History of the Darrah House
Meet Sanford & Annie Darrah
Two Socialites; One Home, One Moustache
In 1885, The Fort Collins Courier announced the arrival of Judge McAnelly’s bright and upcoming cousin, Sanford Darrah. Having just graduated from Perdue University in Greencastle, IN, Sanford was to study law in the judge’s office. After leaving the desk in Judge McAnelly’s office he “to wield the ferule in district No. 8, at the mouth of Buckhorn.” “Mr. Sanford Darrah, the popular pedagogue of Buckhorn, visited this city Saturday.” (Fort Collins Courier, April 22, 1886). BFF Henry Lariviere and Sanford spent a nice chunk of 1897 “stuffing their waistcoats with trout” in the north fork of the Poudre.
On August 11, 1892, Sanford married Miss Anna Reiley, daughter of Dr. W. F. Reiley of Sardinia, Indiana. Little did he know his mother in law, Mrs. Sarah E. Reiley, would permanently move in four years later after Annie returned home from St. Luke’s hospital in Denver. (Fort Collins Courier, September 3, 1896)
Annie Darrah, Vice-President of the Columbian Club and founding member in 1893, spent a ton of time in the company of the ladies in the club. Based on research, their motto was “We build the ladder by which we rise”
Annie Hood Reiley Darrah ongoing investigation an original fort collins socialite When Anna "Annie" Reiley was born on December 12, 1859, her father, Dr. William Franklin Reiley, was 31, and her mother, Sarah, was 28.Her sister Emily was born in April 1868 in...
Sanford Ferguson Darrah ongoing investigation the man, the myth, the moustache Born to Susanna Roller & John Darrah in the late summer of 1859, Sanford Ferguson Darrah popped out an ambitious man. From what we've found, he was a descendant of a line of hard men....
Mr. Sanford F. Darrah was a fashionable man, keeping up with current trends of the early 1900’s. Here, we examine the moustache.
At the intersection of College, Mountain & Linden, a nice walk from the Darrah House in 1904.
We're Still Researching
If the history surrounding this historical Fort Collins landmark interests you as much as is does us, and you run into anything interesting, send it over! We’d love to look into it, and you could hold the key to a new branch in this most interesting and scandalous socialite couple. We continue the brave task of working in this probably haunted house, and constantly look for reasons to post about Sanford’s moustaches and the hot gos surrounding his life.
RIP Sarah ReileyAccording to the Indiana Tribune, Sarah was the twin of Thomas Hord. His obituary reads “Thomas Hord, one of the best known citizens of Fugit township, died, yesterday after an illness of but a few hours. He and the wife of former State Senator Dr. W. F. Reiley of Sardinia, were twins and both died at the age of 70, she having died at Fort Collins, Col. in February.” Where does that put her? We aren’t sure which room, but Sarah Reiley died in the Darrah House. Most likely from the “la grippe” the newspapers reported she had contracted, followed by a trip to the Boulder Sanitorium.
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What can we say? We live a haunted life. The Darrah House is by far the most fun workplace that we've had the privilege of working in. While we strongly encourage you to never believe the things you read online, we can't help but encourage you to make your own conclusions about the skoopy stories you'll find here.
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