What we know
1862 - 1929
Daughter of Jeremiah Cohen, banker in San Francisco. She grew up in San Francisco and married Jacob Rubenstien, who ran the Marble Springs Bank. One daughter, Miriam. Two other children stillborn. Jacob gave Mariam to Michael Nolan, who took her away the day after the county auditor found discrepancies in the bank’s acounts. Falsely accused of embezzlement, Jacob spent fifteen years in the Canon City prison, and Ilsa became a recluse within the town.
Ilsa used to gaze out from the bay
windows of her Nob Hill girlhood
to store up visions of the sun melting
on the backs of blue herons.
away from the portly brass of her
—an Old World shipper
turned New World banker—
away from her grey locks tucked
under her trim, worn bonnet
when she went up to Caňon City
to fetch him home 15 years later.
Uchill, Ida Libert.Pioneers, Peddlers, and Tsadikim. Denver, Colorado: Sage Books, 1957.
Stanly, Edward.Arguments of the Hon. Edward Stanly of Counsel for the Receiver, and T.W. Park, Esq.of Counsel for Alvin Adams, with the Charge of the Court, at the Trial of Alfred A. Cohen, on a Charge of Embezzlement in the Case of Adams & Company, by H.M. Naglee, Receiver, Versus Alfred A. Cohen,in the District Court of the Fourth Judicial District of the State of California, Hon. John S. Hayes, Presiding, March, 1856. San Francisco:Whitton, Towne, and Company, 1856. Available at the Western History Department, Denver Public Library.
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