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Chateau De Mores Lesson 1 - Family Biographies - Medora

Marquis de Mores with top hatMedora Vallombrosa, The Marquise de Mores

Medora von Hoffman the daughter of a wealthy New York banker, was born on August 21, 1856. Her father, Louis A. von Hoffman, was a founder of the famous Knickerbocker Club and a member of the Union and Tuxedo clubs. Highly educated, Medora spoke seven languages and was a gifted artist as well as an excellent horsewoman and a sharpshooter. She was living with her parents at their winter home at Cannes, France when she met the Marquis de Mores. They were married at Cannes on February 15, 1882. They had three children: Athenais and Louis, born in New York, 1883 and 1885, and Paul, born in France, 1890. Medora loved to hunt and often organized hunting trips for the guests even if the Marquis could not go. On one of those trips she killed three bears.

As the wife of the Marquis, she was responsible for the management of the household. She brought a trained staff of 12 - 15 servants with her from New York to do the work at the Chateau. She would order supplies, pay all of the bills for the household, and make out the menus. One of her responsibilities was also to entertain guests with musical selections. She played the piano very well and loved to play for her guests to dance on the porch.

After the death of her husband, Madame de Mores remained in France, dividing her time between Paris and Cannes. During WWI she used her home as a hospital for wounded soldiers. While working as a nurse, she received a leg injury from which she never completely recovered. She died from complications of that injury in 1921 at her home in Cannes.

Something to think about:

Why would a lady like Medora love to live in Dakota?

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