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Nora Clench 
Image  August 21, 1890  Photo of Nora Clench, the world famous violinist who was born and spent her early years in St. Marys. She became not only known in Canada but also in Europe. Here she is holding onto one of her violins, with her side to the camera. Condition: Fair. Some detail seems lost; uneven tone; looks...
Leon Clench 
Image    Photo of Leon Clench (father of world famous violinist Nora Clench). He has long sideburns and is looking seriously off to the side. Click on the photo to see another digital copy of this photo (matted - 0842ph_2 - copy by Grays, St. Marys) Condition: Fair. Spots all over (stains); unevenly...
Leon M. Clench 
Image    Leon Clench was the father of world famous violinist Nora Clench. He was also a lawyer, inventor, builder, et cetera! Here he is pictured wearing a hat. He has very long sideburns and his jacket only has one button done up. Condition: Good. Browned quite a bit with some stains.
Two women and three men 
ImageMysteries:    Photo of people sitting outside. On the back the name "Mrs. Clench" and "Nora Clench" are written, indicating the older woman on the left side is Mrs. Clench and the woman on the right with the open parasol is Nora Clench (world famous violinist). Condition: Fair. Yellowed a lot with a lot of...
Leon M. Clench 
Image    Photo of Leon Clench (father of world famous violinist Nora Clench) posed sitting on a bicycle. He has long sideburns and is wearing a hat and looks as though he is trying to pretend he is moving. Condition: Fair to poor. A lot of stains likely caused by moisture and improper storage. Very...
Jane Ford (Cruttenden), Dr. Ford, Lauriston Cruttenden, Julia and Mary 
Image    Carte de visite of the Ford family along with Lauriston Cruttenden. Mr. Cruttenden is sitting in a chair with the two girls leaning next to him and his daughter Jane Ford and her husband Dr. Ford standing next to him. Condition: Okay. Some of the image looks overexposed with uneven toning.
Arthur and Leon Ford - 1874 
Image  1874  Photo of two young boys identified as Arthur and Leon Ford/ The one is wearing a very adult looking suit with bow tie and hair all parted over, while the one standing is wearing a more child-looking jacket and short pants. Condition: Good. Fairly normal wear with an uneven tone. Arthur & Leon...
Four children 
ImageMysteries:  1865-66  Carte de visite of four children. There are two girls standing in tea length dresses with a boy sitting on a chair and another child (possibly a boy as well) standing on the chair in a dress. Condition: Fair. Contrast is fading - very dirty with an uneven tone.
Eunice Cruttenden 
Image  1854  Carte de visite of Eunice Cruttenden. The girl is looking at the camera with a very serious expression on her face. Appears to be a copy (done in 1865-66 - when I.N. Hall was in business) of an older photo (taken in 1854). Condition: Good. Yellowed with a bit of normal wear and dirt. Eunice...
George Fox with violin 
Image    Carte de visite of a young boy holding onto a violin. George Fox was a child prodigy along with Nora Clench. They both studied violin in Hamilton, and this is likely how they met for her to have received a photo from him. Click on the link that leads to George Fox's entry in the Canadian...
Lauriston Cruttenden, 1864 
Image  1864  Photo of a stern man with long sideburns and wearing what appears to be a corduroy jacket. Condition: Image is good with just some wear and dirt. Lauriston Cruttenden 1864
Mary Blanshard Clench Muirhead 
Image    Photo of Mary Blanshard Clench Muirhead, the sister of Nora Clench. She has her hand resting on her head and is posed to look like she is reading a book. Condition: Good. Image detail is excellent; some yellowing; matte has been cut in a messy manner.
Fox brothers of St. Marys 
Image    Photo of two young boys, with the one posed sitting on a chair, and the other posed standing next to the chair. They are identified as the Fox brothers. Condition: Good. Has yellowed a lot with a few stains. Fox Brothers of St. Marys
Captain Johnson Clench (1844-1923) 
Image    Photo of a man with a very long beard looking off to the side. He has been identified as Captain Johnson Clench. Condition: Okay. Pretty worn; dirty and stained. Capt. Johnson Clench 1844-1923 Son of Col. Johnson Clench 1808-1863 Younger son J. Ralfe Clench Cousin Mary With Compliments of...
Esther Leonora Clench 
Image    Photo of Esther Leonora Clench (better known as Nora Clench, world famous violinist). She is pictured here wearing a bonnet tied under her chin with a very serious expression on her face. Condition: Good. Just a few stains. Esther Leonnore Clench Age 5
Eunice Cruttenden 
Image    Photo of Eunice Cruttenden at the age of 19. She later became Mrs. Leon Moses Clench and was the Mother of Nora Clench. She is pictured here wearing an off the shoulder dress with long necklaces and her hair back from her face in a loose style. Condition: Fair. "Spotty" stains that resemble...
W. Flannery 
Image  February 28, 1881  Photo of a man wearing small glasses with a balding head. Condition: Okay. Dirty and a little worn. With best wishes and most grateful greetings to _____ (looks like "Mip") Mary and dear little Nora Feb. 28, 81 W. Flannery
Group of people - including Nora Clench 
ImageMysteries:    Photo of a group of people all sitting outside in front of some trees. Nora Clench is included in the group sitting holding a dog (a circled star has been marked in pen on the bottom of her dress). Condition: Good. A little dirty. Pen has been used on the photo to mark which is Nora. 1870 or...
Julia Ford's garden, St. Marys 
Image    Postcard view of Julia Ford's garden. In the inscription on the back it explains that this is a picture of the remains of the maple tree after an ice storm. Condition: Good. A little browned with some bend marks. The remains of the Maple tree broken by the ice storm, north-east corner of garden...
Nora Clench 
Image    Photo of Nora Clench rather seductively posed sitting in a chair covered in furs with her violin sitting on her lap.
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Nora Clench


Nora Clench (born Esther Leonora Clench) was born in St. Marys May 6, 1867. Her father Leon Clench taught her the violin and later on she studied violin in Hamilton and Germany. She retired in 1908 when she married Australian Sir Arthur Streeton. She died May 17, 1938. Here you will find photos of Nora, her family and her friends. These photos come from the St. Marys Museum's own photo collection as well as from the Nora Clench fonds found in the R. Lorne Eedy Archives at the St. Marys Museum.