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IRONMONGER
June 10, 1924 - Benjamin Ironmonger, brother of A. J. Ironmonger, died in Colorado. [Reprinted in "Henry Republican", Henry, IL, January 1, 1925 - NP - Sub by FoFG]

Source San Francisco Call, Vol 87, No. 44, Jan 13, 1900
Death of a Mining Man
Los Angeles, Jan 12. Thomas Wellington, aged 50 years, a mining man from Colorado, dropped dead in a lodging house. Wellington who was an invalid came to this city last August, hoping that a change of climate would benefit his health.

ELIZA JANE MARSHALL TANNER
Fountain, Many Other Mementos Of Past Stand in Lincoln Park
Fort Collins Coloradoan   1963
Not all the mementos of the last 100 years of Fort Collins history are contained within the walls of the Pioneer Museum on the Peterson Street side of Lincoln Park. A casual stroll through the park area between the museum and the city library discloses others that are seldom observed.
One of these is a fountain erected "in honor of Mrs. Eliza M. Tanner, pioneer teacher, temperance crusader, ardent worker for animal protection." Another is a pin oak designated by a low monument as a "Memorial Tree presented in honor of the Grand Army of the Republic by its Auxiliary, the National Woman's Relief Corps."  ....
The fountain which commemorates Mrs. Tanner (also spelled "Tannar"), was erected after her death at the age of 98 on Oct. 11, 1938. It was provided with efforts of a committee composed of Mrs. Roy A. Portner of 322 West Laurel Street, Mrs. A. B. Miller and Mrs. S. W. Moore, who died recently, aided by Richard S. Baker, assistant city manager.
In her will on file in the County Court, Mrs. Tanner made a constitutional bequest to the national educational fund of the Women's Christian Temperance Union. She asked relatives receiving primary bequests to give a tenth of the income from them for "Christian, humane, peace, and temperance work."
Niece of Chief Justice
Mrs. Tanner was born Eliza Jane Marshall, a niece of John Marshall, who was U. S. chief justice from 1801 to 1835, on July 17, 1840, at Rochester, Ohio. As a student at Oberlin College in Ohio she collected the autographs of the young men of her class who had enlisted in the Union Army. Her husband was a Union Army veteran.
The account of her death in the Express-Courier issue of Oct. 13, 1938, related that she was "one of the few surviving 'crusaders'" of the WCTU and a life member of the Cache la Poudre chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was active in the First Presbyterian Church and its Missionary Society.
She came to Fort Collins in the early 1900's from eastern Colorado, where she took up a home stead claim in 1902. She had taught school in Ohio and Nebraska. She came here to enter her son Hubert in Colorado State University.
Mrs. Portner, who was executrix of Mrs. Tanner's will, recalls that the son died soon afterward during a local epidemic of typhoid fever.
Mrs. Tanner worked in local temperance causes and in that of humane education in the public schools before establishment of the Colorado Humane Society.
She rented rooms in her home at 717 Matthews Street to college students.
The fountain erected in her memory was made of native "bull quartz" from the mountains west of Horsetooth Mountain by the late Roy Nye, a stone mason. At its foot are recesses containing water for the benefit of passing dogs-a further testimony in her regard for animals.

 

 


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