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Klasner, Lily, 1862-1946

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1862-1946

Biographical History

Lillian "Lily" Klasner (1862-1946) was a writer, teacher, rancher, and telegrapher who resided in New Mexico.

Lillian "Lily" Klasner was born in Mason County, Texas in 1862 during the American Civil War. At age five Lillian's family moved from Texas to Rio Hondo in New Mexico. While in her early teens Lillian she began collecting letters and documents to inform an autobiographical account of her pioneer experiences. She attended the New Mexico Highlands University at Las Vegas and became a teacher, telegrapher, and rancher. Lillian married Joe Klasner, but later divorced him. She died in Rosewell, New Mexico, on May 31, 1946. Lillian's history, written from her diary, collected letters, photographs, and other documeents, was found twenty years after she passed away. It was published postumously as "My Girldhood Among Outlaws," in 1972, and edited by Eve Ball.

Citation

UPB files, June 8, 2021 (Lillian "Lily" Klasner was born in Mason County, Texas in 1862 during the Civil War. At age five Lillian's family moved from Texas to Rio Hondo in New Mexico. While in her early teens Lillian she began collecting letters and documents to inform an autobiographical account of her pioneer experiences. Lillian married Joe Klasner, but later divorced him. She died in Rosewell, New Mexico, on May 31, 1946) My Girlhood Among Outlaws, 1972 (Attended the New Mexico Highlands University at Las Vegas and became a teacher, telegrapher, and rancher. Lillian's history, written from her diary, collected letters, photographs, and other documeents, was found twenty years after she passed away. It was published postumously as "My Girldhood Among Outlaws," in 1972, and edited by Eve Ball)

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Lily Klasner papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1963
Scope and Contents Book drafts, correspondence, notices, court transcripts, newspaper clippings, political pamphlets, poetry in English and Spanish, and certificates. The materials relate to Klasner's research for her autobiography, "My Girlhood Among Outlaws," and her biography of John Chisum, "Baron of the Pecos."
Dates: 1885-1972

Lily Klasner western photographs

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS P 645
Scope and Contents Lily Klasner western photographs, circa 1850s-1940s collection contains 175 photographs. The photographs are related to Casey and Klasner families and New Mexico and western life.
Dates: approximately 1850-1949