F. Labovitz

Considering the small amount of capital he possessed, and the difficulties involved in the acquisition of a new language and new customs and conditions, F. Labovitz has earned his remarkable success during twenty years of American residence. He is proprietor of one of the most successful department stores in Duluth, known as The Fair.

Mr. Labovitz was born in Romania August 26, 1874. He was reared and acquired some commercial experience in his native land, where he married. With his wife he came to America in 1900, and soon established a home in Minneapolis, where for seven years he was in the retail fruit business. At that time he made much progress in American ways and customs and amassed a small capital, with which he came to Duluth in 1907 and opened a stock of merchandise at 516 West Superior street. Gradually his business expanded and grew, and after eight years he moved to a larger building at 221-223 West First street and then opened the department store known as The Fair. This business has grown and developed, and its thousands of customers appreciate the service rendered as a store of large and well selected stock of economical wares. The business is now one involving an aggregate sales of about two hundred and fifty thousand dollars annually. Mr. Labovitz has always depended upon fair dealing to win his customers, and is head of a business that requires a large clerical force.

He and his wife have three children, Maurice, born in 1900; Roslind, born in 1902; and Israel M., born in 1907.


  • Van Brunt, Walter, ed. Duluth and St. Louis County, Minnesota Vols. 1 – 3. The American Historical Society. Chicago: 1922.
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