A. Wittkowsky


Camden, SC

FAMILIES: Wittkowsky

After fighting for the Confederacy during the Civil war with E.B. Cantey’s Company of Camden, SC, German immigrant Adolph Wittkowsky (1832-1904) returned to Camden and entered a business partnership with brothers Herman (1828) and Mannes Baum (c.1830-c.1900). The partnership between Wittkowsky and the Baums proved short-lived, however, as in late 1868 Wittkowsky opened a general merchandise store with his brother-in-law, Charleston native Augustus Hyams (1847-1892). Wittkowsky & Hymans, as the business was called, went bankrupt in 1872. Afterwards, Wittkowsky worked as a store clerk in Camden before opening a store in that town under his own name in 1895. From his store, Wittkowsky primarily sold groceries, but also dealt in shoes, dry goods, and farm implements.

Main Image: A. Wittkowsky advertisement. Reprinted from The Wateree Messenger, May 25, 1897.

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