Sol Barth : A Jewish Settler on the Arizona Frontier
Journal of Arizona History
Solomon Barth (1843-1928) came to the United States from East Prussia in 1856 and crossed the plains that year with a Mormon handcart group. "Early in the spring of 1856 an energetic Jewish lad named Solomon Barth landed in New York and quickly made his way to the West. From that year until the end of his life, the fortunes of Sol Barth were intimately involved with the settlement of the Southwest. These same fortunes were also associated, somewhat ironically, with the physical expansion of the Mormon Church from its core in Utah into Arizona Territory. Sol's mercantile goals usually placed him in opposition to the theocratic expansion of the Mormons, but there were moments of near empathy between the Jew and the Latter Day Saint. These relationships add a special flavor to the history of St. Johns, Arizona, and its region." [from author] This article explores Barth's personal history, immigration, business, relationship to the LDS church, etc.