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Sam & Anna Klein Wolstein Family


By Ann Brandon Sturrock

In 1933 Sam Wolstein opened a dry-goods store in Palacios. The Ruthven building on Commerce Street was the first site, but the business grew to such an extent that this soon proved inadequate. He purchased the old Park Hotel at 524 Main which he converted into apartments as well as a residence for Mrs. Wolstein and himself. In front of this former hotel, he had a brick building constructed, and he moved his dry-goods store into this larger facility, where it remained for 33 years.

As the Wolsteins lived behind their store, customers were able to stand at the counter paying for their goods and look into the Wolstein's front room. If a customer came into the store during the lunch hour, either Sam or his wife would leave the table and return to the store to wait on the customer.

After 34 years of serving the public, the Wolsteins decided to retire. The May 19, 1967 edition of the Palacios Beacon announced the big "Going Out of Business Sale."

Historic Matagorda County, Volume I, page 559

Wolstein's garage apartment home as it appears in 2013

Palacios Beacon, May 21, 1953

Palacios Beacon, October 4, 1962

Samuel Wolstein
Sept. 15, 1886 - Feb. 22, 1988


Circuit-riding Rabbi Gottesman (left) greets Sam Wolstein as he arrives in Wharton to bring religious services,
instruction and comfort to people in his area.


Anna Klein Wolstein
April 2, 1898 - October 4, 1967

WOLSTEIN, Anna Klein (Mrs.), 69, passed away Wednesday at Matagorda General Hospital. Graveside services are scheduled for 3 p. m. Sunday at the Shearith Israel Cemetery in Wharton with Rabbi Israel Rosenberg officiating. Survivors include three sons, Myron of Fort Wayne, Ind., Bernard of Temple and Daniel of Bay City, and three grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Herman Denn, Sidney Denn, Manuel Denn, Dan Chasnff, Nathan Blum and Moise Simon. Services are under the direction of Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

Daily Tribune, October 6, 1967


Bernard Wolstein
January 16, 1924 - July 4, 2005

Daniel Wolstein
May 22, 1927 - December 2, 1982

Services will be held for Daniel Wolstein, 55, of Lake Jackson and formerly of Bay City, 10 a. m. Saturday at the Second Baptist Church in Lake Jackson. Officiating at the services will be the Rev. Duane Kelly. Wolstein died December 2, 1982 at the Methodist Hospital in Houston.

Survivors include wife, Eileen Wolstein of Lake Jackson; daughters, Susie and Dottie of Lake Jackson; father, Sam Wolstein of Temple; brothers, Myron of Fort Wayne, Ind. and Burnie of Temple.

Daily Tribune, December 3, 1982

Site of the Woldstein's store in 2013


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Nov. 5, 2013
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