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Carrie Kelly Beatty papers

Identifier: IWA0127

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Scope and Contents

The Carrie Kelly Beatty papers date from 1874 to 1999 and measure 3 linear inches. The papers contain biographical information about Carrie Kelly Beatty and her family, as well as copies of deeds to the Iowa homestead and materials pertaining to Hancock County. Also included in the collection is a photocopy of Bertha E. Bush's "A Prairie Rose," which was based upon Carrie Kelly's life.


  • Creation: 1874-1999


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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

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Biographical / Historical

Carrie Louise Kelly Beatty was born in New York in 1853 to Samuel Robert Kelly I and Mary MacDonald Kelly. She was educated at the Bedford Female Seminary in Rochester, New York.

After her father died in 1856, Carrie Kelly's mother remarried. Carrie Kelly and her brother Samuel Robert 'Rob' Kelly II did not get along with their stepfather, so in 1868 when she was fifteen they both moved west to Iowa where their father had purchased land sight unseen before he died. Her experiences during her first year in Iowa were the basis for the book "A Prairie Rose" by Bertha E. Bush. In the fictionalized account, Carrie Kelly's name was changed to Rose Kellogg.

In 1880, Carrie Kelly married Samuel Bates Beatty at the Baptist Church in Clear Lake, Iowa. They raised four children, Donald, Zelda, Robert, and Clarence. They divorced for a time, but eventually remarried. In 1905, Samuel Beatty bought a casket company in Butte, Montana and the family moved there for a time. However, Carrie Beatty became homesick, so her husband bought back his business in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Samuel Beatty died in 1919, and Carrie Beatty in 1925 from an inoperable tumor.


3.00 linear inches

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Young woman who came to Hancock County, Iowa in 1868; her experiences were recorded in the book, A Prairie Rose, by Bertha E. Bush.

Method of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 413) were donated by Pat Baker in 1999.

Elizabeth Engel, 2005.
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
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