CLINTON RENO was born September 1842 in Seymour, Jackson Co., IN, and died September 01, 1921 in Topeka, Kansas. His parents were: Wilkison Reno and Julia ANN FREYHAFER. He married ANNA COLLINS November 16, 1865 in Jackson Co., IN, daughter of JOHN COLLINS and MARY NEWBY. She was born September 28, 1847 in Brownstone, Indiana, and died February 07, 1921 in Cape Girardeau, MO.
In 1865, Clinton Reno married Anna Collins, a Quaker girl of 17, in Jackson County. A year after their marriage, his brothers committed the first train robbery in history.
Two years later, Clinton and his brother John inherited his father's property, and he moved back to Jackson County. On Dec. 21, 1889, he listed his residence as Jackson Co., IN and his wife's as Douglass Co., Kansas, and his family was in Kansas for the 1900 census. Records give Appie Reno's residence as Sedgwick Co., KS on Jan. 3, 1888. Anna Reno operated a boarding house while her children William and Minnie were attending the University of Kansas.
Dr. Lucien Rule's "The Scarlet Mask Committee" manuscript, as reported by Robert W. Shields, claims that "Clinton Reno is reputed to have gone insane in the West on religion, to be possessed by hallucinations. He tried to fire his house, so that his wife at last had him committed to an insane hospital. However, no copies of Rule's manuscript can be found today, and it is not certain where this information came from. Clinton's son William was a distinguished surgeon in the Spanish-American War, and went to France in World War I to be the director of military hospitals in France. He mysteriously disappeared from deck on the trip back, and after six hours of searching for him, his shipmates concluded that he had been washed overboard.
Clinton was known as "Honest Clint" and "Honest Reno" because he was not involved in the crimes that his brothers perpetrated during the 1860s, but he later did get arrested for minor crimes. On February 4, 1880 Clinton was arraigned in Jackson County on a charge of keeping a gaming house, and it is said that he was convicted for running a house of prostitution, although this has not been proven.
Anna Reno is living alone in Cape Girardeau Co., MO in the 1920 census.
Children of CLINTON RENO and ANNA COLLINS are:
LEON A.RENO, b. February 26, 1870, Seymour, Jackson Co., Indiana1139; d. October 12, 1941, San Pedro, California.
WILLIAM WILKERSON RENO, b. May 10, 1872, Seymour, Indiana; d. 1918, at sea while returning from World War I.
MINNIE BELL RENO, b. October 02, 1874, Seymour, Indiana; d. December 19, 1950, Farmington, MO.
EDWARD NEWTON RENO, b. December 08, 1879, Seymour, Jackson Co., IN; d. Aft. February 1942.
CHARLES CLINTON RENO, b. 1876, Seymour, Jackson Co., IN; d. in infancy.
Clinton Reno is buried in the Rochester cemetery in Topeka, Kansas. He died in
the State Hospital in Topeka, Ks Sept 20- 1921. Hoping to get this corrected.
Anna Collins Reno
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