ROCKY MOUNTAIN JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Early History of Jews in Colorado
Curriculum Guide Page 37
He emigrated from Bavaris to the United States in 1855 and arrived in Denver in 1865. He served a term in the state legislature in 1894. He was one of the founders of Congregationa Emanuel, National Jewish Hospital and B’nai B’rith in Denver
Dr. John Elsner
In 170, he was appointed country physician and opened the first hospital in the area, which later became Denver General Hospital.
Rabbi William S. Friedman
The Rabbi of Congregation Emmanuel from 1899 to 1938. He was one of the founders of the National Jewish Hospital and the Community Chest, a forerunner of United Way.
He arrived in Trinidad by stage in 1871 to open a clothing store. Wild Bill Hickok became a customer and friend.
Appointed Senator from Colorado in 1906. Before there was popular election of Senators, they were appointed by the party that held the majority of seats in the State legislature.
Dr. Philip Hillkowitz
He was a physician and President of the Jewish Consumptives’ Relief Society from
1904-1948. He was a member of the Joint Committee on the Study of Institutions and Programs for the Care of the Jewish Tuberculous when it issued a report in 1938 that assured a cure for the disease.
He began his practice as an attorney in Cripple Creek. Later he moved to Denver, where he became a leader of the Colorado Democartic Party. In the 1930s, he was in the forefront of opposition to the Ku Klux Klan.
A layer and investor who helped establish the town of Aspen in 1880. The main street in Aspen is named after him.
In 1859, owned a grocery store in Denver. He acted as Secretary at the 1860 meeting when Auraria and Denver formed one city. He later moved his store to Central City and established a stage line in Trinidad in 1867.