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Countess Charlotte Stern Venturini ~ 1971


Was born in New York City where her father, Edward Otto Stem, a naturalized American, was Russian Vice-Consul and a great financier. While Vice-Consul, Mr. Stem married Maltide Druilhet, daughter of Jules Antoine and Emma A. Druilhet, of New Orleans. Miss Stem's maternal great-grandfather "was proprietor of St. James Parish, New Orleans. At the beginning of the Civil War in 1861, her maternal grandfather, Jules Antoine Druilhet, better known as Captain Druilhet, was the youngest captain of the Louisiana volunteers. He equipped a regiment of St James Parish at his own expense and was under orders of Jones, Jefferson and Beauregard.

Madam Druilhet, the mother of Countess Mario Venturini, was an accomplished pianist, and her salon was for many years the musical center of New Orleans. Left a widow a few years after her marriage, Mrs. Stem left America and went to live in Belgium where her home was the center of the best artists of the country. Surrounded by such associations during her childhood, Miss Stern early developed artistic tastes which eventually became the ruling passion of her youth. Miss Stem made her social debut at the Court of Brussels, where she was presented by the United States American Minister, Honorable Bellamy Storer. Miss Stem gave up her social career to enter the Academie Julien to pursue her studies in art. While here she became very much interested in the American students, young girls studying art in Paris. On the 9th of November, 1903, Miss Stern married Count Mario Venturini.

Women of America

Source: The Part Taken by Women in American History, By Mrs. John A. Logan, Published by The Perry-Nalle Publishing Company, Wilmington, Delaware, 1912.


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