S. Libbert’s

Merchant
1920-1982

110 E. Main Street
Lake City, SC

FAMILIES: Bess and Libbert

Samuel Libbert (1889-1957) immigrated to Richmond, Virginia in 1910 from Manchester, England. His wife, Anna Want Libbert (1892-1972) immigrated three years later. They moved to Lake City in 1920 and opened S. Libbert’s, a retail dry goods store. The store kept late hours in the summer to accommodate the needs of farmers operating in the county’s agricultural economy. Anna Libert made the store’s dresses by hand. Their daughter, Louise Libbert (1915-2008), married Bernard D. Bess (1919-1991) in May 1945. After Samuel Libbert’s death in 1957, his daughter and son-in-law continued to operate the store until 1982.

Main Image: Libbert’s on Main Street, circa 1940. Image courtesy of Bess Bluestein

 

Bellow Image: Samuel and Anna Want Libbert, 1949. Image courtesy of Bess Bluestein 

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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