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Appel Family and Clothing Store Papers

Identifier: B108


Simon Appel was born in Hungary and married Anna Greenwald. Simon Appel began a tailoring business in New York in 1876. His son David Edward Appel went to Cheyenne, Wyoming in 1871 and later moved to Denver. Simon and his other son Jacob came to Denver in 1873. Father and sons began a clothing business called "The Clothing House." In 1874, the name changed to S. Appel and Sons, also called the "Star Clothing House." In 1892, they built a building on 16th and Larimer, called the Appel Building. The family were founders of Temple Emanuel. Simon Appel died in 1912. Jacob Appel was the most well known. He married Betha and had five children. He was indicted for fraud, went to California to get money back, and was struck and killed by an automobile in 1913, three weeks after his youngest child was born. Jacob Appel was on the Board of Charities and Corrections. David's son Walter Michael Appel founded a major Denver law firm in 1906 with his childhood friend Ira Rothgerber. Walter M. Appel married Rose Speisberger in Omaha in 1910 in Omaha, Nebraska.


  • 1881-1967


0.5 Linear Feet (1 legal document box)