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Rachofsky Family



The Rittmaster and Rachofsky families lived on farms near the Polish town of Suwalk. Abraham Rittmaster was the father of Joseph, Alexander and Dora. Alexander Rittmaster arrived in Central City, Colorado around 1860. He carried a large sack on his back with notions and dry goods up and down the mountains to supply the miners and their wives up at Blackhawk and Nevadaville. Moses Rachofsky married Dora Rittmaster and they raised sons Abraham, Levi, and Harry and daughter Miriam in Poland. Alexander Rittmaster prospered in Central City and in a few years opened a dry goods store there. He encouraged his nephew Abraham Rachofsky to come to Colorado and paid for his passage to New York. Abraham Rochofsky landed in New York in 1865 and earned enough money to relocate to Central City. Abraham took over the job of taking the sack of notions and supplies up and down the mountain sides. Alexander Rittmaster became wealthy and he and his family went back to New York. He sold the store and business to Abe Rachofsky who sent for his brothers Levi and Harry to help run the business in Central City. Miriam Rachofsky married Abraham Kobesky in Poland and settled Manchester, England around 1871. Some Rachofsky families changed their name to Rayor, Reich, or Ray.

Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:

Box 1, circa 1880-2006

 File — Box B101.01.0001: Series B433.07 [Barcode: U186020739750]
Identifier: B101.01.0001

Family Trees and Charts, Between 1970-2007

Identifier: B433.01.0001.0001

File contains trees and charts of the four families, Moses Rachovsky, Ancestors of Jessie L Shwayder Harsham, Shwayder Relationship Diagram, Descendants of Abraham and Miriam Rachovsky Kobey (prepared by Judy Kunreuther, descendant of Harry and Hannah Shwayder Berry), and family sources.

Dates: Between 1970-2007

Rachofsky Family

Identifier: B063.05.0034.0002.00001

Formal studio portrait of the Rachofsky family. The parents are seated surrounded by their children, four boys and a girl.

Dates: circa 1907

Rayor Family Torah Ark Curtains

Identifier: B341
Abstract The Jewish community in Cheyenne, Wyoming, committed to building a new synagogue around 1950. The leaders of the community, including Bernard Leon Rayor, equally provided the funds for the building. When Mt. Sinai Congregation was completed, B.L. Rayor donated the ark curtains, which were left unused because his name was embroidered on them. The curtains were rediscovered in storage. Collection contains a red Bimah curtain and valance for the Ark Embroidered in gold threads and sequins on...
Dates: between 1950-1951

Shwayder Family Histories and Genealogical Material, 1967-2002

Identifier: B245.02
Scope and Contents The series includes 20th-century materials detailing Shwayder family history. including two copies of the book "The Tale of a Little Trunk and Other Stories" by Hannah Shwayder Berry (1977 and 2002), a transcript of an oral history by Hannah Shwayder Berry (1981), a newspaper clipping of Hannah Shwayder Berry's story The 'pied piper' of West Colfax (1967), and a booklet describing the genealogy of the Shwayder family that includes family members born as early as 1876 and as late as 1943....
Dates: 1967-2002

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Collection 2
Denver (Colo.) 2
Jewish families -- Colorado 2
Photographs 2
Aspen (Colo.) 1
Central City (Colo.) 1