Kittie May Ellis

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==Early life==
 
==Early life==
Catherine May "Kitty" Ellis was born 13 Sep 1869<sup>[http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Diary_of_Miss_Kitty_May_Ellis/6.16.1958#Page_1]</sup> as she states "during a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyclone cyclone], 16 miles north of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eldora,_Iowa Eldora, Iowa]". Her parents were Andrew M Ellis (b 1837 [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashtabula_County,_Ohio Ashtabula County, Ohio]) and Rachel Ann Dimmick<sup>[http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Diary_of_Miss_Kitty_May_Ellis/6.16.1958.html#Page_59]</sup>  
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Catherine May "Kitty" Ellis was born 13 Sep 1869<sup>[http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Diary_of_Miss_Kitty_May_Ellis/6.16.1958#Page_1]</sup> as she states "during a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyclone cyclone], 16 miles north of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eldora,_Iowa Eldora, Iowa]". Her parents were Andrew M Ellis (b 1837 [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashtabula_County,_Ohio Ashtabula County, Ohio]) and Rachel Ann Dimmick<sup>[http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Diary_of_Miss_Kitty_May_Ellis/6.16.1958#Page_59]</sup>  
 
of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indiana Indiana]. She had a brother Perry Ellis who was three years older. Three other siblings had died as infants.
 
of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indiana Indiana]. She had a brother Perry Ellis who was three years older. Three other siblings had died as infants.
  
Andrew was in the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_War Civil War], in Co C of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/6th_Iowa_Volunteers 6th Iowa Volunteers]. <sup>[http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Diary_of_Miss_Kitty_May_Ellis/6.16.1958.html#Page_48]</sup>  
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Andrew was in the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_War Civil War], in Co C of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/6th_Iowa_Volunteers 6th Iowa Volunteers]. <sup>[http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Diary_of_Miss_Kitty_May_Ellis/6.16.1958#Page_48]</sup>  
 
In 1870 they are in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln,_Nebraska Lincoln, Nebraska]. By  
 
In 1870 they are in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln,_Nebraska Lincoln, Nebraska]. By  
Sep 1879 they were living at [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarkio,_Missouri Tarkio, Missouri]. They left Takio about Mar 1883 and went by "team and wagon" arriving in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colville,_Washington Colville, Stevens Co,  
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Sep 1879 they were living at [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarkio,_Missouri Tarkio, Missouri]. They left Takio about Mar 1883 and went by "team and wagon" arriving in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colville,_Washington Colville, Stevens County, Washington] on July 3rd 1883<sup>[http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Diary_of_Miss_Kitty_May_Ellis/6.16.1958#Page_59]</sup>.  
Washington] on July 3rd 1883<sup>[http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Diary_of_Miss_Kitty_May_Ellis/6.16.1958.html#Page_59]</sup>.  
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Soon they had moved to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spokane,_Washington Spokane Falls, Washington] or the vicinity, Kitty states they lived in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stevens_County,_Washington Ellis, Washington] "12 miles north of old [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Spokane Fort Spokane] on the 4th of July on her father's pre-emption. This can't be 1883 unless Andrew had been living there without his family for some time. Her obituary states that her father was the first postmaster of Ellis, which post office evidently only lasted a few years. She relates an interesting story about  
Soon they had moved to <A title="Spokane, Washington"
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Ellis.<sup>[http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Diary_of_Miss_Kitty_May_Ellis/6.16.1958#Page_60]</sup>  
href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spokane,_Washington">Spokane Falls,  
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They are also found on the 1885 State Census for Stevens County, Washington. Kitty states that on July 23 1888: <blockquote>"... I sold my home in Spokane Falls the day before and my Parents Andrew M Ellis and his excellant Wife Rachel Ann Ellis, my dear Brother Perry Ellis, and I Miss Kittie May Ellis left Spokane Falls for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashland,_Oregon Ashland, Ore] by team and Covered wagon it required 7 weeks to make the trip over the then bad roads. Whire I traded my race mare daisy in on a $700 dollars lot built a house and sold it and we moved to Deskins Sawmill now know as Prospect [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackson_County,_Oregon Jackson County, Oregon] arriving there on the 29 day of December 1888 and we had 4 inches of Snow that winter but 4 feet the next winter." </blockquote>
Washington</A> or the vicinity, Kitty states they lived in <A
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title="Stevens County, Washington"
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href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stevens_County,_Washington">Ellis,  
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Washington</A> "12 miles north of old <A class=new title="Fort Spokane"
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href="http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Fort_Spokane&amp;action=edit">Fort  
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Spokane</A>" on the 4th of July on her father's pre-emption. This can't be 1883  
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unless Andrew had been living there without his family for some time. Her  
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obituary states that her father was the first postmaster of Ellis, which post  
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office evidently only lasted a few years. She relates an interesting story about  
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Ellis.<A class="external autonumber"
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title=../Kitty_May_Ellis/6.16.1958.html#Page_60
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href="../Kitty_May_Ellis/6.16.1958.html#Page_60">[5]</A>  
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They are also found on the 1885 State Census for Stevens County, Washington.</P>
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<P>Kitty states that on July 23 1888:</P>
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<DL>
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  <DD>"... I sold my home in Spokane Falls the day before and my Parents Andrew  
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  M Ellis and his excellant Wife Rachel Ann Ellis, my dear Brother Perry Ellis,  
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  and I Miss Kittie May Ellis left Spokane Falls for <A title="Ashland, Oregon"
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  href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashland,_Oregon">Ashland, Ore</A> by team  
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  and Covered wagon it required 7 weeks to make the trip over the then bad  
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  roads. Whire I traded my race mare daisy in on a $700 dollars lot built a  
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  house and sold it and we moved to Deskins Sawmill now know as Prospect <A
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  title="Jackson County, Oregon"
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  href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackson_County,_Oregon">Jackson County,  
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  Oregon</A> arriving there on the 29 day of December 1888 and we had 4 inches  
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  of Snow that winter but 4 feet the next winter." </DD></DL>
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<P>In the Summer of 1891, they camped for three months in California. <A
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class="external autonumber"
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title=../Kitty_May_Ellis/3.17.1957.html#Page_72
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href="../Kitty_May_Ellis/3.17.1957.html#Page_72">[6]</A>,
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but otherwise they stayed in <A class=new title="Prospect, Oregon"
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href="http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Prospect%2C_Oregon&amp;action=edit">Prospect</A>
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for nine years. In March 1892, Andrew got a <A title=Homestead
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href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homestead">Homestead</A> at Township 33
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South, Range 3 East and within a few weeks, Perry and Kitty bought the
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surrounding lands.</P>
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In the Summer of 1891, they camped for three months in California. <sup>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diary_of_Miss_Kitty_May_Ellis/3.17.1957#Page_72]</sup>,
<H2>Middle life</H2>
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but otherwise they stayed in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prospect,_Oregon Prospect] for nine years. In March 1892, Andrew got a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homestead Homestead] at Township 33 South, Range 3 East and within a few weeks, Perry and Kitty bought the surrounding lands.
<P>In Jan 1898 the family went to <A title="Seattle, Washington"
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href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seattle,_Washington">Seattle, Washington</A>,
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on their way to the <A title="Alaska Gold Rush"
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href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaska_Gold_Rush">Alaska Gold Rush</A><A
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class="external autonumber"
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title=../Kitty_May_Ellis/6.16.1958.html#Page_13
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href="../Kitty_May_Ellis/6.16.1958.html#Page_13">[7]</A>.
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They never made it to the Gold Rush because of what Kitty refers to several
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times as&nbsp;: "deep-dyed treachery". She states that the proprietor of their
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hotel tried to poison her family, by putting poison in their food, and then
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later to break in and rob them in their hotel room.<A
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class="external autonumber"
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title=../Kitty_May_Ellis/3.17.1957.html#Page_81
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href="../Kitty_May_Ellis/3.17.1957.html#Page_81">[8]</A>.
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But they were saved by Dr <A class=new title="Frantz Hunt Coe"
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href="http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Frantz_Hunt_Coe">F.
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H. Coe</A>, the Seattle Health Officer. By 1900 they were in <A
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title="Hillsboro, Oregon"
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href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillsboro,_Oregon">Hillsboro, Oregon</A>.</P>
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<P>Their mother had died in 1908, from stomach cancer,<A
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class="external autonumber"
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title=../Kitty_May_Ellis/3.17.1957.html#Page_56
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href="../Kitty_May_Ellis/3.17.1957.html#Page_56">[9]</A>
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but not before arranging that Kitty was to receive the land and house provided
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she care for her father and brother until they died.</P>
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<P>In 1909, Perry married and he and his new wife and children lived with Kitty
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and their father. Without the mediation of their mother, this caused conflict
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which eventually resulted in Andrew permanently leaving the house.</P>
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<P>Kitty variously describes her father as treacherous, a fiend, a robber, and
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cruel and she states this is why she never married&nbsp;:</P>
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<DL>
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  <DD>"... for I didn't want to run the risk of bringing Children into the world
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  to maybe be fiends like my Father."<A class="external autonumber"
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  title=../Kitty_May_Ellis/6.16.1958.html#Page_22
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  href="../Kitty_May_Ellis/6.16.1958.html#Page_22">[10]</A>
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  </DD></DL>
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<P>In 1915, both she and her brother Perry were committed to the <A class=new
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title="Oregon State Hospital"
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href="http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Oregon_State_Hospital&amp;action=edit">Oregon
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State Insane Asylum</A>, where Kitty stayed for three years. It is unclear
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whether it was Perry's wife Josephina or their father Andrew who signed the  
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commitment papers.</P>
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<P><A id=Later_life name=Later_life></A></P>
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==Middle life==
<H2>Later life</H2>
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In Jan 1898 the family went to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seattle,_Washington Seattle, Washington], on their way to the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaska_Gold_Rush Alaska Gold Rush]<sup>[http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Diary_of_Miss_Kitty_May_Ellis/6.16.1958#Page_13]</sup>. They never made it to the Gold Rush because of what Kitty refers to several times as: "deep-dyed treachery". She states that the proprietor of their hotel tried to poison her family, by putting poison in their food, and then later to break in and rob them in their hotel room.<sup>[http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Diary_of_Miss_Kitty_May_Ellis/3.17.1957#Page_81]</sup>. But they were saved by Dr [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frantz_Hunt_Coe F. H. Coe], the Seattle Health Officer. By 1900 they were in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillsboro,_Oregon Hillsboro, Oregon].
<P>Their father Andrew died in 1922 from <A title=Uremia
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href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uremia">Uremic Acid poisoning</A> after an
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operation. <A class="external autonumber"
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title=../Kitty_May_Ellis/3.17.1957.html#Page_56
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href="../Kitty_May_Ellis/3.17.1957.html#Page_56">[11]</A></P>
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<P>Sometime after Kitty got out, she began the study of nursing, becoming a
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practical nurse in <A title="Portland, Oregon"
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href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portland,_Oregon">Portland, Oregon</A>. Perry
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however was to die in the Insane Asylum twenty years later in 1932.</P>
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<P>In 1933 she moved to <A title="Clearview, Washington"
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href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clearview,_Washington">Clearview,
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Washington</A> where the final part of her life played out and where her
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claim-to-fame comes from.</P>
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<P>When she moved to Clearview, she bought a one-acre piece of land, with a home
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which she shingled herself even though she was already past 70 years old.</P>
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<P>Starting about the time of her last move, Kitty began writing. And writing.
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And writing. By the time she died, it's estimated she had filled at least 400
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ledgers with her "diary", consisting, in the main, of quotes from the newspaper
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and her reactions to them. But also interspersed with homey gossip about
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Clearview citizens, and reminescenses of her life.</P>
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<P>Some quotes:</P>
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<OL>
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  <LI>"Darling Mother said when ever we wanted an enemy just do some one a bigg
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  favor and it always proved true, the bigger the favor the meaner the deed."
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  <LI>"I just want right to rule over the whole world." </LI></OL>
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Their mother had died in 1908, from stomach cancer,<sup>[http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Diary_of_Miss_Kitty_May_Ellis/3.17.1957#Page_56]</sup> but not before arranging that Kitty was to receive the land and house provided she care for her father and brother until they died.
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In 1909, Perry married Josephine R Laws (the record is reported on the "Oregon Historical Records Index" [http://genealogy.state.or.us/detail.php?id=449457 here]), and he and his new wife and children lived with Kitty and their father. Without the mediation of their mother, this caused conflict which eventually resulted in Andrew permanently leaving the house.  Kitty variously describes her father as treacherous, a fiend, a robber, and cruel and she states this is why she never married: "... for I didn't want to run the risk of bringing Children into the world to maybe be fiends like my Father."<sup>[http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Diary_of_Miss_Kitty_May_Ellis/6.16.1958#Page_22]</sup>
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In 1915, from Washington County, both she and her brother Perry were committed to the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_State_Hospital Oregon State Insane Asylum], where Kitty stayed for three years. It is unclear whether it was Perry's wife Josephina or their father Andrew who signed the commitment papers.
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Searching the [http://genealogy.state.or.us/ Oregon Historical Records Index], the guardianship record is apparently [http://genealogy.state.or.us/detail.php?id=542269 here for Kittie], and [http://genealogy.state.or.us/detail.php?id=542268 here for Perry].  The commitment record for Kittie is [http://genealogy.state.or.us/detail.php?id=489213 here], and for Perry [http://genealogy.state.or.us/detail.php?id=489212 here].
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Their father Andrew, after his first wife died, got married two more times, both wives divorcing him on grounds of cruelty.  It would seem his second wife must be [http://genealogy.state.or.us/detail.php?id=453299 this Mary Adelaide Gilman].  If so, they were married in Multnomah County, Oregon on [[Nov 1]], 1909; and [http://genealogy.state.or.us/detail.php?id=44653 divorced here] in 1911 in Clackamas County, Oregon.
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Andrew died in 1922 from [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uremia Uremic Acid poisoning] after an operation.<sup>[http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Diary_of_Miss_Kitty_May_Ellis/3.17.1957#Page_56]</sup>
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Sometime after Kitty got out, she began the study of nursing, becoming a practical nurse in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portland,_Oregon Portland, Oregon]. Perry however was to die in the Insane Asylum twenty years later in 1932.  His death is reported [http://genealogy.state.or.us/detail.php?id=510561 here].
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In 1933 she moved to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clearview,_Washington Clearview, Washington] where the final part of her life played out and where her claim-to-fame comes from.  When she moved to Clearview, she bought a one-acre piece of land, with a home which she shingled herself even though she was already past 70 years old. Starting about the time of her last move, Kitty began writing. And writing. And writing. By the time she died, it's estimated she had filled at least 400 ledgers with her "diary", consisting, in the main, of quotes from the newspaper and her reactions to them. But also interspersed with homey gossip about Clearview citizens, and reminescenses of her life.
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Some quotes:
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<blockquote> "Darling Mother said when ever we wanted an enemy just do some one a bigg
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   favor and it always proved true, the bigger the favor the meaner the deed." </blockquote>
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<blockquote> "I just want right to rule over the whole world." </blockquote>
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Wikisource has original works written by or about [http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Author:Kitty_May_Ellis Kitty May Ellis]
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==Footnotes==
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# [http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Diary_of_Miss_Kitty_May_Ellis/6.16.1958#Page_1 "Diary of Miss Kitty May Ellis", 6.16.1958, Page 1]
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# [http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Diary_of_Miss_Kitty_May_Ellis/6.16.1958#Page_59 "Diary of Miss Kitty May Ellis", 6.16.1958, Page 59]
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# [http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Diary_of_Miss_Kitty_May_Ellis/6.16.1958#Page_48 "Diary of Miss Kitty May Ellis", 6.16.1958, Page 48]
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# [http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Diary_of_Miss_Kitty_May_Ellis/6.16.1958#Page_59 "Diary of Miss Kitty May Ellis", 6.16.1958, Page 59]
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# [http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Diary_of_Miss_Kitty_May_Ellis/6.16.1958#Page_60 "Diary of Miss Kitty May Ellis", 6.16.1958, Page 60]
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# [http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Diary_of_Miss_Kitty_May_Ellis/3.17.1957#Page_72 "Diary of Miss Kitty May Ellis", 3.17.1957, Page 72]
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