Bess Streeter Aldrich, 1881-1954

Bess Streeter Aldrich, 1881-1954 (HM1K5K)

Location: Elmwood, NE 68349 Cass County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 50.64', W 96° 17.549'

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"Love is more like a light that you carry .... that is what love is to a woman - a lantern in her hand," says Abbie Deal the courageous heroine in Bess Streeter Aldrich's novel about the pioneers who with dreams and hard work forged this great State of Nebraska. This memorable work became a veritable text-book of life on the prairie, the development of Nebraska; it was translated into many foreign languages.

The Rim of the Prairie, A Lantern in Her Hand, A White Bird Flying, Miss Bishop, Spring Came on Forever and Song of Years are among her novels. Mother Mason and The Cutters are remembered among her many stories of family life.

Bess Streeter Aldrich was born in Cedar Falls, Iowa, was educated at Iowa State Teachers College, taught school in Iowa and Utah, married Captain Charles S. Aldrich, settled in Elmwood and raised their four children.

Mrs. Aldrich portrayed life with a cheerful realism which set her apart from most other writers of the time. Her immense popularity as an author was due not only to her ability to convey life on the prairie most vividly but also to the delicate touch by which she portrayed the warmth, feelings, and personality of her characters.
HM NumberHM1K5K
Series This marker is part of the Nebraska: Nebraska State Historical Society series
Marker Number41
Placed ByElmwood Library Board and Historical Landmark Council
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Date Added Friday, April 24th, 2015 at 2:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14T E 728254 N 4524968
Decimal Degrees40.84400000, -96.29248333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 50.64', W 96° 17.549'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 50' 38.4" N, 96° 17' 32.94" W
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Area Code(s)402
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-116 F St, Elmwood NE 68349, US
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