Triber’s Shoe Store


North Dargan Street
Florence, SC


Charles “Charlie” Triber (1884-1948) was born in Eastern Europe in 1884 and immigrated to Canada around 1903. In 1913, he married Bessie Ginsberg (1894-1914), who died after giving birth to a daughter, Florence (1914-2013), the following year. Charlie went on to marry widow and fellow Eastern European immigrant, Rebecca “Becky” Silverman Raichlin (1895-1949) in Quebec in 1919. Becky brought a daughter with her to the marriage and later had two sons with Charlie. In 1922, the Triber family moved to Florence, South Carolina where Charlie and Becky became engaged in shoe sales and repairs. After several years in business, The State reported that Becky and Charlie officially took out a charter on the Economy Shoe Store, Inc. in 1930. At the time, Becky was serving as president and secretary of the shop and Charlie was acting as vice-president and treasurer. By the end of the decade, the Tribers either established a new business or changed the name of the store as Charlie was operating Triber’s Shoe Shop at 155 North Dargan Street by 1940. At that point, Florence had also joined the family business as the shop’s bookkeeper and Charlie had added his own shoe repair company off the back of the store. Charlie allegedly died by suicide in 1948.

Main Image: Advertisement for Triber’s Shoe Store. Reprinted from the Florence Morning News, January 31, 1948.

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