Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Isaac Jacobs

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Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Isaac Jacobs
Rosengarten, Dale, 1948–
Jacobs, Isaac, 1916–1999, Jacobs, Ruth Bass, 1923–2007
Isaac Jacobs, who grew up in Charleston, South Carolina, discusses his family history, including the 1855 immigration of his grandfathers Louis Pearlstine, who settled in Branchville, South Carolina, and Isaac Jacobs (Karesh). Jacobs, a native of Poland, operated a dry goods store in Charleston and was a founder of the Orthodox synagogue Brith Sholom. The interviewee’s father, Louis Jacobs, ran a shoe store in Charleston for 28 years before switching to the hosiery business. In 1931, he opened Jacobs’ Hosiery Company, and was joined by his sons, Isaac and Melvin. Isaac describes how his father got started in the wholesale sock industry and his own experiences as a traveling salesman selling merchandise to immigrant Sephardic store owners in Myrtle Beach, among others. Isaac briefly worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps, and served in the army in the Pacific theater during World War II. He married Ruth Bass of North, South Carolina, who joins him in this interview. Note: The audio quality of this recording is poor. Corrections and additions to the transcript were made by Isaac and/or his wife, Ruth, during proofing. See Mss. 1035-009 for the second part of this interview, dated February 22, 1995, and Mss. 1035-173 for another interview on January 26, 1998.
Jewish Heritage Collection Oral Histories
Contributing Institution:
College of Charleston Libraries
Media Type:
Oral Histories
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Jacobs, Isaac, 1916–1999--Interviews, Jacobs family, Karesh family, Pearlstine family, Brith Sholom (Charleston, S.C.), Civilian Conservation Corps (U.S.), United States. Army
Topical Subject:
Jews--South Carolina--Charleston--History, Jewish merchants--South Carolina--Charleston--History, Jewish merchants--South Carolina--Myrtle Beach--History
Geographic Subject:
Lowcountry, Midlands, Pee Dee
Shelving Locator:
MSS 1035-005
Internet Media Type:
audio/mpeg; application/pdf
Digitization Specifications:
Mp3 derivative audio created with Audacity software. Archival masters are wav files.
Copyright Status Statement:
Digital resource copyright 2012, The College of Charleston. All rights reserved. For more information contact The College of Charleston Library, Charleston, SC 29424.