I thoroughly enjoyed reading the article on Salem’s Jewish history in your July 11 edition. While I was unaware of some facts, others, especially the names of the shops and their owners, were very familiar to me. That’s because my parents moved to Salem in 1941 and my two sisters and I were born there.
My father, Edward Barnett, owned and operated “Barnett Fabric Stores” in Salem, both on Central and Essex Streets from the early 1940s until he retired in the mid-’80s. He ran his business during the war when he also had to work every night at GE to help build planes.
My parents were personal friends of many of the people whose names were mentioned in the article and in fact, they are both buried in the Sons of Jacob cemetery despite the fact that we lived in Beverly most of our lives.
So you can understand my dismay when the article did not mention either his name or his business. He was somehow overlooked by either the author of the book from which the article was adapted and/or the women who wrote the article. I am saddened that he was excluded.
My father and his store were a big part of Salem for over four decades and he contributed so much to the “fabric” of the Salem business community and beyond.
Barbara Barnett, Brookline