Witcover’s Men’s Store


Darlington, SC

FAMILIES: Witcover

Witcover’s Men’s Store was established by David Witcover (1873-1952) in 1890. David was born in Timmonsville, South Carolina to German immigrants Wolf (1837-1904) and Dora Cronheim Witcover (1846-1924). He was raised alongside seven siblings, one of which went on to marry the future owner of Witcover’s Fashion Store. David left Florence County for Darlington in 1890 and opened Witcover’s Men’s Store on Public Square within the year. There he stocked men’s suits, coats, and even suitcases. By 1922 he was the vice-president of the South Carolina Retail Clothier’s Association and a year later became the president of the South Carolina State Fair which he overhauled and made profitable during his twenty-nine-year tenure. When David died at age seventy-nine, he was said to be the oldest merchant in Darlington.

Main Image: Obituary for David Witcover. Reprinted for The State, September 10, 1952.

The Jewish Merchant Project is supported by the generosity of the Henry & Sylvia Yaschik Foundation and the Stanley B. Farbstein Endowment at the Coastal Community Foundation.

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