Around 1890 Jacob S. “J.S.” Poliakoff (1864-1937) immigrated from Belarus to the United States. Before the turn of the century, J.S. Poliakoff settled in Aiken. There he peddled for a few years until around 1905 when he established his mercantile enterprise, J.S. Poliakoff’s Dry Goods Store. By 1908, J.S. Poliakoff was settled in Aiken. The business was in operation at the Aiken Hotel (present-day 235 Richland Avenue W) until at least 1936, when J.S. Poliakoff tragically perished in a Baltimore steamship accident.
Main Image: Advertisement for J.S. Poliakoff’s Dry Good Store, 1926. Reprinted from the Aiken Standard, 29 September 1926.