The Diamond Family of Phoenix, The Boston Store & Diamond’s Department Store

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Isaac & Nathan Diamond

Values Codes – I – E – L- P

 

Nathan Diamond was born, in 1867.

Isaac Diamond was born, in 1874.

 

Along the way . . .

In 1888, the two Diamond brothers, originally from Eastern Europe, emigrated from England to the United States.

Nathan was 21 and Issac was 14.

In 1891, the Diamonds came to El Paso, Texas where they opened “The New York Store.”

For a while, they employed a young man – Sam Korrick – who would later move to Phoenix and open his own New York Store.

 

Arizona

Hearing of the great potential of Phoenix, the Diamonds moved their store there, in 1897.

Since Sam Korrick had already named his store, “The New York Store,” so the Diamonds named their new store, “The Boston Store.”

The Boston Store in Phoenix

The Boston Store in Phoenix

A fire claimed much of their merchandise in 1907, but the brothers rebuilt, even with an insurance shortfall.

In the 1920, the Diamond cousins Harold and Bert, and Herbert and Ralph joined the business, eventually taking over most management responsibilities.

Diamonds Boston Store in Phoenix Arizona

By 1931, the store had 40,000 sq. ft. of retail space, and it was air conditioned!

In 1947, The Boston Store was renamed, Diamonds.

Diamond's Main Floor

Diamond’s Main Floor

In 1957, Diamonds Department Store went through a series of sales to other department store chains and is currently part of the Dillards chain.

Diamond's Dept Store Logo

Civic

The Diamonds were among the founders of the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra and were early supporters of various Phoenix museums.

 

Community

Isaac and Nathan Diamond were among the founders of Temple Beth Israel and supporters throughout their lives.

 

Family

Isaac Diamond married Nellie.

Together they had two children: Herbert and Marion.

Nathan Diamond married Elma (1877-1960).

Their two sons were Harold and Bert.

 

Harold Diamond, 1950s

Harold Diamond, 1950s

Isaac Diamond died, in 1945.

Nathan Diamond died in 1941, and is buried with his wife at the Beth Israel Cemetery in Phoenix.

 

More information on the Diamonds is needed, especial pictures of the Diamond Families.

 

More information can be found in the following issue of Western States Jewish History:

  • Kramer, William,  Early California Associations of Michel Goldwater, WSJHQ p. 195 vols 4-5 1971

Photo Gallery  [More photos always welcomed]

Regina Merwin is Curator of this Goldwater Family Exhibit.

To enlarge pictures, simply click on them.

 

Multi-Generational Jewish Department Stores of the West

Neiman-Marcus of Dallas, Texas

Hamburger’s Department Store of Los Angeles, California

Gump’s of San Francisco, California

Meier & Frank of Portland, Oregon

Auerbach’s of Salt Lake City, Utah

Goldwater’s of Phoenix, Arizona

May Co. of St. Louis, Missouri

 

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