10 things you didn’t know about Medora, the wife of the Marquis De Mores

Medora Vallombrosa (1856 to 1921) was the wife the French Aristocrat, Marquis de  Mores. They were married in Cannes, France and lived in New York and Paris. Her and the Marquis summered and hunted in these very Badlands and eventually lived here for a time. You know our town is named after Medora, but here are ten things you may not know about our towns namesake.

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10. Her death was brought on by an infection. Nobody is quite sure how she was infected.

9. She had three children. Athanais, Louis, and Paul.

8. Medora’s name is derived from a popular poem of her time titled, “The Corsair”.

7. She loved to hunt, and once shot 4 bears on a single hunting trip to Wyoming.

6. Some thought she was almost as good a shot as the Marquis, a great compliment considering the Marquis military background.

5. She had carpets for the Chateau de Mores delivered from a shop on New York’s famed Fifth Avenue.

4. Medora and the Marquis did not sleep in the same bed. This was a tradition they borrowed from French aristocracy.

3. Before marrying the Marquis, Medora was known as Medora von Hoffman.

2. The Von Hoffman House was owned by Medora’s mother.

1. During World War I, she turned her home into a hospital for wounded soldiers.