Heiden’s Drug Store


Lake City, SC

FAMILIES: Heiden, Padget, and Werner

New York native Philip Cooke Heiden (1907-1973) was one of two sons of Polish immigrants Max Heiden (b. 1876) and Minnie Padget (1880-1957), merchants who split their time between New York and South Carolina. He attended Brooklyn College of Pharmacy and married Helen Werner (1912-2007) before returning to South Carolina in the mid-1930s. He opened Heiden’s Drug Store in Lake City, where his older brother, Jay Julius Heiden, had opened a clothing store, Heiden’s. The drug store remained open until at least 1968. 

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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