J. Levy

Merchant
1930 – mid-1960s


Batesburg, SC 29006

FAMILIES:

Jacob “Jake” Levy (1891-1968) was born in Russia to Fishel “Frank” Levy (1868-1955) and Gussie Steinberg Levy (1870-1923). By 1899, the Levy family immigrated from Kobrin, Russia (present-day Belarus) to New York by way of Hamburg, Germany. By 1910, the Levy family had settled in Augusta, Georgia, where Frank Levy supported them as a peddler. In 1917, United States Army drafted Levy to fight in World War I; at the time, he was self-employed as a merchant in Barnwell, South Carolina. He was awarded the Distinguished War Cross in the summer of 1918 in France. In 1920, Levy lived with his parents and worked as a clerk in his father’s mercantile business in Augusta. He married Sadie Steinburg (1896-1989) in the mid-1920s. In 1930, Jacob Levy, his wife, Sadie Steinberg Levy, and their two children, Joel Levy and Theodore Levy lived in Newberry, where Jacob Levy was the proprietor of a clothing goods store that sold men’s wear and shoes. Sometime after the Newberry store was burglarized in 1930, Jake Levy ceased operations there. The family relocated to Batesburg in Lexington County, where Levy opened this store, also named J. Levy. The store remained in operation until the mid-1960s. Jake Levy passed away in 1968.

The Jewish Merchant Project is supported by the generosity of the Norman and Gerry Sue Arnold Foundation and the Stanley B. Farbstein Endowment at the Coastal Community Foundation. Longtime members of the JHSSC, Mr. Arnold obm, a merchant himself, and Mr. Farbstein obm were both children of South Carolina Jewish merchants.

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