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Lois Frances Selfridge (Baxter)

Birthdate: (89)
Birthplace: Tecumseh, MI
Death: February 25, 1924 (89)
England, London, UK
Place of Burial: Highcliffe, Dorset, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Judge Levi Baxter, Jr. and Lois Baxter
Wife of Col. Robert O. Selfridge (USA)
Mother of Charles J. Selfridge; Robert Benjamin [or Oliver] Selfridge and H. Gordon Selfridge, Sr., retail entrepreneur
Sister of Benjamin L. Baxter, poetaster; Witter J. Baxter Sr.; Nancy Ann Baxter; Brig. General Henry Baxter (USA); Frances Baxter and 5 others
Half sister of John F. Baxter; Antoinette Brockway; Elizabeth M. Baxter; Clara E. Case; Charles E. K. Baxter and 1 other

Occupation: teacher and school principal
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About Lois Frances Selfridge

Lois Frances Baxter was born on October 25, 1834 at Tecumseh, MI. Morrison's History of Windham reports that she was born Aug 1, 1834. She was the daughter of Levi B. Baxter and Lois Johnston.

She married Robert Oliver Selfridge circa 1852 at MI.

While living in Jackson, Michigan she was both a teacher and a school principal.

Her husband served as a military officer during the Civil War. At the war's end, he chose not to return to his family, so Lois raised her children without him.

Lois died on 25 February 1924 at London, England, at age 89.


The following is from handwritten notations or marginalia in copy of Selfridge: A Biography, by Reginald Pound, 1960, Heinemann, London, Melbourne, Toronto.

On the inside of the first cover/board is handwritten in pencil, and signed “MaryJane M. Foote, 1993”:

This is a book about Our Cousin Harry G. Selfridge. He grew up with Mother Katharine Manierre (Newbury) Katherine Manierre (Newbury)] in Jackson, Michigan. His Mother, Aunt Lotie (Lois), was my great grandmother’s sister — Mary Jane Baxter Kellogg for whom I am named. She [Lois] was divorced, was the principal of the high school and lived with her sister where Mother [Mary Jane B. K.] lived with my Mother [KNM] and 3 brothers (Newbury) after Grandfather died at age 32 [sic]. Harry went to work at Marshall Field’s in Chicago, was president. Married Rose Buckingham (Buckingham Fountain) in Chicago. Had a huge estate at Lake Geneva — then went to London and founded Selfridge’s store — was knighted — and lived in famous Lansdowne house. I met him in 1938 when he came up from Chicago on a trip from England at the beginning of WWII.

The leaf facing the cover/board is inscribed in pen, “To the Manierre Family, May 1960 / With much love and Happy Memories from Carl & Elizabeth” then in KNM’s hand, in pencil, “Larsen” — Carl & Elizabeth’s surname.

[Note: An obituary posted January 22, 2010 by The Byline - The Independent, student-produced newspaper of Rogue Community College, Oregon, for


Eric Bjerre Larsen, one of the founding members of Rogue Community College and the science department, died Saturday, January 9.... Larsen was born June 7, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois to Carl and Elizabeth Larsen. At the age of two, he moved to Denmark. When he was 17, he returned to Chicago and attended college receiving a master’s degree in Biology. In 1954 he joined the United States Marine Corps. On January 9, 1955 in Denmark he married Ellen Klitgaard and they moved to Laguna Beach, California. Eric began his teaching career at Tustin High School. In 1969 he moved his family to the Micronesian Islands of Saipan and Kusai where he taught school for two years. In 1971 the family moved to Oregon and began teaching at Rogue Community College in the science department until his retirement. He had a winter home in Captain Cook, Hawaii. In addition to his wife, Ellen Larsen of Grants Pass, Oregon and Captain Cook, Hawaii; he is survived by four children, Carl Larsen of Cave Junction, Sonja Johnston of Grants Pass, Bjorn Larsen of Dundee, and Solbritt Hill of Grants Pass; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Source for this obituary: Downloaded 2011 from http://roguebyline.wordpress.com/2010/01/22/obituaries/]

At the bottom of this leaf is an unrelated note probably in Suzanne Delahunt (Manierre)’s hand, “Holworthy House, Harvard Yard — Daddy’s initials GM, he carved them when an undergraduate.” [See photos of this in the profile for George Manierre, III.

There is a photo of a portrait of H. Gordon Selfridge below which KNM wrote, “Cousin Harry” and on the title page, beside the title, Selfridge, Katharine Manierre (Newbury) Katherine Manierre (Newbury)] wrote “(1856 - 1947)”

There is more of Katharine Manierre (Newbury) Katherine Manierre (Newbury)]’s marginalia below the captions to two photos opposite page 24. Below the photo of “Mrs. Selfridge, senior, about 1906,” Katharine Manierre (Newbury) Katherine Manierre (Newbury)] wrote “My dear Aunt Lotie.” Below the caption “Selfridge’s wife and family, about 1908,” Katharine Manierre (Newbury) Katherine Manierre (Newbury)] wrote, “Sweet Cousin Rose” Below the caption opposite page 153, “Selfridge with his mother in the library at landsdowne House,” Katharine Manierre (Newbury) Katherine Manierre (Newbury)] wrote “Aunt Lotie and Cousin Harry.” Below the caption of the photo opposite page 184, “Selfridge at Deauville in 1926 with his eldest daughter, princess Wiasemsky,” KNM wrote ”Rosalie.” Below the caption to the photo aoopsite page 248, “Selfridge as grandfather,” KNM wrote, “Tatianna de Bolotoff.” There are other smaller marginalia — x’s and —‘s marking passages of special note to one reader or another, though their special significance eludes this reader. MRD, 2011, Oconomowoc, WI


Michigan Marriages, 1851-1875 about Robert O. Selfridge Name: Robert O. Selfridge Gender: Male Spouse: Lois F. Baxter Spouse Gender: Female Marriage Date: 15 Jun 1853 County: Hill State: Michigan

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Lois Frances Selfridge's Timeline

October 25, 1834
Tecumseh, MI
Age 21
Age 21
January 11, 1858
Age 23
Ripon, Wisconsin, USA
February 25, 1924
Age 89
London, UK
Highcliffe, Dorset, England