A series of stories prepared for the Albany County Museum Coalition, an alliance of institutions that promote Laramie’s historic and cultural resources. This series originally appeared in the Laramie Boomerang.
John H. Symons, Pioneering Laramie Entrepreneur, attorney and auto owner arrived in Laramie in 1868.
Stuck in the blizzard of ‘49 - how to get home?
Should women have the right to serve on a jury? That was an open question in Albany County in 1870.
A banker sues a cattleman over money due and an attorney gets barred from the territorial supreme court for insulting the justices.
Albany County historical records are loaded with men who are known for their property acquisitions. Ora Haley, Edward Ivinson, Robert Homer, the King brothers are among them. But there were also women who owned significant parcels of land in early Laramie. Jane Ivinson was one of those women.
“Look at your daughter now,” Katharine Fowler (1902-1997) wrote to her parents on a photo of herself practicing rattlesnake shooting in the Laramie Mountains.
When Gus Hollo (1905-1999) moved to Laramie in 1936, it was on the recommendation of his sister, Maureen Hollo Person, so she and her UW Engineering-professor spouse could have a home custom-designed by him.
The man who may have been the first permanent European resident of the Laramie Plains, Phillip Mandel (1835-1917), arrived at a date not well documented, but he could have been here 10 years prior to the 1868 founding of Laramie.
Dr. Florence DeWitt Patrick (1858-1952) had an air of mystery about her.
Laramie is often the temporary home of extraordinary people. One was a woman who worked at the Wyoming Penitentiary.