Rufus M. Lane
Rufus Mead Lane was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 28, 1857, the son of Lucinda C. Mead (1832-) and Francis Mortimer Lane (1822-1863), a sign and ornamental painter from New York. After the death of his father, Rufus and his family moved back to Brooklyn, New York for a few years, but by 1870 they had relocated to Cornwall, Connecticut. Rufus married an unknown woman in New York ca. 1882, and in 1883 they had a daughter, Grace. Rufus's first wife died or was divorced, and he then married Hester D. Sirrine in 1889; together they had two more children: Francis Mortimer (1891, Flint, MI) and Clara (1893, MA).
After living briefly in Flint, Michigan, he moved to Housatonic (Great Barrington), Massachusetts in 1891, and was initiated into the Masons that same year. He lived there for the rest of his life, except for a few years (1923-1929) in Alford, Massachusetts. By 1894 he and his brother Stephen had established the Lane Brothers studio in Great Barrington, where he worked as an artist and portrait photographer. He died on May 8, 1931.
As indicated by his specimen label, he was also a mineral collector. Much or all of his collection was donated to Lock Haven University in central Pennsylvania.
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