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Esther Mae Christensen Grow memoir

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: IWA0210

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.

Dates

  • 1993

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The memoir is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has not been transferred to The University of Iowa.

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.

Extent

38.00 pages