From the collections at the Leavenworth County Historical Society and Museum. Reprinted with permission from The Leavenworth County Historical Society and Museum and the Leavenworth Times. Donated by Debra Graden.

Clara Belle Catlin Dies at Cushing; Was 85


Received at Hospital Last March 3 With Broken Hip--Came Here in 1869.


Mrs. Clara Belle Catlin, 85 years of age, wife of Elbert S. Catlin and one of Leavenworth's most charming and talented women, died this morning at 7 o'clock at Cushing Memorial hospital.

Mrs. Catlin was received at the hospital last March 3, having suffered a broken hip at her home, 129 Fifth avenue, where she went as a bride more than 60 years ago.

Born in Cincinnati, O., February 10, 1856, Mrs. Catlin was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph L. Whitaker who came to Leavenworth in 1869.

A student at St. Mary's academy for five years, Mrs. Catlin then attended a convent in Ohio and completed her education at Elmira college, Elmira, N. Y.. Returning to Leavenworth her marriage to Mr. Catlin, for many years head of the wholesale boot and shoe firm of Catlin & Knox, was on October 18, 1883.

Uniting with the Presbyterian church in 1875, Mrs. Catlin at her death was the oldest member in point of continuous affiliation with the local church. In her active years Mr. Catlin contributed much to affairs of the congregation.

Other than her husband, Mrs. Catlin leaves a daughter, Miss Florence Catlin, of the home: a sister, Harriet Whitaker Weyer, Kansas City, Mo.; three grandchildren, Clara Elizabeth Cory, St. Louis, Mo.; John Catlin Cory, aviation cadet, Santa Ana, Calif., and Homer Davis Cory, Jr., Army Air Forces, England. The grandchildren are the children of Mrs. Eloise Catlin Cory, deceased wife of Homer Cory.

The body is at the Sexton funeral chapel where services will be held, probably at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. Burial will be in Mount Muncie cemetery.

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