Adam read frequently from the Quaker Bible, and he responded politely to the frequent inquiries directed at him regarding what it meant to be a Jew.

Eventually Gimbel's path led him to Vincennes, then the capital of the Northwest Territory. Vincennes was a great trading post with over 200 steamboats from.New Orleans, Lousiville, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh docking on the Wabash and connecting it to Chicago, Indianapolis and New York. The Old Cathedral spire rose majestically in the background of the docking

area, and the population numbered 1700. The people lived in

S fine homes, and there was a newspaper published.

Adam Gimbel was a man who believed in fairness and honesty for all. He was pleased to learn there were 100 free Negroes in Vincennes. Gifted with a talent for trade, Adam began to develop ideas for a department store and a home for his mother and brother in this warm and friendly community. Before his dream could be realized, another tragedy struck--his mother died while waiting to board the ship for America. Heartbroken and heavily burdened with grief, Adam returned to New Orleans.

There he gathered strength from his Jewish friends, who joined him in saying Kaddish for his mother. Gradually he began to pull himself up from the depths of grief. They encour­aged him to return to Vincennes to pursue his dream.

Adam Gimbel eventually opened his store, "The Palace of Trade," on Vigo Street one block from the Wabash River, and he catered to the wealthy, the Indians and the Negroes on an equal and fair basis. He placed a price on each item he sold and