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Gustav Rosenstock
Born: Germany, April, 1852.
Died: Denver, May 13, 1923.

Clara Schayer Rosenstock
Born: Germany, December 16, 1859
Died: Denver, July 1, 1930.

Esther “Essie” Rosenstock (Wilker)
Born: Aspen, March 18, 1886.
Died: Denver, April 9, 1964.

Louise Rosenstock (Klein)
Born: Denver, October 24, 1889.
Died: Contra Costa, California, May 28, 1968.

May Rosenstock (Cole)
Born: Colorado Springs, June 14, 1892.
Died: Big Springs, Michigan, October 30, 1988.

Gustav Rosenstock [1] came to the United States via New York City with his family in 1867. The Rosenstock’s settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin before he ventured west. [2] Gustav arrived in Denver during the early 1880s [3] where he worked as a tailor. Gustav held interests in several mining claims in Teller County (Aspen, Colorado), though it is highly unlikely that he ever regularly engaged in mining as a vocation. [4] Gustav married Clara Schayer on December 3, 1883, at Denver. [5] Clara was the sister [6] of Leadville liquor merchant and longtime Temple Israel cantor Adolph Schayer. [7]

Records show that the Rosenstocks lived in a number of locations that included Milwaukee, Denver, Colorado Springs, and Aspen, Colorado, before they moved from Denver to Leadville sometime in early 1896. [8] Records after 1890 most consistently show him employed as a tailor, with several records noting of that he worked infrequently as a fisherman, a shoe store clerk, and as a miner over the course of his lifetime.

The Rosenstock’s came to Leadville in early 1896 where he was employed as the manager of Ed Jackson’s [9] tailor shop and the family took residence at 134 West 4th Street. [10] This residence and occupation remained the same throughout the family’s stay in Leadville [11] from 1896 to 1900. [12]

The first record of the Rosenstock family in Leadville is found on February 12, 1896, when James Blanton was tried in the court of Justice Grant on multiple charges of larceny; having stolen two pair of pants and a pair of rubbers from Gustav and another pair of pants from self-employed Leadville tailor Joseph Harwitz. [13] Blanton was convicted and required to serve ten days in jail for each of the three counts in which he was charged. [14] The following account of the incident appeared in the February 11, 1896 edition of the Herald Democrat newspaper:

Captured A Thief
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After an Exciting Chase The Man is Run to Earth

An individual who gives the name of James Blanton was an unwelcome patron of the small clothing establishments of lower Harrison Avenue yesterday afternoon. He called first at the store of G. Rosenstock, where he helped himself to two pairs of trousers and a pair of rubbers, then continuing down the street, he saw dangling from a hook in from of Joe Harwitz’s place a pair of gray corduroys that suited his build, and he nipped them as well. But this was the cause of his downfall. Joe happened to be at the door, and saw the “lofly garment” disappear. He at once gave chase, assisted by Officer O’Dea. The officer proved more fleet of foot than the bold shoplifter, who ran into the Pioneer Saloon on State Street, where he was overtaken. When the chase began he threw the last pair of trousers that he had stolen into the street, but held onto the Rosenstock goods, which were taken from him and returned to the owner.

The warrants for his arrest were issued from Justice Grant’s Court. [15]

Note: The above article identifies Gustav as the “owner” of the tailoring shop, however, other records identify him as the manager employed by Ed Jackson at his storefront located at 219 Harrison Avenue. [16]

This custom button was produced for Ed Jackson’s tailoring shop located at 219 Harrison Avenue.

This custom button was produced for Ed Jackson’s tailoring shop located at 219 Harrison Avenue.

Robert-George de Stolfe. Jackson Button, 1884-1902. [2005.04.01]. (Leadville, CO: Temple Israel Foundation). 2016.

Documentation for the Rosenstock family in Leadville is sparse, however Essie, [17] Louise, [18] and May [19] appeared frequently on the roll of honor for Lake County public schools during their tenure in Leadville. Louise gave a recitation entitled Learning To Sew during the annual closing exercises for the Seventh Street School on June 5, 1896. [20] Clara attended the surprise thirty-first anniversary party of Isaac and Mina Kahn [21] on January 21, 1897. [22]

Essie visited Denver, with her cousin, Essie Schayer, in September of 1899 [23] and this is the last recording of the Rosenstock family in Leadville.

It is likely that the family returned to Denver in the spring of 1900, where Gustav was listed as a miner, [24] though he returned to his original vocation as a tailor by 1910. [25] It appears that Gustav and Clara lived with Esther for the duration of their lives, even after she married Ignace Wilker at Denver on June 8, 1910. [26] Gustav died at Denver of unknown causes on May 13, 1923. [27] Clara followed July 1, 1930, [28] and Esther passed in Denver on April 9, 1964. The three are interred together at Denver’s Emmanuel Cemetery. [29] Louise married Peter Klein at Denver on April 13, 1919. [30] The couple remained in Denver until at least 1940, [31] and Louise passed in Contra Costa, California on May 28, 1968. [32] May married William Cole in Arapahoe County, Colorado on January 9, 1916. By 1920, the couple had settled in Cheyenne, Wyoming, where William was employed by the United States Internal Revenue Service. [33] By 1940, the family had relocated to Douglas, Wyoming, a small town located roughly 130 miles northwest of Cheyenne, where William was employed as a bookkeeper. [34] May passed from unknown causes on October 30, 1988 at Big Rapids, Michigan. [35]

1 Ancestry.com. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), 2012.
2 National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.
3 Ancestry.com. U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008.
4 United States. Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records. Automated Records Project; Federal Land Patents, State Volumes. http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/. (Springfield, Virginia: Bureau of Land Management, Eastern States). 2007.
5 Denver Public Library. Colorado Marriages 1858 1939 . Denver, CO. USA. The Colorado Genealogical Society )). 2004.
6 The World Of Society. (Leadville, CO: Herald Democrat). July 31, 1899. P6.
7 For more information on Adolph Schayer and his family, please visit: http://www.jewishleadville.org/schayer.html
8 TB Corbett and JH Ballenger. Corbet, and Ballenger’s Twenty-third Annual City Directory: Containing a Complete List of the Inhabitants, Institutions, Incorporated Companies, Manufacturing Establishments, Business, Business Firms etc. in The City Of Denver for 1895. (Denver, CO: Ballenger Publishers. 1895). P907.
9 For more information on Ed Jackson and his family, please visit: http://www.jewishleadville.org/jackson.html
10 JH Ballenger and Richards. Ballenger & Richard’s Eighteenth 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 1897. (Leadville, CO: Ballenger and Richards Publishers. 1897). P247.
11 JH Ballenger and Richards. Ballenger & Richard’s Twentieth 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 1899. (Leadville, CO: Ballenger and Richards Publishers.1899). P262.
12 JH Ballenger and Richards. Ballenger & Richard’s Twentieth 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 1899. (Leadville, CO: Ballenger and Richards Publishers.1899). P262.
13 For more information on Joe Harwitz and his family, please visit: http://www.jewishleadville.org/harwitz.html
14 Will Stay Ten Days. (Leadville, CO: Herald Democrat). February 13, 1896. P2.
15 Captured A Thief. (Leadville, CO: Herald Democrat). February 11, 1896. P8.
16 JH Ballenger and Richards. Ballenger & Richard’s Sixteenth 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 1895. (Leadville, CO: Ballenger and Richards Publishers). 1895. P284.
17 Report Of The Public Schools. (Leadville, CO: Herald Democrat). April 14, 1897. P5.
18 The Public Schools Of Leadville. (Leadville, CO: Leadville Daily Evening Chronicle). April 30, 1896. P4.
19 Roll Of Honor Of The Leadville Public Schools. (Leadville, CO: Herald Democrat). December 10, 1899. P10.
20 The Little Ones To Have A Say. (Leadville, CO: Herald Democrat). June 5, 1896. P6.
21 For more information on Isaac, Mina Kahn and their family, please visit: http://www.jewishleadville.org/kahn.html
22 The World Of Society. (Leadville, CO: Herald Democrat). January 24, 1897. P6.
23 Personal Mention. (Leadville, CO: Herald Democrat). September 4, 1899. P6.
24 JH Ballenger and Richards. Ballenger & Richard’s Twenty-Eighth Annual City Directory: Containing a Complete List of the Inhabitants, Institutions, Incorporated Companies, Manufacturing Establishments, Business, Business Firms etc. in The City of Denver for 1900. (Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Internet Archive 2011). P1063.
25 Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910 (NARA microfilm publication T624, 1,178 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
26 Denver Public Library. Colorado Marriages 1858-1939. (Denver, CO. USA. The Colorado Genealogical Society). 2004. P17,880.
27 Find A Grave, [Database and images.]. Memorial Page For Gustav Rosenstock (1852–13 May 1923). (Find A Grave Memorial no. 172854822, citing Congregation Emanuel Cemetery, Denver, Denver County, Colorado, USA); Maintained by SwHoot (contributor 49054756).
28 Find A Grave. [Database and Images]. Memorial Page for Clara Schayer Rosenstock (16 Dec 1859–1 Jul 1930), (Find A Grave Memorial no. 172854884, citing Congregation Emanuel Cemetery, Denver, Denver County, Colorado, USA); Maintained by SwHoot (contributor 49054756).
29 Find A Grave. [Database and Images]. Memorial Page for Esther Rosenstock Wikler (18 Mar 1886–9 Apr 1964). (Find A Grave Memorial no. 73404567, citing Congregation Emanuel Cemetery, Denver, Denver County, Colorado, USA); Maintained by Dr. Andree Swanson (contributor 47094290).
30 Denver Public Library. Colorado Marriages 1858-1939. Denver, CO. USA. The Colorado Genealogical Society. 2004. P17,880.
31 United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940. (T627, 4,643 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration), 1940.
32 State of California. California Death Index, 1940-1997. (Sacramento, CA, USA: State of California Department of Health Services, Center for Health Statistics).
33 Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. (NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA. Note: Enumeration Districts 819-839 are on roll 323 (Chicago City).
34 United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940. T627, 4,643 rolls. (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration). 1940.
35 Michigan Department of Vital and Health Records. Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 [Database On-line]. (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc). 1998.

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Ballenger, JH and Richards. Ballenger & Richard’s Eighteenth 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 1897. Leadville, CO: Ballenger and Richards Publishers. 1897.

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Captured A Thief. Leadville, CO: Herald Democrat. February 11, 1896.

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AUTHOR: Jeffrey P. Grant
EDITOR: William Korn
SOURCE: Jewish Surnames/Rosenstock
PUBLISHED BY: Temple Israel Foundation. Leadville, CO; USA. 2020.
STABLE URL: http://www.jewishledville.org/rosenstock.html

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