Sharing an account of a 1905 party

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Many days, I research and add one of Colorado's veterans to Wikitree.  Yesterday, the veteran was Hiram W. Durrell.  I sought an obituary for him but unfortunately, the newspaper issues which would have carried it are not available online.  I did, however, find out quite a bit about life in Ouray, one of Colorado's most beautiful mining towns, where the women of the town created their own entertainment to make it through the long winters.  I enjoyed reading this article about a 1905 gathering at the Durrell house, so I decided to share it.  THE GIDDY MAZE OF 400 SOCIETY IN HIGH ALTITUDE  Ouray Plaindealer, February 24, 1905.  Oh, and if you can figure out what happened to Mrs. Mary Durrell after Hiram died, I'd be grateful.  

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Great news article!  It really gives you a sense of what Mary was like, hosting that party.  Very creative and patriotic.

I found Mary living alone at 515 Fourth Street in Ouray at the time of the 1920 census.  Her name was incorrectly transcribed as "May J. Durrell", but if you look at the record at https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9R6C-65C you will see that it is Mary.

I also found her widow's pension records at https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:939K-X43F-T1 that shows when the pension began and when she died.

In both cases I linked to the image rather than listing the record citation, but you can get that easily if you go to the records.

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Thanks for the help.  She isn't in Find a Grave, but it seems likely that she's buried next to Hiram.  The online newspapers don't go that far either, but I'll see if there's anything online.  I'm pretty sure the museum would be shut down for the winter. Although I couldn't quite find 515 4th Street in Ouray, I recommend looking at the neighborhood in Street View.  If you look up and down the street, you can check out the view that Mary and Hiram would have seen.

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