Helen Monro1,2,3

F, #16, b. 22 September 1868, d. 26 June 1957
Last Edited=28 Jan 2014
This home is the home in which all 13 of John and Helen Arnott's children were raised in Crested Butte, Colorado. Helen, or Ma Arnott, lived here until her death. Visitors always sat in the kitchen by the coal stove while Ma knitted and visited with her large family. In the living room was an old Victrola record player that figures in the memories of several generations of Arnotts. As of 2001, the home still belonged to some of her descendents.
     Helen Monro, daughter of Joseph Monro and Mary Smith, was born on 22 September 1868 at Tullochgretan, Elginshire, Scotland.4,5,3 Helen Monro was the daughter of Joseph Monro and Mary Smith. She was also known as Nellie.2

Helen Monro appeared on the Scotland census of 1871 in the household of Joseph Monro at Duthil Township, Inverness, Scotland.6

Helen Monro immigrated to the United States in 1891. She is quoted in a newspaper article (when she was 86 years old) as saying that she had come directly to Crested Butte from Scotland. She and John Hunter Arnott were married in 1891.This researcher is conjecturing that they had been engaged previously - probably in Scotland - and he sent for her after he had established himself in Crested Butte. She had been 20 years old in 1888 when he emigrated. Did she wait for him for 3 or 4 years?7

Helen Monro married John Hunter Arnott, son of James Arnot and Ann Hunter, on 25 September 1891 at Crested Butte, Gunnison County, Colorado, This marriage was performed by Edwin Martin, a Congregational Clergyman.8,9,38,9

Helen Monro appeared on the United States census of 1900 in the household of John Hunter Arnott at Crested Butte, Gunnison County, Colorado.10

Helen Monro appeared on the United States census of 1910 in the household of John Hunter Arnott at Crested Butte, Gunnison County, Colorado.11

Helen Monro appeared on the United States census of 1920 in the household of John Hunter Arnott at Crested Butte, Gunnison County, Colorado.12

In the Gunnison Empire, Vol IV, Thursday, December 20, 1920, we read: "Mr. and Mrs. John Hunter are expected in today (Wednesday) for a short visit with Mr. and Mrs. John Arnott. Upon their return to their home at Walsenburg they will take the little Hunter baby, which Mrs. Arnott has been caring for the past year."

Elsie Arnott Welch recalls that John Hunter was a cousin of her father's and that they had a son, Tom, a daughter Famie, and an adopted son John. She believes that eventually this family moved to California.After further reserch this has proven to be the case in most respects. John Hunter was the son of Thomas Hunter, John Hunter Arnott's uncle. The family did ultimately move to California.13

In 1930, Helen Monro appeared on the United States Census, at Crested Butte, Gunnison County, Colorado.14

On 6 April 1940, Helen Monro appeared on the United States Census, at Crested Butte, Gunnison County, Colorado.15

Though "Nellie", as she was called, had given birth to 13 children, she had never been hospitalized until she was 86 years old. At the time, that appeared to have been some kind of record. The local paper wrote it up and ran an article and photo with her lying in her hospital bed.7

Helen Monro died on 26 June 1957 at Crested Butte, Gunnison County, Colorado, at age 88. She had a "cerebral vascular accident."16,17,18 and was buried at Crested Butte Cemetery, Crested Butte, Gunnison County, Colorado.17

Art and Elsie (Arnott) Welch say that "Mrs. Arnott was a redhead, was taught to serve tables for wealthy people in Scotland, not allowed to do any work that would tarnish her hands the least bit, they were to be kept delicately clean for table serving only".19

There is a recipe for Plum Pudding from Ma Arnott in the Crested Butte Melting Pot Cookbook. The recipe calls for many interesting ingredients, including beef suet (preferably from around the kidney.)

This researcher has memories of visiting "Ma" in her home in Crested Butte. She was usually sitting in her rocking chair in the kitchen by her coal cook stove. Her knitting needles were in constant motion. Her home had not been modernized in any way. It was heated by coal or wood and there was only an outhouse. The linoleum beneath her chair had been worn down to the wood.20,2

Children of Helen Monro and John Hunter Arnott

Citations

  1. In the family bible, probably written in her own hand, her name is spelled Hellen.
  2. [S124] Personal knowledge of this researcher, Lynell Arnott (Florence, Arizona), from family connections and information from family member's direct knowledge of events.
  3. [S414] Arnott Family, Family Bible - Arnott Family (n.p.: n.pub., unknown publishing information); Noreen Welch, Lakewood, Colorado. Hereinafter cited as Arnott Family Bible.
  4. [S7] Death Certificate photocopy or digital copy is in the personal records of this researcher, Florence, Pinal County, Arizona.
  5. [S4] Birth Record, Birth Records Parish of Duthil, County of Elgin, 1868, page 7 photocopy or digital copy is in the personal records of this researcher, Florence, Pinal County, Arizona.
  6. [S31] 1871 Scotland Census, Duthil Township, County of Inverness, Scotland. Enumeration District 5. Listed as a farm servant.; digital image by subscription, General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland http://ancestry.com; The Generations Network, Inc.. Photocopy or digital copy is in the personal records of this researcher.
  7. [S160] Unknown author, Elk Mountain Pilot, Crested Butte, Colorado: "First Time In Hospital", 1955.. Hereinafter cited as "An article in Elk Mountain Pilot, Crested Butte, Colorado."
  8. [S131] John Chandler Clement, Colorado Marriages 1859-1939 (Denver, Colorado: John Chandler Clement, unknown publish date), License # 525, certified by Edwin Martin, Pastor, Congregational church, Crested Butte, Colorado.
    . Hereinafter cited as Colorado Marriages 1859-1939.
  9. [S16] Marriage Record photocopy or digital copy is in the personal records of this researcher, Florence, Pinal County, Arizona.
  10. [S1] 1900 United States Census, population schedule, Supversion District 2, Enumeration District 140, Sheet 8, Line 1.; digital image by subscription, The Generations Network (http://www.ancestry.com); from the National Archives microfilm. A printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher.
  11. [S2] 1910 United States Census, population schedule, Supervision District 2, Enumeration District 63, Sheet 6, Page 4, Precinct 4.; digital image by subscription, The Generations Network (http://www.ancestry.com); from the National Archives microfilm. A printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher.
  12. [S3] 1920 United States Census, population schedule, Maroon Avenue. John listed as Superintendent of the mine.; digital image by subscription, The Generations Network (http://www.ancestry.com); from the National Archives microfilm. A printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher.
  13. [S84] Interview with Art and Elsie Welch (informant address private) , by this researcher, Various meetings and correspondence. Notes of this interview are in the personal records of this researcher (Florence, Pinal County, Arizona), Conversation with Elsie Welch in March, 2005.
  14. [S120] 1930 United States Census, population schedule, Crested Butte, Gunnison County, Colorado, sheet 2A, pricinct 7.; digital image by subscription, The Generations Network (http://www.ancestry.com); from the National Archives microfilm. A printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher.
  15. [S480] 1940 United States Census, population schedule, Precinct 7, Crested Butte, Gunnison County, Colorado, Supervisor's District 9, Enumeration District 26-12, written sheet 4A,stamped page 61 Family 77.; digital image by subscription, The Generations Network (http://www.ancestry.com); from the National Archives microfilm. A printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher.
  16. [S7] Death Certificate, Colorado SL01113607 photocopy or digital copy is in the personal records of this researcher, Florence, Pinal County, Arizona.
  17. [S26] Cemetery Headstone A Photograph is in the personal records of this researcher, Florence, Pinal County, Arizona.
  18. [S36] Newspaper Obituary, unknown newspaper photocopy or digital copy is in the personal records of this researcher, Florence, Pinal County, Arizona.
  19. [S84] Interview with Art and Elsie Welch (informant address private) , by this researcher, Various meetings and correspondence. Notes of this interview are in the personal records of this researcher (Florence, Pinal County, Arizona), In a letter to Tonya Arnott.
  20. [S24] Myrtle M. and Michele Veltri, The Crested Butte Melting Pot (Gunnison, CO: B & B Printers, Inc., 1986). Hereinafter cited as Crested Butte Melting Pot.