b. ca 1862 McComb, OH--d. 9 March 1950 New Rochelle, NY
daughter of Thomas J.
ARMSTRONG and Jane Ann WELCH (Von ROTH)
married #1, Charles D. Hilliard, 16 January 1884, Shelby Co. TN
Clare Paul Hilliard, b. 25, January 1885, Shelby Co. TN, d. 1 June 1943,
Regina's husband Charles D. Hilliard was a photographer in Shelby Co. TN
and was a partner in the Bingham & Hilliard studio. One of his grandchildren had
many of the photos that he took of his son Clare Paul Hilliard when he was
about one year old. The pictures were the solid hard board type with the name of
the studio printed on the back. After Charles and Regina divorced Regina
scratched the name of Hilliard off the backs of the pictures that she kept. Her
second husband was Charles Henry Niehaus and he is mention below. According to
Regina's granddaughter Charles Henry Niehaus committed suicide.
The following was copied from 'Who Was Who in American History' 1944-1945...Vol.
23; also appeared in 'Who's Who in Americana, Vol. 20, 1938-1939, page 194. The
only difference in the two articles is that the earlier one stated that she was
born in Virginia and the later one corrected that and listed McComb, OH as her
place of birth.
ARMSTRONG, Regina (Mrs. Charles H. Niehaus), art critic; born McComb, Ohio;
daughter of Thomas J. and Jane Ann WELCH (Von Roth) ARMSTRONG of Lancaster,
Ohio; graduate high school; course in horticulture, Columbia University and
private education; studied art under Miss Kate Carl; married Charles Henry
Niehaus (sculptor), 1900 (died June 17, 1935). Society editor Sunday Times,
Memphis, Tenn., 1892-93; editor Serial Graphic, 1893-96; editor Impressionist,
New York City 1899-1900. Sec. Municipal Art Commision. City of New Rochelle.
Contributor of poems, stories and critique to art and literature magazines since
1896; also to The Studio, London. Member various art and horticulture societies.
Author: Sculpture of Charles Henry Niehaus, 1902; C. Myles Collier, a memoir,
1908. Lecturer on garden design and planting. Home: Quaker Ridge Road, New
(return to top of page)
(The following was copied from the Standard Star, New
Rochelle, NY; 10 March 1950, page 2)
News and Notes
Mrs. Regina A. Niehaus Dies;
Once Prominent Social Leader
Mrs. Regina Armstrong Niehaus, writer, horticulturist
and prominent resident of New Rochelle for many years, died this morning in New
Rochelle Hospital where she had been a patient for three days. Mrs. Niehaus, who
as about eighty, had lived recently at 25 Maple Avenue since leaving her home on
Quaker ridge Road near North Avenue last February, where she had lived for many
Born in Virginia, a daughter of the late Thomas J. and Jane Ann Welch Von
Roth Armstrong, she was educated privately, studying art under Miss Kate Cook
and later took courses in horticulture at Columbia University. Commencing her
career as social editor of the Sunday Times in Memphis, Tenn., in 1893 Mrs.
Niehaus became editor of the Social Graphic, also in Memphis from 1893 to 1896,
and then came to New York where she edited “The Impressionist” from 1899 to
She was a contributor of poems, stories and articles to various art and
literary magazines since 1896 and has published two books. “Sculpture of Charles
Henry Niehaus” and C. Myles Collier, a Memoir”.
Came Here in 1900
Mrs. Niehaus came to New Rochelle shortly after the turn of the century.
She was married in 1900 to Charles Henry Niehaus, noted sculpture who died in
1935. Her husband, a National Academician, created many noted statues in
Washington for the Capitol and Congressional Library and in a number of cities
throughout the country. His studio was in New York City, although he lived in
The Niehaus home was one of the oldest houses in New Rochelle, the former
Seacord place on Quaker ridge Road. An L-shaped massive stone structure, it had
formerly been a mill.
In later years, Mrs. Niehaus devoted most of her time to horticulture and
landscape gardening. She designed gardens and lectured frequently throughout the
country on horticultural subjects.
Also interested in civic improvement, Mrs. Niehaus was an enthusiastic
advocate of beautifying the city by means of public parks and gardens and was
instrumental in starting several public plantings in the city.
Active in the New Rochelle Garden Club since 1917, she was elected
president of the club in 1928 and an honorary member in 1942. She won the
Founders Prize in 1925 for doing the most for horticulture and had served as
chairman of the tree committee and of public planting assisted the Woman’s Club
Unemployment Committee in beautifying the approach to Beechwoods Cemetery,
compiled a list of evergreens indigenous to New Rochelle and served as author of
“The Month in the Garden”, horticultural reminder read at club meetings.
Also formerly active in the Civic League, she was past president of that
group and had been in the Huguenot and Historical Association and was a member
of the Horticulture Society of New York City.
At one time Mrs. Niehaus served on the state publicity committee of the
Women’s Suffrage Movement and during World War I served as a volunteer working
in the military census. Her war service also included the cultivation of six
acres of foodstuffs on her place.
In addition she also took an active part at one time in the affairs of
Daughters of the American Revolution and was well known in Republican
Mrs. Niehaus, leaves no immediate survivors, the
nearest relatives being distant cousins.
(The newspaper did not know of Regina’s five living grandchildren since the
family was not very close in later years. Possibly because her grandchildren
were from her first marriage to Charles D. Hilliard and had his last name)
(return to top of page)
(Copied from the New York Times, Thursday, March 9,
Mrs. C. H. Niehaus, 80
Ex-editor in Memphis
Special to the New
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. March 9—Mrs. Regina Armstrong Niehaus of
Quaker Ridge Road, writer and horticulturist died today in New Rochelle Hospital
at the age of 80. She was the widow of Charles Henry Niehaus, a New York
sculptor who had made many statues for Federal buildings at Washington and
municipal structures in many states.
Mrs. Niehaus was born in Virginia and in 1892 became social editor of the
Sunday Times in Memphis, Tenn., later serving as editor of the Graphic there.
Moving to New York, she became an editor of The Impressionist, wrote for
Catholic and literary magazines and published several poems.
She was a former president of the New Rochelle with trees. She was a member
of the Women’s Club, the Huguenot and Historical Association, the New York
Horticultural Society and the Daughters of the American Revolution. She also had
been president of the New Rochelle Civic League.
(From what we have learned about Regina we believe that
even though she knew that she was born in McComb, Ohio she never made it know in
New York and let them believe that she was born in Virginia. It may have made
her feel more important and she even wrote to her granddaughter that she was
descended from a passenger on the Mayflower. We have traced her back to the mid
1600's in New Paltz, NY and this may have led her to believe that she did
descend from the Mayflower.)
(return to top of page)