Ludolph Abrams was one of the old-time pioneer settlers
of Laramie who "came with the railroad" when the town was
but a collection of tents and hastily constructed small frame
buildings. Mr. Abrams was born in Bremen, Germany, February 19, 1841,
and was but a boy of sixteen years when he came to America in 1857.
In New York city he found his first employment. He continued to
reside in the east for a few years and during the Civil war he
volunteered for active service in a New York regiment for the
preservation of the Union. About 1864
he married Sophia Bath and soon afterward decided to remove to the
west, where opportunities were better for a young couple of limited
Mr. and Mrs. Abrams located first at Boone, Iowa, and in 1868, with the great exodus to Wyoming caused by the building of the Union Pacific Railroad through the state, they settled in Laramie, where Mr. Abrams conducted one of the pioneer hotels of the town, becoming proprietor of the New York Hotel, situated about the middle of the block on Front street, between Thornburg street and Grand avenue. This was one of the most popular hostelries in the' town in those days. In later years he disposed of his interest in this business and turned his attention to ranching on the Little Laramie, a business in which he was successful and which he followed until about 1900, when he practically gave up ranching and took up his residence in the city. From that time on Laramie was his home. He became extensively interested in city property and real estate, the thorough management of which, together with his other financial interests, occupied his time until his death on the 7th of January, 1913. His wife had been called to her final rest in 1895, so that he survived her for about eighteen years. Few of the old-time citizens were any better known or more highly respected. He was a familiar figure on the streets of Laramie and his cheerful disposition and enjoyment of a joke were marked characteristics. He took a great interest in the Odd Fellows lodge, being a charter member of the order in Laramie. and he filled almost every office in the order, including that of past grand. He was a member of the Lutheran church and a substantial contributor to its support. His residence was for many years on the northeast corner of Seventh and Thornburg streets, property now owned by his son-in-law, J. H. King. Mr. Abrams was a successful man but plain in his tastes. He believed in doing well whatever he undertook to do, was straightforward and upright in his dealings and his word was as good as his bond.
In his political belief Mr. Abrams was at one time a democrat but later became a republican, always supporting the principles of that party at state and national elections, while in local affairs he voted for the man whom he thought best fitted for the position, no matter what his political allegiance.
At his death Mr. Abrams left a son and a daughter. The former is Dietrich Carl, now of Seattle, Washington, who married Katherine Delaney, a daughter of Judge Delaney, the well known jurist of Alaska. The daughter is Estelle V., now the wife of Joseph H. King, of Laramie, and they have one son, Joseph D., who was born October 23, 1913.
No history of the city would be complete without mention of Ludolph Abrams, one of its earliest residents and one who in a quiet and unostentatious but none the less useful and substantial way aided in laying the foundation upon which has been built the present progress and prosperity of the city.