Oral History Interview with Bessie Katchen, 1978 July 15
Bessie (Mrs. William) Katchen recounts her life in a Russian village and her emigration to America, alone at the age of 14. She settled in Boston, Mass. and worked in poor conditions in a shoe factory. She talks about coming to Denver, Colo. and her life in early Denver. She also discusses the Jewish Consumptives' Relief Society where her uncle was a patient. She married William Katchen and after World War I became a citizen so she could bring her mother to the United States. She also talks about her work in charitable organizations. Her daughter married Ben Blumberg.
Index of interview subjects in Release File, B098.01.0022.0001
- 1978 July 15
- Katchen, Bessie (Brooks), 1893-1981 (Interviewee, Person)
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Scope and Contents
Series 1 consists of the recorded oral histories of individuals and, occasionally, groups of individuals representing Jewish organizations. Many of the interviewees are descendants of early Colorado Jewish pioneers or were Jewish newcomers to the state in the beginning of the 20th century. The interviews document Jewish history in Colorado in the 20th century.
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