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Goldsmith Family Papers

Identifier: B313


The Goldsmith brothers Henry and Abraham, and their wives, sisters Clara and Rosa Straus Goodstein came to Denver, Kansas Territory in 1859. The next year, Clara Goldsmith was the first Jewish girl born in Denver. Her mother Clara Goldsmith died when she was born and her father Henry, uncle Abraham and aunt Rosa moved to Pueblo, Colorado. She was briefly kidnapped by the Ute Indians, but was traded back for a bolt of calico, flour, and pork rinds. Lena, the daughter of Abraham and Rosa Goldsmith married Morris Herzstein. Levi Herzstein, the younger brother of Morris, was killed by outlaw Jack Black Ketchum in 1896. Clara Goldsmith, married Samuel Bowman November 1878. After Samuel Bowman died, she married Nathan Weil and they moved to Octate, New Mexico in 1897. Nathan Weil was born in Paris and at the age of 14 he ran away and joined Texas cowboys. In 1915, their daughter Edith married Isidor Bernheim. The couple divorced and Edith married Bernard David in 1930. Collection contains news clippings, two booklets on New Mexico pioneers (Goldsmith and Herzstein Families), copies of family information and documents, and a photograph.


  • 1854-1992


0.25 Linear Feet (1 half legal document box)

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