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Charles Hardin Andrus
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Birth: Apr. 6, 1852
Franklin County
Vermont, USA
Death: Jul. 27, 1924
Washington County
Vermont, USA


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Charles Hardin Andrus, born 6 Apr 1852 Berkshire, VT; died 27 Jul 1924, Waterbury, VT. Son of William Henry Andrus and Electa Althea Chaffee.

Charles Hardin Andrus was an ornamental painter and artist, now recognized to have made a significant contribution to Vermont's cultural heritage. He specialized in the design of sets for theatre productions, murals and theatre curtains. He painted a theatre curtain for the Bakersfield, VT town hall that is 9' by 16 1/2' in size. It hung in the town hall for more than fifty years, before being taken down and rolled up. Left on the stage, it was damaged by water and other substances. Recently, it was donated to the Vermont Historical Society. The society plans to restore the curtain. Mr. Andrus also painted two curtains for the Irasburg, VT town hall. One was a view of Willoughby Lake; the other a stylized "Main Street" curtain featuring advertisements of local businesses. The Willoughby Lake scene took six weeks to paint; he was paid $177.00 for the job. A fourth curtain, with an Italian motif, still hang in the Enosburg, VT Opera House.

Andrus painted a large painting, called Sheridan's Ride. The painting is 17' by 28' and was in the possession of the Vermont National Guard for many years. Several years ago, it was restored and hung in the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier, VT. Another large painting "The Panorama of the Principal Battles of the Great Rebellion", 6' by 125" is in the possession of the Vermont Historical Society.

Sheridan's Ride painting is owned by the Vermont National Guard and is hanging in the Vermont Veterans Militia Museum at Fort Ethan Allen in Colchester, Vt. In August 2010, it was cleaned and restored and I was privileged to be a small part of that process. The Principle Battles of the Great Rebellion will be shown, beginning Nov. 11th., at the Vermont Historical Society in Barre. Only one panel at a time will be revealed, due to its size, but at least it will see the light of day for a while.

Cynthia H. Babbott
Shelburne, Vermont

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  Alma Gertrude Wheeler Andrus (1857 - 1880)
  Gertrude Lorraine Andrus Wisell (1895 - 1931)*
*Calculated relationship
Berkshire Center Cemetery
Franklin County
Vermont, USA
Created by: Barb Destromp
Record added: Jun 28, 2007
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Charles Hardin Andrus
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