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Daze BRISTOL

Lakeview Cemetery
Laramie County,
Wyoming

Birth: May 9, 1878 - Missouri
Death: Oct. 2, 1983 - Cheyenne, Laramie County, Wyoming

By Margaret Laybourn (in the Sept 2011 Senior Voice)

"When Daze Bristol died in 1983 in Cheyenne, she was 105 years old and still "the toast of the town." On her 100th birthday, 600 people paid homage to the legendary lady at a reception given in her honor. Born Daze McCabe in 1878 in Missouri, she moved to Cheyenne with her parents in 1892. She had been trained in music and dramatic arts and performed with many traveling theatrical companies that came to Cheyenne. She was a beautiful woman and the subject of a photograph that won her first prize for beauty at the St. Louis World's Fair. In 1910 she appeared on the cover of Redbook Magazine. In her 50s, her beauty began to fade—hastened, it was rumored, by a facelift that fell. With the death of her husband in 1927, she turned to journalism to support herself, a career change that she would pursue for the rest of her life. She created a page the newspaper called "Touring the Shops with Daze," which became the women's shopping bible for Cheyenne. She visited local shops, wrote clever copy interspersed with bits of style and social lore, and won many national press awards. She also was the women's page editor for the Wyoming Stockman Farmer. This remarkable woman continued editing and delivering her work to the newspaper until her 100th birthday. Daze was called "the First Lady of Frontier Days" because she created five floats for the very first parade that still roll in today's celebration: "Daze's Dancers," "Hell's Half Acre," "Silver Crown Mining," "Placer Mining," "Harry P. Hynds Blacksmith," and "The Vigilantes" remain today as the heart of the greatly expanded procession. For the parades, Daze played a portable organ and trained square dancers to perform on the rolling dance floor. She always wore her beloved velvet hat with its enormous ostrich plume from her glamour days."

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Contributed on 2/13/14 by tomtodd
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Submitted: 2/13/14 • Approved: 2/14/14 • Last Updated: 2/14/14 • R44-G44

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