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Cater Joseph Family Papers
An Inventory of the Collection
In 1881, Cater Joseph Cater immigrated to the United States from Roumieh, Lebanon at the age of 14. His father sent him and later his four brothers to the United States to avoid being drafted into the Turkish Army. His name was shortened to Cater Joseph upon passing through Ellis Island. Joseph’s first business was as a peddler traveling to surrounding towns selling goods to farmers. In 1890, Joseph opened his general mercantile store on Congress Avenue. At one time Joseph had three retail stores downtown: Joseph’s Man Shop, Majestic Man’s Shop and Joseph’s Department Store. Joseph retired in the 1920 and his business passed on to his sons Ernest and Harry who famously outfitted President Lyndon Johnson with his signature Stetson hats. Cater Joseph passed away on August 15, 1947 at the age of 80.
The Cater Joseph Family Papers documents the business of the Joseph family in Austin, primarily the Joseph's Man's Shop under Ernest Joseph's management. Joseph's was the main hat outfitter for President Lyndon Baines Johnson, and information about the Johnson family relationship with the Joseph's store is present, including photographs. Collection consists of photographs, news clippings, correspondence, and Cater Joseph's Naturalization Certificate. The photographs include images of President Johnson in the store as well as other images of the shop.
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Cater Joseph Family Papers (AR.2016.030). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/2016/048
Donation Date: 2016
Collection processed, arranged, and finding aid created and encoded by Mike Miller in 2018.