Sol Liebman


Camden, SC


Around 1889, Sol Liebman (originally spelled Libman) (1871-1937), who was born in Tver, Russia, immigrated to the United States. By the early 1890s, Sol was living in Columbia, South Carolina, where he operated a jewelry store with Jewish merchant Joseph B. Garfunkel (1871-1939) at 1436 Main Street. By 1895, he moved to Camden, South Carolina, where he operated a jewelry, clock, and silver store under his name. Three years later, he married Corinne Fass (1876-1961), daughter of Charleston merchants Simon Fass (1835-1897) and Henrietta Jacobosky (1845-1893), at 1003 Assembly Street in Columbia. The couple would raise eight children together. By 1902, Sol commenced plans to open a branch store in Cheraw, South Carolina. Around that time, he partnered with his nephew, Harry Leon Schlosburg (1877-1940), to form H.L. Schlosburg & Liebman Bros. Dealers in general merchandise, the pair operated stores in Camden and Cheraw. Although Schlosburg would remain in Camden for the rest of his career, Sol and his growing family moved to Bristol, Virginia around 1903. They would remain in the Commonwealth State until they moved to Windsor, North Carolina by 1907. By 1909, the Liebman family moved back to Virginia, this time to Bristol, where Sol owned a jewelry store, pawn shop, and loan business. Within a year, the family had moved across town to Bristol, Tennessee. A decade later, the family was living in Norfolk, Virginia, where Sol would work as a jeweler until his death in 1937.

Main Image: Letterhead for Sol Liebman’s jewelry business, 1902. Courtesy S.I. Karlin.


Above Image: Sol Liebman, 1898. Courtesy S.I. Karlin.


Above Image: Corinne Fass Liebman, 1898. Courtesy S.I. Karlin.

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