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Shwayder, Rachel Leah Kobey, 1858-1938



Rachel Leah Kobey (b. March 17, 1858, Sukow, Poland; d. June 30, 1938, Denver, Colorado) was the daughter of Samuel Abraham and Miriam Rachofsky Kobey. The family moved to Manchester, England in 1871, where Rachel Leah Kobey married Isaac Shwayder in 1875. The Shwayder family came to Central City, Colorado in 1881 and in 1888 they settled in Denver. In 1910 they founded the Shwayder luggage company, which became renowned Samsonite Luggage company.

Found in 8 Collections and/or Records:

Ellis Island Wall of Honor, 1992

Identifier: B433.01.0001.0011

Contains Ellis Island certificates for Isaac and Rachel Kobey Shwayder from Poland and Harry and Anna Corske Friedland from Lithuania.

Dates: 1992

Family Information, Trees, and Charts, 1960-2000

Identifier: B433.02.0001.0012

File contains three pages of the Shwayder Line from Isaac Shwayder/Rachel Lea Kobey; family sheet of Jesse and Nellie Weitz Shwayder; family sheet of Isaac and Rachel Lea Kobey Shwayder; family sheet of Eugene and Deborah Shwayder Sims, daughter of Solomon and Ida Weitz Shwayder; family sheet of Solomon and Ida Weitz Shwayder; Hourglass Tree of Irving Bud Joshua Shwayder; handwritten tree of Solomon and Ida Weitz Shwayder; and research materials.

Dates: 1960-2000

Isaac Shwayder Family, circa 1905

Identifier: B063.05.0041.00085

Isaac and Rachel Shwayder sit for a formal family portrait surrounded by their ten children: Sol, Jesse, Rachel, Mark, Gertrude, Florence, Maurice, Hannah, Ben and Liebe.

Dates: circa 1905

Photograph of Rachel Kobey Shwayder, 1881

Identifier: B101.01.0001.0003.00003
Scope and Contents From the File:

Contains a cd, two original photographs, and photo prints of the Shwayder family.

Dates: 1881

Rachel Leah Kobey Shwayder, between 1875-1880

Identifier: B063.08.0047.00032

Wedding portrait of Rachel Leah Kobey Shwayder leaning against a bench.

Dates: between 1875-1880

Shwayder Family Papers and Samsonite Corporation Records

Identifier: B245
Abstract 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

Sisters Rachel and Betsy Kobey, between 1880-1889

Identifier: B063.05.0021.00071

Sisters Rachel Leah Kobey Shwayder and Betsy Kobey Rachofsky pose together in front of a painted scene in Central City.

Dates: between 1880-1889

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Archival Object 6
Collection 2
Jewish women 5
Denver (Colo.) 3
Photographs 3
Central City (Colo.) 2
Colorado 2