On March 17, 1898, Isaac Woolf opened his grandest store yet at the southwest corner of State and Monroe -
He billed his store as "The store with a horseshoe over the door and the Palmer House over the way."
In 1882 Isaac Woolf decided it was time to give something back. He decided to provide a full Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings for any and all newsboys in Chicago who wanted to attend. A writeup of the 1903 feast is typical:
Mr. Woolf gives the annual dinner in memory of his own boyhood life as a newsboy in London, and in observance of a vow he made at the time. The last dinner cost $6,000 and the supplies included 520 turkeys, 250 large bunches of bananas, and wagon loads of baked goods.
|3431 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago|
Mr. Woolf said that his brother had been in poor health for fifteen years. Two weeks ago he caught a severe cold, but paid no attention to it, but on last Friday Benjamin Woolf insisted that he consult a physician. At 6 o'clock Sunday morning one of the servants looked into the room and saw that Mr. Woolf was dead. What time he died no one knew. His daughter had heard him breathing shortly before midnight. His 14 year old son, Hamlin, slept at his father's bedside, but heard nothing unusual during the night.
Mr. Woolf was born in London, Jan. 3, 1853, and came to this country when a child with his parents, who settled in Lafayette, Ind. His father and mother were poor, and he began his business life as a newsboy. From that he went to stripping tobacco, but he found time to attend school and also to go to a business college. He spent several years in Cincinnati learning the clothing business, and then came to Chicago, where he was employed as a retail salesman by the Barbe Bros. clothing house. In 1880 he embarked in the clothing business on his own account with his brothers at 183 West Madison Street. Ten years ago the establishment at 100 North State Street was opened. Associated in business with Mr. Woolf were his brothers-Benjamin, Edward and Harry. The business will be continued under the corporation name.
|Rabbi Emil G. Hirsch|