Oral History Interview with Nelson Schachet, 1982 May 18
Nelson Schachet (1903-1992), a Denver, Colorado native, recounts his family history including ties to Cincinnati and the family's origins in Lithuania, and his life in the West Colfax neighborhood of Denver during the 1920s and 1930s. He talks about his father's business, Schachet Mercantile Co. located on Morrison Road, and other Jewish-owned businesses in the neighborhood. His father brought Manischewitz matzah to Denver. Bugsy Siegel ate at the delicatessen that was part of the Mercantile Co. whenever he was in Denver. Nelson Schachet also discusses various synagogues and kosher food producers active on West Colfax Avenue. Nelson Schachet was born in Denver on January 20, 1903 and died June 10, 1992. His wife was Gertrude Schachet (1900-1962).
- 1982 May 18
- Schachet, Nelson, 1903-1992 (Interviewee, Person)
Language of Materials
The interview was conducted in English with some Yiddish phrases.
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1 items (1 sound tape cassette)
Scope and Contents
From the Series: 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.
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
Poor 1 audiotape cassette 30 minutes
Interview conducted by Jeanne E. Abrams, Director of the Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society.
Digitized other analog
Title supplied by cataloger. ||Interview conducted at 779 Grape Street, Denver, Colorado on May 18, 1982. ||Participants: Nelson Schachet; Jeanne E. Abrams.
- Abrams, Jeanne E., 1951- (Interviewer)
- Denver (Colo.)
- Jewish children
- Jewish families
- Jewish merchants
- Kosher food
- Oral histories
- Schachet Family
- Schachet Mercantile Company (Denver, Colo.) (1918-1981)
- Schachet, Nelson, 1903-1992
- Siegel, Bugsy
- Social life and customs
- West Colfax (Denver, Colo.)