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Some extracts of the personal diary of Mrs. R.J. Mendenhall. Also press notices, and some early and later correspondence to her, by her, etc
n.p., n.d.: [likely Minneapolis. 1901.]. Only edition, 8vo, pp. 542; 2 portraits, vignette title-p.; fine copy in orig. black cloth, gilt-lettered spine. Abby Mendenhall was one of the earliest women settlers in Minneapolis, in 1858 a newly opened remote frontier outpost west of the Mississippi. She was one of the founding members of the Sisterhood of Bethany, whose objects were "the promotion of moral purity, helping the tempted, saving the fallen, and providing a home for fallen women" -- at that time a work almost unprecedented and extremely unpopular. She was one of four women to found Bethany Home for unwed mothers; she was its secretary the first year, and after that, the treasurer, from 1877 until her death, a period of 23 years. She was also one of the founding members of the Minneapolis Friends Meeting. She was the wife of Richard Junius Mendenhall, the Minneapolis banker and florist. Laid in is a cabinet photograph of her.
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