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Jewish Research and Education - Cuba Family Archives, Finding Aids

Dates: 1910-1976

Creator: Goldberg and Salloway Families

Summary/Abstract: The Goldberg and Salloway families were active members of the Jewish and business community of Sylacauga, Alabama. The papers include advertisements, correspondence, ledgers, newspaper clippings, and receipts.

Quantity/Physical Description: 1 linear foot

Language(s): English

Repository: The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Restrictions on Access: There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Restrictions on Use: Copyright restrictions may apply.  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.  Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation: Box #, Folder #, Mss 312, Ronnie Salloway Family Papers, The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Separated Material: Oversize materials removed to oversized collection, objects removed to artifact collection, and photographs removed to visual arts collection

Processed by: Jeremy Katz (January, 2015)

Arrangement: The papers are arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each file.

Biographical/Historical Note: Meyer L. Goldberg starting in Knoxville, Tennessee and Sam Goldberg starting in Baltimore, Maryland, each with a pack on his back, entered the business world peddling their wares to people with whom they shared their homes and food. In 1898, Meyer and Sam Goldberg decided to open a retail store in Sylacauga, Alabama. The store was located on North Broadway and was called “Goldberg Brothers.” Dave Goldberg joined the firm in 1903 and Sam Goldberg returned to Baltimore, Maryland entering the business of manufacturing ladies blouses. Meyer Goldberg and Dave Goldberg continued operating the store until 1924 when Dave Goldberg, with their two nephews, Ike and Max Goldberg, (Sam Goldberg’s two sons) operated the business and was joined by Fannie Goldberg’s brother, Henry Schwartz, in the 1930’s. After Henry’s death in 1948, Leonard Goldberg joined the firm and was active in the operation until his death in 1964 at which time the store was sold to Thrifty Stores.

In 1911 Hyman Goldberg, a younger brother of Dave and Meyer Goldberg, and Harry Witt, brother-in-law of Meyer Goldberg, opened the “Sylacauga Cash Store” and operated the store as partners until Harry’s death in 1945. At this time Hyman’s wife, Goldie Goldberg, joined him operating the store and their son, Sidney Goldberg, after his discharge from the Navy, became an active partner in the business. Margaret Goldberg Salloway (Hyman and Goldie’s daughter) joined her mother and brother in the business after her father’s death in 1958 and was active in the business until the store closed in 1977. Margaret’s husband, Maurice Salloway was engaged in business in Childersburg, Alabama for some 33 years. His business was known as “The Fair” and was closed in 1981.

By 1977, due to illness, all three stores had closed but over the 79 years the list of employees who helped operate these stores reads like a Who’s Who of prominent Sylacauga families. The stores sold popular priced merchandise – ready to wear, shoes, ladies and gentlemen’s furnishings, and linens – as they were complete departments stores offering credit and turning down few, if any, requests from customers for credit.

The Goldberg families have always been civic and community minded. Their children attended the public schools – Morris, Max, Leonard, Sidney, and Margaret Goldberg attended the Sylacauga schools from the first through the twelfth grades, 1906-1941. Members of the Goldberg families have been president of civic clubs, veteran’s organizations, directors of banks and savings and loan associations, library board, planning board, and directors of the chamber of commerce.

Industrial development has always been utmost as some of the older family members helped get Avondale to Sylacauga by giving donations to purchase land and the old mill that was in operation at that time. Owning homes, buildings, and land in Sylacauga, the Goldberg families were always ready to share and help build the town with donations to urban renewal.

Cooperation was a major feeling with them – closing for Jewish holidays and not opening on Sundays, as absentee owners do now, and think nothing of it. The Goldberg families were not for bringing in chain stores to Sylacauga to sap local money needed for city growth.

Scope and Content: Researchers studying the Ronnie Salloway Family Papers will gain insight into Jewish life and business in Sylacauga, Alabama.

Collection Inventory

Box

File

Description

Date

 

1

1

Advertisements – The Fair

1969, Undated

 

2

Business license – Sylacauga Cash Store

1941-1968

 

3

Checks – Sylacauga Cash Store

1949-1950

 

4

Correspondence

1968

 

5

Gift Certificate – Syalcauga Cash Store

1965

 

6

Goldberg Brothers Retail Store

Undated

 

7

Goldberg family contributions to Sylacauga

1984

 

8

Ledger

1949-1953

 

9

Ledger

1960-1967

 

10

Ledger

1967-1971

 

 

 

 

2

1

Ledger (A-C)

1950-1956

 

2

Ledger (D-H)

1953-1957

 

3

Ledger (I-M)

1948-1955

 

4

Ledger (N-R)

1946-1954

 

5

Ledger (S-Z)

1948-1959

 

 

 

 

3

1

Newspaper clippings

1910-1976, Undated

 

2

Office of Price Administration

1943

 

3

Price tags – Sylacauga Cash Store

Undated

 

4

Receipts – The Fair

c. 1950

 

5

Receipts - miscellaneous

1926-1971, Undated

 

6

Receipts – Sylacauga Cash Store

1964-1965

 

7

Sylacauga Chamber of Commerce

1941

 

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