The brief report by Jacob Piatt Dunn in his “Indiana and Indianans”, said her name was not preserved. But in an era in which little information women had few rights and rarely worked out side the home, this was not unusual.
In the 1800s,
But in the arts, there were women who gained notice, even if they are forgotten today.
Among these was Constance Runcie, not surprisingly, a granddaughter of reformer Robert Dale Owen. Raised in Owen’s New Harmony settlement, Constance founded the Minerva Club, reputed to be the first women’s club in
Better known at the time locally was poet Sarah Barrett Bolton (1814-1893), whose family moved from
She published a volume of poems in 1865, and a collection of writing in 1880. The Dictionary of American Biography compiled these facts from a number of sources noting her writing had n “no great literary merit, but have the melody, sentimentality, and moral and religious flavor relished by the fireside magazine readers of their day.”
Perhaps more successful as a writer, was Mrs. Martha Sears Brooks, who was born in