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Weil, Clara S. Goldsmith Bowman, 1860-1925


First Jewish girl born in Denver, Kansas Territory. Her mother Clara Goldsmith died when she was born. Clara Goldsmith, b. 1860 to Clara and Henry Goldsmith, married Samuel Bowman November 1878, later married Nathan Weil and they moved to New Mexico.

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

Clara Goldsmith, circa 1880

Identifier: B063.08.0039.00004
Abstract Clara Goldsmith Weil stands behind a fence prop for a formal portrait. Clara, born in 1860, was the first female Jewish baby born in Denver. Clara's parents, Clara and Henry Goldsmith, had migrated by covered wagon from Leavenworth, Kansas. The elder Clara died in childbirth and her daughter was named after her mother. Clara Goldsmith Weil was raised by her aunt and uncle Rosa and Abraham Goldsmith. The elder Clara Goldsmith's death was the impetus behind the organization of Denver's first...
Dates: circa 1880

Clara Goldsmith Bowman Weil, circa 1920

Identifier: B063.08.0064.00046
Abstract Studio portrait of Clara Goldsmith Bowman Weil as an older woman with her hair pinned up and wearing a lacy dress.
Dates: circa 1920

Goldsmith Family Papers

Identifier: B313
Abstract The Goldsmith brothers Henry and Abraham, and their wives, sisters Clara and Rosa Straus Goodstein came to Denver, Kansas Territory in 1859. The next year, Clara Goldsmith was the first Jewish girl born in Denver. Henry and Clara Straus Goldsmith in Denver, Kansas Territory. Her mother Clara Goldsmith died when she was born and her father Henry, uncle Abraham and aunt Rosa moved to Pueblo, Colorado. She was briefly kidnapped by the Ute Indians, but was traded back for a bolt of calico, flour,...
Dates: 1854-1992

Growing up in Early Colorado: The Lives of Jewish Children, 1860-1940, 2012

Identifier: B230.03.0023.00010
Abstract Brief biographies of Jewish men and women who grew up in Jewish communities in Colorado. Contains historical photographs and interviews with people describing their childhoods.
Dates: 2012