Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Raymond Stern

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Title:
Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Raymond Stern
Interviewer:
Rosengarten, Dale, 1948–, Seltzer, Mindelle K., Seltzer, Norton M.
Interviewee:
Stern, Raymond A., 1930–2011
Date:
1995-02-25
Description:
Raymond Stern grew up in Andrews, South Carolina, where his father, the son of emigrants from Eastern Europe, established Stern’s Dry Goods in 1932. Raymond recalls Melvin Hornik, a Charleston wholesaler, and discusses his childhood friends and Jewish merchants in Andrews, Lane, and Kingstree, including his uncle Charlie Tucker, who was from Baltimore. Tucker was one of the first Jewish merchants to come to this rural region between the midlands and the coast. The Sterns were members of Congregation Beth Elohim in Georgetown and, later, Raymond’s parents also attended services at Kingstree’s Temple Beth Or. After he graduated from the University of South Carolina and served four years in the air force, Raymond returned home and joined his father in the family business. He assumed control of the store around 1965. At the time of this interview, it was still open. Raymond married Florence Harris, a school teacher, and they raised four children in Andrews, Georgetown, and Charleston. Note: audio quality is poor.
Collection:
Jewish Heritage Collection Oral Histories
Contributing Institution:
College of Charleston Libraries
Media Type:
Oral Histories
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Stern, Raymond, A., 1930–2011, Stern family, Tucker family, Beth Elohim (Georgetown, S.C.), Beth Or (Kingstree, S.C.)
Topical Subject:
Jews--South Carolina--Interviews, Jewish merchants--South Carolina--Andrews--History, Jewish merchants--South Carolina--Kingstree--History, Jewish merchants--South Carolina--Lane--History
Geographic Subject:
Lowcountry, Pee Dee
Language:
English
Shelving Locator:
MSS 1035-011
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.