Her Mission by the Mother of Grace Strong

By: Strong, Mary Elizabeth

Price: $52.95

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Book Condition: Very Good


Very Good Antiquarian Condition: Stamped notation to front pastedown otherwise unmarked. Solid binding. spine shift to 1/8 inch. Lightly age toned paper. Cover shows rubbing, wear to extremities. Gilt and black stamped lettering and illustration on brown cloth boards. Antique book copy of Her Mission by the Mother of Grace Strong (Mary Elizabeth Strong). Frontispiece portrait of Grace Strong. Dedication. Publishers Preface, September 1887. Introduction by Mrs. Finch, the widow (Frances E.) of the Late Jno. B. Finch. Author's Brief Preface. Columbus OH: William G. Hubbard and Company, 1888. 108 pages. 5.5 x 6.75 inches, 18 cm. In March of 1857, one of the coldest, snowiest, frigid winters in Iowa history still prevailed. Food was scarce for all and everyone was protecting their own to the point of murder. Inkpaduta, Chief of the Wahpekute Band of the Dakota was leading his starving band into Iowa when he launched a series of raids on the white settlers in the area of Spirit Lake. Dr. Ezra Barr Nelson Strong with his wife, Mary Elizabeth and two children were living in this area when the raids took place. Mary Grace was five weeks old and her brother, James Henry, was three years old. Whether Dr. Strong believed his family dead and left to save himself, or whether he ran as a coward in not clear. In this narrative the author mentions twice that she is waiting for him to return. Mary Elizabeth, Grace and James survived through a long march and starvation to safety. Grace Strong wrote a temperance novel titled, The Worst Foe, which was very popular in its time and went through many printings. Grace, though she traveled south to improve her health, died on May 23, 1887. Mary Elizabeth Strong, now blind, wrote as a memorial to her daughter this book, Her Mission, a story in rhyme. It begins with Grace's birth in 1857 and tells with deep sentimental passion of the Spirit Lake Massacre and following through to 1887 (Quote: O'er again I live the moments, Though long and weary years have passed.). Mentioned in the story are Abigail Gardner, Eliza Gardner, Inkpaduta, Umpashio, Markham, Black Buffalo, Lieutenant Church, Griffith, Places mentioned are Spirit Lake, Fort Ridgely, Camp Grove, and Fort Dodge.Always! Free Standard Shipping in USA!

Title: Her Mission by the Mother of Grace Strong

Author/Composer: Strong, Mary Elizabeth

Categories: Books General,

Publisher: William G. Hubbard and Company: 1888

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Type: Hardcover

Seller ID: 013375

Keywords: Antiquarian Books, Antique Books, Spirit Lake Iowa, Spirit Lake Massacre, Mary Elizabeth Strong, Mary Grace Strong, James Strong, Frances E Finch, Eliza Gardner, Abigail Gardner, Inkpaduta, Wahpekute, Dakota, Dakotah, The Worst Foe, Iowa History,