Solomon Schiffman

From Catalogue
 Business man

Born:1835, Hoppstaedten, Germany
Died:March 15, 1894, Huntsville, Alabama
Buried:Maple Hill Cemetery
Brother of:Daniel Schiffman
Uncle of:Isaac Schiffman


•  Son of Lob Schiffman and Dendel Simon Schiffman -

•  "Solomon and Daniel Schiffman came to the United States in 1857, Solomon to Cincinnati and Daniel to Paris, Kentucky. They moved to Huntsville before the Civil War and opened a dry goods and clothing business on the courthouse square. Isaac Schiffman, born in 1856 in Germany, came to Huntsville in 1875 to join his uncles, Solomon and Daniel. He married Bettie Herstein; their children were Robert, Irma, and Annie. In 1908 son Robert, by then grown, and son-in-law Lawrence Goldsmith joined the business, which had expanded into cotton and land leasing. Isaac died in 1910. That year, the business incorporated as I. Schiffman & Company. It still operates today at its courthouse square location." - Nilsson

•  "The next earliest Jewish Settlers (after Morris & Henrietta Bernstein and Robert and Rosa Herstein) in Huntsville were the Schiffman brothers, Solomon and Daniel, from Hoppstaeden, Germany. The brothers came to this country in 1857 when Solomon was about twenty-two years of age and Daniel sixteen. Solomon Schiffman lived in Cincinnati, Ohio for several years and Daniel in Paris, Kentucky. Both moved to Huntsville before the Civil War and went into the dry goods and clothing business on the north side of the square. They formed a partnership in 1860, S. Schiffman and Co., which continued under that name for forty-five years.
     Solomon Schiffman married Bertha Stromberg of Cincinnati, Ohio. Solomon was a founding member of both Congregation B'nai Sholom and the local chapter of B'nai B'rith which he served as treasurer. He was an active Mason and when died in 1894 was buried with 'full masonic orders'." - 5 Generations

•  "Among the many Jewish families who chose Huntsville as their home, none was more respected or more useful to the community than the Schiffmans. Mr. Solomon Schiffman came from the old country to Huntsville, living on West Clinton Street. He was a merchant who had built up a large trade by his friendliness and honesty, and made a loved place for himself in the hearts of his associates. He died March 6, 1894, leaving a widow, a son, and two daughters. He was an active member of the congregation of Temple Emmanuel." - Chapman

•  Husband of Bertha Schiffman (1842-1921) - Find A Grave

•  North Side of Square (11) Sam Schiffman & Company, Dry Goods - Record

•  Home address: 310 W. Clinton - 1896 City Directory

•  Founders of Congregation B'nai Sholom-1876 - B'nai Sholom

•  Charter Member of B'NAI B'RITH Chaper , Esora Lodge No. 236, Huntsville, Alabama. - Catalogue

Related Links:

•  1896 City Directory - Huntsville City Directory 1896-97, by Huntsville Directory Company, 1896-1897.

•  5 Generations - Article titled "5 Generations of Life: 'My Family and the Huntsville, Alabama Jewish Community' 1852-1982" by Margaret Anne Goldsmith Hanaw for Huntsville Historical Review, Volume 12, #3 & #4, Jul-82, Huntsville-Madison County Historical Society

• - Page owned by Jack Kaufmann (Originally found at

•  B'nai Sholom - Historic Huntsville Quarterly, Vol. XX, #4, Winter, 1994, Historic Huntsville Foundation. The entire Quarterly focused on the Congregation B'nai Sholom. Pages 206

•  Catalogue - The Bernstein, Herstein, Schiffman and Goldsmith Collection: A Catalogue by Margaret Anne Goldsmith, 2014 draft, page 14.

•  Chapman - Changing Huntsville 1890-1899, by Elizabeth Humes Chapman, 1989 (originally written in 1932) page 171

•  Find A Grave - Page created by Leigh Ann

•  Maple Hill - Maple Hill Cemetery, Phase One, by Diane Robey, Dorothy Scott Johnson, John Rison Jones, Jr., & Frances C. Roberts (Huntsville-Madison County Historical Society), 1995, page 74.

•  Nilsson - Why Is It Named That?, by Dex Nilsson, 2005, page 109

•  Record - A Dream Come True: The Story of Madison County and Incidentially of Alabama and the United States, Volume II, by James Record, 1978, page 546

•  The Goldsmith Family Album

The Following Pages Link to this Page:
•  1896 City Directory
•  5 Generations
•  B'nai Sholom
•  Catalogue
•  Chapman
•  Daniel Schiffman
•  Isaac Schiffman
•  Maple Hill
•  Nilsson
•  Record
•  The Goldsmith Family Album