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Saul M. Schreibfeder
Saul M. Schreibfeder was general manager of Jobbers Pants Company, a branch of the Standard Overall Company headquartered in Baltimore, MD. Jobbers began operations in Martinsville in November of 1933 and employed white men and women and black men. Black women at that time could only find work as domestics or other small occupations. Black community leaders sought the help of Mr. Schreibfeder and he convinced Standard Overall to expand their operations to include black women. Initially Plant #3 hired 50 black women but by 1939 it employed more than 1000 who produced 1200 pairs of pants a day. The higher factory wages and opportunity for piece rates had a very positive effect.

In 2010 the grandchildren of Saul Morris and Yetta Schreibfeder gathered in Martinsville and Danville to celebrate their grandparents' 100th wedding anniversary. Family members from California, Wisconsin, Florida, North Carolina and Virginia visited the site of the old Jobbers Pants Factory and Standard Garments to reflect upon this historic spot in Martinsville’s history.

See also: An inside view of Jobbers

See also: Schreibfeder Family photos on Flickr


Reader (IP Address: 75.75.14.69) Comment: THEY DO NOT COME ANY BETTER THAN MY GRANDFATHER, SAUL SCHREIBFEDER. DAVID SCHREIBFEDER

Reader (IP Address: 207.118.187.8) Comment: thank you so much for publishing this photo and recognizing the blessed memory of our grandfather...i truly wish ms adams could have made our gathering at the former fayette street site of the now vanished standard garments...my cousin david one of the finest bulldogs to grace ben ramsay field could not have said it better...robert fusfeld,wi;

Missing that fayette street event was probably one of the "dumbest" things I've ever done. I blame it on my email but it was still so bad. Elva Adams


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