Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Harry A. Becker (1898-1981) came to South Carolina around 1914. By 1917, he’d married Russian immigrant Sadie Bernstein (1898-1975) and opened a dry goods store in Elloree, South Carolina. Becker operated the Elloree store until 1920, when he closed shop and moved to greener pastures in Orangeburg, South Carolina. In Orangeburg, Becker opened dress shop The New Idea, which eventually became known as Becker’s.
Main Image: H. A. Becker advertisement. Reprinted from The Times and Democrat, January 2, 1920