Lenore Doster, later Lenore Doster Cooke and daughter of Frank
Doster and Caroline Doster, was born May 12, 1871 in Marion,
Kansas. She grew up in the Flint hills of Kansas.
mother was an artist as was noted in the 1880 census records.
Caroline's father was Jackson Riddle, who was a Civil War photographer.
Doster was born in Winchester, VA and later served as a private in the
Union Army, 11th Cavalry. It is thought during this time frame he
met William Merritt Chase, and they became friends. Lenore's brother,
born in 1872, was named Chase.
Her father went on to become the
Chief Supreme Court Justice of Kansas, and the family moved to
Topeka. He served fr
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