Silverman’s Department Store


103-105 East Main Street
Kingstree, SC

FAMILIES: Silverman; Goldstein

In 1904, Sadie Goldstein (1883-1968), a New Jersey native and the daughter of Eastern European immigrants, married Jacob S. Eron (1874-1907) in North Carolina. The newlyweds moved to Kingstree, South Carolina later that year, and opened dry goods store J. S. Eron & Co. on East Main Street. After Jacob Eron’s untimely death, Mrs. Eron continued to run the store.

In 1910, Mrs. Eron married David Silverman (1879-1936) of Atlanta, Georgia. Born in Kamentz, Russia (present-day Kamyanyets, Belarus) Silverman immigrated to the United States as a child and became a renowned violinist, performing across the South and at the White House. In 1914, the Silvermans renovated the building formerly occupied by J. S. Eron & Co. and renamed it Silverman’s Department Store. From the department store the couple sold dry goods and clothes. After David Silverman’s death in 1936, Mrs. Silverman’s brother, Isadore Goldstein (1909-1991) took over the store. Around 1980, Isadore Goldstein sold the store to Ralph Holt Sr (died 1997). The store burned in 1981.

Main Image: Silverman’s Department Store, circa 1960.


Above Image: Reprinted from The County Record, March 26, 1914.


Above Image: Reprinted from The County Record, October 27, 1921.

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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