In 1905, Samuel Lurey (1889-1960) immigrated to the United States from Bialystok, Russia (present-day Bialystok, Poland) with his mother, Mashe Lea Lurey (1856-1932), and siblings, Annie Lurie Rosenthal (1883-1962) and Hymen Lurey (1890-1965). After they arrived in the United States, the Lureys joined their brother, Jake Lurey (1880-1946), and father, Zelick Lurey (1856-1931), in Rhode Island. Around 1909, the Lureys moved to Spartanburg, South Carolina, where Jake’s wife, Annie Hecklin Lurey (1880-1951), had family. In 1910, the Lureys moved to Greenville, South Carolina. There, Samuel went on to open general merchandise store Lurey’s at 626 Pendleton Street. He ran the store until his death in 1960. In Greenville, Samuel met his wife Ida Switzer (1891-1935).