Robert Lazar Miller, wearing a bowler hat and suit, sits on a horse with his grandson Stanley Stein seated in front of him at the Denver Stockyards. Robert Lazar Miller worked at the Denver Stockyards until his death at the age of 96 in 1940. Stein wears a cowboy hat and bandanna.
Mrs. Channah Milstein, wears a traditional kerchief or tichel headcovering in a head and shoulders formal portrait. She was a member of the ''Glazierlach'' clan of Denver, Colorado's west side Orthodox Jewish Community. The family had been glaziers in Brest-Litovsk and in Denver the family became known as the ''glassies.'' Channah Milstein was known for her personal commitment to charity in Denver's west-side East European immigrant Jewish community as she urged residents to contribute to her collections of food, clothing, and money for the needy. Read more »
Anna Hillkowitz in a formal pose is wearing eyeglasses, a necklace, and a large hat. Anna Hillkowitz was born in Russia, the daughter of Rabbi Elias and Rebecca Hillkowitz and sister of Dr. Philip Hillkowitz, longtime president of the Jewish Consumptives' Relief Society (JCRS.) Anna entered library school after high school graduation and took a position as a librarian with the Denver public library. Highly active in the Denver Jewish community, she took a leave of absence from her job in 1907 to work as a successful traveling fund-raiser for the JCRS. Read more »
Rabbi Elias Hillkowitz was considered the dean of Denver's early west-side Orthodox Jewish rabbis. He was an early supporter of the Jewish Consumptives' Relief Society (JCRS), where his son, Dr. Philip Hillkowitz, served as president from 1904 to 1948. Rabbi Hillkowitz suggested the JCRS motto from the Talmud: ''He who saves one life saves the world.''
Founders of the Denver Sheltering Home for Jewish Children, circa 1907. From left to right: Jennie Kantrowitz, Mollie Lifshutz, Bessie Willens, Mary Augenblich, Fannie Lorber, and Sadie Francis. Although the women were Eastern Europeans, they had adopted the American style of dress, as evidenced by their oversize hats.
Miriam Milstein sits at a table with a tapestry behind her. Mrs. Milstein's husband was Shul Baer Milstein, an early leader in Denver, Colorado's west side Orthodox Jewish community, and Congregations Zera Abraham. She is wearing a sheitel (wig), worn by some Eastern European women after marriage.
Shul Baer Milstein, wearing a yarmulka and smoking a long pipe, sits at a table with an open Talmud in front of him. A tapestry hangs on the wall behind his chair. Milstein, who immigrated from Russia, was an early leader in Denver's west side Orthodox Jewish community and in Congregation Zera Abraham. He was also a patriarch of the Cotopaxi Colony, an agricultural community located in Cotopaxi, Colorado that failed in 1884. He was a peddler and later opened his own kosher butcher shop. Read more »