had nine children together -- Abe, Edith (Karsner), Meyer, Robert, Sidney, Esther (Green), Raye (Greenspun), Harry, and Fanny (Mark). Sarah passed away in 1934. Karon was one of the founders Duluth's first synagogue, Adas Israel, and presided as president for 47 years. He passed away in 1966 at the age of 100.


0.25 Cubic Feet (1 half Hollinger box)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of materials relating to the Karon family, who ran the Northwetern Iron and Metal Company in Duluth, Minnesota.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest in 1990 by Shirley Garber.

Related Materials

A collection of seven albums with photographs and documents related to the Karon family resides with the University of Minnesota Duluth Archives and Special Collections (identifier U6253).

Karon Family papers, 1900-1955
Erin Smerage
June 2017
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Collecting Area Details

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