New Credit Store


118 Magnolia Street
Spartanburg, SC 29306

FAMILIES: Loef; Diftler

Samuel Loef (1883-1971) immigrated from Germany to New York about 1890, where he lived with his parents, Hannah Lieberman (1858-1924) and Jospeh Jacob Loef (1857-1931), a coal dealer. He married Esther Diftler (1884-1968), a fellow German immigrant, and they had one son, Harry Loef (1905-1982). The family settled in Columbia by 1907, where Samuel worked he worked in a glass factory and later as a clothing merchant. In 1913, they moved to Spartanburg in 1913 where he opened the New Credit Store, a credit-based clothing business. The store closed by 1916, after Samuel opened a junk yard at 140-147 S. Liberty Street with partner Philip Weintraub (1880-1972).

The Jewish Merchant Project is supported by the generosity of the Norman and Gerry Sue Arnold Foundation and the Stanley B. Farbstein Endowment at the Coastal Community Foundation. Longtime members of the JHSSC, Mr. Arnold obm, a merchant himself, and Mr. Farbstein obm were both children of South Carolina Jewish merchants.

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