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NancyC
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Posted - 01/09/2020 :  14:10:38  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This may have been the "finishing school" Berta attended. The article implies she went there prior to marrying Mr. Gardner. Since we can't find him, it is hard to know when she would have gone to the school. But I would assume she attended it around 1893 or so. If she had connections to this address when she was widowed, perhaps she was able to move back in after Mr. Gardner died?
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ToreL
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Posted - 01/09/2020 :  15:01:53  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The home teacher's name was Mary J Reid, according to the 1897 Chicago blue book. In the April 1893 edition of Bulletin of Pharpacy (!), in the book review section, there are a few lines about another journal, The Literary Northwest, which publishes a piece called Our Dead Historian (with portrait) by Mary J. Reid.

And according to this page, one Mary J Reid was an active literary critic at the time, writing among other things about the "Chicago literary renaissance": https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/162640245.pdf

One can also find her in Chicago in several censuses in the early 20th century, as a widow born in 1848, and a self-employed teacher.

Edited by - ToreL on 01/09/2020 18:29:33
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