Isaac & Nathan Diamond
Values Codes – I – E – L- P
Nathan Diamond was born 1867.
Isaac Diamond was born in 1874.
In 1888, the two 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.
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,” the Diamonds named their new store, “The Boston Store.”
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.
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.
In 1957, Diamonds Department Store went through a series of sales to other department store chains and is currently part of the Dillards chain.
The Diamonds were among the founders of the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra and were early supporters of various Phoenix museums.
Isaac and Nathan Diamond were among the founders of Temple Beth Israel and supporters throughout their lives.
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.
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.
Regina Merwin is Curator of this Diamond Exhibit.
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.
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