Charlotte Latham Safford Wallace

Charlotte Wallace
Charlotte Wallace

Time Period

1860-1910

Notable Facts

President of the Loyal Club for seventeen years which managed the Gates Memorial Library. County secretary of King's Daughters. Accomplished artist/painter.

Personal Information

Date of Birth

02/15/1861

Date of Death

06/4/1908

Primary Residence

Hartford

Religion

Congregational & Episcopal

Ethnicity

Caucasian

Historical Significance

Charlotte Latham Safford Wallace (known as Lottie),was a leader in her church, an instrumental member of the Loyal Club, White River Junction, Vermont, and a member of the King's Daughters.

Charlotte L.S. Wallace was instrumental in organizing the Loyal Club in White River Junction and served as its president for seventeen years up to the time of her death. Wallace is reported to have been a "philanthropic woman of great executive ability and rare personal charm." The attractive village park across the street from the Junction House (now the Hotel Coolidge) was designed and completed through her efforts. Another evidence of her influence and interest was the building of the Gates Memorial Library in White River Junction. She served as county secretary of the King's Daughters , was active in the West Lebanon (NH) Congregational Church and a member of the local reading club. Wallace was also an accomplished artist and her paintings adorn the walls of her many descendants' homes.

Wallace was born February 15, 1861 in White River Junction, Vermont, to Noah Bigelow Safford and Caroline (Carrie) Hinckley Latham, their only child. The Safford family is reported to have been one of the oldest and most prominent families in eastern Vermont, originally from Springfield, Vermont. Noah B. Safford was known as one of the wealthiest men in the area. Charlotte Wallace graduated from the Tilden Seminary, West Lebanon, New Hampshire, Class of 1880. She married Everett Jackson Wallace in White River Junction on October 9, 1884. Wallace died June 4, 1908 after an illness of several months, leaving her only child, a daughter, Caroline Latham Wallace (born June 12, 1887.

Notes: The Loyal Club was formed in 1891 when the members of Abraham Lincoln Post of the G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic) "decided to call upon the women of White River Junction to help them in patriotic work." (Interstate Journal, December 1903). The club erected the Soldiers Monument which stands in the Hartford Cemetery, put wreaths and baskets of flowers on soldiers graves and in 1900 assumed management of the public library which later became the Gates Memorial Library.

The King's Daughters, a religious organization whose objective is the "development of spiritual life and the stimulation of Christian activities," was founded in 1886 in New York City and soon became a worldwide organization.

Organizations or Movements

  • Loyal Club
  • King's Daughters
  • Gates Memorial Library

Occupations

  • community leader
  • charitable work
  • artist

Education

  • Tilden Seminary, West Lebanon, N.H.

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