D. Rogol, Dry Goods


Main Street
Williston, SC

FAMILIES: Grablowsky, Rogol, and Roseman

In 1911, David Rogol (1884-1964), an immigrant from village in Russia near Vilna, Austria opened a mercantile store in Williston, SC with credit from his father-in-law. He married Gussie Roseman (1890-1963) a daughter of a clothing merchant in Augusta, Georgia, and they had three children, Sam (1914-2003), Rebecca (1918-2002), and Lillie (1915-2000), who all attended college. Only his daughter, Lillie, followed in his footsteps. After she married Benny Abraham Grablowsky (1914-1984) in 1938, her father sold the D. Rogol building to the couple for $10. There they opened Benny’s Five and Dime Store. David Rogol operated his business out of a different building on Main Street until shortly before his death in 1964.  


Link: Interview with Sam Rogol, son of David and Gussie Rogol 


Main Image: David Rogol’s store in Williston, circa 1920. The Rogols lived above the store. 

Image courtesy Bernie Grablowsky 

Above Image: D. Rogol, Main Street, Williston, circa 1925.

Image courtesy Bernie Grablowsky 

Above Image: Interior of D. Rogol, circa 1950. David Rogol stands on the right.  

Image courtesy Bernie Grablowsky 

Above Image: Main Street, Williston, circa 1920s. 

Image courtesy Bernie Grablowsky 

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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