The Liebman –

Loveman Family

Introduction

The New Jersey Liebmans

The Cleveland Lovemans

The Southern Lovemans

Literary Lovemans

Loveman Merchants

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Those Who Stayed Behind

 

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New Jersey and Cleveland Branches

 

 

Southern Loveman Branch

 

 
 

 

 Loveman Merchants - Dalton, Gadsden, Tuscaloosa

 

avid Reuben Loveman (1827-1898) had been a Hebrew teacher in Hungary, where he married and had two children. But he divorced his first wife and emigrated to Cleveland, Ohio in 1859, and the following year married Ernestine Schwartz (1836-1921), also a native of Hungary. In Cleveland, they had two children: Linka and Robert.

In 1865, after the Civil War, the couple moved to Dalton, Georgia, where Ernestine bore another daughter, Anna (1873-1920) and four more sons, Morris (1866-1943), Samuel (1869-1904) Louis Napoleon (1870-1944) and Berthold Auerbach (1876-1950).

Together with Bernhard Friedman, said to have been one of David Reuben's shipmates on the voyage to America, he founded Loveman's Dry Goods Store on Hamilton Street in Dalton in 1865. It offered "a full line of clothing, parasols, shoes, sateens, wall paper and other goods" and soon became the community's leading retail outlet. Friedman, who was married to Ernestine's sister Adele until her death in about 1879, would later marry Linka and become their son-in-law. The firm eventually became Loveman and Sons and passed into the hands of David Reuben's son Samuel.

One of David Reuben's other sons, Louis Napoleon Loveman, was the owner of another retail establishment in Gadsden, Alabama, Herzberg Loveman Dry Goods. The store stood on the corner of Broad and Third Streets in downtown Gadsden and was a partnership with Herman Herzberg.

 

After Louis died in 1944, one of his sons, Eugene David Loveman (1900-1971), who had worked in the business since the 1920s, decided to close it after he had rebuffed several offers to purchase it.

Louis Napoleon Loveman (1870-1944), proprietor of Herzberg Loveman in Gadsden, Alabama. Photo courtesy of Rhett Loveman.

Eugene David Loveman (1900-1971) took over the business after his father's death. Photo courtesy of Rhett Loveman.

 

According to Eugene's wife, Margurie Elsie Crain Loveman (1914-2008), the establishment did a creditable business, but he did not want to sell a store with the family name in case he decided to re-open it at a later date.

Above: At left, Herzberg Loveman Dry Goods in Gadsden, Alabama in what appears to be the 1920s.  Photo courtesy of Rhett Loveman. Click to enlarge.

David Reuben's second cousin Emanuel P. Loveman (1848-1925), son of Mendel Meyer (1812-1888) and his wife Bette Guttfreund (1827-?),  also did business with Bernhard Friedman, according to Friedman's granddaughter, the late Helen Friedman Blackshear (1911-2003). After initial efforts in Nashville and Pulaski, Tennessee and  Atlanta that apparently also included another cousin, David Bernard Loveman (1844-1926), they set up a store in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on Market Street across from City Hall.

After a fire destroyed their first store in Tuscaloosa, the partners built a second in 1872. The two-story, brick building was built on land vacant since Yankee troops torched the University of Alabama's Washington Hall in 1865. Friedman and Loveman advertised the "largest and finest stock of dry goods" ever brought to Tuscaloosa.

 

Friedman and Loveman Wholesale Dry Goods and Shoes, on the site of the former Washington Hall in Tuscaloosa, 1887. Click to enlarge.

Emanuel lived in New York, and most of his brothers worked either in retail merchandising or a related field. His eldest brother, Adolph P. Loveman (1842-1935, was a cotton broker, as was his younger brother Herman P. Loveman (1850-1934). Brother Joseph Loveman (1851-?) was a dry goods merchant, as was Joseph's son Emil Mayer Loveman (1881-1943). In 1918, when Emil registered for the draft, he gave his place of employment as a concern called Loveman Brothers, located at 906 Broadway in Manhattan. And William Loveman (1857-1929), the youngest of Emanuel's brothers, lived in Nashville and founded the William Loveman Millinery Company there at 456 Union Street; the firm made and sold ready-to-wear and custom women's hats.

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