Lipinsky Family Collection
"Solomon Lipinsky, portrait" [lip0005] Lipinsky Family Collection,
D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNC Asheville 28804
|Title||Lipinsky Family Collection|
|Creator||Lipinsky family [Eva Rae Lipinsky Solomon and Bobbie Solomon Siegel] ; Joanne Lipinsky Edwinn|
|Alt. creator||Jan Schochet ; Sharon Fahrer|
|Subject Keyword||Jews ; Solomon Lipinsky ; merchants ; business ; Jewish business ; economics ; Asheville, NC ; Buncombe County , NC ; religion ; oral history ; Jewish life; Jewish cultural history ; Western North Carolina ; postcards ; department stores ; Montford; Eva Whitlock Lipinsky ; Louis Lipinsky, Sr. ; Louis Lipinsky, Jr.; Morris Lipinsky, Sr. ; Rae Lipinsky ; Morris Lipinsky, Jr. ; Whitlock Lipinsky ; Whitlock Lees, Sr. ; Whitlock Lees, Jr. ; Clara Nathan Lipinsky ; Sally Lipinsky ; Eva Rae Lipinsky ; Mary Parker ; Frank Edwin ; Joanne Lipinsky Edwinn ;|
|Subject LCSH||Jews -- North Carolina -- Asheville, N.C. -- Sources
Life cycle, Human -- Religious aspects -- Judaism
Lipinsky, Solomon -- Family
Lipinsky, Eva Whitlock
Lipinsky, Morris, Sr. -- Family
Merchant -- North Carolina -- Asheville -- Sources
Beth Ha Tephila (Asheville, N.C.) -- Sources
|Description||A collection of material related to the lives of members of the Lipinsky family of North Carolina.|
|Publisher||D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina Asheville 28804|
|Contributor||History @ Hand Partnership [independent historians consulting firm]|
|Type||Text ; Image ; Collection|
|Format||digital photographs ; postcards ; newspaper clippings ; 1 small manuscript box|
|Relation||Sherrill's Inn Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNCA ; Choosing to Remember: From the Shoah to the Mountains, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNCA ; Ada and Lou Pollock Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNCA ; Leo Finklestein Oral History in Voices of Asheville Oral History Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNCA ; Beth HaTephila Congregregation (Asheville, NC), D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNCA ; Sol Schulman Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNCA ; "Jewish Roots in the Carolinas: A Pattern of American Philo-Semitism,", Charlotte, N.C.: The Charlotte Israelite, 1955, in the D. Hiden Ramsey Collection printed material - various publications (M188.8.131.52) ; Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, UNC Chapel Hill ; American Jewish Historical Society ; "A Portion of the People: Three Hundred Years of Southern Jewish Life," Documenting the American South, UNC Chapel Hill ; The Family Store Project: A History of Jewish Businesses, 1880-1990, a 12-panel exhibit displayed in a variety of locations in downtown Asheville in the fall of 2006 by History @ Hand.|
|Rights||Some items may require permission to exhibit/publish to be obtained from History @ Hand Partnership, contact : 828 253-0982.
Copyright retained by the authors of certain items in the collection, or their descendents, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
|Acquisition||2005-07-08 ; Addition on 2006-02-06|
|Citation||Solomon Lipinsky Family Papers, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina Asheville 28804|
|Processed by||Special Collections staff, 2005|
|Last update||2005-07-07 ; Addition on 2006-02-07 ; 2012-02-01, HP ;|
|Biography||Solomon Lipinsky appears in the Asheville census in 1880. He was born in Richmond, Virginia,
on February 23, 1856 and at the age of 21 he moved to Tarboro, North
Carolina and remained there for four years. He came to Asheville
when he was 25 years old with his wife, Eva Whitlock Lipinsky and his
brother-in-law, Solomon Whitlock. Sol and his brother-in-law
opened a dry goods store at various locations on S. Main Street (now
Biltmore Avenue) during the 1880s and 1890s. One of his first stores was
Lipinsky and Ellick, a partnership with his half-sister, Eva Ellick.
Sometime around 1911 or
1912, he had moved his store, by then called Bon Marche', to the
northwest corner of Lexington and Patton Avenues (19-23 Patton
Avenue). In 1928, Bon Marche' moved again to the northwest corner
of Haywood Street and Battery Park Avenue and in 1933, the store moved
across the street to 33-35 Haywood Street. His three sons followed
in their father's footsteps and Morris and Whitlock ("Whit") worked in
the local Asheville store, while Louis was placed in charge of the store
in Charlotte, North Carolina, founded by Solomon in 1920. Another
Bon Marche store had been opened in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1916
but closed in 1921 and a Columbia, South Carolina Store was operated
between 1920 and 1923.
Solomon was active in many civic organizations. As Director of the National Bank of Commerce, he played a major role in the economic construction of Asheville. He was an active member of the Knights of Pythias, the Masons, and the Odd Fellows. He played a central role in the administration of the Congregation Beth HaTephila as its President. His work as president of the local Institutional Service Committee, was well known and his attempts at social reform in Buncombe are well-documented. His obituary notes that his "many activities show that he did not concern himself solely with business. His love for his fellow man was demonstrated by many acts of kindness. Asheville has had few citizens who have been held in greater affection than Mr. Lipinsky. His kindness and courtesy, his unfailing consideration for others, made him one of the most beloved of Asheville citizens."
Solomon's home at the time of death was at 156 Cumberland Avenue in the Montford section of Asheville. Previous to that he and his family lived at 36 Montford Avenue.
Solomon Lipinsky's name appears in the Vol.2_Sherrills_Inn ledgers which are found in the D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections. D.H. Ramsey, who annotated the ledgers, notes that "... S. Lipinsky who founded Bon Marche' was a frequent visitor to Sherrill’s Inn. He has just moved to Asheville and gone into the Mercantile business here when his name first began to appear on the register. His wife was a Whitlock. S. [Solomon] Lipinsky was the father of Clara, Morris, Whitlock, and Louis Lipinsky."
|Context||Bon Marche', once the leading department store in Asheville, was modeled on the famous Parisian store of the same name. Located at 37 South Main St., Asheville, N.C., Bon Marche' was a "Dry Goods, Fancy Goods, Ladies and Gents Furnishings, Materials for Artistic Needle-Work" department store.|
|3-4||Newspaper Clippings, Misc.|