Arts Council to feature historic works of relatives of local people

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Nevada Daily Mail

A very special agenda is in store for those who attend the Vernon County Arts Council meeting on Monday.

Arts council member Alice Stevenson has compiled a collection of art from three women whose paints, pens and pencils create no more. The special presentation is on the works of people who have died but left behind a legacy of art -- the works of Ethel Weltmer (Pierre Weltmer's aunt) in oil, watercolor and pencil; Madeline Lillian Krebs-Dalton (Leland Dalton's mother), an oil painting; and Ula Branch Rinehart (Jim Rinehart's mother), china painting.

"They made such beautiful, wonderful things," said Stevenson. "They deserve to be displayed."

Ethel May Weltmer was one of four children born to John Weltmer and Virginia Columbia Noble-Weltmer. Her siblings were Lillie Myrtle, Ethel May, James Horace and John Tyler. The family farmed 80 acres southeast of Fairfax until 1899, and moved to Nevada, where John Weltmer helped in the Institute of Suggestive Therapeutics until the 1930s.

Ethel remained single throughout her life, and worked as a secretary for Norman Sheet Metal Company until her retirement. She lived with her parents at 8 W. Maple Street, Nevada, where she cared for her aging parents. She remained in the home until her death. She was very active in the Order of the Eastern Star. At one point, she joined a painting class -- the results of that class are the paintings to be featured in the presentation.

The paintings of Ethel May Weltmer were loaned to the council by Ruth Weltmer, the wife of the late S Pierre Weltmer.

Madeline Lillian Krebs-Dalton was borne June 5, 1985, in Montrose, Colo. Her early education was in Montrose, and she came to Nevada to attend Cottey College in 1915. She majored in art and minored in home economics, and graduated in 1917. She had met George William Dalton while she was a student at Cottey, and on Dec. 12, 1917, they were married in Montrose. They moved to Nevada, where George was in the coal business. The Daltons had two children, George Robert, who is now deceased; and Leland Frederick Dalton, who still resides in Nevada, with his wife Rosie.

Madeline was very active in the Presbyterian Church, and relatives estimate that she began painting sometime in the 1950s. She would have been more than 60 years old at the time. Madeline's art is regularly displayed in Leland and Rosie's home.

Ula Blanch Letton-Rinehart was born in Vernon County, north of Walker, June 23, 1891, to Edward T. and Elizabeth Henderson Letton. She married Joseph Raymond Rhinehart of Nevada, and they had three children; Joseph Letton Rinehart, who is now deceased, Betty Belle Rinehart, who is also now deceased, and Jim Rinehart, who still lives in Nevada.

Ula was schooled at Cottey elementary, Walker High School and William Woods School for Girls. She studied art and music in Salt Lake City, Utah.

At one point she started painting on china, and she found her first love in the world of art.

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