An Accidental Pioneer. A Farm Girl's Drive to the Finish by Lorene McCormick Burkhart

By Lorene McCormick Burkhart

Lorene Burkhart was once a pioneer within the company international, changing into the 1st girl named head of a big division for Borden's meals, that of latest Product improvement. She held various different positions in American organizations sooner than commencing to write, modifying an Indianapolis journal and founding her personal publishing corporation. This ebook lines this philanthropic civic leader's background as a small city farm lady close to Vincennes Indiana and is stuffed with the wealthy tradition of southern Indiana.

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Finally, the American flag of red and white stripes with thirteen white stars in a circle on a corner field of blue was hoisted over the fort when Clark and his “Long Knives” recaptured the fort in 1779. William Henry Harrison governed the territory from 1801 to 1813 from his estate, named Grouseland, where he built the first brick mansion in southern Indiana, a structure that still stands. Grouseland is noted on the Vincennes Historical Tour, and when I visit the city, I love driving past to see the magnificent old home, located on Sixth Street.

The Vincennes Sun-Commercial printed the following account of his demise on November 16 of that year: Mr. Bobe was doing some work on a fence in the barn lot three weeks ago last Monday when the enraged bull attacked him. He drove it off after the first attack and gave no further attention to the animal until it again attacked him. His daughter, Miss Lilly Bobe, heard her father’s cries for help and with their large shepherd dog ran to his rescue. The dog drove off the bull, which was pawing at the prostrate farmer, and he was dragged from the lot.

It was a nickname I picked up when I was about three years old because everyone in my family thought it fit me perfectly. It was derived from a character in the children’s card game, “Old Maid,” a little girl named Mandy Struts. The picture on the card showed her with blond hair and blue eyes, playing dress-up in grown-up high heels and a saucy hat perched atop her curls. As my mother explained it, they thought Mandy Struts looked a lot like me. A favorite snapshot of me at about age three backs that up: There I am, all decked out in my mother’s hat and shoes, with the added panache of a girdle pulled up over my frock.

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