Home November 2011 Celebrating Orange County’s Jewish History

Celebrating Orange County’s Jewish History

The Herman Harris store, seen here in the lower left hand corner, was established in Santa Ana in 1893.  Herman came to America in 1887, two years after his brother Philip.  He followed in his brother’s footsteps, working first for brother-in-law Rudolph Anker in San Bernardino, then for brother-in-law Simon Goldsmith in Santa Ana.  In 1893, Simon rented the brothers the building he owned at 116 W. 4th Street, and they opened their own dry-goods business, naming it the White House.  When Philip and his family left for Los Angeles in 1895, Herman kept the shop and changed the name to the H. Harris Company.  In 1905, Rudolph convinced Herman to return to San Bernardino.  He closed out his Santa Ana store and brought $4,700 worth of stock with him, starting the famous Harris Company of Southern California. A


  1. hi i love the stories that are historical. above story is some how related to the harris store and many families in san bernardino in 1900 to about 1980.my son in laws parents and grandparents ran the harris co of san bernardino.do you want to continue the story ?????


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