Clara Johnston Kauffman

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 Katie Gailey as Clara Kauffman   
Katie Gailey as Clara Johnston Kauffman

born: 25 Nov. 1875 in Minneville, New York;
died: 19 Feb. 1965 in Denver, CO;

Clara Kauffman married Ezra Kauffman 13 Oct. 1888 at age 14. He built the Kauffman House hotel in Grand Lake, Colorado in 1892 and moved her in to run it. Unhappy, she left after seven years, taking his two children, Mary Amanda (born 1898) and Henry Carlton (born 1890), to Golden where she opened her own boarding house after receiving a divorce in 1902. She later married Harvey Monfort until passing away in May 1971. Mary and Carl visited their father throughout the years, and Clara and Ezra's second wife were friends.