Joseph Price Socorro County, New Mexico

Joseph Price, member of the Price Brothers Mercantile Company at Socorro, is a native of Germany and came to the United States in 1864. Throughout his entire life he has been connected with commercial pursuits, carrying on business in that line in Oneonta, New York, until he came to New Mexico. The Price Brothers Mercantile Company was established in 1881 and the members of the firm were Joseph Price and M. Loewenstein. Since that time a wholesale and retail general mercantile business has been conducted. The company has also carried on a banking business for about eight years and has a state bank, which is known as the Socorro State Bank. Joseph Price went to Socorro in 1887 to take charge of the business, which had been established by his brother, Morris Price, now of Roswell, and has acted as manager of the enterprise for the past nineteen years, developing the business along modern lines of progress until the trade of the house has now reached large and profitable proportions. In community affairs he has also been interested, supporting those measures which are a matter of civic pride. He has been school director and for several years was president of the board of education, but has never been an office seeker. For thirty-seven years he has been identified with the Masonic fraternity, being raised in Oneonta Lodge No. 466. A. F. & A. M., at Oneonta, New York. In 1873 he married Miss Carrie Stern, and their children are Jennie, the wife of L. B. Stern, of Albuquerque; Essie L., the wife of Simon Bitterman; Lena E., and Edward L. Price.

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Source: History of New Mexico, Its Resources and People, Volume II, Pacific States Publishing Co., 1907.

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