Clara H. Holmes (b. Ohio, 1838; d. Colorado Springs, Colorado, 14 July 1927)
Updated* (3/20/18): Very little seems to be able to be discovered with any certainty about the early life of Clara H. Holmes. She was born in Ohio in 1838. She married James L. Holmes, a carpenter six years her senior, around 1857. They lived in Iowa and Chicago, and had two daughters, born around 1859 and 1861. James L. Holmes died in Chicago c. 1876.
Clara H. Holmes moved to Colorado Springs perhaps as early as 1908. In 1926 Holmes published a second book, a collection of verse entitled Scattered Autumn Leaves. She died the next year at the age of 89.
*Thanks to Steven Rowe for contributing updates to this entry.