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Genevieve Maude Masters Renwick
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Birth: Nov. 12, 1867
Hornby
Steuben County
New York, USA
Death: Nov. 7, 1909
Chicago
Cook County
Illinois, USA

Genevieve Masters Renwick was the real-life teenage model for the character of Nellie Oleson in Laura Ingalls Wilder's books "Little Town on the Prairie" and "These Happy Golden Years."

DeSmet News Nov. 12, 1909

Again We Mourn. Great was the shock that came to the editor’s family and relatives last Monday in the news that Mrs. W.G. Renwick had succumbed to pneumonia at her home in Chicago after but a few days illness. Mrs. Renwick and daughter Margaret stopped here on their way home from the Pacific Coast where they had spent the summer with friends in Seattle, Bellingham, and Spokane. After a couple of weeks visit they left for home on the 30th accompanied by the mother, Mrs. Margaret Masters. Mrs. Renwick had contracted a severe cold and was quite ill on the way and on arrival in Chicago was put in the hands of the family physician. Nothing serious was feared for several days, but the case became serious and a specialist was called in but physicians and nurses could do nothing and death came Sunday evening, November 7th at eight o’clock.

The remains were brought to DeSmet for burial, arriving here Tuesday evening accompanied by the husband, mother and daughter, and Mrs. Mary M. Blodgett and Mr. A.B. Leith, long time friends of the family. Funeral services were held Wednesday morning in St. Stephens Episcopal church, the beautiful burial service being read by the rector, Mr. Randall. The choir was composed of Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton, Miss Eggleston and Dr. Hall with J.H. Carroll as conductor.

Genevieve Masters was born in Hornby, New York, Nov. 12, 1867. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel O. Masters, the youngest of four children. Two years later the family moved to Corning, N.Y. where they lived eight years. In 1878 they came west, locating in Walnut Grove, Minn. and in 1881 settled on a farm near DeSmet. On September 11, 1888 Miss Masters was married to Mr. W.G. Renwick. One daughter was born to them, Margaret now aged nine. For thirteen years the home has been in Chicago. Geo. E. Masters of Spencer and Mrs. C.P. Sherwood and J.F.B. Masters of DeSmet with the aged mother are the surviving members of the Masters family who with the husband and daughter and other relatives are called upon to mourn the departure of their loved one. The mysterious ways of Providence are past finding out.

Little Margaret Renwick is for the present at least to make her home with her aunt, Mrs. Sherwood. Mr. and Mrs. Geo. E Masters and daughters Juanita and Hazel of Spencer and son Claude of Humboldt came Tuesday to attend the funeral of Mrs. Renwick, returning Thursday.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Samuel Oldfield Masters (1822 - 1893)
  Margaret Ann Farrington Masters (1827 - 1915)
 
 Spouse:
  William Graham Renwick (1864 - 1924)*
 
 Children:
  Margaret E Renwick Thune (1900 - 1982)*
 
 Siblings:
  George Emmett Masters (1853 - 1913)*
  Augusta Elgetha Masters Sherwood (1859 - 1927)*
  Jesse Farrington B. Masters (1864 - 1963)*
  Genevieve Maude Masters Renwick (1867 - 1909)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
De Smet Cemetery
De Smet
Kingsbury County
South Dakota, USA
Plot: Block 22 Lot 9 Grave 2
 
Created by: History Seeker
Record added: Jun 09, 2006
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 Added: Jun. 20, 2012
Genevieve, I am a huge fan of the "Little House" series and I was thrilled to see a place where I could pay tribute to you.Nellie Oleson was my favorite character and I learned you were the inspiration for her.Would have loved to have met you if I lived b...(Read more)
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