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Mrs. Carrie Adell Strahorn


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"Spokane and The Spokane Country - Pictorial and Biographical - Deluxe Supplement." Vol. II. The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912. (No author listed.) pgs. 18-20.

       CARRIE ADELL (GREEN) STRAHORN, wife of Robert E. Strahorn, of Spokane, is a native of Marengo, McHenry county, Illinois, being the second daughter of Dr. John W. and Louise Babcock Green. Her parents were pioneers of northern Illinois, her father having removed in 1846 from Greenfield, Ohio, of which place Dr. Green's parents were founders. These grandparents of Mrs. Strahorn, on her father's side, were descendants of prominent patriots of like name of the Revolutionary war. Her mother, who died in Marengo in 1899, was a native of Lavonia Center, New York, and was a descendant of Aaron Burr. Dr. John W. Green, Mrs. Strahorn's father, who died in Chicago in 1893 was for fifty years one of the most noted surgeons of the Mississippi valley. He was the first surgeon to administer an anesthetic west of Chicago. He served with great distinction during the war of the Rebellion, first as regimental surgeon of the Ninety-fifth Illinois, and later as brigade and finally as division surgeon with General Grant in the Army of the Tennessee. Mrs. Green accompanied her husband throughout the famous Red river campaign, sharing every danger of field and hospital.
       Carrie Adell Green had the advantage of the public schools of Marengo, supplemented by a liberal education in the higher branches at Ann Arbor. Developing an ardent love for music, she studied to good purpose under some of the foremost American and European vocal master, and thus, when wedded to Robert E. Strahorn, at Marengo, September 19, 1877, she possessed to an unusual degree the graces and refinements and all the wholesome attributes and practical helpfulness of the sensibly reared young womanhood of those days.
       It is not too much to say that Carrie Adell Strahorn has well maintained the lofty traditions of the sturdy, heroic stock of pioneers, patriots and state builders of her ancestry. A superb, home-loving, womanly woman always, yet she has had so much to do with the development of the frontier that her public life and accomplishments have been the inspiration and pride of many communities in the Rocky Mountain and Pacific coast states. It has been well said of her that she has "mothered the west".
       Immediately after her marriage in 1877 she set out with her husband on the often dangerous and romantic, and always toilsome career (in a field covering nearly half our continent) the brighter aspects of which are so vividly portrayed in her famous book "Fifteen Thousand Miles by Stage," which was published in 1911 by G.P. Putnam's Sons.
       Probably no other woman has so thoroughly experienced every phase of far west exploration and genuine pioneering. This, covering a period of thirty-four years while the west has been in the making, has gone through all gradations from the wilderness haunts of the hostile savage along through the rudest camps of the miner and cowboy to zealous, practical participation in colonization, and town and city building in many waste places, often far in advance of the railways. This work was particularly noticeable and effective from 1877 to 1880 in Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, and from 1880 to 1890 in Utah, Montana, Idaho and Washington. From 1890 to 1898, while Mr. Strahorn transferred his activities largely to New England, Mrs. Strahorn pursued her musical and literary studies in Boston. During this period, however, the Strahorns spent a portion of each year in Spokane and vicinity, or elsewhere in the Rocky Mountains. Since 1898, when they located permanently in Spokane, Mrs. Strahorn has been everything in the life and growth of the city and state that might be expected from one so fully equipped and so ardently in love with the Pacific coast country and its institutions.
       Being a frequent contributor to the columns of various eastern publications during all these years, she has made the most of many opportunities to faithfully portray the leading characteristics of far west life and development, never failing to award due praise to the heroic work of the pioneers, as well as to educational and charitable institutions [words missing] enthusiastically strive for wider recognition of the merits of western resources and institutions, and our climatic, scenic and other attractions.
       The camp or home of the Strahorns has always been a landmark of hospitality and a rallying point for the creation and nourishing of public spirit and the strenuous promotion of every good cause. Not a few of the far west's foremost men in business, professional and political life, join her noted husband in gratefully ascribing much of their success to Mrs. Strahorn's untiring encouragement and general helpfulness in her home, social and public activities at the period in their lives when such help meant everything to them. She has also accomplished much in church building and in the founding and support of educational and charitable institutions. Notwithstanding the success, financially and otherwise, of Mr. Strahorn, and her prominent place and hearty participation in the social life of Spokane, Mrs. Strahorn has not relaxed in her devotion to these more useful and serious things and is still actively engaged in literary pursuits.

Submitted by: Nancy Pratt Melton

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