South Africa SIG #SouthAfrica Re: The word 'Smouse' for a Jewish peddler #southafrica

Brian Plen <brian@...>

This is part of our story as well. My Grandfather Mauritz (Morris) John Plen
arrived as a 19 year old in Cape Town in about 1890. My father Mark told me that
Morris had told him that he worked as a smous for a period before moving up to
Johannesburg where he worked in a store near the corner of Rissik and Commissioner
Street for a year or two arriving and setting up in Nigel soon after the time of
the start of the goldrush >from 1896. Within a couple of years he owned a thriving
General Store and Hotel in Nigel. Except for the Boer War years (1900-1902) he
spent the rest of his long life running the store, the New Goldfields Hotel and a
number of properties in Nigel.

With Regards

Brian Plen
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