|Birth: ||Oct. 5, 1858|
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
|Death: ||Aug. 23, 1949|
Helen was the daughter of Henry and Mary Elizabeth Churchill Hungerford.
She spent most of her childhood in Connecticut.
She married Edward Candee of Norwalk, Connecticut, and had two children by him, Edith and Harold. After her abusive husband abandoned the family, she supported herself and children as a writer for popular magazines such as Scribner's and The Ladies' Home Journal.
She initially wrote on the subjects most familiar to herógenteel etiquette and household managementóbut soon branched into other topics such as child care, education, and women's rights.
She arrived in Guthrie, Oklahoma Territory in the summer of 1895, because the area was known for its easy divorces with a short waiting period for residency. Her stories about that region helped to catapult her to national prominence as a journalist.
Helen divorced her husband in 1896, after a lengthy separation.
She was a strong feminist, as evidenced by her best-selling first book, How Women May Earn a Living (1900). Her second book, An Oklahoma Romance (1901), was a novel that promoted the possibilities of settlement in Oklahoma Territory.
An established literary figure, Helen moved to Washington, DC, where she became one of the first professional interior decorators. Her clients included then Secretary of War Henry Stimson and President Theodore Roosevelt. Candee's book, Decorative Styles and Periods (1906), embodied her principles of design: careful historical research and absolute authenticity.
While in Washington, she also pursued an active social life, serving on many civic boards, and involving herself in Democratic politics. She was close with President Theodore Roosevelt and his wife.
Helen was a trustee for the Corcoran Gallery of Art, a member of both the Archeological Society and the American Federation of Arts, and was on the board of the Washington chapter of the National Woman Suffrage Association.
She wrote eight books; four were on the decorative arts, two were travelogues, one instructional, one fiction. Her biggest seller was The Tapestry Book (1912) which went into many editions.
Helen was traveling in Europe in the spring of 1912, completing research for The Tapestry Book, when she received a telegram from her daughter, Edith, informing her that her son, Harold, had been injured in an automobile accident.
She hurriedly booked passage home on the new luxury ocean liner, Titanic. On the voyage, she socialized with other prominent travelers, such as President Taft's military aide, Major Archibald Butt, and the painter Francis Davis Millet.
Helen was able to board lifeboat number 6, but fell and fractured her ankle in the process. She shared the lifeboat with the famous "Unsinkable" Molly Brown.
She wrote a detailed article on the disaster for Collier's Weekly. This cover story was one of the first in-depth eyewitness accounts of the sinking published in a major magazine.
Her Titanic injury required her to walk with a cane for almost a year, but by March 1913 she was able to join other feminist equestriennes in the "Votes for Women" parade down Pennsylvania Avenue, riding her horse at the head of the procession that culminated at the steps of Capitol Hill.
During World War I, Helen worked as a nurse in Rome and Milan under the auspices of the Italian Red Cross which decorated her for her service. One of her patients in Milan was Ernest Hemingway.
After the war, she traveled to Japan, China, Indonesia and Cambodia, and her adventures became the basis for two of her most celebrated books, Angkor the Magnificent (1924) and New Journeys in Old Asia (1927).
The success of Angkor and New Journeys led to a prosperous secondary career for her as a lecturer on the Far East, while her work as a journalist continued apace. She was briefly Paris editor for Arts & Decoration (1920Ė21), and remained on that publication's editorial advisory staff for several years.
In 1925, Helen was among the nine founding members of the Society of Woman Geographers. As late as 1935-36, when she was almost 80, She was still traveling abroad, writing articles for National Geographic magazine. Her first books on interior design The Tapestry Book and Decorative Styles and Periods were re-released in 1935 and 1938 respectively, the former in a collectible boxed issue.
Helen died at age 90 in 1949 at her summer cottage at York Harbor, Maine.
References: Biographical Cyclopedia of U.S. Women (1924);Linda D. Wilson, "Helen Churchill Candee: Author of an Oklahoma Romance," Chronicles of Oklahoma, 75:414 (1997);Woman's Who's Who of America (1914); "An Oklahoma Romance", Pearson's Magazine, April 1902; Helen Churchill Candee, "Sealed Orders," Collier's Weekly, May 4, 1912;Helen Churchill Candee, Angkor the Magnificent (2008);Biographical Cyclopedia of U.S. Women; Helena Daily Independent, Jan. 14, 1927; Biographical Cyclopedia of U.S. Women; The Times(East Chicago, Indiana), Oct. 2, 1926; New York Times, Aug. 24, 1949; "At Last, the End of the World," ABC News, May 23, 2007; The Daily Telegraph, April 15, 2006; The Scotsman, Sept.1, 2006.
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The Molly Brown/Arthur Rostron Loving Cup Sold for £130,000
Henry Aldridge and Sonís Titanic and Icons Auction on Saturday 24th October was a resounding success. The sale attracted significant media coverage all over the world headlining on the Fox Network in the USA, being extensively covered by CNN and featured on both BBC National television and radio, thus ensuring maximum exposure for both buyers and sellers.
The highlight of the sale was a magnificent and truly iconic sterling silver Loving Cup presented to Sir Arthur Henry Rostron, KBE, RD, RNR of the Carpathia by Titanic survivor Margaret Brown (later famously known as the Unsinkable Molly Brown) in a ceremony in New York on May 29th 1912. It sold to a British collector for £130000 against interest from collectors in the United States. The chased dedication on the cup read: "Presented to Captain A. H. Rostron RD, RNR, Commander of the RMS Carpathia. In grateful recognition and appreciation of his heroic and efficient service in the rescue of the survivors of the Titanic on April 15th 1912, and of the generous and sympathetic treatment he accorded us on his ship. From the Survivors of the Titanic".
Molly Brown was an American socialite and one of Titanic's most famous survivors who boarded as a First Class passenger at Cherbourg, Titanic's first stop after leaving Southampton. Five days later, when Titanic struck the infamous iceberg, Molly Brown bravely helped others into the lifeboats. She left the Titanic in lifeboat six at around 1.10am. Alongside Helen Churchill Candee, Quartermaster Robert Hitchins and Lookout Frederick Fleet along with around 18 others.
Edward Willis Candee (1856 - 1907)*
Edith Candee Mathews (1883 - 1974)*
Harold Churchill Candee (1886 - 1925)*
First Parish Cemetery
Plot: Cremated, Plot O, 376E, F2
Maintained by: N. Dale Talkington
Originally Created by: John C. Reilly
Record added: Jun 01, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 70704522