Peddling Chairs Paid Off Handsomely
By Nannette Turner, Online Marketing Home Ownership Advocate Specialis
(eXp Realty LLC)
Elias Schewel was a deeply religious man, but also a practical one.When he first came to Lynchburg he had no intention of going into the furniture business. He came to be a rabbi, to teach the young, hold services and kill animals in the kosher manner.Unfortunately Lynchburg's tiny Jewish community could not muster the resources to support a rabbi, so to sustain himself, Elias Schewel was force to peddle small items from a horse-drawn cart.He started out with cane-bottom chairs and picture frames and just kept prospering. He is remembered by his grandson as somber, bearded and an impeccable dresser. He always wore three piece suites with a vest.A native of Riga, Russia, Elias Schewel adapted well to America. He had an accent, nonetheless he was an educated man. In 1897, Elias Schewe...