Samuel Loef, Junk

Merchant
1916-1920

140-147 S. Liberty Street
Spartanburg, SC 29306

FAMILIES: Loef; Weintraub

Samuel Loef (1883-1971) and Philip Weintraub (1880-1972) operated this junk dealership from 1916 until 1920. Samuel immigrated from Germany to New York about 1890, where he married Esther Diftler (1884-1968), a fellow German immigrant, and had one son, Harry Loef (1905-1982). The Loefs moved to Columbia by 1907 and then Spartanburg in 1913, where Samuel opened where Samuel the New Credit Store, a credit-based clothing business. That store closed by 1916, when Samuel opened a junk yard at 140-147 S. Liberty Street with partner Philip Weintraub (1880-1972). Weintraub left Spartanburg by 1917. Samuel Loef remained in business until 1920, when the family left Spartanburg. Samuel later worked in the mercantile business in Georgia and New York.

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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