Mary Chisholm was born January 1, 1870, in Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois. She was the daughter of William J Chisholm (1843 – 1905) and Mary Henrietta Stone (1846 – 1915). Mary moved to Cleveland with her parents in 1880. She married Kenyon Painter May 23, 1893 in Cuyahoga, Ohio. She was a prominent member of the Second Presbyterian church. She was involved with several charities, Mary also had a great interest in educating the poor children of the city. She was a tireless worker in bringing free Kindergarten and day nurseries to the city.
Mary Painter was one of the founders of the Rainbow Cottages. In 1887, nine young women from wealthy families came together, calling themselves the Rainbow Circle of King’s Daughters, they discussed how they could help poor children in Cleveland. The idea of the Rainbow Circle was to provide a place for sick children to convalesce. The young women began making plans and raising money through charity balls and bed subscriptions. The Rainbow Cottages was finally opened in 1891, where Mary was one of the most active workers, many children were saved through her time, effort and money which she gave freely .
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She was only 31 at the time of her passing and is interred in the Lake View Cemetery , Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
↑ "Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F6J3-M5Q : 13 December 2014), Mary Chisholm Painter, 26 Jun 1901; citing Death, Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, United States, source ID v 13 cn 52414, County courthouses, Ohio; FHL microfilm 879,248.
↑Find a Grave - Burial:Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA Plot: Section 9 Lot 4-0 Find A Grave Memorial# 78142717
↑ "United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M642-1SR : 17 October 2014), Mary Chisholm in household of William Chisholm, Illinois, United States; citing p. 237, family 1717, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 545,699.
↑ "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MMCB-B4K : accessed 17 June 2017), Mary A Painter in household of Kenyon Painter, Precinct A (incl. Nurses Home) Cleveland City Ward 12, Cuyahoga, Ohio, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 46, sheet 1B, family 9, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,241,253.