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The Jewish Merchants of Edgefield

 
 
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By Brian Scott, October 10, 2008
1. The Jewish Merchants of Edgefield Marker
Inscription. In the years following 1900, a number of immigrant Jewish merchants moved to Edgefield and actively participated in the commercial life of the Town for nearly a century. All of these merchants sold 'dry goods," meaning textiles, ready-to-ware clothing and notions, as distinguished from hardware, jewelry and groceries.

Jacob Rubenstein (1877-1948), a native of Latvia, arrived in Edgefield around 1903, establishing a business which continued here until 1987. J. Goldsberg & Son purchased the business of James E. Hart in 1909, but sold out to Israel Mukashy (1882-1964) in 1911. Mukashy, a native of Russia, continued to operate this business until his retirement in 1950. Abram Daitch (1884-1968), a native of Poland, operated another business here from 1916 until the late 1930s. Jacob Altstok (1883-1884), a native of Poland, who was a half-brother of Mrs. Israel Mukashy, came here in 1926 and engaged in the dry goods business until his death in 1944, after which time his wife continued to operate the business for several years.

These Jewish families were all members of the Adas Yeshurmon Synagogue in Augusta and are buried in the Jewish section of Magnolia Cemetery in that city.

The Jewish Merchants of Edgefield were an important part of the commercial activity of the Town for many decades and became much beloved
The Jewish Merchants of Edgefield Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, October 10, 2008
2. The Jewish Merchants of Edgefield Marker
citizens. Herman and Maurice "Bully" Rubenstein, sons of Jacob Rubenstein and the last of Edgefield's Jewish merchants, both died in 1992, closing a meaningful chapter in Edgefield history.
 
Location. 33° 47.367′ N, 81° 55.733′ W. Marker is in Edgefield, South Carolina, in Edgefield County. Marker is on Main Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located near the northeast intersection of Main Street and Courthouse Square, near the entrance to edgefield Fuel & Convenience. Marker is at or near this postal address: 107 1/2 Courthouse Square, Edgefield SC 29824, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Welcome to Historic Edgefield (a few steps from this marker); Lynch Building (within shouting distance of this marker); J. Strom Thurmond (within shouting distance of this marker); The Booth-Toney Shootout of 1878 (within shouting distance of this marker); Israel Mukashy Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Turner's Country Store (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Welcome to Historic Edgefield (within shouting distance of this marker); Governors and Lieutenant Governors from Edgefield (within shouting distance of this marker); Edgefield County Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Edgefield County Confederate Monument (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Edgefield.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 12, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,208 times since then and 71 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 12, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
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