Rifkin, Joan (Raisie), 1915-1983
Joan Kiesler (known as Raisie) was the daughter of Adolph Kiesler. She married Max Rifkin.
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Abstract East European Jewish immigrant, Adolph Kiesler, became a noted Colorado philanthropist. Born in Rumania in 1880, Kiesler settled in Denver's West Colfax Jewish neighborhood at the turn of the century, when he began as a peddler. He later recalled "I worked for fifteen cents a day at odd jobs, and then I got a job carring coal for seventy-five cents a ton." Like so many immigrants, he scrimped and saved and after fifteen years and a variety of jobs, he had saved enough money to launch the...
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