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Edith Sprout memoir Edit




  • 1978 (Creation)


  • 1.00 linear inch (Whole)

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  • Abstract

    Farm woman raised in western Iowa and North Dakota who wrote about her childhood in her memoir.

  • Arrangement

    One folder, shelved in SCVF.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The memoir is open for research.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright held by the donor has been transferred to The University of Iowa.

  • Method of Acquisition

    The memoir (donor no. 547) was donated by Dorothy Place in 1998.

  • Preferred Citation

    Edith Sprout memoir, Iowa Women's Archives, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City.

  • Related Materials

    Dorothy Sprout Place memoir, "The War Years, 1938-1945 -- How World War II Changed My Life" (IWA).

  • Scope and Contents

    The Edith Sprout memoir, "Memories," concerns her early in western Iowa. In it, she describes the farmhouse, her childhood activities, children's farm chores, games, "gypsies" who farmed adjacent land, and working as hired help during college.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Farmwoman Edith J. Thomson Sprout was born near Kingsley, in northern Iowa, November 4, 1895. She, her parents and her three siblings lived on a farm there until 1910, when the ill-health of her father precipitated a move to South Dakota. There the family operated a succession of general stores before returning to farming. Edith Thomson graduated from high school in Salem, South Dakota, in 1913. She taught intermittently while attending a two-year teacher's training course at Dakota Wesleyan in Mitchell, South Dakota, where she graduated in 1916. She taught until her mother's death, after which she returned to keep house for her father. She then taught for one year before marrying LeRoy Sprout on December 25, 1919. After their marriage, they followed the Sprout family to Palo Alto County, Iowa. LeRoy and Edith Sprout farmed in five different locations in that county for twenty-six years before moving to Emmetsburg, Iowa, in 1945.