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Loraine Ranch

Designated: April 14, 2015
Location: Spring Valley
Current Owner:   Privately Owned
Nominated By: Penny Burdick

Historic Significance

Joseph Loraine, whose ancestors were from France, was born in Florissant, Missouri in 1854.  He came to Colorado circa 1900, eventually purchasing the property that would come to be known as “Lorain Ranch” in 1905.  In 1907, Loraine married Ada Bucks, who was the daughter of two Spring Valley pioneers, Harrison and Sallie Bucks.  Ada’s father helped to build the Spring Valley School that she attended.  Later Ada went to Denver High School and in 1904 the Colorado State Normal School, where she received a degree in education.  She began her teaching career at Spring Valley School, and taught at Columbine School before getting married.

Through the years Loraine purchased more property until he acquired over 300 acres.  Ada and Joseph had three children: Ruth, Sallie Beatrice, and Julia.    The family raised milk cows, horses, chickens, potatoes, and field crops.  They would sell the milk to creameries in Larkspur and Colorado Springs. A Record Journal April 13, 1917 article reported “Joe Loraine shipped registered Shorthorn bull from one of the most noted Shorthorn milk strains in Colorado, at a great price of nearly $400 for an 11 month old bull.”  Today, that is equivalent to approximately $8,000.

Joseph died in 1937 and Ada died in 1946.  They are both buried at the Spring Valley Cemetery.

Born at the ranch in 1908, Ruth Loraine would help to milk the cows before going to school.  When she was just 7 years old, during her first day at Spring Valley School, Ruth knew she wanted to be a teacher.  Following in her mother’s footsteps, she received a teacher’s degree.  Later she received a master degree from Colorado College.  Ruth taught school for 47 consecutive years beginning in 1927, and just like her mother, her first teaching job was at Spring Valley School.  Ruth finished her career in Fountain at East Elementary School where she retired in 1974.  As a testament of her dedication and enthusiasm, the school was renamed Lorraine Elementary School in her honor. Ruth passed away in 1996 and is buried at the Spring Valley Cemetery.

Ada Bucks Loraine Aerial photo of Lorraine Ranch Loraine Ranch Harvest