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Berry, Hannah Shwayder, 1895-1986

 Person

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:

Morris and Harry Berry Delivering Groceries in the 1913 Blizzard, 1913

 Item
Identifier: B063.01.0017.00018
Overview Morris and Harry Berry deliver groceries by horse-drawn sled during the 1913 blizzard in Denver, Colorado. Morris Berry later married Hannah Shwayder.
Dates: 1913

Oral History Interview with Hannah Shwayder Berry, 1981 March 1

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Identifier: B098.01.0004.00084
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

Picnic at Dome Rock, 1906 August 5

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Identifier: B063.05.0021.00082
Overview Left to right Hilda Benesch, Florence Shwayder, Leba Shwayder, Hannah Shwayder, and Mrs. Benesch pose together during a picnic at Dome Rock.
Dates: 1906 August 5

Shwayder Family Histories and Genealogical Material, 1967-2002

 Series
Identifier: B245.02
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...
Dates: 1967-2002

Shwayder Family Papers and Samsonite Corporation Records

 Collection
Identifier: B245
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...
Dates: 1896-2002

Shwayder Siblings, circa 1900

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Identifier: B063.05.0021.00074
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

Shwayder Siblings, 1900 October 28

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Identifier: B063.05.0021.00075
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

Shwayder Siblings at Bear Creek Canyon, Colorado, 1910

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Identifier: B063.05.0021.00072
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.
Dates: 1910

Shwayder Sisters, between 1920-1929

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Identifier: B063.05.0021.00076
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

Sisters Gertrude Shwayder Breetwor and Hannah Shwayder Berry, 1928

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Identifier: B063.05.0021.00073
Overview Sisters Gertrude Shwayder Breetwor and Hannah Shwayder Berry pose together outside a home.
Dates: 1928