Israel I. Fass


King Street
Charleston, SC


In 1893, Israel I. Fass (1871-1937), a former clerk at King Street clothier Marks & Needle, opened a clothing store at 483 King Street in Charleston, South Carolina. Prior to 1893, Israel’s parents, Simon Fass (1835-1897) and Henrietta Jacobosky Fass (1845-1893), operated a dry goods and general merchandise store at that address. In 1897, Israel relocated his business to 473 King Street. The following year, he married Rose Kriesberg (c.1868-1962). The couple remained in Charleston until they moved to Savannah, Georgia around 1902. Israel operated a clothing store in Savannah until around 1930.

Main Image: Israel I. Fass (left) with his niece, Henrietta Liebman (1900-1988), and son, Simon Fass (1897-1962), 1921. Courtesy S.I. Karlin.

The Jewish Merchant Project is supported by the generosity of the Henry & Sylvia Yaschik Foundation and the Stanley B. Farbstein Endowment at the Coastal Community Foundation.

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