Williamsburg Building Supply Company

Merchant
1954-1987

135 East Broadway Street
Johnsonville, SC

FAMILIES: Lesselbaum; Mischner

After they returned from military service in World War II, Harold Lesselbaum (1919-2007) and Herman “Red” Mischner (1919-2004), who both attended the University of Georgia, opened Williamsburg Building Supply Company on Scott Street in Kingstree, South Carolina. Their business prospered, and in 1954 they opened a second location at 135 East Broadway Street in Johnsonville, South Carolina. Lesselbaum and Mischner retired in 1985 and 1987, respectively. The Johnsonville store burned in 2007.

Main Image: Williamsburg Building Supply Company, 135 East Broadway Street, circa 1960. “Williamsburg Building Supply Company,” Johnsonville SC History, https://www.johnsonvilleschistory.org/items/show/190.

 

Above Image: Harold Lesselbaum. The Cypress Knee (The Forestry Club of the George Foster Peabody School of Forestry, University of Georgia, 1941).

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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