Charly "Rube" Rubenstein

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Charles Clinton Rubenstein

Birthplace: Alton, IL, USA
Death: Died in Kearny, NJ, USA
Place of Burial: Little Rock, AR, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Max Reib Rubenstein and Fannie Rubenstein
Husband of Hettie Rubinstein
Brother of Sarah Gould; Moses Rubenstein; Abraham Lincoln Rubenstein; Doris Marie Brodkey; Ida Besser and 1 other

Managed by: Hatte Blejer
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About Charly "Rube" Rubenstein

From Sharon Grundfest Broniatowski : "Charlie Rubenstein was a wonderful man. He was owner of the Rube and Scott department store in Little Rock, a baseball scout, an avid member of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, a Mason, and was well connected politically. I have a photo of him with the Vice President of the USA (Albin Barkley). He reputedly broke up a lynching by talking down the KKK. He was also a big supporter of the Boys Club, providing housing for orphans." {Charly and Hettie Rubenstein raised Sharon's mother after her mother died, Charly was effectively Sharon's grandfather. Thanks to Sharon and her family for the photograph of Charly.)

From A corner of the tapestry: a history of the Jewish experience in Arkansas By Carolyn Gray LeMaster, page 244:

"Charles C. "Rube" Rubenstein (1882 - 1958) [also known as CC] became a well-known figure in the political life of Little Rock. He was state chairman of the Privilege Tax Commission and was considered a "vice mayor" under several Little Rock mayors, including Mayor Sam M. Wassell, who served in the period 1947 - 1952. Rube was born at Muscatine, Iowa, of immigrant parents [he was actually born in the Russian Empire], and grew up an ardent sports fan. Rather small of stature, he managed a semi-pro baseball team by age eighteen. He moved to Rushton, Louisiana, where he managed a men's clothing store and developed the innovative idea of advertising on the sports page in the local paper. He joined the army in World War I and was stationed at Camp Pike near Little Rock. Pfeiffer's Department Store had a camp store there, which Rube managed. He had been a scout for the Louisiana State University sports program before the war and resumed those activities at Texas Christian University after the war. In 1922 he accepted an offer by Harry Pfeifer to become buyer and manager of Pfeifer's Men's Department. In 1932 Rube and his brother-in-law Walter L. Scott (1888 - 1943) opened a men's clothing store, Rube and Scott, which became one of the city's most popular such stores. Rube introduced the installation payment plan for clothing, which helped customers during the Depression. He was active in various civic organizations. Although he and his wife had no children, they helped raise several and assisted a number in attending college. (Leonard Scott [1914 - ], son of Walter L. Scott, whose family hailed from Poland, was a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Harvard Law School. He began a law practice in Little Rock in 1937 and has continued more than fifty years.)

Uncle Jerry says:

Ida Besser's husband was Herbert Besser, a St. Louisan. They moved to Little Rock in the forties, where Herb went to work for Ida Besser's brother, Charles, in his clothing store, Rube and Scott.

On the Internet:

The photgraph is downtown Little Rock in 1950. Charly's store "Rube and Scott" was gone by 1955.

The text reads: "Main Street looking north from between Capitol and Sixth Streets about 1950. The black car under the Pfeifer's clock is a 1948 Buick, and the yellow cab turning onto Capitol is a 1950 Plymouth and the light green car on the right is a 1950 Oldsmobile. Look carefully in the street and you can see the shadow of the overhead wires for the trolleybus, one of which is coming at you in the distance. It's the second, most distant, one. The first bus, the nearest one to you, is not a trolley, it's a diesel. You can tell the difference because the trolleys are short and squat, while the diesels are taller, to make room for the fuel tanks under the passenger seating area. By 1950, Capitol Transit Company was acquiring non-electric busses to replace trolleybusses. Little Rock was expanding, and diesel busses could go anywhere immediately, without the time and expense of installing overhead lines.

Scroll to the bottom to see this same view in 2006.

Some of the businesses I can make out with a magnified version of this picture are:

From south to north, west side of the street (left side, going away)

The Pfeifer's clock. Pfeifer's Department Store is out of the picture south of the clock at Sixth and Main

M. M. Cohn, 510 Main

Baker's Shoes 504 Main

National Shirt Shops, across Capitol at 424 Main

Kempners, 418 Main

Blass, 4th and Main

New Theater, 112 Main

Hotel Grady Manning (The two-tone white-topped red-brick building at Markham and Main)

From south to north, east side of the street (right side, going away)

Stifft's Jewelers, 511 Main

Butler's Shoes

J. C. Penney, 505 Main

Walgreen Drugs, 501 Main

Planter's Peanuts (Across Capitol at the far end of the awning)

Rube And Scott Men's Wear, 417 Main

Moore's Cafeteria, 415 Main

Haverty's Furniture, 413 Main

The edge of the Center Theater marquee, 407 Main

Note: I don't have addresses for Butler's Shoes or Planter's Peanuts, which were gone by the time my 1954 telephone book was printed."

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Charly "Rube" Rubenstein's Timeline

May 11, 1882
Alton, IL, USA
June 17, 1958
Age 76
Kearny, NJ, USA
Little Rock, AR, USA