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GOODMAN, Benedict, manager of the Goodman Clothing Company, was born in New Haven, Conn., June 16, 1857, son of Simon and Sophia (Rotenberger) Goodman. The parents were both natives of Germany. The father was born February 27, 1821, came to this country when a boy, landed at New York, and from there went South and engaged in general merchandising with Saligmen Bros. The partnership was dissolved at the end of five or six years, and he came North and engaged in the grocery business for himself, in which he has continued to the present time. He retired from business at one time, but being an active man, could not be satisfied without employment, and hence resumed business. The father was first married to Miss Sophia Roseburger, to whom eight children were born. Mrs. Goodman died June 16, 1873, aged forty-six years. The family were members of the Jewish Synagogue. Benedict Goodman attended the public schools of his native place until he was thirteen years old, after which he took a course of study at the academy in New Haven. He was engaged in the grocery business with his father for seventeen years, when he left his home and went to New York, and from there to Pennsylvania, and traveled West looking for a business location. He returned to Philadelphia, where he was employed for two years in the retail clothing business, and was subsequently engaged in the wholesale business until 1883. He then became a traveling salesman through the western States. In 1883 he came to Harrisburg and opened a clothing store at No. 422 Market street, in a small room 16x32 feet, where he conducted business for three years. In January, 1886, he leased the corner of Fourth and Market street, where he has since been located. Mr. Goodman was married December 16, 1877, to Miss R. Goodman, daughter of Henry and Matilda Goodman, to whom has been born one daughter, Sophia. The parents of Mrs. Goodman were both natives of South Bend. The father was a general merchant and lived in Philadelphia, where he died.

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Charles E. Fies for the Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project -

Date of Transcription: 18 Nov 2000

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