poetry and prose about place

searching the newspapers #2

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Using the search features available, I have been looking in the Wyoming newspapers of the 1800s for any item about my great-grandfather.  It is slow work, partly because I don’t want to miss anything, partly because I am easily distracted by various interesting adds and articles.


You may recall that I already know of an item about my great-grandfather in the July 26, 1886 edition of the Laramie ‘Daily Boomerang’ (page 4).  On July 25, 1886, he fell from his horse and broke his collar bone, only a day after he and my great-grandmother Ella were married.




If only to show that I am being careful about my search, I have now found a corroborating article in the ‘Cheyenne Daily Sun’ for July 28, 1886 (page 3).




I will never know if Frank was riding his own horse, or if he had to hire one from a place like Emery’s Livery Stable (in the add just to the right of the article).


When we visited Laramie in 2002, I misread the article slightly and talked non-stop about how my great-grandfather had ridden his horse into the hills.  Do you see any mention of hills in either article?  Nevertheless, I was anxious to drive up into the hills east of Laramie, to see the landscape he might have seen.  The road cuts there showed a orange-pink bedrock and I brought a small chunk back with me to remember Frank’s unfortunate ride.  Looks a little ghostly under the scanner …





Copyright  2014  Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

May 12, 2014 at 5:27 pm

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  1. Fascinating. It’s amazing how much you can find online now. You’re right about the rock. It does look a little ghostly.



    May 13, 2014 at 8:31 am

    • Hi. I should have made an effort to take a proper photo of the rock, but when I saw the odd appearance of the rock in the scan, I let it stand! Jane


      jane tims

      May 14, 2014 at 11:17 am

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