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Ella Sibley-Jewett Memoirs

Identifier: M2083

Scope and Contents

Collection contains three handwritten manuscripts: Why I Came to Colorado, ca. 1935 (17 pages) by Ella Jewett contains a fictionalized account of the Farrah's family life and conditions in Kansas (ca. 1899); Over the Great Continental Divide, ca. 1925 (10 pages) by Ella Sibley provides an account of Sibley's travel with her two sons: Roy and Ben Farrah and their wives over the U.S. Continental Divide in Sept. 1925; Over the Great Divide (3 pages) is a poem probably written in conjunction with the travelogue (3 pages).


  • circa 1925, circa 1935


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


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Biographical / Historical

Ella Farrah was born in Ill. (ca.1868). She was the mother of five children when her husband deserted the family in Kans. in 1896. Four of her children: Roy Byron, Mabel, Charles Benjamin, and Pearl, survived to adulthood. The Farrah family moved to Colo. from Kans. arriving in Denver on August 1, 1900 where Ella Farrah worked as a seamstress. Her surname changed to Sibley in the 1920s and Jewett in the 1930s. The family home was located at 4630 South Columbine St., Denver. Ella Farrah was also known as Ella R. Sibley, Ella Rose Humphrey, and Ella Jewett.


1 envelope

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Mary Durbin-Shopnitz, 2010.


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.

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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

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