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Elinore Boyd

October 18, 1855 - June 1936

Llinore and son Louis Elinore Boyd Altreuter is pictured here with her son, Louis B.

Elinore Boyd was born in October 18, 1855. The spelling of her first name comes from the family records of two of her children but is spelled Eleanor in her daughter's Bible. Her name appears in the 1920 and 1930 census and in her death notice in the New York Times as Eleanor Altreuter.

Elinore was born in Manhattan as was her father, according to the census reports. Her mother was born in England. We do not know her parents' names.

The only other mention of her is from a newspaper article in the Brooklyn Eagle dated November 14, 1901. She is listed among the members of the St. George's Protestant Episcopal Church participating in a church fair.

She married Louis Altreuter on November 3, 1875 and had four children:

Mary Emma Altreuter
William Boyd Altreuter
Louis Boyd Altreuter
Royal Washington Altreuter

She died in June of 1936 and is buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY.


Historical Perspective

In 1855, Franklin Pierce is president. Longfellow writes "The Song of Hiawatha" and Walt Whitman writes "Leaves of Grass."

In 1860, Abraham Lincoln is elected President and South Carolina secedes from the Union. In the past ten years, 424,000 people have immigrated to the US from England and 914,000 from Ireland.

Civil War spans the years 1861 to 1865.

In 1871, P.T. Barnum opens his circus, "The Greatest Show on Earth," in Brooklyn, NY and Mrs. O'Leary's cow starts the great Chicago fire.

The Brooklyn Bridge is opened in 1872.

Alexander Graham Bell invents the telephone in 1876.

1905 Albert Einstein formulates the Special Theory of Relativity.

1906 Population of New York City is 4 million, second only to London with 4.5 million.

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