Today in History on March 24th, 1603: Queen Elizabeth I of England died at Richmond Palace in London. The last days of Elizabeth saw her in a great depression due to the death of Catherine Carey, Countess of Nottingham, the niece of her cousin and close friend Lady Knollys. This was a massive blow to Queen Elizabeth’s heart, leaving her grief stricken.
Sadie Frowne, a young polish girl, was your typical immigrant coming into Ellis Island in hopes of a better life. She was thirteen when she arrived in America with her mother. They had left their native Poland after the death of Sadie’s father with the help of Sadie’s Aunt Fanny who lived in New York City. Sadie’s mother soon died and Sadie was left on her own.
In light of this being the first day of Women’s History Month, I wanted to share letters from women who managed to build homes and a life all on their own starting at the begging of the 1900s.The Homestead Act allowed people to work land out west in order to own it after a period of time. Their stories are inspiring and enlightening.