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Kaplan Family Digitized Photographs

 Collection
Identifier: B349
The Kaplan family was the only Jewish family in the small town of Rocky Ford, Colorado during the early 1900s. Nathan Kaplan owned and operated Kaplan Mercantile on Main Street in Rocky Ford and Lamar Dry Goods Company in Lamar after immigrating from Poland around 1915 with his wife Anna. Children of Anna and Nathan are Elsa Kaplan Tobin and Pearl Kaplan Herman.

The collection contains pictures of the Kaplan family from the early 1900s, showing Nathan's store Lamar Dry Goods Company, as well as portraits and photographs of several family members.

Dates

  • between 1915 - 1940

Extent

467 Megabytes (Digital Container) : (10) digitized photographs with (9) copies. Photos in .tif and .jpg.

Scope and Contents

Collection contains (10) digitized photographs of the Kaplan Family during the early 1900s. One of the photographs has a physical copy in the B230.02 Small Town Jews folder of the Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society collection.

Biographical / Historical

Nathan Kaplan owned and operated Kaplan Mercantile on Main Street in Rocky Ford after immigrating from Bialystock, Poland in about 1915 with his wife Anna. Kaplan Mercantile sold clothing and household goods. Later he also opened the Lamar Dry Goods Company in Lamar, CO. He ran the dry good store until the 1940's when he sold it to his brother-in-law Charlie Wangner. His daughters were Elsa Kaplan Tobin (21 April 1913 - 15 October 1991) and Pearl Kaplan Herman (22 November 1914 - 30 August 2006). Nathan and Anna Kaplan retired and moved to Denver in the 1940's.

Anna Kaplan and her husband Nathan immigrated from Bialystock, Poland around 1915 and settled in the small town of Rocky Ford, CO. The Kaplans were the only Jewish family in the small town of Rocky Ford, CO. Anna regularly imported kosher meat from a relative who ran a kosher butcher shop in Denver. Anna and Nathan raised their two daughters, Elsa Kaplan Tobin (21 April 1913 - 15 October 1991) and Pearl Kaplan Herman (22 November 1914 - 30 August 2006), in Rocky Ford. In the 1940's, Nathan sold his store to his brother-in-law Charlie Wanger, and Nathan and Anna Kaplan retired and moved to Denver.

Elsa Kaplan Tobin (21 April 1913 - 15 October 1991) was born on April 21, 1913 in Rocky Ford, CO. The Kaplans were a member of the only Jewish family in the small town. She is the daughter of Anna and Nathan Kaplan, Polish immigrants who moved to Colorado around 1915. In 1937, she married pharmacist Lou Tobin. The couple had two children, Martin and Sherrie, on the West Side. She died on October 15, 1991 at the age of 78. She was buried beside her husband Lou in Golden Hill Cemetery in Lakewood, CO.

Pearl Kaplan Herman (22 November 1914 - 30 August 2006) was the daughter of Nathan and Anna Kaplan, Jewish immigrants from Bialystock, Poland. The Kaplans were the only Jewish family in the small town of Rocky Ford. She died in Redondo Beach, Los Angeles, California, at the age of 91.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in one series: digitized photographs.

Related Materials

Related materials associated with Elsa Kaplan Tobin, her husband, and her children can be found under Tobin's Pharmacy Digitized Collection B390.

Separated Materials

The physical copy of B349.01.00010 can be found under the Small Town Jews folder of the Rocky Mountain Jewish History B230 collection under Programs and Events (B230.02).

Processing Information

Processed by Madison Dillard, 2018 October 25.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

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