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Spivak, C. D. (Charles D.), 1861-1927

 Person

A Jewish Immigrant from Tsarist Russia, Spivak pursued medicine out of a desire to be of service to humanity. In 1896, when his wife Jennie showed signs of incipient tuberculosis, Spivak moved their young family to Denver to take advantage of Colorado’s reputation as the World’s Sanatorium. Spivak's concern for the indignant consumptives he saw flooding into the state led to his founding the Jewish Consumptives’ Relief Society (JCRS), a sanatorium dedicated to the care of all, even those in the advanced stages of TB. Spivak also ensured that the primarily Eastern European Jewish patients were cared for in an environment that respected their culture- unlike many such institutions, the JCRS featured a kosher kitchen and observed the Jewish Sabbath and holidays. Dr. Spivak was also an associate professor of medicine at the University of Denver from 1896-1901.

Citation

Leḳsiḳon fun der nayer Yidisher liṭeraṭur, 1965 (Spiṿaḳ, Ḥayim; d. 10-16-1927; b. as Ḥayim-Ḥayḳl Spiṿaḳoṿsḳi; d. in Denver, Colorado) Yehoash. Idish ṿerṭerbukh, 1926: t.p. (Dr. Ḥayim Spiṿaḳ) t.p. verso (Dr. C. D. Spivak [in rom.]) Who's who in American Jewry, 1926 (Spivak, Charles; physician, author; b. 12-25-1861, Krementschug, Russia).

Found in 32 Collections and/or Records:

Copy of Letter from C.D. Spivak to Mr. I. Lieberman [D. Lieberman], Sec'y, 1908 September 9

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Identifier: B002.01.0100.0030.00011
Overview Copy of typed letter from C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado, to Mr. I. Lieberman [D. Lieberman], Secretary of Fall River Lodge #355, O.B.A., in Fall River, Massachusetts. Letter states that enclosed find a certified copy of the death certificate of Mr. Meyer Kessler, who died in the Sanatorium on Aug. 19th. Letter states that also enclosed is a bill from the Beth Medrash Hagodal Cemetary Association for the funeral expenses amounting to $44.50. Found among the effects of Mr. Kessler was $4.05,...
Dates: 1908 September 9

Copy of Letter from C.D. Spivak to Mrs. Minnie Kessler, 1908 December 19

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Identifier: B002.01.0100.0030.00003
Overview Typed letter on The Jewish Consumptives' Relief Society letterhead from C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado, to Mrs. Minnie Kessler in Fall River, Massachusetts, stating that in looking over his records, he finds that he has a pocket book left by her late husband, Mr. Meyer Kessler and kindly requests that she advise disposition of same. Letter is unsigned but "Secretary" is typed at the bottom.
Dates: 1908 December 19

Envelope, 1909 November 11

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Identifier: B002.01.0100.0073.00012
Overview Envelope handwritten in ink, addressed to C. D. Spivak - Sec'y, JCRS Denver, Colorado, from E. Harris M.D. in Fall River, Mass. Sent on November 11, 1909.
Dates: 1909 November 11

Letter form C.D. Spivak to Morris Tonkonogy, 1909 May 27

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Identifier: B002.01.0100.0073.00025
Overview Copy of a typed letter from C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado, to Morris Tonkonogy in Fall River, Massachusetts, that had an enclosed receipt [#32968] for a check from Morris that was for a membership fee to the JCRS. Spivak reports that Dr. J.B. Fish said that his brother, Sam Tonkonogy, is doing fairly well. Letter is unsigned but "Secretary" is typed at the bottom.
Dates: 1909 May 27

Letter from C.D. Spivak to Dr. E. Harris, 1909 November 22

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Identifier: B002.01.0100.0073.00005
Overview Typed letter from C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado, to Dr. E. Harris in Fall River, Massachussetts, stating that he has communicated with the Prop. of the Fern Hill Sanatorium and that she has reduced the bill by $25.00. Also that Mr. [Sam] Tonkonogy left the Sanatorium two weeks before his time expired without the consent of the superintendent. Spivak says that if he would have stayed in the Sanatorium and his fever kept up that his time at the JCRS would have been extended. Letter is unsigned...
Dates: 1909 November 22

Letter from C.D. Spivak to Dr. J.B. Fish, 1908 July 24

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Identifier: B002.01.0100.0030.00024
Overview Typed letter from C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado, to Dr. J.B. Fish in Edgewater, Colorado. Letter requests the admission of Mr. Meyer Kessler of Fall River, Massachusetts as an emergency case. Letter states that he was brought to the office by a boy who found him wandering around somewhere on West Colfax Ave. The man is very sick and suffers from fever. Spivak states that he considers him to be in emergency and states that Fish need not make out his application, as they have taken it in the...
Dates: 1908 July 24

Letter from C.D. Spivak to Jennie Bilsky, 1908 September 25

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Identifier: B002.01.0100.0051.00008
Overview Typed letter from C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado, to Jennie Bilsky in Fall River, Massachusetts, stating that her husband, Hyman Bilsky, has been accepted into the JCRS. Letter is unsigned but "Secretary" is typed at the bottom.
Dates: 1908 September 25

Letter from C.D. Spivak to M. Levit, 1908 September 25

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Identifier: B002.01.0100.0051.00008
Overview Typed letter from C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado, to M. Levit a member of the Bristol County Lodge #140 in Fall River, Massachussetts, stating that his brother, Hyman Bilsky, has been accepted into the JCRS. Letter is unsigned but "Secretary" is typed at the bottom.
Dates: 1908 September 25

Letter from C.D. Spivak to M. Tonkonogy, 1910 January 15

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Identifier: B002.01.0100.0073.00002
Overview Typed letter from C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado, to M. Tonkonogy in Fall River, Massachussetts, stating that at a Mrs. Stein's house, where your late brother Sam Tonkonogy was staying, had an ambulance bring him from her house to the Fern Hill Sanatorium. Spivak is writing to make sure that Tonkonogy can make sure that the $6.00 bill for the ambulance can be paid since Mrs. Stein is poor and that "she was very kind to your brother during his last days on earth." This was brought to Spivak's...
Dates: 1910 January 15

Letter from C.D. Spivak to Morris Tonkonogy, 1909 October 12

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Identifier: B002.01.0100.0073.00018
Overview Typed letter from C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado, to Morris Tonkonogy in Fall River, Massachusetts, thanking him for sending $10.00 to support the JCRS. Morris has requested that Spivak admit his brother, Sam Tonkonogy, into the Sanatorium and Spivak wrote back about how the Sanatorium does not allow just applicant into the JCRS. Once a spot is open, Tonkonogy's application will be considered. Letter is unsigned but "Secretary" is typed at the bottom.
Dates: 1909 October 12