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O. St. Clair and Jennie Chenery portrait
O. St. Clair and Jennie Chenery portrait
TitleO. St. Clair and Jennie Chenery portrait
Date of Original190-?
DescriptionA studio portarit of husband and wife, Oscar St. Clair and Jennie Martha (Kelley) Chenery. Mrs. Chenery is wearing a decorated hat, and they both have coats on.
General SubjectPortraits
Pioneer Era
Subject (LCTGM)Spouses
Portrait photographs
Personal NameChenery, Oscar St. Clair, 1861-1922
Chenery, Jennie Martha Kelley, 1866-1949
Organization NameOrder of the Eastern Star
LocationJamestown (N.D.)
Stutsman County (N.D.)
Item NumberST242
Format of OriginalGelatin silver prints
Dimensions of Original19 x 14 cm.
NotesUnknown photographer.
Biography/HistoryOscar St. Clair was born in Cheltenham, England on 5 March 1861. He was educated at Framlingham College from 1871, and then took employment with a Sunderland engineering works. In 1882, he emigrated to North Dakota, establishing himself in business in Jamestown, N.D. as a sporting goods store owner. Chenery Hardware was a Jamestown business on or near Main Avenue. On 24 November 1886, in Jamestown, N.D. he married Jennie Martha Kelley (1866-1949) of Jamestown. He died at home on 13 May 1922.
The Order Eastern Star is the ladies Auxiliary to the Masonic Order. It was founded in New York City in 1868 and has a beautiful and impressive ritualistic work gleaned from Biblical times. Lady Washington Chapter No. 1 was organized on September 15, 1887, as chapter No. 8 in Dakota Territory and the first in what is now North Dakota.
The North Dakota Grand Lodge 0. E. S. was organized at Valley City in June 1894, and Mrs. Elizabeth 0. (Mrs. H. E.) White of Lady Washington Chapter was elected the first Most Worthy Grand Matron. Other members of Lady Washington Chapter No. 1 who have been Grand Lodge officers were Grand Matrons Elizabeth E. Porter in 1887 and Jennie M. (Kelly) Chenery in 1911. Frances J. Ingalls was Grand Patron in 1899 and George L. McGregor in 1903.
Mrs. Jennie M. Chenery was secretary from 1898-1900, and 1904-1922. She has long been active in both the local chapter and the North Dakota Grand Lodge and her counsel and advice is much sought and always timely. She came to Jamestown from Ft. Totten with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Kelley, and brother, Horatio W. Kelley, in 1872 and has resided here continuously since that time.
Bibliographic ReferenceOrder of the Eastern Star and Jennie Chenery information from: and
Repository InstitutionStutsman County Memorial Museum
Repository CollectionStutsman County Memorial Museum Photographs
Credit LineStutsman County Memorial Museum, Jamestown, N.D. (ST242)
Rights ManagementOwned by Stutsman County Memorial Museum.
Ordering InformationStutsman County Memorial Museum
Phone: 701-252-6741
Address: Box 1002, Jamestown, N.D. 58401
Open: Memorial Day - September, 10am-5pm Weekdays and 1pm-5pm Weekends.
GrantNHPRC SNAP Grant 2008-2009, NAR08-RC-10021-08
Digital IDdmST242
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