Samuel Loef, Junk


140-147 S. Liberty Street
Spartanburg, SC 29306

FAMILIES: Loef; Weintraub

Samuel Loef (1883-1971) and Philip Weintraub (1880-1972) operated this junk dealership from 1916 until 1920. Samuel immigrated from Austria to New York in 1893, where he married Esther Diftler (1884-1968), a fellow Austrian immigrant who immigrated in 1900, and had three children, Harry Loef (b. 1905) and twins, Carl and Lewis (b. 1915). The Loefs moved to Columbia by 1907 and then Spartanburg in 1913, where Samuel opened where Samuel the New Credit Store, a credit-based clothing business. That store closed by 1916, when Samuel opened a junk yard at 140-147 S. Liberty Street with partner Philip Weintraub (1880-1972). Weintraub left Spartanburg by 1917. Samuel Loef remained in business until 1920, when the family left Spartanburg. Samuel later worked in the mercantile business in Georgia and New York.

The Jewish Merchant Project is supported by the generosity of the Henry & Sylvia Yaschik Foundation and the Stanley B. Farbstein Endowment at the Coastal Community Foundation.

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