Sunday, November 20, 2016

Graduation Photograph of Ida Dow Mathes, Class of 1899 at Robinson Female Seminary in Exeter, New Hampshire

Graduation photograph of Ida Dow Mathes, a member of the Class of 1899 at R. F. S., which was presumably the Robinson Female Seminary in Exeter, New Hampshire.  The photograph was taken by the Fuller Studio, which had branches in Exeter, New Hampshire, and Haverhill, Massachusetts.

Ida Dow Mathes was born about 1880 at Newmarket, New Hampshire, the daughter of Benjamin Mathes and Mary True (Dow) Mathes.  On June 27, 1901 at Newmarket, New Hampshire, Ida married Clarence Willard Loud, son of  Lemuel C. Loud and Caroline Lovell (Pray) Loud.  Clarence was born March 24, 1877 at Merrimac, Massachusetts.

At the time of their marriage, Clarence was living at Somerville, Massachusetts, and working as a traveling salesman; Ida was at home at Newmarket, New Hampshire.  They lived at Somerville, Massachusetts, where Ida was registrar of Anne Adams Tufts chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.   The 1910 Census notes that Clarence was a shoe salesman.  Ida and Clarence had at least two children.  

The Wednesday, April 13, 1921 issue of the Boston Post mentions that Clarence W. Loud, a shoe salesman, was held for the murder of Officer Preston of the Wakefield, Massachusetts police force.  Another article indicates that Clarence had been exonerated.  And, interestingly, there was more than one Clarence W. Lord in the Boston area during the same time frame.

The Massachusetts Death record for a Clarence W. Loud who died in 1978 at Boston, Massachusetts, is for another Clarence - as a reader has clarified in the comments section.

  • Lineage Book, Volume 48, Daughters of the American Revolution
  • Massachusetts Births, 1841-1915
  • United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
  • New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947
  • U. S. Federal Censuses


  1. Clarence and Ida were my great grandparents. I believe he passed away prior to 1978z