You may recall that some time ago, I did several posts on authoress Eva Wilder McGlasson and coal magnate Henry Conrad Brodhead, who were married in Manhattan in December of 1894. Henry was from NE Pennsylvania coal country, and Eva (originally) from Kentucky. From my last post:
Two years before marrying Eva, Henry’s business interests had shifted from Pennsylvania to Colorado—he and his two younger brothers, Albert Gallatin Brodhead and Robert Sayre Brodhead, had set their sights on the coal riches of that state, ultimately founding the town of Brodhead, Las Animas County, Colorado (today a ghost town), and locating several mines in and around that place. Close to Brodhead is the small town of Aguilar (“Gateway to the Spanish Peaks”); if you look it up on Google maps you will see ‘Brodhead Canyon’ nearby. Aguilar is 178 miles south of Denver.
After their European honeymoon, Eva moved to Colorado and that is where they spent their married life, leaving behind friends and family out East. They were known to travel a lot, and I’m sure there were plenty of occasions for them to pack their bags and leave Colorado behind when the spirit moved them and Henry was able to break away from his business commitments. And Eva probably made some solo trips back to Manhattan and wherever else her literary career needed to take her.
The below short story, “A Girl from Kentucky,” appeared in various newspapers across the country in December 1910, sixteen years after they married. I found this copy of it on the FultonHistory site, in an issue of the Brooklyn Daily Star. Double-click twice and you’ll see an enlarged version. Like most writers, Eva wrote about what was familiar to her, and that makes for an interesting read since, in this instance, she takes her readers to Aguilar. You get a sense of the world in which she and Henry traveled, how that small town received outsiders, how outsiders (like Eva herself) experienced the town, what types of people were encountered there, etc.
Enjoy, all, and have a good day. Thanks for stopping by. 😉