Early businessman will be portrayed


The Living History performance at Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Way, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday. One of Walla Walla's early businessmen, Sigmund Schwabacher, will be portrayed by Steve Rubin.

Schwabacher and his brothers of Jewish heritage emigrated from Germany. On Sept. 1, 1860, the brothers opened their mercantile store near the northeast corner of Third Avenue and Main Street in Walla Walla. Their business flourished, and by 1862 they had outgrown their first building. Their second store, built in 1876, was described in newspapers as "the finest building north of San Francisco." Schwabacher also became the director of the First National Bank of Walla Walla.

The museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission is free to members and children under 6, $3 for children ages 6-12, $6 for seniors 62 and older and students and $7 general admission. Membership, beginning at $25, includes free admission to more than 40 Living History performances and other benefits. For more information, call 509-525-7703, e-mail info@fortwallawallamuseum.org or visit fortwallawallamuseum.org.


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