Jewish women, usually of German descent, were among the early settlers in the Colorado Territory. Women helped develop the social and communal life in the fast growing towns in the territory. Jewish women in particular created service organizations that benefited all Denver residents.

In 1859 Clara and Henry Goldsmith came to Denver, and their daughter Clara was born in 1860. Frances Wisebart Jacobs came to Central City in 1863 as a new bride. She later became known as Denver’s “Mother of Charities.”  Charles and Ricka Saft Schayer came to the Colorado territory in 1865, and Louis and Louise Schlesinger Anfenger arrived in 1870.