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Flora Anne Bell
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Birth: Jul. 16, 1866
Death: May, 1967

After her parents messy divorce Flora moved down to Randolph with her mother, brothers, Asahel, Homer and Arthur. In 1899 her mother and older sister died so nephews Arthur and Earnest Austin at only 2 and 4 yrs old came down from Fairfax to live with the family. When Homer married Flora maintained the home for the boys who served in WW1 and then worked in the store.

Upon moving to Randolph they soon opened the Bell Brothers Store - largest department store in central Vermont which closed about 30 years later during the Great Depression when Homer and son Bennett the only family left. Bell Brothers carried everything from sewing notions, yard goods, corsets, undergarments, hats, as well as shoes, coats, gloves, suits, dresses,and boots from Boston and New York City.

Flora was the Millinery Dept making fancy hats for women. When brother Arthur married his wife Nancy worked with her a short time, but later moved to Gardiner Maine where they opened a 2nd Bell Brothers Store for a few years.

Flora lived a very long life with the last several years in a nursing home.

Family links: 
  Sylvester Henry Bell (1833 - 1892)
  Marcia A Farnsworth Bell (1828 - 1899)
  Hattie Content Bell Austin (1861 - 1899)*
  Asahel H Bell (1863 - 1925)*
  Flora Anne Bell (1866 - 1967)
  Homer Bennett Bell (1868 - 1937)*
  Arthur Jay Bell (1871 - 1919)*
*Calculated relationship
South View Cemetery
Orange County
Vermont, USA
Created by: Rachel Bell
Record added: May 19, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 52579564
Flora Anne Bell
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I only met you once but the stories, and letters tell your story of strength and taking care of the family through tough times.
- Rachel Bell
 Added: Jun. 3, 2012

- Tammie Gunter
 Added: May. 19, 2010

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