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Oliver Albee LaFarge (1931 - 1965)

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Oliver Albee (Peter) LaFarge
Born in Manhattan, New York City, New York, United Statesmap
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Died in Manhattan, New York City, New York, United Statesmap
Profile last modified 30 Aug 2019 | Created 21 Oct 2016
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Oliver Albee "Peter" LaFarge was born on 30 April 1930. His parents were author/anthropologist Oliver Hazard Perry LaFarge and first female Colorado mayor Esther Carey "Wanden" Mathews. He is a grandson of famed New York City architect Christopher Grant LaFarge on his father's side, and a great-grandson of Transcendentalist author John H. Albee on his mother's side.

The 1940 U.S. Census shows a young Oliver LaFarge (age 8) living with his mother and younger sister on a ranch in Fountain, Colorado.[1] Also in the household were two servants: Mary A. Wiseman, age 50, from Mount Vernon, NY; Sarah Keats, age 65, from Massachusetts. His parents had divorced a number of years earlier, and his father was living elsewhere. His mother eventually remarried to Alexander "Andy" Kane and established the Kane Family Ranch, which shaped many of his life experiences.[2]

Peter LaFarge, as he came to be known, joined the U.S. Navy in 1950 and served aboard the U.S.S. Boxer. Afterwards, he had a short-lived career as a rodeo cowboy and studied acting before moving to New York City to become a folk singer. He was signed to Folkaways Records in 1962 and recorded five albums. One of his songs, "The Ballad of Ira Hayes", was covered by Johnny Cash in 1964 and reached number 2 on the Billboard charts.[3]

He was married to Suzan Becker[4] and later had a relationship with Inger Nielsen, with whom he had one daughter.

He died on 27 October 1965[5], and is buried in Fountain, Colorado.[6]


  1. "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 28 July 2019), Oliver La Farge in household of Wanden M La Farge, Assembly District 15, Manhattan, New York City, New York, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 31-1327, sheet 9B, line 56, family 185, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 2655.
  2. Pollard, Ron. “The Andy Kane Ranch, Fountain Colorado. Boyhood Home of Singer, Songwriter and Poet Peter LaFarge.” RON POLLARD PHOTOGRAPHER/DENVER, n.d.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Peter La Farge," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, (accessed August 30, 2019).
  4. "New York, New York City Marriage Licenses Index, 1950-1995," database, FamilySearch ( : 19 June 2017), Peter la Farge and Suzan Becker, 1958, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States;Marriage, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States, from Reclaim the Records, The NYC Marriage Index ( : 2016); citing New York City Clerk's Office.
  5. "Peter LaFarge, Folk Balladeer, Dies at Age 34", Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph, 29 Oct 1965. p.1. Accessed on 30 Aug 2019.
  6. Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 30 August 2019), memorial page for Peter Oliver Albee LaFARGE (30 Apr 1931–27 Oct 1965), Find A Grave Memorial no. 35192685, ; Maintained by Carol STEVENS (contributor 46861595) Unknown.

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