Born in the village of Gorzyce, Galicia in 1835, Simon Fass (1835-1897) immigrated to the United States as a young man, arriving in New York City in 1855. Soon thereafter, he moved to Charleston, South Carolina, where he married Prussian immigrant Henrietta Jacobosky (1845-1893) around 1862 (Henrietta was born in Schneidemühl, Prussia, present-day Piła, Poland). In 1865, Fass partnered up with Joseph Mintz (c.1818-1891) to form the mercantile business Fass & Mintz. Born in Eastern Europe, Mintz immigrated to the United States in 1855, and, upon arriving in New York City, quickly made his way south to Charleston. Although the partnership appears to have been short-lived, both Fass and Mintz continued to work independently as merchants in Charleston.
Main Image: Notice of consignees per Northeastern Railroad. Reprinted from The Charleston Daily Courier, February 20, 1866.