Re: Tuberculosis Sanitoria #usa #general

Ben Kempner

Hello Jill,

My great-uncle was living in New York and contracted tuberculosis in 1917.  He was accepted by the Jewish Consumptives Relief Society (JCRS), a sanitorium, near Denver, Colorado.  The archives for the JCRS are held by the University of Denver.  Colorado was a common destination for tuberculosis patients.  I believe the JCRS was in operation from 1904 - 1940.  It doesn't sound like an overlap for your grandfather, but it's easy to check their online database of patients at

If you get lucky and find him in the University of Denver archives, let me know and I'll send you the name and email address of the archivist who sent me a 6 page file on my great-uncle.

As far as prisons go, the only thought that comes to mind is a presentation that I heard at our local JGS, given by Ron Arons.  He spoke about his relative who spent time in Sing Sing.  Perhaps contacting Ron might move you closer to some answers.  He comes up readily in Google.  

Good luck.
Ben Kempner

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