Berry, Hannah Shwayder, 1895-1986
Rachel Kobey and Isaac Shwayder had 11 children: Solomon, Dora, Jesse, Raschelle, Mark, Gertrude, Florence, Maurice, Hannah, Benjamin, and Liebe. Having been persuaded by his wife's pioneering uncle Abe Rachofsky and great uncle Alexander Rittmaster, Isaac Shwayder first came to Central City, Colorado, in 1879 to find work, and after two years the rest of his family joined him. The Shwayders later moved to Nevadaville (Black Hawk), Colorado, and in 1888 they settled in Denver. Hannah Shwayder was born in Denver on August 21, 1920 and died in Denver on December 21, 1995. Hannah Shwayder married Harry I. Berry and wrote about the Shwayder family and business, Samsonite luggage, in "Tales of a Little Trunk and Other Stories."
Found in 30 Collections and/or Records:
Overview Major subjects covered in the interview include the Shwayder and Kobey (originally Kobersky) families, immigrating to Colorado from Poland, Hannah Shwayder Berry’s grandmother Miriam "Mary" Kobey (a Denver midwife nicknamed the “Angel of Mercy”) and refers to book “The Tale of the Little Trunk”; a copy of the book can be found in the Beck Archives.
Dates: 1981 March 1
Scope and Contents The series includes 20th-century materials detailing Shwayder family history. including two copies of the book "The Tale of a Little Trunk and Other Stories" by Hannah Shwayder Berry (1977 and 2002), a transcript of an oral history by Hannah Shwayder Berry (1981), a newspaper clipping of Hannah Shwayder Berry's story The 'pied piper' of West Colfax (1967), and a booklet describing the genealogy of the Shwayder family that includes family members born as early as 1876 and as late as 1943. There...
Overview The Shwayder family of Denver, Colorado, is best known for the luggage company Samsonite Corporation, which the family founded and operated. Isaac and Rachel Shwayder had migrated from Manchester, England to Colorado in 1881 and eventually settled in Denver. In 1910 their son, Jesse Shwayder, opened a small luggage factory in Denver with his father along with his brothers Mark, Maurice, Benjamin, and Solomon Shwayder. The company started as Shwayder Trunk Manufacturing Company, was later...
Overview Siblings Florence Shwayder Krohn, Hannah Shwayder Berry, Maurice Shwayder, and Gertrude Shwayder Breetwor as small children in a yard. They were the younger children of Isaac and Rachel Shwayder.
Dates: circa 1900
Overview Formal studio portrait of siblings Maurice Shwayder, Hannah Shwayder Berry, and Ben Shwayder. They were the younger children of Isaac and Rachel Shwayder.
Dates: 1900 October 28
Overview Siblings Florence Shwayder Krohn, Mark Shwayder, Hannah Shwayder Berry, and Gertrude Shwayder Breetwor and Lena Feldmen Shwayder (Mark's wife) stand in a creek at the Bear Creek Canyon picnic grounds.
Overview Three of the Shwayder sister, Liebe Shwayder Clamage, Gertrude Shwayder Breetwor, and Hannah Shwayder Berry, pose together outside a home at 164 So. Humboldt in Denver, Colorado. They were the daughters of Isaac and Rachel Shwayder.
Dates: between 1920-1929