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 Belle Randolph Van Horn

Belle Randolph Van Horn

Alabama, USA
Death 17 Mar 1946 (aged 82)
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA
Burial New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA
Memorial ID 11758953 · View Source
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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.





  • Maintained by: Larry Van Horn
  • Originally Created by: Alberta Daniels Withrow
  • Added: 16 Sep 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11758953
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Belle Randolph Van Horn (16 Dec 1863–17 Mar 1946), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11758953, citing Lafayette Cemetery Number 1, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA ; Maintained by Larry Van Horn (contributor 46839684) .