Louise Fort (Clark) (c.1887 - 1970)

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Birthplace: St. Louis, MO.
Death: Died
Managed by: Elizabeth-Gaye Jeans
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About Louise Fort (Clark)

Louise Clark Fort, a founder of the Garden Club of Nashville, tended her grape arbor and oversaw a garden that boasted rows of daffodils and irises 50 yards long. A stretch of the riverbank served for a time as a public beach, complete with lifeguard, and the estate had its own water tower. The house itself was a 24-room showplace, modeled on Robert E. Lee’s ancestral home, Arlington. Dinners at Fortland were formal, whether or not there were guests, and coat and necktie were required for all the boys at Sunday dinner.

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Although her iron-fisted father was gone, Cornelia’s flying was still greeted with a cool reception at Fortland. After her first solo flight, supposedly, Cornelia rushed home, thrilled with her accomplishment. Mrs. Fort was working in her garden. She listened while Cornelia described the flight; then she replied, “How very nice, dear. Now you won’t have to do that again.”

Louise Clark Fort had never liked her daughter’s flying, and this new development presented a fresh cause for consternation. According to Tanner, “[Cornelia] planned to drive from Nashville to Fort Collins accompanied by Kevin, her Irish setter, but Mrs. Fort was horrified by the impropriety of her daughter, a 22-year-old single girl, driving alone unchaperoned across the United States.” At Mrs. Fort’s insistence, Epperson Bond, the family chauffeur, accompanied Cornelia on the trip.

Cornelia’s mother was the perfect grande dame, stately with a full head of snow-white hair. “She looked like a duchess sailing into a room,” recalls Elizabeth Proctor. At the same time, Proctor gently describes her as “rattle-brained in some ways.” Louise Clark Fort was not, by Proctor’s account, “the kind of mother who bakes cookies. The cook baked the cookies.”

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Louise Fort's Timeline

1826
1826
1887
1887
St. Louis, MO.
1909
1909
Age 22
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
1910
1910
Age 23
Nashville, TN.
1911
1911
Age 24
Nashville, TN.
1914
1914
Age 27
Nashville, TN.
1919
1919
Age 32
Nashville, TN
1970
1970
Age 83
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Mount Olivet Cemetery Nashville Davidson County Tennessee, USA