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Benjamin “Ben” H. Fleischer
Occupation: Clothing merchant
Born: 1887
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado
Died: 1930

The eldest son of German immigrants Jacob and Rosie Fleischer, Benjamin was born in Colorado in 1887, followed soon after by Susette, also born in 1887, and Leo, born in 1891. [1] Ben lived in the state his entire life, largely in Denver but also briefly in Leadville.

Though Ben is the only member of the Fleischer family who has been confirmed as having lived in Leadville, his father, Jacob, frequently travelled through the city starting in 1887 on his way to Battle Mountain near present-day Minturn to manage mining interests. [2] Ben arrived in Leadville in 1907 at the age of 20 and began working at Famous Shoe & Clothing Co. located at 318 Harrison Avenue [3] and managed by Elias Pelton, a longtime Jewish resident of the city. [4] He roomed at 114 West 6th Street, sharing the structure with at least five others, though none appear to have been Jewish. [5]

Ben was not recorded in Leadville’s city directories after 1907, nor does his name appear in local newspapers indicating any sort of continued residence after that year. Ben had likely returned to Denver as early as 1908, however concrete evidence of him once again permanently residing there does not appear until 1909. [6] Ben visited Leadville frequently between 1909 [7] and 1924, [8] during which the Herald Democrat recorded his arrival at local hotels no fewer than fourteen times. The reason for his frequent visits is not wholly clear; however, the 1910 U.S. Census recorded Ben’s profession as a traveling clothing merchant, indicating he may have been visiting Leadville simply for business purposes. [9]

Ben married Irene M. Pivan on June 1, 1918 at a ceremony in Colorado Springs. [10] He passed away twelve years later in 1930 and is buried at Congregation Emanuel Cemetery in Denver. [11] The couple had no known children evidenced by the 1930 U.S. Census showing Irene, widowed, boarding alone at the home of Isabelle Antonides in Denver. [12]

1 "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MQMM-SCW: accessed February 10, 2021), Bengiman Fleischer in household of Jacob Fleischer, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 61, sheet 11A, family 231, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972); FHL microfilm 1,240,118.
2 Our Mines and Smelters (Leadville, CO: Herald Democrat), August 6, 1887, P2.
3 J. H. Ballenger and W. H. Richards, Ballenger & Richards Twenty-Sixth Annual Leadville City Directory for 1907: Containing a Complete List of the Inhabitants, Institutions, Incorporated Companies, Manufacturing Establishments, Business, Business Firms, Etc. (Leadville, CO: Ballenger & Richards, Publishers, 1907), P149.
4 For more on the Pelton family, see: Trevor Mark, Pelton (Leadville, CO: Temple Israel Foundation), 2019: http://www.jewishleadville.org/Pelton.html.
5 Ballenger and Richards, 1907, P149.
6 Hotel Arrivals (Leadville, CO: Herald Democrat), March 14, 1909, P5.
7 Hotel Arrivals, March 14, 1909, P5.
8 Hotel Arrivals (Leadville, CO: Herald Democrat), February 21, 1924, P5.
9 "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MKWY-8M8: accessed February 10, 2021), Benjamine H Fleischer in household of Jacob Fleischer, Denver, Denver, Colorado, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 97, sheet 2B, family 46, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 115; FHL microfilm 1,374,128.
10 "Colorado, County Marriage Records and State Index, 1862-2006," database with images, Ancestry (https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=61366&h=127894&ssrc=pt&tid=108217481&pid=130068325939&usePUB=true: accessed February 11, 2021), marriage between Ben H. Fleischer and Irene M. Pivan, Colorado Springs, El Paso, Colorado, United States; citing Marriage Records. Colorado Marriages (Denver: Colorado State Archives, nd.), microfilm number 001690076.
11 Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/73454326/ben-h.-fleischer#source: accessed February 11, 2021), memorial page for Ben H. Fleischer (1887–1930), Find a Grave Memorial no. 73454326, citing Congregation Emanuel Cemetery, Denver, Denver County, Colorado, USA; Maintained by Dr. Andree Swanson (contributor 47094290).
12 "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X74M-CWT: accessed February 11, 2021), Irene Fleisher in household of Isabelle C Antonides, Denver, Colorado, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 138, sheet 7A, line 50, family 175, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 238; FHL microfilm 2,339,973.

Bibliography

Ballenger, J. H. and W. H. Richards. Ballenger & Richards Twenty-Sixth Annual Leadville City Directory for 1907: Containing a Complete List of the Inhabitants, Institutions, Incorporated Companies, Manufacturing Establishments, Business, Business Firms, Etc. Leadville, CO: Ballenger & Richards, Publishers, 1907.

"Colorado, County Marriage Records and State Index, 1862-2006." Database with images, Ancestry (https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=61366&h=127894&ssrc=pt&tid=108217481&pid=130068325939&usePUB=true: accessed February 11, 2021). Marriage between Ben H. Fleischer and Irene M. Pivan, Colorado Springs, El Paso, Colorado, United States; citing Marriage Records. Colorado Marriages. Denver: Colorado State Archives, nd. Microfilm number 001690076.

Find a Grave. Database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/73454326/ben-h.-fleischer#source: accessed February 11, 2021). Memorial page for Ben H. Fleischer (1887–1930). Find a Grave Memorial no. 73454326, citing Congregation Emanuel Cemetery, Denver, Denver County, Colorado, USA; Maintained by Dr. Andree Swanson (contributor 47094290).

Hotel Arrivals. Leadville, CO: Herald Democrat. March 14, 1909.

Hotel Arrivals. Leadville, CO: Herald Democrat. February 21, 1924.

Mark, Trevor. Pelton. Leadville, CO: Temple Israel Foundation, 2019: http://www.jewishleadville.org/Pelton.html.

Our Mines and Smelters. Leadville, CO: Herald Democrat, August 6, 1887.

"United States Census, 1900." Database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MQMM-SCW: accessed February 11, 2021). Bengiman Fleischer in household of Jacob Fleischer, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 61, sheet 11A, family 231, NARA microfilm publication T623. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972; FHL microfilm 1,240,118.

"United States Census, 1910." Database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MKWY-8M8: accessed February 10, 2021), Benjamine H Fleischer in household of Jacob Fleischer, Denver, Denver, Colorado, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 97, sheet 2B, family 46, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 115; FHL microfilm 1,374,128.

"United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X74M-CWT: accessed February 11, 2021), Irene Fleisher in household of Isabelle C Antonides, Denver, Colorado, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 138, sheet 7A, line 50, family 175, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 238; FHL microfilm 2,339,973.

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AUTHOR: Quinn Whittington
EDITOR: William Korn
SOURCE: Jewish Surnames/Fleischer
PUBLISHED BY: Temple Israel Foundation. Leadville, CO; USA. 2021
STABLE URL: http://www.jewishleadville.org/fleischer.html

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