Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Eileen Strauss Rubin

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Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Eileen Strauss Rubin
Rosengarten, Dale, 1948–, Moses, Robert Altamont, 1921–
Rubin, Eileen Strauss, 1917–2005
Eileen Strauss Rubin grew up in Sumter, South Carolina, the only child of Isaac and Pearl Weinreich Strauss. Isaac, who was born in New York, moved in the 1870s as a teenager, first to Mayesville, South Carolina, where relatives, the A. A. Strauss family, owned a store. After relocating to Sumter, he invested in land and helped a nephew get started in the printing business. He died when Eileen was only five years old. Eileen recalls celebrating the holidays and attending Sunday school at Sumter’s Temple Sinai, where she was confirmed. As a girl, she visited her mother’s family in Ohio and, having made a number of friends there, decided to go to Ohio State University (OSU). She met her husband, Herman Rubin, at a fraternity dance at OSU. Herman was an M.D. and practicing in Akron. About a year after they married and shortly after their first daughter was born, Herman, who was in the army reserves, was called up for active duty. After five years in military service, the Rubins returned to Akron, where their second daughter was born. In the early ’50s, in search of a milder climate, the Rubins moved to Sumter. Eileen discusses her family history, her daughters, and the family’s real estate business. Interviewer Robert Moses, a Sumter native and friend of the Rubins, contributes to the conversation. Note: daughters Ellen Rubin Eber and Gayle Rubin provided additional information noted in the transcript during proofing.
Jewish Heritage Collection Oral Histories
Contributing Institution:
College of Charleston Libraries
Media Type:
Oral Histories
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Rubin, Eileen Strauss, 1917–2005, Temple Sinai (Sumter, S.C.)
Topical Subject:
Jews--South Carolina--Interviews, Jews--South Carolina--Sumter--History, Jewish businesspeople--South Carolina--Sumter--History, Jews--Ohio--History
Geographic Subject:
Shelving Locator:
MSS 1035-020
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