Herman Fenchel (c.1853-1909) immigrated to the United States from Mehlsack, Kingdom of Prussia (present-day Pieniężno, Poland), arriving in Charleston on December 1, 1868. After becoming a United States citizen in 1876, Fenchel moved to Orangeburg, South Carolina. By 1887, he had opened liquor and tobacco store H. Fenchel in that town. The following year, Fenchel married Rebecca Baum (1857-1922) of Irwinton, Georgia. They had several children and remained in Orangeburg through at least 1900. According to the 1900 Census, Herman was employed as a dry goods store clerk. In the early 1900s, the Fenchels moved to McRae, Georgia, where Herman worked as a merchant until his death in 1909.
Main Image: H. Fenchel advertisement. Reprinted from The Times and Democrat, July 13, 1887.