Eastern European immigrant Joseph Mintz (c.1818-1891) arrived in New York City in 1856. Soon thereafter, he moved south to Charleston, where he entered the mercantile business. Around 1865, Mintz went into business with Simon Fass (1835-1897). Also an immigrant from Eastern Europe, Fass signed Mintz’s petition for naturalization in 1866 and had opened a dry goods and general merchandise business on King Street by that year.
Main Image: Notice of a lost wallet containing notes on debts owed to Joseph Mintz. Reprinted from The Charleston Daily Courier, September 9, 1858.