An independent woman: the autobiography of Edith Guerrier by Edith Guerrier

By Edith Guerrier

The tale of the existence and a number of other careers of Edith Guerrier, who embodied the beliefs of the "New girls" in turn-of-the century the US

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In the fall he enrolled her in boarding school in Burlington and went to see his brother Sam in Atchison, Kansas. By the end of her spring term (in 1885), Guerrier was managing a lumberyard his brother had recently opened in Kendall, a prairie town in western Kansas. He moved Edith from Burlington to Sam Guerrier's house in Atchison, where she remained while he went back to Kendall to build a house for her. The next year he judged that Edith, now almost sixteen, was old enough to keep house for him and brought her to live on the prairie, but he kept her with him for only a year.

He left his wife and daughter in New Bedford waiting for the summons to join him. ")16 By 28 April 1872 she was looking forward to their reunion. "17 but she was dead of consumption before the removal west could take place. The financial settlement, which Guerrier had always assumed his father-in-law would provide as a marriage portion (as he had provided for Emma's brother Arthur), had Page xxx never been made, and he became obsessed with the feeling that he had been ill-used. After his wife's death he removed his daughter from the care of her mother's family in New Bedford and deposited her in the parsonage of his uncle Samuel Fox in East Thompson, Connecticut.

She was eighty-eight years old. A resilient and independent child, Guerrier developed into a strong, self-reliant, productive adult despite the unsettled circum-stances of her childhood. She had some assistance along the way.

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