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Elmwood in Cass County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Bess Streeter Aldrich, 1881-1954

 
 
Bess Streeter Aldrich, 1881-1954 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joan Shurtliff, circa March 2015
1. Bess Streeter Aldrich, 1881-1954 Marker
Inscription. "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.
 
Erected by Elmwood Library Board and Historical Landmark Council
Bess Streeter Aldrich, 1881-1954 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joan Shurtliff, circa March 2015
2. Bess Streeter Aldrich, 1881-1954 Marker
The home of Bess Street Aldrich is now owned by the Elmwood Historical Society.
. (Marker Number 41.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 40° 50.64′ N, 96° 17.549′ W. Marker is in Elmwood, Nebraska, in Cass County. Click for map. This marker is on the corner of 5th and F Streets and is directly east of the city park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 204 East F Street, Elmwood NE 68349, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Weeping Water Academy (approx. 8.1 miles away); Platte River (approx. 11 miles away); The Ox-Bow Trail (approx. 13.9 miles away); In Honor Of John McBride Belnap (approx. 14 miles away); 100 Years of Syracuse History (approx. 14.1 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation Website. Includes a biography of Aldrich and information on touring her home. (Submitted on April 24, 2015.) 
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicSettlements & Settlers
 
Bess Streeter Aldrich, 1881-1954 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joan Shurtliff, circa March 2015
3. Bess Streeter Aldrich, 1881-1954 Marker
The Bess Streeter Aldrich home is available for tours.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Joan Shurtliff of Seward, Nebraska. This page has been viewed 234 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Joan Shurtliff of Seward, Nebraska. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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