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Feitleberg
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“Infant” Feitleberg
Born: Appox. June, 1884
Died: August 5, 1884 (interred)
Buried: Leadville Jewish Cemetery

Assumed Relative
Nachman Feitleberg (Fetleberg)
Born: ?
Died: ?
OCCUPATION: Laborer (Nachman).

There is very little information that can be found on the Feitleberg family. The infant Feitleberg was interred at the Leadville Jewish Cemetery in 1884, listed as two months old, with a simple wooden marker bearing no more information than the name. [1] Listed in the 1885 Leadville city directory is what seems to be the misspelled name of Nachman Fetleberg. [2] It is quite likely that this was the head of the Feitleberg family whose time in Leadville was short. He appeared, as a laborer, only once in the city directories.

Editor Notes

The Feitleberg marker is the only wood “tombstone” that was found in the Hebrew Cemetery. The other markers are some form of stone or concrete. The nature of the marker being wood and very simply made suggests a possible lower income status of the parents. Throughout the rest of the Evergreen Cemetery, the broader cemetery where the Hebrew section is located, contains many wood markers with some that are nearly identical to this one. It is possible that the maker of the marker, possibly a carpenter or from the services of the undertaker, had some “blanks” ready for such the need.

Original wood marker for Infant Feitleberg.

Original wood marker for Infant Feitleberg in the Hebrew Cemetery in Leadville, Colorado.

Hebrew Cemetery of Leadville (Leadville, Lake County, Colorado), Infant Feitleberg, Grave marker, 2017.

Closeup of Infant Feitleberg marker.

Closeup of Infant Feitleberg marker. At first glance, one might think the marker was made with raised lettering. However, this is not the case. The new marker was a plank of flat wood with the name painted on the flat wood. Since that time, the sun, rain, and snow eventually wore down the wood. The painted lettering was also worn down, but the weather would have to wear through the paint first before getting to the wood itself to wear down, thus leaving a raised effect as when the marker was found.

Hebrew Cemetery of Leadville (Leadville, Lake County, Colorado), Infant Feitleberg, Grave marker, 2017.

1 “Who’s Where In Leadville’s Evergreen Cemetery”. Historical Research Co-operative.1981 P F2.
2 Corbett, TB and Ballanger, JH. “Corbet, and Ballenger’s Sixth Annual City Directory: Containing A Complete List Of The Inhabitants, Institutions, Incorporated Companies, Manufacturing Establishments, Business, Business Firms Etc. In The City Of Leadville For 1885”.

Bibliography

Corbett, TB and Ballanger, JH. “Corbet, and Ballenger’s Sixth Annual City Directory: Containing A Complete List Of The Inhabitants, Institutions, Incorporated Companies, Manufacturing Establishments, Business, Business Firms Etc. In The City Of Leadville For 1885”. Corbet and Ballenger Publishers. 1885.

“Who’s Where In Leadville’s Evergreen Cemetery”. Historical Research Co-operative. Leadville, CO; USA. 1981.

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