Isadore Wolfe


Broad Street
Camden, SC


Isadore Wolfe (1869-1935) was born in Camden, SC to Prussian immigrants Simon (1828-1901) and Enstina Wolfe (birth date/death date unknown).1 According to the 1900 Census, Isadore was working as a clerk in a Camden dry goods store at the turn of the century. Three years later, he opened a clothing, shoe, furniture, dry goods, and grocery store on Broad Street in that town. Although a forced sale of his store building and goods in 1922 and 1923 respectively indicate financial hardship, Isadore nonetheless remained a respected merchant in Camden until his death in 1935.



1 “Enstina” is the name of Simon Wolfe’s wife in the 1870 Census. The 1880 Census lists her name as simply “E.” The name Enstina conflicts with the name of son David Wolfe’s (1861-1938) mother as listed on his death certificate: “Sarah Goldstein.” The name of son Isadore Wolfe’s (1869-1935) mother as listed on his death certificate is “uk” or unknown. It seems unlikely that Enstina is David and Isadore’s stepmother, as cemetery records from South Carolina and New York do not reveal a Sarah Goldstein or Sarah Wolfe (accounted for name variations) that died around the time of David’s birth.

Main Image: Notice of the opening of Isadore Wolfe’s store. Reprinted from The Camden Chronicle, September 11, 1903.

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