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Photos and articles courtesy of Meyer Denn

Esther Goldman Grocery c1930

Photo courtesy of Meyer Denn

Esther Goldman
Written by Meyer Denn

Esther Goldman was born Esther Gittle Schwartz/Schwindler on August 28, 1889, in Certizne, Slovakia, in the old Austro-Hungarian Empire, present-day Slovakia.

Her father was Mordchai Schwindler (aka Markus Schwartz) (1839-May 1942) born in Baligrod, Galicia (Southern Poland in 2013).  Her mother was Feige Perl Josefovics (March 15, 1854-November 21, 1924), daughter of Abraham Josefovics (1831-March 28, 1918) of Certivne
, Slovakia, and Beile Neumann (1830-1899) of Baligrod, Galicia.  All were Chassidic Jews.

In 1903, Esther Schwindler came to New York, where she married Julius Goldman on February 21, 1911.  They moved to Wharton
, Texas, where her brother, Joe Schwartz, had already established his dry goods business.  Esther and Julius opened a store in Wharton, which they operated until 1925 when they moved to Bay City.  Following their move to Bay City, they opened J. Goldman Grocery at 1904 Seventh Street.  The Goldmans divorced in 1929 and Esther purchased Julius' share of the business which then operated under the name of E. Goldman Grocery.  Julius Goldman died on October 17, 1938 and was buried at the Shearith Israel Cemetery in Wharton. On June 1, 1940, Esther Goldman was naturalized as a citizen in Houston, Texas. In 1947 Esther's three nephews, Herman, Sidney, and Manuel Denn opened their business, Bay City Surplus Sales Company, in a part of her store.

In 1948 Esther Goldman retired to care for her sister, Bertha Denn, who was dying of cancer.  After Berta’s death in 1954, Esther moved back to Wharton where she opened a second-hand clothing store with another of her sisters, Dora Wadler.  Dora Wadler died in 1965, and Esther closed that business in 1966.

Esther died on September 24, 1969, and was buried at
Shearith Israel Cemetery in Wharton.

The Goldmans were members of Shearith Israel Congregation of Wharton, where Julius served on the board of directors.  Esther Goldman was a charter member of Hadassah, and had the opportunity to meet its founder, Henrietta Szold.  Esther was also a charter member of Beth
David Center in 1947, a Jewish community center in Bay City which was used for both religious and social purposes.

Historic Matagorda County Volume II                            Typed for this page by Faye Cunningham.


Mrs. Goldman's store was the second store front from the west on the block where IBC Bank is located in 2013.



Photo courtesy of Tresmond Scott


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Jun. 9, 2009
Oct. 24, 2013