The reason for the existence of this Booklet will be found in its name, it is a souvenir of Wray and of Vernon. The one object in view has been to preserve in tangible form scenes and incidents that have passed or that will soon live only in the memory of those who have witnessed them. Only indirectly, if at all, is the book an advertisement of the country. I have nothing to sell. I have never owned any land here; I own none now; and I do not think I should wish to sell if I were a land owner at the present time. In many accounts of the West the figures seem to rise with the altitude.
The photographs in this Booklet do not lie; I have kept harmony in this respect between the facts and pictures. A growing wheat field is a beautiful sight, but I have made no attempt to describe the oceans of tossing green that greet the eye of the traveler across the Flats.
Information has been secured from every source that was available; generally the authority will be found to be given. The business firms advertised are all personally known to me. They are conducted by men of enterprise and of integrity. They will be found worthy of the confidence of those who may do business with them in the lines they represent. I desire to express my heartfelt thanks for the generous assistance rendered and the hearty encouragement given by all in this community. Especially are my thanks offered to Mr. W. B. Coston, our photographer, to whose skill nearly all the pictures bespeak a higher praise than any words of mine can do; to Mr. T. C. Birmingham of Chicago, who settled in this country in 1882, but whose name does not appear on the Pioneer List, since his residence is no longer here, for his check, unsolicited, for $50; to Robert Lynam, editor of the Beecher Island Annual for the use of several cuts; to Mr. Frank T. Hawks, editor of the Wray Gazette, under whose management the work has been issued, for his many helpful suggestions and constant cooperation; and to the Business firms whose advertisements have this publication possible.
Throughout this Book it will be noted that simplified spelling has been adopted with reference to one word at least. The word "Arikaree," from long custom, is generally spelled locally "A-r-i-c-k-a-r-e-e." The spelling used in this book is on the authority of the Standard Dictionary and the Report of the United States Board on Geographic Names. With this word of explanation, the Souvenir of Wray and of Vernon is sent forth with my sincere hopes, based on deep conviction that days of past and of present are only the promise of far greater things for the loyal people of Yuma county.
FRED RAYMOND MARSH
Pastor First Presbyterian Church.
Wray, Colorado, June 1, 1907.
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