|Birth: ||Dec. 16, 1863|
|Death: ||Mar. 17, 1946|
My great-great aunt Belle is one of my absolute favorite aunts. Over the years I have read many things about her in the local New Orleans newspapers, and from this I can say that she was one heck of a lady.
One story that was passed down to me was that she and her sister Anne Gertrude both fell in love the same guy. Unfortunately, Belle lost the battle of love and Anna married Robert Lee Cooney (link to her grave on the parents memorials here at FindaGrave). According to my cousin, it broke Belle's heart and she never fell in love again.
But she was very active in New Orleans community affairs and she was a member and in some cases held office in several New Orleans public orgranizations. So far I have uncovered the following:
1st President of the Era Club (an organization of women pledged to secure suffrage for women in Louisiana)
State Recording Secretary International Sunshine Society
President of the Normal Alumnae Association
Member of the Ladies Confederate Memorial Association
President of the Orleans District of the Women's Christian Temperance Union
Member, recording secretary, and corresponding secretary of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Stonewall Jackson Chapter No 1135
Opposed Daylight Savings Time in her position as President of the Orleans District of the Women's Christian Temperance Union
She graduated from Tulane University in 1908 with a Bachelor of Arts (first student to graduate from this unit). She was a school teacher in the New Orleans Public School System at the following schools:
1888-89 McDonogh School No. 9
1890-91 McDonogh School No. 13
1892-93 McDonogh School No. 10
1894-95 McDonogh School No. 3
1896 New Orleans Normal School
1897 Paulding School
1898-1900 New Orleans Normal School
1903-05 McDonogh School No. 2
1906-07 McDonogh School No. 3
1910 Still listed as a school teacher, school unknown
1936 First Assistant Teacher, McDonough School No. 18
Here obituary appeared in the New Orleans Times Picayune on March 18, 1946. It reads in part:-
Miss Belle R. Van Horn, 82 years old, 1228 Arabella St. retired public school teacher, died Sunday at 7 am.
Funeral services will be conducted today at 2:30 pm from the funeral home of Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp, Inc 4117 South Claiborne Ave.
Interment will be in Lafayette No. 1 cemetery.
Miss Van Horn was for many years a teacher at the John McDonogh High School, 2400 Esplanade Ave., and was active in educational organizations and in the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
She retired from teaching 10 years ago. She is survived by her brother Oliver H. Van Horn.
Note: On the same page, but in the obits section, the following additional information was recorded:
"daughter of the late Thaddeus D. Van Horn and Margaretta Law, sister of Oliver H. Van Horn.
The only thing that is missing to make this record complete is a picture. I hope to find one some day, maybe if I can finally get the New Orleans school district to open the employment record they have on her I will find one in there.
Thaddeus Damascus Van Horn (1820 - 1905)
Margaretta Law Van Horn (1840 - 1918)
James Faust Van Horn (1844 - ____)**
Thaddeus Damascus Van Horn (1845 - 1848)**
Thaddeus Damascus Van Horn (1850 - 1856)**
William Law Van Horn (1857 - 1897)*
Addie Blonde Van Horn Hundley (1860 - 1924)*
Belle Randolph Van Horn (1863 - 1946)
Anna Gertrude Van Horn Cooney (1866 - 1903)*
Margareta Pearle Van Horn Davis (1868 - 1903)*
Thaddeus Dreux Van Horn (1870 - 1936)*
Oliver Herbert Van Horn (1872 - 1949)*
Albert Cornelius Van Horn (1876 - 1932)*
Elmore Russell Van Horn (1878 - 1891)*
Mignonette Rutledge Van Horn Peters (1881 - 1909)*
Lafayette Cemetery Number 1
Maintained by: Larry Van Horn
Originally Created by: Alberta Daniels Withrow
Record added: Sep 16, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11758953
To my great-great aunt Belle. I would have loved to be around in your day and watched all ruckus that you managed to kick up in the Big Easy. But now your work is done and you can forever rest in peace. Love always your great-great nephew.|
Larry Van Horn
Added: Aug. 1, 2011