Lena (Koser) Fairchild and Carrie (Koser) Fairchild, 1890s


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A formal portrait of Koser sisters Lena Mae and Caroline "Carrie" Mary, circa 1890s. Both wear a brooch on the collar of their high necked dresses.

Caroline "Carrie" Mary was born on December 14, 1879* to Charles and Mary (Anciaux) Koser in Penn Township. She married Stephen Francis Fairchild in 1900, and the couple lived at the Fairchild family homestead. In 1911, they had a son: Edward Francis. Stephen Francis died on March 1, 1919, during the influenza epidemic of World War I. Carrie died 28 years later in 1941 (Lovetinsky et al., p. 102, 112).

Lena Mae was born on March 17, 1880* to Charles and Mary (Anciaux) Koser in Coralville, Iowa. She married Timothy Marsh Fairchild on December 13, 1899. Timothy Marsh practiced law in Iowa City, and was elected County Attorney. The couple had seven children: Leona Joanna (b. 1901), Lucy Loretta (b. 1903), Nellie Irene (b. 1905), Timothy Marsh, Jr., (b. 1908), Charles Alexander (b. 1910), Sarah Ellen (b. 1911), and Mildred Ellsworth (b. 1915). Lena Mae died on November 17, 1956. Her husband Timothy died 11 years earlier on July 21, 1945 (Lovetinsky et al., p. 101, 112).

*Because of the close proximity of these two birth dates, the Ancestry Library website was searched to verify validity; according to the database, Lena Mae was born in either 1879 or 1880, while Carrie's birth year varied from 1879 to 1882. As no evidence was found to determine a specific date of birth for either person, it was decided to go with the information listed in Lest We Forget: Coralville, 1873-1973.


Coralville Public Library. Coralville Digital History Library.




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Johnson County, Iowa


“Lena (Koser) Fairchild and Carrie (Koser) Fairchild, 1890s,” Coralville Digital History Library, accessed May 18, 2024, https://coralvilledigitalhistory.omeka.net/items/show/171.

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