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. 
The earliest known records indicate that Rosenberg was living as a boarder at 619 Harrison Avenue in Leadville during 1885.  Later, in 1894, Rosenberg was reported to have worked as a pianist.  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. 
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.  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. 
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.  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. 
Unfortunately, details about Rosenberg’s life after these events are not available.
1 "Colorado State Census, 1885," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K8WN-75N : 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.
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.
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