Samuel Rosenberg

Occupation: Musician

Born: 1850?

Birthplace: Germany

Death: ?



Samuel Rosenberg was a musician in Leadville.  Information regarding Rosenberg’s life preceding his arrival in Leadville is scarce; however, it is known that he was born in Germany sometime around 1850. [1]

The earliest known records indicate that Rosenberg was living as a boarder at 619 Harrison Avenue in Leadville during 1885. [2] Later, in 1894, Rosenberg was reported to have worked as a pianist. [3] Despite the economic hardship that the community experienced in 1893, it appears that attending orchestras and other musical events was still a popular activity in the city. In the same year, Rosenberg was living at 140 West Fourth Street with M. Goldsmith. [4]


By 1901, Rosenberg was working at the Carbonate Theatre as a piano player. During the same year, he changed residences and lived at 328 West Third Street. [5] He continued his work as a musician and was reported to have been an accompanying musician at the Weston Opera House to benefit the funeral of Horace Tabor hosted by the Fraternal Order of the Eagles. [6]

Rosenberg was caught in an ill-fated situation that year when his house caught fire. It was reported that the fire occurred by a faulty smoke duct. Before anyone in the neighborhood realized what was happening, the roof was caught ablaze. [7] Rosenberg’s friends went inside the blazing house to save his collection of music, as well as two rare tapestries. The total damage done to the house was estimated to around $350. [8]


Unfortunately, details about Rosenberg’s life after these events are not available.

Names associated with this surname:

  • Samuel Rosenberg

1 "Colorado State Census, 1885," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 1 April 2016), Sam Rosenberg in entry for J H Abbott, 1885; citing NARA microfilm publication M158 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 498,507.

2 Ibid.

3 “Notice, Musicians.” Herald Democrat. Leadville, CO; USA. May 13, 1894.

4 Ballenger, JH and Richards. “Ballenger & Richard’s Fourteenth 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 1894”. Corbet and Ballenger and Richards Publishers. 1894.

5 “Fire Department Busy.” Herald Democrat. Leadville, CO; USA. April 27, 1901.

6“Among the Lodges.” Carbonate Chronicle. Leadville, CO; USA. February 18, 1901.

7 Ibid.

8 Ibid.


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