Marie “Mamie” Cronin
Born in Sedalia, Missouri in 1879 Marie Cronin (1879-1951) moved with her family moved to Palestine, Texas then to Bartlett (1916). Following high school, she studied art in Chicago, followed by a two-year period of music, art and theater study in New York. She went on to spend five years studying art in Paris, under the teaching of instructors Claudio Castelucho and Lucien Simon at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere. Four of her paintings exhibited at Salon de Paris/ Societe Nationale des Beaux Arts. In 1926, Cronin became first/ only woman railroad president in Texas (presumably in the entire U.S) – Bartlett Western Railway. Her commissioned portraits include those in the State Capitol Building in Austin (early Texas governors O. B. Colquitt, Mr. and Mrs . John Reagan and James Ferguson). Also in this collection the collection are portraits of Joanna Troutman (who designed the Texas Flag) and the last survivor of the Battle of San Jacinto, Colonel Alonzo Steele.