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Esther Mae Christensen Grow memoir Edit




  • 1993 (Creation)


  • 38.00 pages (Whole)

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  • Abstract

    Reflections on growing up in western Iowa and Nebraska include experiences in country school, college and as a teacher.

  • Arrangement

    One folder shelved in SCVF.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The memoir is open for research.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright has not been transferred to The University of Iowa.

  • Method of Acquisition

    The memoir (donor no. 292) was donated by Sally Kenney in 1995.

  • Preferred Citation

    Esther Mae Christensen Grow memoir, Iowa Women's Archives, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City.

  • Scope and Contents

    The Esther Mae Christensen Grow memoir, written circa 1993, is 38 pages in length and is made up of seven essays and seven poems.  The essays describe Grow's family, her childhood, and her experiences in country school, in college, and as a teacher.  The memoir was transcribed by Grow's granddaughter, Sally Kenney.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Esther Mae Christensen Grow was born in 1891 to Andrew and Mary Christensen, two Danish immigrants. She and her eight siblings grew up on several farms in western Iowa and Nebraska. At sixteen, she passed the state teacher's examinations and began teaching in a one-room country school. After four years as a social worker in Chicago and Omaha, Grow returned to Iowa and received her college degree from Iowa State Teacher's College (now the University of Northern Iowa). During the time she was a teacher and a principal in an Iowa consolidated high school, Grow married and had four children.