We were both so busy over Memorial Day weekend at different cemeteries and with our families that we did not have time to finish our research for the planned episode this week. However, we have a very special return guest with a fascinating story joining us next week and we will be able to return to our regularly scheduled program! We humbly apologize and we thank you for sticking with us on all of our Ordinary Extraordinary Cemetery journeys. Until we meet again!
May 9, 2023

"What's in a name? The Short Story of Dilphus Dufort

Sometimes, a grave will spark our interest because of the intricacy of the carvings or maybe the things that have been left at the grave, in this case, my interest was sparked by the name. Dilphus is a name I had never seen before. In fact, when I attempted to research it further, I couldn't even find it. The closest I could find is Adolphus or Adolf, which is German in origin meaning Nobel Wolf.

Dilphus Dufort was born on either April 29th or April 30th, 1876 to Gabriel & Artemis Dufort in Lake Huron Beach, Michigan. Born on that same day was his twin brother Adolph. This makes me wonder if his parents made up his name to coordinate with that of his brother. The twins were the sixth and seventh children born to their parents who immigrated to the US from Canada. According to the 1880 census, the twins had three older brothers, two older sisters, and one younger brother and one younger sister.

I was unable to find much on the life of Dilphus or his brother. I get the feeling that they spent their early adulthood together, but at some point they split and traveled west to different states. It seems Dilphus went to Colorado while Adolf made his way further west to Oregon. According to his World War I draft card, Dilphus was short with a medium build and had dark brown hair and light blue eyes. The 1920 census lists his home in Bailey, Colorado and his occupation is listed as Timber Man working in the logging industry. It appears that he never married. He died at the age of 50 on March 17, 1926 and was laid to rest in Horn Cemetery in Park County, Colorado. His twin, Adolph, outlived him by another 39 years dying January 6, 1965. Adolph is buried in an IOOF cemetery in Bandon, Oregon.

Photos: Grave of Dilphus Dufort located in Horn Cemetery - Park County, Colorado - Photograph of 3 Dufort brothers: Henry(in the white tie) and twins Dilphus and Adolph. This photo is from the Cora Dufort Buhl and shared in a public album on www.ancestry.com.

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