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Artists, Nelson and Nettie Chubb

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Nettie Smith Chubb was born in Smith Center. She  was a school teacher who becoming interested in art and developed her talent to become a fine artist.  Watercolor was her favorite medium.  She did illustrating for several magazines as well as school papers. After her parents died she rented her home and set out for California.  In the spring of 1949 she headed back to Smith Center. A side trip took her to the  Grand Canyon and unbeknown to her, romance.  Nettie was sketching on the rim of the canyon when some her work blew near the feet of Nelson Chubb who was just passing by.  Nelson was also interested in art. They soon became well acquainted.  Nelson  and Nettie continued their acquaintance by letter and fell in love.They were married in the Smith Center Presbyterian Church in 1949.  The two traveled over the 48 states and part of Canada as well as Mexico.  The couple donated artwork to the Smith County Courthouse, to the local Christian Church and the Post Office. Among Nelson's talents were finishing woodwork and fine furniture. He made many picture frames for he and Nettie's pictures. Before marriage to Nettie, Nelson formed and led a Boy Scout troop in Chicago for handicapped boys. His sons from his first marriage were both polio victims. One of the pictures among his keepsakes shows him with this special group of Scouts.
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City of Smith Center
119 West Court
Smith Center, KS 66967
Phone: (785) 282-3249
Fax: (785) 282-6703
Smith Center Economic Development
219 S. Main
Smith Center, KS 66967
Phone: 785.282.6517
Fax: 785.686.4116
Smith Center Chamber of Commerce
219 S. Main
Smith Center, KS 66967
Phone: 785.282.3895
Fax: 785.686.4116
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