Louis Link (1870-1923) was born in St. Matthews, South Carolina to Prussian immigrant Solomon Link (1829-1890), who owned dry goods and clothing stores in Charleston and Orangeburg, and Russian immigrant Hannah Marcus Link (1839-1912). After finishing school in Orangeburg, South Carolina, Link trained as a pharmacist and worked in that profession for several years. According to his obituary in The Columbia Record, “later in life, finding his work detrimental to his health,” Link “set aside his pestle and mortar and took up commercial travelling. In this employment he was highly successful and followed it a number of years.”1 Link began peddling goods around 1906 and continued to do so until about 1915. After that date, he was employed as a clothing salesman through at least 1920.
1 “Louis Link Dies at Orangeburg Hospital,” The Columbia Record, September 5, 1925, 5.