23 Jan 1866
Date of Death:
15 Mar 1945
Place of Death:
Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
Anna Katherine, who used the name "Kate" and the signature "A. Katherine", was the daughter of wealthy farmers. She was the third of four children: Mary Adeline, Ansley Harvey, Kate, and Emma. But Kate's mother, died in 1869 and her father in 1871.
Census and early directories don't have much information on where Kate was before coming to California, but some informationis available from an online biography of David Stoner who married Kate's older sister, Mary Adeline. That biography states that the Collins children were separated and sent to live with relatives of strangers. Mary was sent to Iowa where she met and married David Stoner; they eventually came to Ontario, California, in 1891. Mary, with her husband, was the first of the Collins family to come to California, so Kate had family in the area in 1896 when she came to Monrovia to work as a teacher. Her brother Ainsley was sent to Indiana and then went to college in Iowa where he met and married; he and his wife were in Pasadena, California, by 1900. Emma was sent to Nebraska, married and stayed in the midwest.
Tax records indicate that Kate Collins purchased the property at 131 E. Lime Avenue and built a house on it in 1904. However, she didn't live there. Kate Collins first appears in a Monrovia city directory in 1908. The address given as 135 which is not likely correct. In 1911, she is living at 210 W. Lime Avenue, a boarding house, and is principal at Orange Avenue School. The next entry is in 1913, and she is living 145 N. Myrtle Avenue. Previously, Kate Collins had been working as a teacher, but the 1913 directory records her as being the principal at Wild Rose Elementary School.
The 1920 census records Kate Collins has finally moved into the house she had built on Lot 20. Sometime before 1920, Kate Collins adopted a daughter. The census record records that the little girl was born around 1910 or 1911 and that both her parents were from Scotland.
The two continue to live together at 131 E. Lime until Kate Collins' death in 1945. Catherine Collins continued living in the house until at least 1948. Directories record that Catherine continued living in Monrovia working as a bookkeeper until at least 1970.