Leon was the son of Faber Mandel, a dry goods merchant. Faber was married to a Caroline Klein and there were four sons, Solomon, Simon, Leon and Emmanuel. When Leon was eight or nine his father died. After Faber's death the the business barely supported them. Soon after Caroline's brother and Faber's nephew, Solomon migrated to US and became partners in the dry goods store in Chicago. (Dry Goods House of Klein & Mandel.
Three or four yrs after her husband's death, 1852/53, Mrs. Mandel decided to follow her brother and her oldest son to Chicago.
When Leon made his home in Chicago, in 1852/53 it was a city in embryo.
Listed in the Chicago Directory of 1856 records Leon as clerk with Greenbaum Brothers, bankers at 45 Clark Street. Leon was only 15 yrs. Also worked at Rosenfield & Rosenberg, a dry goods store, at 180 Lake Street.
Also worked for Ross & Foster at 71 Lake Street.
Meantime his uncle and his oldest brother, Solomon had put their funds together and established at 108 Clark Street, corner of Monroe. Emanuel, the youngest son was clerk. later on Leon & Samuel also joined the dry goods firm.
Lots more info, but let me get on with the names.
Leon married a Miss Belle Foreman, a daughter of Henry Foreman. The year was 1869 in Philadelphia. Soon after their marriage, Mr. & Mrs. Mandel returned to chicago and made their home at 43 Hubbard Court. They had two sons, Frederick L and Robert Mandel while living at this location.
He was well established in 1871 at the age of 30. Then came the Chicago Fire.
They rebuilt and there is more info concerning this time.
They then lived at 372 Calumet Ave, where they cont. to live for about 3 yrs. There their dau Frannie, who became the wife of Oscar G. Foreman, the banker was born.
In New York, four more daughters were born in the Mandel Family, Ida, who later married M.H. Mandelbaum, a Chicago bus. man; Blanche, who is now the wife of J. M. Wineman; and Florence who still lives with her mother. In 1884, Frederick went abroad for study in Germany, and in 1885 Robert went to Paris where his older brother joined him. They went back to Chicago, Robert in 1889 and Frederick in 1888.
Each entering the store at the age of 18.
Four of the five sons of the older brother Simon-Frank, Milton, Leonard and Eugene-also went into the store, as they grew up, as did Emanuel's sons, Frank & Edwin, the latter of whom entered the business on leaving the Unviv. of Chicago in 1896.
Leon passed away Nov 4, 1911 in the 71st year of his age. The funeral was at his home in Chicago, Nov 7. Buried Rosehill Cemetery.
Leon's mother died at the age of 80 yrs.1893.
Emanuel his brother died 1908 and brother Simon died 1912.
There is much much more in this bio and if this is your line, you should be very proud. What a hard working family! They were quite prosperous.
In answer to your question regarding this book, I have it up for sale at Ebay. I combine my love of genealogy and books. I am always on the lookout for books with bios or histories. My family was from Chicago and I too am having a hard time in finding info concerning my family. I try to purchase every thing I can find and then if I cannot find anything regarding my tree or my husbands, I sell it to make other purchases.
If this is your family, I can make copies of the bio and the photo and send them to you.
Either by snail or email. Which ever you prefer.
But I repeat If this is your line, you are lucky to to have such a family lineage. Very Hard working and very successful people.
I hope I have answered your questions regarding the Mandels.