Surasky Brothers Department Store


118 Laurens St SW
Aiken, SC 29801

FAMILIES: Benedict Morris “B.M.” Surasky, Solomon Surasky, Hiram C. Surasky, and Samuel Surasky

In the late nineteenth century, five Surasky brothers, Benedict Morris “B.M.” Surasky (1863-1934), Hiram Charles “H.C.” Surasky (1872-1932), Solomon “Sol” Surasky (1876-1941), Samuel “Sam” Surasky (1879-1949), and Abraham “Abram” Surasky (d. 1903) immigrated to the United States from Knyszyn, Poland. During the 1890s, the siblings partnered peddling wares to rural communities. In 1903, an anti-Semite brutally murdered Abraham. The next year, at present-day 118 Laurens Street SW, the four surviving siblings cooperatively established Surasky Brothers Department Store. In 1917, the brothers dissolved the partnership.  

Main Image: Advertisement for the Surasky Bros., 1917. Reprinted from the Aiken Standard, April 18, 1917. 

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.

JHSSC Office
Sylvia Vlosky Yaschik Jewish Studies Center
96 Wentworth Street
Charleston, SC 29424
Phone: 843 953 3918