Through the years, Morehouse Parish has had many successful local businesses, and this week in 1897 one of its oldest, Seligman's department store was founded.
First established as a store in Bonita in 1897 by Jewish Immigrant Jacob Seligman, a number of goods were sold there including furniture, appliances, and clothing for both men and women. In 1906, the store was moved from Bonita to Bastrop.
After Seligman's death in 1910, the store fell into the hands of his son, H. I. Seligman, who was just 17 at the time. In 1927, he purchased the old movie theatre, which was remodeled and became the building that currently houses the store.
Over the years additions were made to the store for more space, including a balcony in the furniture department and a bargain basement. By 1934 the store took up three buildings, had four floors and offered clothing for men, women, and children, as well as furniture and appliances.
In 1945 Seligman retired and the business was passed on to his son and sons-in-law who continued to run it until 1988, when they sold the store to current owners Ron Israel and his wife, Sara.
Today Seligman's no longer sells furniture and appliances, but still offers a full range of clothing, from shoes to casual clothing and even scrubs and school uniforms.
Though Seligman's may have changed through the years, it still offers many good products and its employees still serve the Bastrop community with a smile on their faces and great pride in their store.
“We try to give our customers as much service as we can and that seems to bring people back,” said Israel. “If you come into Seligman’s we try to treat you right.”