The Leader


Main Street
Denmark, SC


In 1916, Sam Bogen, cousin to Joseph Bogen (1875-1952), opened a dry goods and furniture store called The Leader. Before he opened The Leader, Bogen, who knew very little English, peddled goods from his bicycle basket as he traveled around the countryside of Bamberg County.

Main Image: Reprinted from The Bamberg Herald, April 27, 1916


Above: Reprinted from The Bamberg Herald, April 27, 1916

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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