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Rosenfeld

Samuel Rosenfeld

Born: February 4, 1858, Monmouth, Illinois

Died: April 18, 1939, Clarksville, Tennessee

 

Samuel Rosenfeld was a cigar merchant in Leadville. He was born to German immigrant parents in Illinois in 1858. [1] During Samuel’s childhood, the family moved to Tennessee where his father, Isaac, ran a shop in Murfreesboro. In 1880, at age 22, Samuel left his family for Colorado and worked at the Texas House in Leadville as the cigar salesman. The Texas House was located at 216 Harrison and Rosenfeld resided nearby at 117 E. 3rd Street. [2]

He remained in Leadville until 1883 and over that period collected a fine reputation. In 1881, the Leadville Democrat, in reporting that Rosenfeld had recovered from a temporary illness, referred to him as “popular” and now healthy, “smiles more pleasantly than ever.” [3] The Leadville Daily Herald extolled Rosenfeld’s practicess on multiple occasions, claiming he “dispenses no brand beyond what is superior.” [4] A few years later, the newspaper, referring to other staff members of the Texas House as well, proclaimed that this “staff is so well known that any review of their abilities merits is unnecessary… and everyone who goes in there will receive fair and liberal treatment.” [5] By March of 1883, Rosenfeld was a manager at the Texas House and the associated St. Ann’s Rest. [6] However, it appears Rosenfeld left Leadville later that year to rejoin his family in Tennessee.

Rosenfeld worked as a merchant his entire life. After leaving Leadville, he worked with his father in Tennessee. Isaac Rosenfeld & Sons in Clarksville sold dry goods, clothing, home furnishings, and other items. [7] After the store closed down in 1892, Samuel went into business with his brother, Charles. The pair later owned a produce shop in Clarksville. [8] Neither ever married and it appears they lived together up until Samuel’s death. He died April 18, 1939 of pulmonary and cardiac issues. [9] He was buried two days later at Temple Cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee. [10]

Names associated with this surname:

  • Samuel Rosenfeld

1 1910 U.S. Census

2 TB Corbett and JH Ballenger. “Corbet, and Ballenger’s Second 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 1881”. Corbet and Ballenger Publishers. Leadville, CO; USA. 1881.

3 “Daily Democrat”. Leadville, CO; USA. Leadville Democrat. January 13, 1881, P8.

4 “Local Jottings”. Leadville, CO; USA. Leadville Daily Herald. January 5, 1881, P4.

5 “Texas Transformation”. Leadville, CO; USA. Leadville Daily Herald. January 18, 1883, P1.

6 “Hearty Endorsement”. Leadville, CO; USA. Leadville Daily Herald. March 29, 1883, P4.

7 “The Leader of Low Prices”. Clarksville, TN; USA. Clarksville Weekly Chronicle. June 25, 1887, P8.

8 1920 U.S. Census

9 "Tennessee Deaths, 1914-1966," database with images, FamilySearch, 004183670 > image 1159 of 2734; Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville.

10 Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 17 October 2018), memorial page for Samuel “Sam” Rosenfeld (4 Feb 1858–18 Apr 1939), Find A Grave Memorial no. 124011383, citing Temple Cemetery, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Syd Gardner (contributor 47902230).

Bibliography

 

Corbett, TB and Ballenger, JH “Corbet, and Ballenger’s Second 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 1881”. Corbet and Ballenger Publishers. Leadville, CO; USA. 1881.

 

Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 17 October 2018), memorial page for Samuel “Sam” Rosenfeld (4 Feb 1858–18 Apr 1939), Find A Grave Memorial no. 124011383, citing Temple Cemetery, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Syd Gardner (contributor 47902230).

 

"Tennessee Deaths, 1914-1966," database with images, FamilySearch, 004183670 > image 1159 of 2734; Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville.

 

"United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9TDN-Y8L?cc=1727033&wc=QZZH-69M%3A133640301%2C139479801%2C140524901%2C1589088858 : 24 June 2017), Tennessee > Montgomery > Clarksville Ward 6 > ED 132 > image 21 of 28; citing NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

 

"United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-GRF7-VN2?cc=1488411&wc=QZJT-XNP%3A1036996801%2C1036857901%2C1038813101%2C1589332315 : 14 December 2015), Tennessee > Montgomery > Clarksville Ward 6 > ED 154 > image 7 of 8; citing NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

 

 

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Clarksville Weekly Chronicle (Clarksville, Montgomery County, Tennessee)

Leadville Daily Herald (Leadville, Lake County, Colorado)

Leadville Democrat (Leadville, Lake County, Colorado)

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