Our next Greene County VIP was a prominent Xenia business owner and civic leader, Sol Arnovitz. Does anyone remember shopping at Sol's in downtown Xenia? Have you ever fished at Sol Arnovitz Park in Xenia? (See Fig. 1)
Fig. 1 View of Sol Arnovitz Park photo via https://www.theoutbound.com
Solomon Arnovitz was born in Poland in 1906. He immigrated to the United States and married Sara Lee Engilman on March 18, 1931 (See Fig. 2). The couple settled on King Street in the City of Xenia and had two children, Beverly and Theodore. Sol owned and operated the retail clothing operation, Sol’s Store at 29 East Main Street in downtown Xenia. A successful businessman, Sol also operated the real estate holding companies, Mercury Realty, Inc. and later Solar, Inc. He owned several properties throughout Xenia. Furthermore, Arnovitz was the founder and director of the Fairborn Farmers and Merchants Bank for several years.
Fig. 2 Sol and Sara Arnovitz's 1931 marriage record via Greene County Records Center and Archives
Arnovitz was an instrumental civic leader, serving as a member of the Board of Directors for the Xenia/ Greene County YMCA. He also helped launch the Greene County Joint Vocational School District. Sol and his wife Sara, donated twenty-five acres of land for the Joint Vocational School. Besides his business commitments, Solomon Arnovitz was a member of several organizations including, Eshcol Lodge 55; B’nai B’rith (Jewish Service Organization) of Dayton; Xenia Elks Lodge; Fraternal Order of Police Associates; Xenia’s Rotary Club; and several masonic groups.
On May 18, 1967, Solomon Arnovitz died from a heart attack leaving his beloved wife and children. He is buried at Beth Abraham Cemetery in Montgomery County, Ohio (Fig. 3). As the Greene County Records Center and Archives, we hold and preserve estate records - including Sol Arnovitz's. Below we have included some features from his estate record.
Fig. 3 Sol Arnovitz's grave marker in Beth Abraham Cemetery. Photo taken by Gravehuntermary - Mary Downing-Mahan via findagrave.com.
Fig. 4 Sol Arnovitz's Estate Record, 12076 via Greene County Records Center and Archives
Fig. 5 Sol Arnovitz's Estate Record, 12076 via Greene County Records Center and Archives
Fig. 6 Sol Arnovitz's Estate Record, 12076 via Greene County Records Center and Archives
Fig. 7 Sol Arnovitz's Estate Record, 12076 via Greene County Records Center and Archives
Until Next Time!
Greene County Records Center and Archives