ALVIN SAMUEL

1883 - 1963

TRANSCRIBED BY : TINA EASLEY

03/03/2006

EARLY IN 1880 , S.L. JOSEPH , A GERMAN IMMIGRANT CAME TO GAINESVILLE

AND BEGAN A STORE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ISAAC LESS . AFTER

ESTABLISHMENT OF THAT BUSINESS , MR. JOSEPH MOVED ON TO PARAGOULD IN 1885 .

WHERE HE EMBARKED UPON A CAREER IN MERCHANDISING UNDER THE NAME OF

HARRIS & JOSEPH . IN 1889 , HE MARRIED SETTA GOLDMAN AND AUNT OF

ALVIN SAMUEL , AND BOUGHT OUR MR. HARRIS , HIS PARTNER .

IN 1900 , ALVIN SAMUEL (1883 - 1963 ) CAME TO LIVE IN PARAGOULD , WORKING

ALONGSIDE HIS AUNT AND UNCLE AT THE MERCANTILE . WITH THE SUCCESSFUL REALIZATION

OF THE BUSINESS , THE COMPANY PURCHASED THE EXISTING COTTON GIN ON THE

SOUTH HALF OF SECOND STREET AND CHANGED THE NAME TO ALVIN SAMUEL GIN , INC.

THE GIN REMAINS LOCATED THERE TODAY.

FAMILY MEMBERS ALONG WITH ALVIN SAMUEL , PURCHASED THE JOSEPH PLANTATION COMPANY

FARM IN 1916 AND THE DECISION WAS MADE TO INCORPORATE AT THAT TIME .

IN 1939 , MR. SAMUEL WAS ABLE TO PURCHASE THE GIN FROM THE S.L. JOSEPH

MERCANTILE COMPANY . HE RETAINED AN ACTIVE PART IN THE GIN UNTIL

HIS DEATH IN 1963 , AND HIS FAMILY CONTINUES TO CARRY ON THE TRADITION AND HERITAGE

OF THEIR ANCESTORS TODAY .

 

DONATED BY : LINDA EATON

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