Goodman & Suss
23 Point Hand Tailored
Goodman & Suss were men's clothing manaufacturers based in Rochester, N.Y. Their New York City branch was in business from 1919 to 1974, and they were located here at 28 W. 23rd St. from 1933 to 1965.
Goodman was Sidney Louis Goodman (1890-1988), born in Passaic, New Jersey. He was the manager at the New York location during the early years (1920s). He registered for the World War I draft in 1917 while living in Rochester. He gave his occupation as "Traveling Salesman / Buyer Woolens, Goodman and Suss, 108 St. Paul St. Rochester." In the U. S. Census of 1930 Goodman was living at 960 West End Ave., Manhatttan, with his wife, Dorothy, his young son, Allen, age 2, and his mother-in-law, Minnie Ettenger. When he registered for the World War II draft in 1942, Goodman was still employed at Goodman & Suss, 28 W. 23rd St., New York City.
The Suss family can be traced back several generations in Rochester, N.Y. Connected with Goodman & Suss were Edwin F. Suss (1887-1931) and Roy Henry Suss (1897-1966). They were not brothers but cousins. Edwin Suss's father was Charles Suss, born in Germany, Sept. 1855. Roy Suss's father was August Suss, born Germany, Aug. 1860. Again, the fathers also were not brothers, but cousins. In the U. S. Census of 1870 both appear as young men (born Prussia) living with their fathers in Rochester. Charles Suss was 14 living with his father, Frederich Suss, age 39. August Suss was 10, living with his father, Christian Suss, age 37.
At the time of the U. S. Census of 1930 Edwin F. Suss continued to live in Rochester, and gave his occupation as "Manufactuer, Mens Clothing." Roy Suss, however, now lived in Penfield, N.Y. (about 5 miles east of Rochester) and was the proprietor of a "Tea Room."
In the late 1920s or early 1930s ownership of the New York branch of Goodman & Suss passed to Paizor Feinstein and his sons. For more on P. Feinstein & Sons see the east wall of 28 W. 23rd St.
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