Spivak, C. D. (Charles D.), 1861-1927
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.
CitationLeḳsiḳon 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 23 Collections and/or Records:
Overview Addressed envelope to the JCRS from 88 Smith Street Perth Amboy, NJ. The envelope is stamped and dated.
Dates: 1909 July 21
Overview Handwritten bill of exchange to "M [Dr.] C. D. Spivak 1421 Court Place" in Denver from The Western Union Telegraph Company on typed letterhead that states, "Form No. 36. OFFICE OF THE WESTERN UNION TELEGRAPH COMPANY. (INCORPORATED)" dated "4/28 1909" [sic]. The bill reads, "The tolls upon your dispatch of _April 24 09_ to _I Greenberg_ Fairmont N. Y were not paid at destination, the reason given being that _Msg Was. forwarded to Amboy N. J. Party said to be now living in NY_ Please pay the...
Dates: 1909 April 28
Overview Typed letter from Dr. Charles Spivak to Mrs. Jane Secunda, informing her that her husband, Mr. Elias Secunda, has been invited tot the Sanatorium of the JCRS. Letter is dated but unsigned; "Secretary" is printed at the bottom.
Dates: 1910 May 06
Overview Typed letter from C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado, to Mrs. R. Siegal in Pert Amboy, New Jersey, stating that her daughter, Fannie Meholoff, has been invited to admit into the JCRS Sanatorium. Letter is unsigned but "Secretary" is typed at the bottom.
Dates: 1909 July 15
Overview Typed letter from Dr. Charles Spivak to Mrs. P. Levine, secretary of the First Hebrew Ladies' Society in Perth Amboy, NJ, informing her that there is not a vacancy at the Sanatorium for Mr. Elias Secunda. He writes of the long list of applicants already in Denver and writes that patients recover and die slowly from the illness. He recommends that Mr. Secunda travel to Denver from Perth Amboy but have the means for board and lodging until his application be accepted. The letter is unsigned, but...
Dates: 1909 July 28
Overview Typed letter from Dr. Charles Spivak to S. Klein, secretary to the United Hebrew Lodge #502 IOBA, acknowledging the the railroad ticket and money order for $4.50 that were enclosed in the letter from Mr. Klein. Letter is unsigned, but "Secretary" is printed at the bottom.
Dates: 1910 September 01
Overview Handwritten letter from Dr. Charles Spivak to Mr. S. Klein, secretary of the United Hebrew Lodge No. 502 IOBA, informing him that Mr. Elias Secunda is doing well, although not absolutely cured. He also mentions that Mr. Secunda is homesick. Spivak informs Klein that he is happy to hold on to a railroad ticket until the day that Mr. Secunda departs.
Dates: 1910 August 20
Overview Typed letter from Dr. Charles Spivak to Mr. S. Klein, secretary of the United Hebrew Lodge, #502 IOBA, informing him that Mr. Elias Secunda has been invited to the Sanatorium of the JCRS. Letter is dated but unsigned; "Secretary" is printed at the bottom.
Dates: 1910 May 06
Overview Typed letter from Dr. Charles Spivak to Mr. S Klien, secretary of the United Hebrew Lodge #502 IOBA, informing him that Mr. Elias Secunda has secured a job with Hepp Wall Paper and Merc. Company as a traveling salesman. Dr. Spivak has advanced the ten dollars which Mr. Secunda promises to repay as soon as possible. Letter is dated but unsigned; "Secretary" is printed at the bottom.
Dates: 1910 February 26
Overview Handwritten letter from one of Mrs. Gonda's children to JCRS on behalf of Mrs. Gonda. They explain that the family is surprised to hear that their father has been admitted into the sanatorium. They also explain that they could not write earlier because of the constant struggle to look for work, but their uncle has helped the family move from Perth Amboy, New Jersey to New York. The family admits that they heard some troubling news from a young man who saw Louis Gonda in the hospital and he said...
Dates: 1910 April 22