Fonda Family Genealogy

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  • ID: ind07294
  • Name: Claudia Elvira KOONS
  • Given Name: Claudia Elvira
  • Surname: Koons
  • Sex: F
  • Birth: 23 SEP 1886 in New York
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  • Death: 04 FEB 1959
  • Age: 72y 4m 12d in Richmond, VA
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  • Burial: Lawn Croft Cemetery, Linwood, Delaware Co., PA
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    b. NY; 1910 US Federal Census, Pittsfield, Berkshire Co., MA; 1920 US Federal Census, Akron, Summit Co., OH; 1940 US Federal Census, Melrose, Chesterfield Co., VA (Claudia Fonda, b. 1887, NY, Wife, Clarence); res. Richmond, VA; bur. Lawn Croft Cemetery, Linwood, Delaware Co., PA; [Virginia Death Records - Claudia Elvira Fonda , d. 2/4/1959 in Richmond]; [U. S. Social Security Appl. and Claims Index - Claudia K Fonda; b. 23 Sep 1886 in; d. not listed] >> <<

    ['Talking' Horse The Bunk? Reporter Thought So Too, Until He Interviewed Her. Editor's note: The nation's curiosity has been aroused by Lady Wonder, Richmond's 'talking' horse. Police credit the animal with giving them a clue to the whereabouts of a Massachusetts child for whom they had searched for nearly two years. Now a great number of persons are seeking advice from Lady. Hard to believe? Associated Press reporter Paul Duke thought so too, so he paid a visit to Lady's stall for an "interview". Here's what he found. By Paul Duke - Richmond, Va. So you're skeptical about Lady Wonder, Richmond's incredible "talking" horse? So was this reporter when he went out to "interview" her. A, horse that can predict the future and reel off facts like a child prodigy? Just a lot of bunk I thought. But after a half hour's "chat" with Lady I came away from her tiny stall scratching my head and wondering. Lots of other folks are wondering too now that Lady has been credited with providing the "tip" that led to discovery of the body of Danny Matson, a 4-year-old child missing from his Quincy Mass., home for nearly two years. Since Sunday, Lady's mistress a gray-haired little woman named Claudia Fonda, has been deluged with long-distance calls from persons who want the 27 year-old horse quizzed on everything from stolen bicycles to wildcat oil wells. Mrs. Fonda won't take the requests by telephone, declaring that Lady is not at her best unless the questioner is on hand to get the answer straight from the horse's mouth. Mrs. Fonda made two exceptions to this rule, however. She agreed to ask Lady sometime today about Phyllis June Ryber, missing 19-year-old beauty from Eggertsville, N. Y., and an unidentified Chicagoan who recently disappeared. But about that interview: Lady flabbergasted me when he correctly answered most of he 15 questions I fired at her. She does her answering by poking her chin at levers extending out from tiny slides containing numbers and letters. When she touches the levers, the numbers and letters shoot up spelling out her answers. Mrs. Fonda stood beside Lady repeating the questions into the mare's ear. Sometimes Mrs. Fonda grazed Lady's sleek brown back with the swish of a whip she did this to prod the horse. Lady started out perfectly by pecking out my name. When I asked her where I was born, she spelled out Bethlehem, Pa. ? the right answer. When I asked her how much money I make weekly she came back with the exact dollars-and-cents figure. She flubbed it when I asked her where I went to school. But two questions later, she named the school in a delayed-action reply - Lady has been playing this question and answer game for more than 20 years. The folks who visit her at Mrs. Fonda's small frame house on the edge of town get three questions for a dollar. Occasionally, a psychologist or someone prominent in the medical field comes along to try Lady. In 1928, two Duke University psychology professors tested her and concluded: "There appear to be no loopholes, no reasonable possibility or signaling, either of a conscious or unconscious character." And in 1946, Dr. Thomas L. Garrette, New York psychologist, said he could find "no trickery involved." I thought about a tip-off system between Lady and her mistress. But she has answered questions when Mrs. Fonda wasn't nearby. How does Lady do it? I asked Lady that very question. She hesitated, then slowly spelled out "M-I-N-D." I asked her if she'd like to be a human. "Yes," came the answer. Mrs. Fonda, who calls her pet an "educated horse," bought Lady when she was a baby colt. She said she first noticed a strangeness about the animal when Lady would romp into the barn just as Mrs. Fonda was on the verge of calling her. Possibly, said Mrs. Fonda, Lady picked up the 'thought message' and decided to come to the barn before being formally summoned. Lady is, and always has been, quite a lure for sightseers. And by far the most popular questions are those dealing with love. Occasionally, said Mrs. Fonda, someone tries to "catch" Lady. Like the man who wanted to know if his wife were true to him? Lady snorted and twitched, then replied: "Are you?" The Sheboygan (Wis.) Press, Tuesday. December 9, 1952]

    Marriage 1 Clarence Dudley FONDA b: 21 JUN 1886 in New York
    • Married: 25 NOV 1906 in Richmond, NY
    • Note: [Fonda-Koons - Clarence D. Fonda and Miss Claudia E. Koons mere married at Richmond, Va., November 25. Miss Koons was formerly a resident of Utica and Mr. Fonda of Schenectady. Mr. and Mrs. Fonda left on a western trip. They will reside in Richmond. Utica Herald-Dispatch, Saturday, December 1, 1906.]
    1. Has No Children Evelyn Claudia FONDA b: 1910 in Pittsfield, MA
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