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Pizer and Grimes Family Papers

Identifier: B219


The Grimes family came to the United States from Russia Poland in the 1880s and settled in Denver and in Salt Lake City. The Pizer family were early settlers in Nebraska, where Jacob Pizer was a successful merchant. Annette Frances Pizer was born in Hastings, Nebraska. After she married Julian Lewis, she kept a scrapbook with wedding and anniversary cards. Sam Grimes worked in both Utah and Colorado before starting a junkyard in Denver. His son Max Grimes joined him in the junkyard business, but also founded the Denver Metal Co. (which became Grimes Pipe and Supply Co.). Benjamin Grimes also came to Colorado from Russia Poland. Both Sam and Ben Grimes were trustees of the JCRS. Ben Grimes, his wife Birdie, and their son Irving were awarded a patent for the Smuggler mine in the Upper Ouray Mining District in San Miguel county, Colorado. Max Grimes bought a machinery company which supplied mining equipment in 1935 and greatly expanded the business. He was a trustee of the Jewish Consumptives' Relief Society. His daughter Mamie Edith Grimes married Joseph Pizer, son of Jacob Pizer. The collection contains family histories, family trees, census records, mining documents, photographs, scrapbooks and memorabilia from the Pizer and Grimes family from 1892 through 2000.


  • 1892-2000



2 Linear Feet (flat box (21 x 17 x 3 inches) and letter document box)


The papers are arranged in three series: 1. Family Tree and Related Papers, . 2. Mining Documents and Photographs, . 3. Scrapbook and Memorabilia, .
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