Dillon Dry Goods Company
c. 1900s - c. 1920s
Dillon, SC 29536
FAMILIES: Schafer, Iseman, Blum, Kornblut
Abraham Schafer (1856-1933) initially immigrated from Oberheim, Germany to Darlington after being sponsored by the Iseman family. After marrying Rebecca Iseman (1857-1911), the couple moved to Little Rock, South Carolina. After opening a dry goods store sometime before 1900, he expanded to Latta and Dillon, where he opened Dillon Dry Goods Company sometime in the early 1900s. He later gifted the Dillon business to his daughter, Belle (b. 1882), and her husband, Isadore Blum (1882-1959). Like other Jewish merchants, the store purchased wholesale goods from Baltimore Bargain House. Around 1927, Isadore partnered with his brother-in-law, Leon Kornblut, to operate several more stores in towns across South Carolina, including Marion, Mullins, Cheraw, Chesterfield, and Lake View, although they closed shortly before the Great Depression. During this time the store in Dillon was called Blum and Kornblut’s.