Fannie Barber McClanahan (1858-1926)
- Fannie Barber McClanahan (1858-1926)
- View of the Hudson River, 1880
- Oil on panel
- 4 1/2 x 9 1/8 inches
- Signed and dated 1880, lower left
Fannie Barber McClanahan was born in 1858 in Independence, Missouri to Sarah (Jones) and Porter H. McClanahan. Her father, a native of Kentucky, settled in Independence in 1841 where he worked in the harness business. He served as the town’s postmaster from 1854 to 1865.
In 1883, Fannie married Anson Spencer Rudd who was notable as the first Anglo-Saxon child born in Cañon City, Colorado. According to Federal census records from 1900 Rudd was employed as a grocery salesman and was later involved in the newspaper business for a short time. Rudd was employed as an editor and publisher of the Boulder Times between 1904 and 1906 before retiring from the position. By 1910, he was working as an organizer for Woodmen of the World, a not-for-profit life insurance society. He held the position of state organizer for Woodmen of the World until 1919 when he and Fannie left Colorado to settle on the Pacific Coast.