In 1904, Jacob “Jake” Brotman (1875-1924) left his home in Wyszków, Poland and immigrated to the United States. Immigration records reveal that he boarded the ship Friesland in Liverpool, England and arrived in Philadelphia on August 14, 1904. By 1911, Jacob was living in Charleston, South Carolina where he worked as a shoemaker at 437 ½ King Street. He continued business at that location until 1918, when he relocated to 517 King Street. From 1919 until his death in 1924, Jacob operated tailor shop J. Brotman & Son with his son, Raphael (1896-1946).