After ten years of marriage and the death of her husband, Helen Goodwin Renwick left Iowa and brought her son to Claremont, California. Mrs. Renwick then built her house in 1900 where she raised her son and became a philanthropist to Pomona College. Mrs. Renwick died at the age of 86 in July, 1930, bequeathing her home to Pomona College. From the obituary published July 31, 1930 in the Claremont Courier I found this charming line about Mrs. Renwick:
Following a romance of unusual charm she was married to William Renwick in 1879 and together they enjoyed their home and a companionship in Davenport, Iowa for 10 years.
The Renwick House now serve as the offices of the Pomona College Annual Giving department.
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