Louis Bodenheimer, a resident of Montgomery, Ala., but a merchant at Fitzpatrick’s, is a native of Bavaria, Germany, was born in 1848, and is a son of Isaac and Sarah (Schorff) Bodenheimer, who emigrated from the land of their birth in 1854, and settled in New York city, where the father was engaged in the livestock trade until his death. His widow is now a resident of St. Louis. Louis Bodenheimer is one of a family of twelve children and was educated in New York City. At the age of sixteen he began his business life as clerk in the same city, but a year later, in 1865, came south and passed two years in Louisiana, then clerked in Montgomery, Ala., until 1869, when he embarked in business, on his own account at Fitzpatrick’s, where his urbanity and general business talents have won for him a large circle of acquaintances and customers. In addition to merchandising, he does quite an extensive cotton commission business, as well as giving some attention to planting. He furnishes supplies for about 2,500 acres of cotton plantation land for some of the leading businessmen of the county, beside; supplying his own plantation of 500 acres, handling in all about 1,000 bales per annum. Mr. Bodenheimer is popular as a secret society man, being a member of Montgomery lodge, No. 11, F. & A. M., of the K. of P., of Daniel Rice lodge, K. of H., and the National union – all of Montgomery. For some years he was postmaster at Fitzpatrick’s, and still holds the confidence of the entire community. He was happily married, in 1872, to Miss Rosa Gerson, a native of Montgomery. Her father was M. L. Gerson, who, with his wife, was a native of Germany and at one time a prosperous merchant of Montgomery, Ala.
Brant & Fuller, et al. Memorial Record of Alabama: A Concise Account of the State’s Political, Military, Professional And Industrial Progress, Together With the Personal Memoirs of Many of Its People. Madison, Wis.: Brant & Fuller, 1893.