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Weil, Clara S. Goldsmith Bowman, 1860-1925



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. 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, and pork rinds. Lena, the daughter of Abraham and Rosa Goldsmith married Morris Herzstein. Levi Herzstein, the younger brother of Morris, was killed by outlaw Jack Black Ketchum in 1896. Clara Goldsmith, married Samuel Bowman November 1878. After Samuel Bowman died, she married Nathan Weil and they moved to Octate, New Mexico in 1897. Nathan Weil was born in Paris and at the age of 14 he ran away and joined Texas cowboys. In 1915, their daughter Edith married Isidor Bernheim. The couple divorced and Edith married Bernard David in 1930.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Edith Weil on a Horse, circa 1908

Identifier: B063.05.0038.00062

Edith Weil sits on a horse in front of her family home in New Mexico. Her parents, Nathan and Clara S. Weil, sit on the porch in the background with their younger daughter Pauline standing between them.

Dates: circa 1908

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

Identifier: B230.03.0023.00011

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

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