Historic woman stops by Coon Rapids Senior Center

A visitor from the past, Charlotte O. Clark Van Cleve, the daughter of an Army officer who was with the first group of soldiers sent to establish Fort Snelling, stopped by the Coon Rapids Senior Center March 22.

Charlotte O. Clark Van Cleve (portrayed by Bobbie Scott of the Minnesota Historical Society at Fort Snelling) visited the Coon Rapids Senior Center March 22, marking Women’s History Month and regaling assembled women with tales of her late 19th century, early 20th century life and times. Photo by Sue Austreng

Charlotte O. Clark Van Cleve (portrayed by Bobbie Scott of the Minnesota Historical Society at Fort Snelling) visited the Coon Rapids Senior Center March 22, marking Women’s History Month and regaling assembled women with tales of her late 19th century, early 20th century life and times. Photo by Sue Austreng

Van Cleve’s visit (portrayed by Bobbie Scott  of the Minnesota Historical Society at Fort Snelling) marked Women’s History Month and she entertained the women with tales of her life as a military wife, mother of 12 and prominent community figure who took up women’s rights and helped to establish the Bethany Home, “a home for fallen women.”

After the presentation, the women were treated to a special white linen tea, prepared by Ann and Floyd Kusie.

Some 75 women attended the event.

Sue Austreng is at sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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