Old Photos of Wray

                       Sod Hotel - Wray, Colorado, 1886 

Operated by John Franklin Dalrymple and his wife, Mary Josephine (Peirce) Dalrymple.


Left to right on picture: 1886 – John Franklin "Frank" Dalrymple, (son) Lewis Kent Dalrymple, Minnie Peirce (sister of Mary), (daughter) Mary Elizabeth Dalrymple, Mary Josephine Peirce Dalrymple holding (son) Wm. Peirce Dalrymple. Dalrymple
(Please note:  The spelling of Peirce is correct as shown.)
Picture donated by Leslie Dalrymple - granddaughter of William Peirce Dalrymple,
the babe in arms.  He was born in Orleans, Nebraska in 1885.

 Porter and Elizabeth left Southington, CT and had 14 children in Ohio according to census records.  Range of years about 1820-1846. Specifically interested in Selina Louisa Newell born 1826 in Ohio.

According to the site:: pilot.familysearch.org/ Salina Louisa Newel married John Dalrimple on Feb 3, 1842 in Jefferson County, Ohio.

Salina's brother Wickliff Newell , a carpenter in 1880 Harlan County Nebraska, built the hotel.

In the 1850 Montrose, Dane, Wisconsin Census::
John Dalriple, age 30, Selina, age 24, Harriet E., age 7, Mary E., age 5, Sarah T., age 3, Lewis D. age 1.

Living next door to them, in 2 separate houses::
Peter Newell, age 49, born Ct, shoemaker
Elisabeth, age 51, born Ct
Mary, age 14, born Ohio
Luther T., age 14, born Ohio
James, age 4, born Ohio

Charlie W. Newel, age 21, born Ohio
Mary, age 20, born England
1860 Verona, Dane, Wisc Census::
Jno Dalrimple, age 40, born Pa., farmer
Selina, age 33, born Ohio
Mary, age 15, born Ohio
Sarah, age 13, born Ohio
Lewis, age 11, born Ohio
Drummond, age 8, born Wisc.
John, age 5, born Wisc.

The Orleans, Nebraska cemetery has a stone "J.F. Dalrymple Died October 7, 1897 aged 42  Y  6 M 24 D "

The 1920 Yuma County Atlas has  "Dalrymple, J L, County Assessor, Wray, 1898, Born Wisconsin 1873, married  Lizzie Stults, four children. "

If John Franklin Dalrymple died in 1897, the photograph has to be after Wick left in 1890 and before John F. died in 1897.


The 1900 Harlan County, Nebraska (where Wick Newell lived in 1880) shows a Mary Dalrymple, born November 1854 in Wisconsin, widowed.  She has Mary 18, Kent 16, Peirce 14, Lillian 10, and sister Minnie Peirce 40.

One possibility for her is the 1910 Chicago census, with May, 54, born Wisconsin- but she only claimed four children born, all living.  With her is Mary, 25 Wisconsin,  W. Pierce 23 Nebraska and Wilhelmina 14 Wisconsin (Wilhelminna Dalrymple was born May 22, 1890 in Green County Wisconsin to Frank Dalrymple and Mary Pierce., so she likely was never in Yuma County)

Mary E. Dalrymple, 29, married Norman B. Henderson, 28, in Chicago June 27, 1911.

Wisconsin records have Mary Elizabeth Dalrymple born January 27, 1882 in Dane County Wisconsin to John Franklin Dalrymple, born Belleville Wisconsin, and Mary Josephine Pierce born Mineral Point Wisconsin.

October 21, 1926 issue of Wray, Yuma County, Colorado

Pioneer Lady Visits Wray
Mrs. Mary Dalrymple of Chicago visited the first of the week with Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Dalrymple of this city. The visit of Mrs. Dalrymple at this time revives many pleasant memories because during a part of her early residence here she operated the old sod hotel that was situated on the north side of that time, the only hotel that the then little town could boast of. It was Mrs. Dalrymple that gave the name of the Wray Rattler that made its appearance in June 1886, which paper is now so ably edited by Mr. F. E. LaShelle.

The naming of this paper happening in this wise: Barney Condon, then a young printer, now deceased, came here from Maryville, Missouri, and stopped with Mr. and Mrs. Frank Dalrymple at the old sod hotel. After looking around Mr. Condon decided to start a paper here. Arriving at this decision, he was at a loss as to a name for the paper, and one evening entering the living room of the hotel he told Mrs. Dalrymple of his aspirations but that he could not choose a suitable name..............she went on to say: "Why not call it the Rattler?" The name struck Mr. Condon as being very appropriate, and he at once adopted it as the name for the paper, and the name has stuck ever since.

In 1930 Mary, 75, is living with the Hendersons in Fresno, California
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J. H. Rosenkrans, an old settler, had moved to Seattle, and wrote in 1917 "I visited Sam  Howard, and Ross Galbreath at Sam's home on Whitby Island.  While there I met Wickliff Newall, who built the old sod hotel on the north side of the track at Wray in 1886, I think.  He gave me a ride in his new Chevrolet Cabriolet car to the west part of the island."

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