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 Abe Maas

Abe Maas

Birth
Germany
Death 7 Jun 1941 (aged 86)
Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida, USA
Burial Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida, USA
Memorial ID 6535564 · View Source
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Founded the Maas Brothers department store (1886 - 1991) with his brother Isaac Maas in Tampa, Florida
Abe, Maas was born Dolgesheim on May 28, 1855. When he was a child in grammar school, he long to be a doctor. Before he finished school, his older brothers Jacob and Sol Maas moved to the United States where they ran a successful dry goods store, Maas & Bro. in the small town of Cochran, Georgia. In 1875, Abe immigrated to the US joining his brothers. With the success of the Cochran store, Abe's brother Sol opened a second store in Dublin, Georgia which Abe was sent to run. While in Dublin, he traveled to Cincinnati to marry his childhood sweetheart Bena Wolf on September 19, 1883.
By 1885 Abe decided to find a new location for his store. He visited several towns in Florida but decided to open his store in Tampa. He returned to Tampa on December 1, 1886 and began setting up his store "The Dry Goods Palace" on the ground floor of the J C Field building. The store officially opened on December 10, 1886. His brother Isaac, who had been running a millinery store in Ocala, joined Abe on September 15, 1887 and the store became known as Maas Brothers.
The small store was successful and by 1898 had outgrown its store. It moved into the Krause building taking the first floor. Over the next twenty-three years, Maas Brothers added more product lines included ready-to-wear, furniture, and carpeting. In 1920 Maas Brothers purchased the American National Bank Building and contracted of the construction of am eight story building. The store, know as the big store, opened in October 1921. The store remained in the Maas family until April 1929 when they sold the store Hahn Department Stores latter known Allied Stores Corporation. While the store was owned by Allied, Abe and Isaac continued to run the store.
In 1907, Maas Brothers was incorporated and Abe was named president. He would hold this position until 1935 when he was elevated to Chairman after the death of his brother Isaac. Aside from his own store, he was president of Maas Realty Company, and a director of the Morris Plan Bank of Tampa, the Thompson Cigar Company and a member of the Board of Trade (predecessor of the Chamber of Commerce) since 1886. Abe was involved in several civic organizations. He was a founding member and first exalted ruler of the Elk's Lodge in Tampa, member and treasurer of the Hillsborough Masonic Lodge. He was a member of Knights of Pythias , the Kiwanas club and charter member of the Rocky Point golf club. He was the first directors of the was known as Old People's Home In World War One Abe served twice chairman of the European relief campaign in Tampa. He was also a member and past president of Jewish congregation Schaari Zedek. Abe had left the store on Friday evening, June 6, 1941 feeling fine. He attended the high school graduation of his grandson, Later at home, Abe became very ill. As the evening progressed, Abe got worse and worse. Finally, at two o'clock, Saturday morning on June 7, 1941, Abe died at the age of 86. The store that Abe and Isaac founded met its end in 1991 after its parent company Allied Stores and its sister company Federated Department Stores filed bankruptcy in 1990. As part of the reorganization Maas Brothers was merged into Burdines on October 19. 1991.



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  • Created by: Baron Plourde
  • Added: 21 Jun 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6535564
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Abe Maas (28 May 1855–7 Jun 1941), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6535564, citing Myrtle Hill Memorial Park, Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Baron Plourde (contributor 46541562) .