Schachet Mercantile Company, circa 1978
Exterior view of the Schachet Mercantile Company on West Colfax Avenue in Denver, Colorado. The building was originally built as a saloon in 1896, rented by Eli Schachet and his sons in 1918 and served as the headquarters for their meat and fish store until it closed in 1981. Schachet came to Denver for his health and served the Jewish West Colfax neighborhood for many years as a ''schochet'' (ritual slaughterer for kosher meat). With his sons, he expanded his business to include smoked fish delicacies such as lox and sable. A close friend of Berel Manischewitz, the founder of the B. Manischewitz Company, a specialty food company that specialized in matzo, or unleavened bread, Schachet became the exclusive distributor for the newly formed Manischewitz Company products in Colorado and other western states. Bugsy Siegel ate at the delicatessen that was part of the Mercantile Co. when he was in Denver. The building currently houses Brooklyn's Sports Bar, and the production of smoked fish is now carried on in Edgewater, Colorado under the name Arctic Pacific Fisheries.
- circa 1978
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Scope and Contents
The collection contains materials intentionally assembled by the Ira M. and Peryle Hayutin Beck Memorial Archives of Jews in the Rocky Mountain region. The bulk of the photographs are from or related to various towns in Colorado, but the collection also contains photographs from other states in the western United States and other countries. There are some 19th century photograph types represented in the collection, including albumen prints, daguerrotypes, tintypes, post cards, colorized prints, cabinet cards, and cartes-de-visite.
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
Good 5 x 7 inches black and white
Donated by Charles McNamara.
Title supplied by archivist.
Inscription and Marks
Handwritten on envelope: ''#217 Schuachet Mercantile Co [sic]''. On back of photograph: ''#217 Schuchet [sic] Mercantile Company 1978 W. Colfax near Stor Briad Donor Charles McNamera West Side 2u.''
- From the Collection: University of Denver. Center for Judaic Studies. Ira M. Beck Memorial Collection of Rocky Mountain Jewish History (Organization)
- From the Collection: Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society (Organization)