Several articles of Rutherford furniture donated in recent years by Madeleine Elise Hare of Topeka, included this Empire period sofa. Many pieces of furniture at the museum have much Leavenworth history behind them, and this piece is no exception. Ms. Hare is the daughter of Constance Rutherford Hare (formerly Constance King Rutherford, daughter of Lucien Baker and Kathryn King Rutherford) and Robert Yates Hare. Lucien Baker Rutherford (1888-1961) was the native born Leavenworthian son of Catharinus Parker & Lydia May Cory Rutherford. Lucien was named after United States Senator Lucien Baker, under whom his father had read law in Leavenworth. His mother, the daughter of J. Davis & Clarissa Fisher Cory, was raised in the farming community of Lowemont, in the northwest corner of Leavenworth County.
On August 22, 1917, Lucien married Kathryn Rosa King, daughter of Adams Potter and Frances Stith King. (A.P. King managed the Home Riverside Coal Co. in Leavenworth from about 1905 to 1910.) Lucien received his law degree and was admitted to the bar in 1910. He served as Leavenworth City Attorney from 1945 to 1947 and retired from active practice in 1959. The Rutherford home, for many years, was at 101 Fourth Ave.
The sofa pictured here was moved with the family from Massachusetts to Ohio in the early 1800s by Hezekiah King, great grandfather of Mrs. Rutherford. It eventually made its home in Leavenworth, having been passed down from generation to generation. Constance inspired Madeleine with the desire to preserve the family heirlooms and share them with those also interested in historical artifacts. In addition to the furniture, photos and extensive Rutherford family history were also acquired by the museum. Stop by soon to see these wonderful additions, as we interpret the history of Leavenworth, preserved by past noteworthy residents.