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James Dalrymple

Denver County, History of Colorado, BIOS: DALRYMPLE, James (published 1918)

"History of Colorado", edited by Wilbur Fisk Stone, published by The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co. (1918) Vol. II p. 30-31


James Dalrymple occupies the responsible position of state coal mine inspector, a position the importance of which can scarcely be overestimated in this state, where coal mining constitutes one of the chief sources of wealth and of business activity. Mr. Dalrymple is a native of Scotland, born on the 13th of July, 1863, his parents being James and Agnes (Patton) Dalrymple, who were likewise natives of the land of hills and heather, where they spent their entire lives, the father devoting his attention to coal mining. They had a family of twelve children.

James Dalrymple acquired his education in the public schools of Scotland but at the age of twelve years went into the mines and gained practical experience which has been of great benefit to him in his present position. He came to the United States in 1881, landing at New York, after which he spent four years in coal mining in Pittsburgh. He was then attracted to the west with its possibilities for mining and made his way to Canon City, Colorado, where he engaged in coal mining. He was identified with all branches of activity having to do with coal products in various counties of the state, working his way steadily upward from the humble position of a mine worker to that of superintendent. He came to Denver as deputy state mine inspector in September, 1909, and in November, 1910, was appointed by the governor as mine inspector. He has been made chairman of the examining board of state mine officials and is considered the leading expert in his line in Colorado. He was appointed to his present responsible position after competitive examination, which gave him the highest standing among twelve.

In October, 1883, Mr. Dalrymple was united in marriage to Miss Mary Hudson, a native of England, although their marriage was celebrated in Pennsylvania. To them have been born five children. James, twenty-nine years of age, who has charge of the rescue car of the Colorado Fuel & Iron Company and lives in Trinidad, is married and has two children. George A., twenty-seven years of age, is engaged in the coal business in Crosby, Wyoming. Henry D., a young man of nineteen years, is a graduate of the Denver high school. Robert, seventeen years of age, is a pupil in the Denver high school. Mary Agnes, aged fifteen, is also pursuing her education.

Mr. Dalrymple turns to fishing as his recreation but allows nothing to interfere with the faithful performance of his duties, for which he is splendidly qualified by reason of his long practical experience in the mines, working his way steadily upward from a most humble position and acquainting himself with every phase of mine work and methods of operation. He is thus splendidly qualified for mine inspection and his opinions along this line are accepted as authority throughout the entire state. He has never had occasion to regret his determination to come to America, where he arrived when a youth of eighteen years, for in this land he has found the opportunities which he sought and in their utilization has won a substantial measure of success.

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